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Online Financial Advisor & Investing Advice | FutureAdvisor. Punch list. Q From Ellen Smithee: A comment in the February issue of Angie’s List Monthly says that the term punch list gets its name from a period when contractors would punch a hole next to each completed item on a project list. The hole would go through two sheets, creating a copy for the customer. This has intuitive appeal, but so do a lot of folk etymologies. What say you? A I’ve no personal experience of this term — it seems to be restricted to the civil engineering and building industries in the US and has never been used in Britain. Searching around, it turns out that the explanation given in the publication is a bit inadequate.

A punch list is usually described as a list of matters that don’t conf0rm to the contract specification, usually minor items, that have to be corrected before final payment can be made. I’m in two minds about the story of its origin. No doubt Americans with long experience in civil engineering projects will now be disagreeing with the OED, for good reason. EconomUS. What We Do. Busy Peeps. Cultural References. Economy. WORLD VIEWS. When It All Comes Together. Better On! GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Illegal Job Application Questions. By FreeAdvice staff Employers must give careful consideration to questions used in job applications. In some cases, certain questions are legal, in others they are not. For employers and potential employees, it’s important to become familiar with the types of questions that can (and cannot) be asked during the hiring process.

This will help employer’s avoid a lawsuit and potential employees will have the information needed to determine if he or she is the victim of employment discrimination. Age and Date of Birth Generally, age is considered not to be relevant in most hiring decisions, and therefore, date-of-birth questions are improper. Gender, Race, Religion and National Origin Generally, questions should not be asked about gender, race, religion, and national origin, either on employment applications or during job interviews. A sexual harassment plaintiff might similarly argue that the employer pre-screened applicants for physical attractiveness.

Physical Traits and Disabilities. Date of Birth Information, Age Discrimination and Background Checks | ESR News Blog. By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources Most authorities agree that any information tending to reveal a job applicant’s age should not be requested on an employer application form or during an oral interview. Asking for date of birth during the selection process could violate the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as well as various state civil rights laws. Asking for date of birth tends to deter older applicants from applying. If the application material contains date of birth information, the inference is that a firm may be methodically denying consideration of older workers. However, special problems are faced when an applicant’s date of birth is not available for background screening. Under the Federal Age Discrimination Act, there is not an absolute prohibition against asking for date of birth or age.

This is consistent with earlier regulations from the EEOC in 1981 (See 29 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1625). Social Security Numbers for Online Job Applications | Kelly Staffing Expert. As a Consultant I am constantly looking for my next contract assignment. Almost all of my job applications are filled out online. On rare occasion I will be asked for my social security number. If a company asks me to provide them with my social security number in order to apply for a job I question whether I want to work for that organization. As a Human Resource professional I am aware that the social security number is required to conduct a background check however no background check should be run until both parties show mutual interest with a strong possibility of a job offer being imminent.

Today I applied for a job with a health care organization in St. Louis, MO and they asked for my social security number when I filled out their online application. I entered: 000-00-0000 but the system wouldn’t accept it. I did a little research and discovered that back in the 1960’s Woolworth’s used to have social security #’s on their wallet inserts. If the Health Care organization in St. A history of the minimum wage since 1938. Minimum Wages and Employment: A Review of Evidence from the New Minimum Wage Research. NBER Working Paper No. 12663Issued in November 2006NBER Program(s): LS We review the burgeoning literature on the employment effects of minimum wages - in the United States and other countries - that was spurred by the new minimum wage research beginning in the early 1990s.

Our review indicates that there is a wide range of existing estimates and, accordingly, a lack of consensus about the overall effects on low-wage employment of an increase in the minimum wage. However, the oft-stated assertion that recent research fails to support the traditional view that the minimum wage reduces the employment of low-wage workers is clearly incorrect. A sizable majority of the studies surveyed in this monograph give a relatively consistent (although not always statistically significant) indication of negative employment effects of minimum wages. This paper is available as PDF (707 K) or via email. This paper was revised on January 19, 2007 Acknowledgments Published: D. UC Berkeley Labor Center. April 2014, by Miranda Dietz, Dave Graham-Squire, and Ken Jacobs Large numbers of Californians will continue to enter and leave Covered California and Medi-Cal throughout the year during Special Enrollment Periods due to life-changing "triggering" events such as divorce and job change.

This churn in enrollment is important to understand and predict. Using the California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) model and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), the authors predict that close to half of those enrolled in a Covered California plan and receiving federal tax subsidies at any point in time can be expected to leave that plan within 12 months.

Others will enter the marketplace after they lose Medi-Cal eligibility or experience life-changing events such as divorce or job loss. March 2014, A joint report of the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and the UCSF Philip R. » Press Coverage. Free Small Business Advice | How-to Resources | Tools | Templates | SCORE. Services | Biz Angel. What can BizAngel do for you? Just about anything a small business needs. BizAngel can work on a full-time, part time, temporary or project basis as an independent contractor. BizAngel works in a home-based remote office, and provides most equipment (some specialty tasks may require equipment and/or software licenses, negotiated as required). Skills/Experience: Writer, Photographer, Illustrator, VideographerGraphic Artist and Fine ArtistJoomla, WordPress and ArtisteerWord, (some) Excel, InDesign, PhotoShopExperienced Mailing List/Discussion Group ManagerCustomer Service ManagementMedia Relations ManagementInvestor Relations ManagementSocial Media Management: Linkedin - Facebook - Twitter- YouTube Services: Copy Writing: Nominee, Canadian National Magazine Awards.

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By T. William Lester and Ken Jacobs | November 30, 2010 Read the full report (pdf) Download the introduction and executive summary (pdf) Download the report to mobile devices and e-readers from Scribd Event: Are Higher Standards for Workers Good for Local Economic Development? Executive summary From sports arenas to high-tech manufacturing zones and from commercial office buildings to big-box retail, local governments spend billions of dollars every year to entice private businesses to invest in their communities and create jobs. Cities across the country are working to gain greater control over these projects and help create quality jobs by attaching wage standards to their economic development subsidies. Introduction T. Bud Caddell WhatConsumesMe. 03 Jun, 2009 – 327 comments click the pic for a full size image UPDATE!

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I doodled this little venn diagram in my notepad the other day when we were talking about our own kung-fu and I realized it’s basically the conversation I’ve had for the last 12 years. Over the years, I’ve found myself facing the following scenarios. We can’t determine how to make enough money from the things we want to do, and do really well. We’ve found things we want to do, and can be paid for, but we’re not the best game in town. Have I missed anything?