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05/17/2012
2:00 pmto3:30 pm

Please join us on Thu., May. 17, 2012 for a seminar on Developing Ethics & Compliance Standards to Reduce Corruption- conducted in Japanese by Mr. Munero Ueda, HRM Partners, Inc.

This seminar is held in conjuction with TS Consulting International, Inc. and will be conducted from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The location for the seminar will be at Board Room at Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, 580 Castro St., Mountain View, CA 94041.

This is a “no charge” seminar.  However, due to limited seating, you must contact TS Consulting International, Inc. directly to reserve seating.

05/16/2012
10:30 amto12:00 pm

Please join us on Wed., May. 16, 2012 for a seminar on Developing Ethics & Compliance Standards to Reduce Corruption- conducted in Japanese by Mr. Munero Ueda, HRM Partners, Inc.

This seminar is held in conjuction with TS Consulting International, Inc. and will be conducted from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The location for the seminar will be at 8 Corporate Park, Suite 300, Irvine CA 92606.

This is a “no charge” seminar.  However, due to limited seating, you must contact TS Consulting International, Inc. directly to reserve seating.

05/15/2012
10:30 amto12:00 pm

Please join us on Tue., May. 15, 2012 for a seminar on Developing Ethics & Compliance Standards to Reduce Corruption- conducted in Japanese by Mr. Munero Ueda, HRM Partners, Inc.

This seminar is held in conjuction with TS Consulting International, Inc. and will be conducted from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The location for the seminar will be at 21250 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 500, Torrance, CA 90503.

This is a “no charge” seminar.  However, due to limited seating, you must contact TS Consulting International, Inc. directly to reserve seating.

Seven large technology employers must defend accusations in a class action that they unlawfully conspired to fix employee compensation through the use of bilateral agreements, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled on April 18, declining to dismiss employees’ claims under Sherman Act Section 1 (In re High-Tech Emp. Antitrust Litig., N.D. Cal., No. 5:11-cv-02509, 4/18/12).

Following a Justice Department (DOJ) investigation and civil suit involving the same conduct, a group of software engineers employed by certain technology companies in California initiated a class action challenging the companies’ use of agreements not to “cold call” each others’ employees for recruitment purposes.

DOJ concluded that the defendants—Adobe Systems Inc., Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corp., Intuit Inc., Lucasfilm Ltd., and Pixar—had reached “facially anticompetitive” agreements that eliminated a form of competition and were “naked restraints of
trade that were per se unlawful under the antitrust laws.”

The agreements were bilateral and involved the active participation of a company under the control of the late Steven P. Jobs and/or a company whose board shared at least one member of Apple’s board of directors. The agreements allegedly were negotiated, executed, monitored, and policed by senior executives for each company, who also actively concealed each agreement.

From 2005 to 2007, the employees alleged, each pair of companies entered into nearly identical “Do Not Cold Call” agreements, whereby they agreed not to actively recruit employees of the other company. In several cases, when one company suspected violations of the agreement by another, the breaching company responded by changing its conduct to conform to the agreement.

Jobs also allegedly proposed an identical agreement between Apple and Palm Inc. to Palm’s Chief Executive Officer Edward T. Colligan, who responded that such an agreement “is not only wrong, it is likely illegal.”

This conduct, the employees alleged, violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act; California’s Cartwright Act (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 16720); California Business & Professional Code Section 16600; and California’s Unfair Competition Law. They sought damages,
restitution, costs, attorneys’ fees, and pre-judgment and post-judgment interest.  04.25.2012

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 25 issued updated enforcement guidance on employer use of arrest and conviction records in employment decision. According to an EEOC press release, its new consolidated guidance illustrates how Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to various scenarios that an employer might encounter when considering the arrest or conviction history of a current or prospective employee.

While Title VII does not prohibit an employer from requiring applicants or employees to provide information about arrests, convictions or incarceration, it’s unlawful to discriminate in employment based on race, color, national origin, religion or sex.     04.25.2012

The share of U.S. businesses expecting to add jobs in the coming six months has risen since earlier this year, while those reporting they have raised workers’ wages also increased, according to survey released on April 23, 2012 by the National Association for
Business Economics (NABE).

About 39% of NABE members said their company likely will increase employment over the next six months, up from 27% in January, while the proportion expecting a decrease in jobs rose to 13% from 8%, NABE said. The remaining 48% of survey participants said employment was likely to hold steady, down from 64% at the start of the year.

Another 59% of respondents said employment held steady in the first quarter, down from 62% in January, while the share reporting job losses climbed to 13% from 10%.

The latest quarterly survey was conducted from late March through April 9 among 55 economists and other NABE members employed by private sector firms and industry trade groups. The results reflect business conditions in the first quarter of 2012 and the outlook for the coming six months.

According to the NABE, a significantly higher share of participants (44%) reported that wages and salaries are rising in the April 2012 survey, relative to the previous four surveys. That was an increase from 26% in January who said their firms boosted pay over the last three months and from 35% in the first quarter of 2010.

About half of respondents (48%) said wages and salaries were unchanged in the most recent period, down from almost three-fourths (71%) in January, while the share reporting pay cuts rose to 8% from 3%.

The most common shortage experienced by businesses in the first quarter was skilled labor, cited by 25% of survey participants, up from 21% in the previous survey, while 70% reported no shortages of labor, materials, or capital goods.

Nine out of 10 respondents (89%) expect non-labor input prices will either remain unchanged or rise by 5% or less in the coming six months.

The latest survey also found NABE panelists are more optimistic about the outlook for the economy in 2012. The survey results suggest an improvement in economic conditions through higher sales and rising profit margins, continued optimism concerning real GDP growth, and continued price stability, although there are some indications of rising price pressures in wages.

Almost two-thirds of respondents (63%) believe the nation’s real gross domestic product will grow between 2.1% and 3.0% this year, up from 60% in the January survey. Meanwhile, the share anticipating growth of 2.0% or less declined to 23% from 35%, while those predicting growth of 3.1% or more increased to 15% from 5%.

Sales improved noticeably in the first quarter, while more firms also reported rising profits. Some 60% of survey respondents said
sales of products and services increased in the past three months, up from 41% in January, while the share reporting falling sales declined to 10% from 19%. The remainder said sales held steady.

Meanwhile, 40% reported increased profits in the first three months of 2012, compared with 30% in the fourth quarter of last year, while those experiencing falling profits rose slightly, to 18% from 15%.   04.25.2012

05/23/2012
9:30 amto11:30 am

Please join us on Wed., May. 23, 2012 for a seminar on Sexual Harassment Prevention – conducted in Japanese by Mr. Akira Takahashi, HRM Partners, Inc.

This seminar will be conducted between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  The location will be at 825 3rd Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10022.

This is a “Fee charge” seminar.  Please contact Mr. Ryota Mitsugi at rmitsugi@hrm-partners.com for more detail.

06/06/2012
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

Please join us on Wed., Jun. 6, 2012 for a seminar on Performance Appraisal – conducted in Japanese by Mr. Munero Ueda, HRM Partners, Inc.

This seminar will be conducted between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  The location will be at HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS at 2120 South Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.

This is a “no charge” seminar.  However, due to limited seating, you must contact Mr. Ryota Mitsugi at rmitsugi@hrm-partners.com.

Unemployment rates have continued to slowly go down in several U.S. states since the beginning of 2012. On a national basis, there have been fairly strong labor-market gains over the past five months which have recently begun to slow with recent weekly data on new jobless claims starting to rise after going down for the past three to four months.

With the nation-wide unemployment rate at 8.2% in March, there are currently 17 states with higher unemployment rates above the national unemployment rate. California (11.0%), Rhode Island (11.1%) and Nevada (12.0%) hold the highest unemployment rates in the U.S. at double-digit percentages. The states with the lowest unemployment rates continue to be North Dakota (3.0%), Nebraska (4.0%), South Dakota (4.3%) and Vermont (4.8%).

The western U.S. states remain one of the worst places in the country to find a new job. Double-digit unemployment remains in both California and Nevada. In particular, of all the states mentioned above in the highest and lowest categories, California with a civilian labor force of 18.5 million people represents approximately 12% of the total civilan labor force of the U.S. (154.7 people). Until large population states such as California start showing a clear economic improvement, the high employment rates are here to stay for quite some time.

The table accompanying this article shows seasonally adjusted unemployment rates in U.S. states and the District of Columbia in March, compared with January of this year. The data was released on Friday by the U.S. Department of  Labor. The following figures are in
percentage terms.       04.02.2012

Total bans on cell phone use while driving are in place at 20 percent of Fortune 500 companies, according to a report from the National Safety Council (NSC). While there is no broad-based federal mandate for companies to ban cell phone use by drivers, the Department of Transportation has imposed restrictions for commercial vehicle drivers, and several states have their own restrictions. Last December, the National Transportation Safety Board urged all U.S. states to ban the use of portable electronic devices while driving.

For more information including information that employers can use, go to distracteddriving.nsc.org.          04.19.2012.