We Know Next Weekly Recap: October 29th-November 1st

News Updates

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

Striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional Oct. 18, 2012, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals noted that the law “has varying impact on more than a thousand federal laws.” That includes numerous federal employment laws, as the AFL-CIO noted in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the 2nd Circuit case.

Real leadership is rare, but the present circumstances of high unemployment, staggering debt, stagnant growth and record budget deficits calls for “bold, principled, far-sighted actions by America’s leadership class in both the public and the private sector,” said former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates. Gates told attendees of the World Business Forum here Oct. 3, 2012, that it’s important to distinguish between leadership and management.

The importance of higher education and technical training for the job skills that employers need has increased considerably in the past 10 years and will only continue to increase, according to a report released Oct. 3, 2012, by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Achieve, a nonprofit education advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

Don’t look now, but very soon the U.S. presidential election will no longer be a valid excuse for holding off on hiring. When and how much the level of post-election hiring might affect the unemployment rate will continue to be tracked closely into the new year. One sign of an uptick in hiring: Polled HR professionals in the manufacturing and service sectors reported that their organizations will be adding more staff in November 2012 than they did in November 2011, according to (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey, released Nov. 1, 2012.

As U.S. employers gear up for holiday season hiring so, too, do scammers. The fall seasonal hiring period likely will lead to a surge in identity fraud targeting job applicants, according to employee screening and consumer fraud experts.

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