January 18, 2012 |
Even as Philadelphia's unemployment rate remains stubbornly above 10 percent, the city's prime system to help the jobless find work has underperformed comparable systems in the surrounding counties, other areas around the state, and similar cities across the nation. That's because the system has failed to convince area businesses to use its CareerLink and EARN center services as a way to find qualified employees, says a report released Wednesday by Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia Research Initiative.
March 19, 2012
It's a shame that some employers are making it harder for the jobless to find work. In a disturbing trend, a growing number of employers are telling the unemployed not to apply. Being either currently or recently employed has become an eligibility requirement. With 12.8 million Americans out of work and a national unemployment rate of 8.3 percent, employers should openly embrace those seeking to return to the workforce. Instead, they are punishing them for gaps in their resume due to no fault of their own. Eliminating applicants based on their employment status unfairly screens out millions of people, based not on their skill set but on their misfortunes.
April 20, 2012
N EED A JOB? City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson will be holding a job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday with more than 50 employers at the Myers Recreation Center on Kingsessing Avenue near 58th Street, Southwest Philadelphia. Participating employers include the Philadelphia Fire Department, the state Department of Transportation, the Philadelphia Gas Works, Wal-Mart and more. The fair is sponsored by the African American Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
May 5, 2013 |
As the director of Working Families program at Rutgers University's Center for Women and Work, Karen White has been an unabashed supporter of New Jersey's Family Leave Insurance program in both philosophical and policy-wonkish ways. But it was White's mother who let her understand what the state's policy really meant. "My mother was diagnosed with kidney cancer," White said, "and didn't want to tell any of her children. She was scared that her children would lose their jobs" and their income taking care of her. Five years ago, on May 2, 2008, New Jersey became one of three states to enact legislation providing short-term paid leave for employees bonding with a new child or caring for an ailing parent, spouse, or child.
May 10, 2013
By Paul E. Harrington and Nancy L. Snyder As the school year ends, teens will be flocking to apply for summer jobs at local stores and restaurants. Most of them will be turned away. Overlooked in many discussions about the Great Recession is the plummeting number of employed teens. In Philadelphia, just 20 percent of all teenagers were employed last year. A recent study we conducted at Drexel University's Center for Labor Markets and Policy and Boston's Commonwealth Corp.
November 23, 1988 |
AT A JOB FAIR for the disabled, Kenneth Zuber, 27, of Philadelphia, talks with Rose A. Lepera of Rohm & Haas. Zuber was among 75 people interviewed yesterday by 28 employers at the third annual fair, sponsored by the Delaware Valley Project with Industry, at the Hershey Philadelphia Hotel.
November 16, 2012 |
After losing the right to use the familiar TransitChek name for its commuter-benefits program, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday unveiled a renamed program for Philadelphia-area commuters and employers. The program, which allows workers to deduct pretax dollars from their paychecks to purchase transit fares, will now be called RideECO. "The name is changing, but nothing administratively will change," said Stacy Bartels, manager of marketing and commuter services for DVRPC.
October 15, 2013 |
The few U.S. companies that have been hiring lots of people in this part of the world in recent years - like Amazon.com and Wal-Mart , with their busy shipping warehouses - have picked Pennsylvania and its green fields along free interstates, over New Jersey's aging turnpike industrial parks. Is traffic now going the other way? In September, fast-growing Destination Maternity Corp. said it is leaving its Philadelphia office and warehouse for larger quarters in Burlington County.
September 5, 2011 |
Freelancers, independent contractors, consultants, day laborers working off the books for cash, contingent workers, temps, virtual assistants, free agents. These are the names for the ever-growing part of America's labor force with an interesting distinction. They aren't employees. Or at least, they aren't on the payrolls of the companies where they spend their days (or work from home) answering phones, installing drywall, conducting research, delivering packages, engineering bridges, staffing help desks, researching logistics issues, writing Internet copy, implementing new software, cleaning toilets.
January 11, 2012 |
Business owners, take note: "Ban the Box" goes into effect Friday. Pull up a chair if you just uttered a deeply confused, "Huh? Wha?" "Ban the Box" - also known by its less-catchy official name, the Philadelphia Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance - was signed into law by Mayor Nutter in April. The ordinance prohibits any business in the city that employs more than 10 people from asking job-seekers either on their application or during their first interview if they have any criminal convictions.