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The History of Labor Day

According to, there is speculation about who was responsible for coming up with the original idea of honoring workers. Two people are considered as possibilities for proposing a special worker's day: Matthew Maguire, who held the position of secretary of the Central Labor Union was one possibility, and Peter J. McGuire who cofounded the American Federation of Labor was the other.

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Work Culture - Promoting Positivity

A positive, happy workforce is a productive workforce. But many employers are struggling with promoting positivity — especially during such a tumultuous time. With many employees now going back to the office, it behooves employers to consider what could improve their workplace culture.

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Avoiding the Costly Mistake of Making a Bad Hire

Making a bad hire is something that companies obviously want to avoid, yet nearly three in four have admitted to making this costly mistake.

“When it comes to costly workplace mistakes, few carry as hefty of a price tag as making a wrong hire,” according to a CareerBuilder survey.

The CareerBuilder survey was conducted online by Harris Poll and included a representative sample of 2,257 full-time hiring managers and human resource professionals and 3,697 full-time workers across industries and company sizes in the U.S. private sector.

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Heat Safety Tips for Outside Workers in Record-Setting Temperatures

Portland’s climate is rarely mistaken for South Florida or Death Valley, but the Northwest city known more for its gloom and drizzle hit temperatures over the weekend that would rival those found on any Miami Beach or Joshua Tree outing.

More than half of Portland’s residents do not have air conditioning because the average June high temperature is 74 degrees, but the mercury soared to 116 degrees on June 28 on the heels of 112 and 108 the previous two days.

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The Pros and Cons of Workplace Drug Testing

Companies considering workplace drug testing programs should weigh the risks and rewards of implementing or not implementing testing.

“Employers must provide a safe work environment, and they want to ensure their employees are productive, but is maintaining a drug-testing program in furtherance of these goals worth the hassle?” Lisa Nagele-Piazza asks in a SHRM article. “The answer may depend on the workplace.”

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Florida Industries on the Rise as State Recovers from Pandemic

Florida is poised to lead the U.S. economy in 2021 as the state and nation look to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. In Florida TaxWatch’s 2021 economic preview, the state’s Real Gross State Product (RGSP) was projected to grow this year at an uber-healthy 4.9 percent clip.

That growth would out-pace other bellwether states such as Texas (4.0 percent) and the U.S. as a whole (3.6 percent). The nearly 5.0 percent growth rate would be some 1.5 percent ahead of the state’s 2015 to 2019 annual growth, which averaged 3.4 percent.

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Understanding Workplace Drug Testing Regulations in Florida

Florida, like many states, has a drug-free workplace program that regulates and encourages companies to do drug testing. According to, “Florida employers who establish such a program can qualify for a discount on their workers' compensation insurance premiums. 

However, employers must follow the state's rules to get their discount. Florida employers must test in certain circumstances and must observe certain procedures intended to protect employee and applicant rights.”

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Tips for Online Interviews

These days, you’re more likely to be contacted for an online interview than an in-person interview. One reason, of course, is the pandemic, but another is the vastly-improved video-conferencing capabilities of platforms such as Zoom. The good news is that companies are, indeed, hiring, even now. The online interview process offers both benefits and new challenges for the interviewee. Here’s how to navigate your next online interview.

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