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Good news on employment front

Although jobs cuts in December fell 10 percent to 45,094, 2009 was still the heaviest year of downsizing since 2002. The fifth consecutive month of declines in layoffs, December’s job cuts were also the fewest since December 2007, when there were 44,416 layoffs. John A. Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement firm,… Continue Reading Good news on employment front

Social networking sites are more likely to hurt job seekers chances of finding employment than they are to help them land a job. People ages 35 and older are the most rapidly growing age group to join Facebook, and about 51 percent of American adults with online access use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or other social… Continue Reading Employers ‘unfriend’ job seekers who use Facebook

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Just as the economy is beginning to grow, ineffective sick leave policies and lack of emergency planning for the H1N1 virus could derail it. The warning comes from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. If the pandemic continues to spread, companies could be left significantly understaffed, particularly after a year of massive layoffs in nearly every industry,… Continue Reading Could H1N1 derail fledgling economy?

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March Madness: threat or therapy?

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In years past, employers looked at March Madness with disdain – a time of reduced productivity and distracted employees. But, this year, some analysts say companies should welcome – even encourage – sports distractions. “In this economy, employees are disinclined to do anything that might put their jobs at higher risk than they already are,” said… Continue Reading March Madness: threat or therapy?

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