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EEOC Enforcement and Litigation Statistics – FY 2012

Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 2013

From the press release:
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced that it received 99,412 private sector workplace discrimination charges during fiscal year 2012, down slightly from the previous year. The year-end data also show that retaliation (37,836), race (33,512) and sex discrimination (30,356), which includes allegations of sexual harassment and pregnancy were, respectively, the most frequently filed charges. The fiscal year runs Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. …

…Additionally, the EEOC achieved a second consecutive year of a significant reduction in the charge inventory, something not seen since fiscal year 2002. Due to a concerted effort, the EEOC reduced the pending inventory of private sector charges by 10 percent from fiscal year 2011, bringing the inventory level to 70,312. This inventory reduction is the second consecutive decrease of almost ten percent in charge inventory. Also this fiscal year, the agency obtained the largest amount of monetary recovery from private sector and state and local government employers through its administrative process – $365.4 million.

In fiscal year 2012, the EEOC filed 122 lawsuits including 86 individual suits, 26 multiple-victim suits (with fewer than 20 victims) and 10 systemic suits. The EEOC’s legal staff resolved 254 lawsuits for a total monetary recovery of $44.2 million. …

FY 2010 report on Public Libraries in the United States

Source: Deanne W. Swan, Justin Grimes, Timothy Owens, Rodney D. Vese, Jr., Kim A. Miller, J. Andrea Arroyo, Terri Craig, Suzanne Dorinski, Michael Freeman, Natasha Isaac, Patricia O’Shea, Peter Schilling, Jennifer Scotto, Institute of Museum and Library Services, IMLS-2013–PLS-01, January 2013

From the press release:
Public libraries served 297.6 million people throughout the United States, a number that is equivalent to 96.4 percent of the total U.S. population, according to new research by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In 2010, there were 8,951 public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia with 17,078 public library branches and bookmobiles.

IMLS today released the 2010 Public Libraries in the United States Survey, an analysis of the most comprehensive annual data collection of U.S. public library statistics. Nationally, public libraries have seen reductions in operating revenue, service hours, and staffing. Numbers for circulation, program attendance, and computer use continue to trend upward.

This is the first federal statistical report on public libraries to go beyond a national level analysis to report on trends at the local, regional, and state levels. The report identifies indicators in three areas: services and operations, resources, and workforce. To provide a more complete picture of library service in the U.S., the report provides a snapshot for each state, describing characteristics of library service.
See also:
State by State Profiles
Supplementary Tables
Fact Sheet
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Symposium 2012: The Role of ADR Mechanisms in Public Sector Labor Disputes: What Is at Stake, Where We Can Improve, and How We Can Learn from the Private Sector

Source: Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Vol. 28 no. 1, 2013
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• Considering Final Offer Arbitration to Resolve Public Sector Impasses in Times of Concession Bargaining – by Michael Carrell & Richard Bales
• The Importance of Impasse Resolution Procedures to Recent Revisions of Wisconsin Public Sector Labor Law – by Howard S. Bellman
• The Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques to Resolve Public Sector Bargaining Disputes – by Charles B. Craver
• Unions and ADR: The Relationship between Labor Unions and Workplace Dispute Resolution in U.S. Corporations – by Ariel C. Avgar, J. Ryan Lamare, David B. Lipsky, & Abhishek Gupta
• Innovation and Transformation in Public Sector Employment Relations: Future Prospects on a Contested Terrain – by Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld & Saul A. Rubinstein
• Two Models of Interest Arbitration – by Martin H. Malin
• Employing the Presidential Executive Order and the Law to Provide Integrated Conflict Management Systems and ADR Processes: The Proposed National Employment Dispute Resolution Act (NEDRA) – by Lamont E. Stallworth & Daniel J. Kaspar

Using Analytics To Measure Trainer Impact On New Hire Attrition

Source: Evolv, 2012

From the summary:
Hourly jobs are known for notoriously high turnover, with many companies experiencing 45-day attrition rates in excess of 30%, meaning for every 100 employees hired – at least 30 quit in the first month-and-a-half of employment. During this same time, employers are investing in these new hires in the form of recruiting costs, wages, equipment and training. Losing an employee during training is more costly than at any other time in the employee lifecycle. Yet, surprisingly little is known about the impact different trainers can have on new hire attrition, both during training and beyond.

Evolv’s analytics group set out to demystify this topic, culling and analyzing data from two different enterprises comprising more than 22,000 hourly employees, 162 trainers, and 17 locations to determine the impact that trainers have on employee attrition, as well as the characteristics that make trainers particularly effective. We found that the best trainers produce employees with 1.8 to 2.8 times higher agent retention.

The study sought to answer the following questions:
• Do individual trainers have an impact on employee retention?
• How much variance in attrition exists between trainers for the same position?
• What type of trainers produce employees that stay longer and are more productive?

The Results:
The Best Trainers Produce Employees that Stay Up to 3 Times Longer
Good Teachers Share Common Characteristics

The study ultimately found that employers of hourly labor can significantly improve retention outcomes by improving their training methodologies. Proper training can have a tremendous impact on how long an employee remains with the company and, by extension, how much value they contribute.

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

Source: Gene Falk, Congressional Research Service, CRS Report for Congress, RL32760, January 22, 2013

This report provides responses to frequently asked questions about the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. It is intended to serve as a quick reference to provide easy access to information and data. This report does not provide information on TANF program rules. For such information, see CRS Report RL32748, The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant: A Primer on TANF Financing and Federal Requirements, by Gene Falk. For a non-technical overview of TANF, see CRS Report R40946, The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Block Grant: An Introduction, by Gene Falk.

Unemployment Insurance: Legislative Issues in the 113th Congress

Source: Julie M. Whittaker, Katelin P. Isaacs, Congressional Research Service, CRS Report for Congress, R42936, January 25, 2013

The 113th Congress may face a number of issues related to currently available unemployment insurance programs: Unemployment Compensation (UC), temporary Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08), and Extended Benefits (EB). With the national unemployment rate decreasing but still high, the weekly demand for regular and extended unemployment benefits continues at high levels. Congress deliberated multiple times on whether to extend the authorization for several key temporary unemployment insurance provisions in the 112th Congress and may do so again in the 113th Congress. The signing of P.L. 112-240 on January 2, 2013, now means that the EUC08 program expires the week ending on or before January 1, 2014. The 100% federal financing of the EB program expires on December 31, 2013. In addition, the option for states to use three-year EB trigger lookbacks (the period of time considered in determining an active EB program within a state) expires the week ending on or before December 31, 2013. The 113th Congress will face these expirations as well as likely unemployment insurance policy issues, including unemployment insurance financing. Among other items, policy discussions may focus on the appropriate length and availability conditions of unemployment benefits. This report provides a brief overview of the three unemployment insurance programs—UC, EUC08, and EB—that may currently pay benefits to eligible unemployed workers. This report will be updated when relevant legislation in the 113th Congress is introduced.

Changes in Self-Employment: 2010 to 2011

Source: China Layne, U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Briefs, ACSBR/11-21, January 2013

From December 2007 to June 2009, the United States experienced an economic recession followed by a recovery year in 2010. In this brief, we examine changes in self-employment from 2010 to 2011 for the United States as a whole, the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Self-employment includes individuals working in incorporated and nonincorporated businesses, this brief considers changes in both types of self-employment. In addition, we examine changes in total employment from 2010 to 2011 for these same geographies. Finally, we compare the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of incorporated and nonincorporated self-employed workers in 2011.

Labor Force Participation and Work Status of People 65 Years and Older

Source: Braedyn Kromer and David Howard, U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Briefs, ACSBR/11-09, January 2013

Some people of traditional working age (16 to 64 years old) dream of the day when they can retire and pursue other interests, while others may plan to continue working past traditional retirement age. Most assume they will be making this choice around the age of 65. Over the past 20 years, the labor force participation rate of people 65 years and older has increased, particularly during the past decade. As with all age groups, the increase in labor force participation of women has been a driving factor for this overall trend. …

Findings include:
– In 1990, 12.1 percent of the population 65 years and older was in the labor force, compared with 75.6 percent for 16- to 64-year-olds during that time.
– Men 65 years and older experienced a 3.2 percentage point increase in labor force participation between 1990 and 2010, increasing from 17.6 percent to 20.8 percent.
– In 2011, the national labor force participation rate for those 65 years and older was 16.2 percent, compared with a labor force participation rate of 73.5 percent for 16- to 64-year-olds.

School Enrollment and Work Status: 2011

Source: Jessica Davis, U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Briefs, ACSBR/11-14, October 2012

This brief presents data on school enrollment and student work status for the nation based on the 2011
American Community Survey (ACS). It takes a look at the proportion of students who worked and how much they worked over the previous year. Work status questions in the ACS are asked of persons aged 16 and over, so in addition to college students, high school students are included in this analysis….

Findings include:
– In 2011, there were 11.1 million students aged 16 and over in high school and the majority of them did not work (71 percent). Another 28 percent of high school students aged 16 and over worked less than full-time, year-round, while 1 percent of them were full-time, year-round workers.
– In 2011, of the 19.7 million students aged 16 and over enrolled in undergraduate college, 72 percent worked (20 percent full-time, year-round workers and 52 percent less than that).
– In 2011, there were 4.1 million graduate students and 82 percent of them worked (Appendix Table 1-A). Almost half of graduate students were full-time, year-round workers.

2011 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report

Source: Health Care Cost Institute, September 2012

From the summary:
The Health Care Cost and Utilization Report: 2011 provides the first broad look at 2011 health care spending among those with employer-sponsored insurance (ESI). HCCI found that average dollars spent on health care services for that population climbed 4.6 percent in 2011, reaching $4,547 per person. This was well above the 3.8 percent growth rate observed in 2010.

Key Findings from this Report
-Regional spending gap widening
-Spending on children’s health care rising fastest
-Cost sharing between patients and payers remains stable
-Use of health care services up, particularly outpatient care
-Rising prices were the primary driver of spending growth
-Prescription spending slowed, growing just 1% from 2010 to 2011
See also:
Report Appendices
Press Release
Issue Brief: Spending on Prescriptions in 2011
Issue Brief: Changes in Health Care Spending in 2011