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US Labor Strikes Hit Record Low in 2017

The number of major work stoppages involving 1,000 or more strikers dropped to seven last year from 15 in 2016 — the second lowest in Labor Department data going back to 1947 http://www.industryweek.com/talent/major-us-labor-strikes-second-lowest-record-2017?NL=IW-11&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_4_b&utm_rid=CPG03000001473607&utm_campaign=24911&utm_medium=email&elq2=e1665faf5aa940269982ec6d4890901a

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Small Business Optimism on a Major Upswing in 2018

In a new National Small Business Association/ZipRecruiter survey, 60% of US small businesses anticipate growth in the economy in 2018, up from 45% in July 2017.  53% reported revenue increases in the past year, the first time in a decade that the majority of respondents in the small business sector reported incerases. Two-thirds expect revenue […]

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Positive News For a Gloomy & Pessimistic World

Life expectancy  into the 19th century was 30 years across the globe.  Today it is 71, and 81 in the developed world. In the US three decades ago, the murder rate was 8.5 per 100,000. Today – 53. Three decades ago, a much smaller US population emitted 34.5 million tons of particulate matter/20 million tons […]

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“Prior to last year, H-1B Requests for Evidence were relatively rare for many employers, but now they are the new norm.

Society of Human Resources Management:    Employers that sponsor foreign workers during this year’s H-1B visa filing season will need to spend extra time shoring up petitions to avoid the government’s dreaded requests for evidence (RFEs). Scrutiny of cap-subject H-1B petitions—especially of job duties, worker qualifications and wages—has increased since President Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire […]

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Heard the claims and counter claims of whether or not tax reform is good or bad for your take home pay? Here is the tables so you can see it yourself – If you have not yet checked your bank deposit record.

The 2017 tax act changed the tax rates and income ranges to which the rates apply. The level of income that is subject to a higher tax bracket can influence a number of decisions by employees, including how much salary to defer into a traditional 401(k) plan, which reduces taxable income for a given year […]

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