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HR News to Know: April 13th, 2012

HR News to Know: April 13th, 2012

April 13, 2012

By: Connie Blaszczyk, Managing Editor, Resource Center

The week’s top stories reflected the stops and starts of a recovering economy:  US unemployment claims rose to a two-month high, while consumer confidence remained high, despite a small drop.

Here are a few of the other stories we noticed this week on recruiting, hiring and more:

• American Express OpenBusiness Owner Outlook Remains Optimistic
The Spring 2012 American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor reports that 56 percent of small business owners surveyed are positive about their business prospects over the next six months. While their enthusiasm is somewhat cautious, 35 percent of those surveyed said they plan to hire full or part time employees. If your business is looking to hire, be sure you're aware of the latest compensation trends.

• Knowledge@WhartonHold that Password: The New Reality of Evaluating Job Applicants 
A thoughtful look at the ongoing debate about whether employers should ask applicants for their Facebook password, a topic that writer Dona Dezube explores in this article on today’s recruiting landscape.   

• The Case for Facebook
This infographic illustrates the case for allowing employees access to social media platforms at work -- a viewpoint that writer Emily Bennington agrees with in Social Media at Work.

And check out this week's Monster 5 for Friday: Workplace Perks Edition.

Enjoy -- and happy holiday weekend!

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