Employers Have 20 Days to Report New Hires

Fall signals the start of a busy hiring season for retail, restaurant and other businesses. New employees, even seasonal and temporary workers, count as new hires and need to be reported.

Idaho’s reporting law requires all Idaho employers to report new employees to the Idaho Department of Labor within 20 days of the date of hire. The date of hire is the first day the employee begins working for wages, not before.

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#WorkingSocial for Businesses: Managing Social Media in the Workplace

Social media has become an essential tool for businesses. Using social media can enhance employee recruitment, foster community engagement and even make for a more productive workplace. As an employer or manager, it’s important to know the rules and laws specific to social media use in recruiting and hiring as well as employee rights concerning social media use in the workplace. Here are some tips for managing social media in the workplace:

Social Media Law – Educate Yourself. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRB) governs employee social media use in the workplace and applies to private companies and nonprofits. The act protects “concerted activity,” or the right of employees to discuss wages, terms of employment and working conditions.

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Around Idaho: September Economic Activity

Information provided in this article has been gathered from various sources throughout the state, including professional sources, news releases, weekly and daily newspapers, television and other media.

Northern Idaho
North Central Idaho
Southwestern Idaho
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Eastern Idaho

NORTHERN IDAHO – Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai & Shoshone counties

Kootenai County

  • Construction work is proceeding to add two restaurants to Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone complex. Anthony’s, an upscale fresh seafood restaurant based in Seattle, is adding a stand-alone location in the Riverstone shopping complex, and Ipanema, a popular Brazilian steakhouse, is relocating to Riverstone from its current Coeur d’Alene location. Both restaurants are expected to open in the spring. Source: Coeur d’Alene Press, September 2015
  • The city of Rathdrum purchased 30 acres of land to relocate city facilities. Rathdrum’s city hall, police station, parks and recreation department and public works department are all at or near the capacity of their current buildings. The land will be developed to house the city facilities over the next five to 10 years. Source: Coeur d’Alene Press, September 2015
  • A location on the campus of Coeur d’Alene’s Lakes Middles School was finalized as the site of a new Kootenai County Boys & Girls Club. The project is now in the pre-construction phase of a roughly 20,000-square-foot building. Source: Coeur D’Alene Press, September 2015
  • The EPA fined the Idaho Panhandle National Forest $15,000 for failing to promptly report a spill of anhydrous ammonia. IPNF did not report a 1,600 pound spill of the toxic chemical in Coeur d’Alene for over two weeks, leading to fine. Source: Bonner County Daily Bee, September 2015

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Confidence Increasing in Idaho’s Economic Recovery

The fires that raged in the state’s forests, the drought that reduced crop yields and a jittery stock market provided plenty of bad news in late August, but in general Idaho business conditions are good. Growing U.S. markets to sell to, richer and more confident consumers in Idaho, low inflation and continued improvement in the real estate, construction and related sectors are helping most Idaho businesses be profitable.

Late August also brought some good news for the economy. The Bureau of Economic Analysis announced the U.S. economy grew at strong 3.7 percent rate in the second quarter of the year. U.S. consumer confidence jumped to its highest reading in seven months.

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Workforce Equality Still a Challenge for Women in U.S., Idaho

Despite the 95 years since the 19th Amendment was passed granting women the right to vote and hold elected office in the United States, women still continue to fight for equality in the workforce.

Women have realized a 20 percent gain in workforce participation and educational attainment over the past 50 years, but a large proportion of working women in traditional occupations are still paid less than their male counterparts, according to a 2014 report from the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau.

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10 Tips to Help Employers Succeed at Hiring Fairs

Attracting top talent to your business can be challenging. Hiring events allow employers to quickly connect with several prospective employees. To successfully recruit talent at an event, preparation is key.

Whether this is your first time at a hiring event, or you’ve participated in many, maximize your experience and make the most of your time by following these 10 tips:

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Tips to Help Job Seekers Avoid Job Scams

Searching for a job is hard work without the added stress of sifting through job scams and false job postings. Job seekers can be easy targets for scammers because of their eagerness to gain employment.

“Job scammers know most people looking for work will provide what they need in order to secure employment,” said John Russ, regional manager in the Idaho Department of Labor’s Meridian office.

Avoiding job scams includes knowing red flag behaviors of scams, understanding reputable places to search for work, verifying that job postings or offers are valid and knowing how to report potential job scams.

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