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The HR Specialist

Boston University management professor David Weil has been confirmed as the next administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD). Nominated in September 2013, the Senate confirmed Weil on a party-line vote: 51 Democrats yea, 42 Republicans nay.

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After a three-year hiatus, Uncle Sam will resume mailing Social Security statements this fall. The documents—which show working people how much Social Security income they can expect to receive when they retire—used to be mailed every year.

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Legislation that would have gradually raised the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour failed to earn enough votes to clear a procedural hurdle on April 30, but Senate Democrats vowed to keep the issue front and center in the run-up to November’s midterm elections.

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A majority of employers (77%) say soft skills are just as important as hard skills when evaluating applicants, says a new CareerBuilder survey.

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A new health insurance approach called “reference pricing” may help control employers’ health costs, according to a new analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

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For some occupations, raising the level of education required of new employees pays off big for businesses, according to research published in The Talent Equation, by CareerBuilder CEO Mat Ferguson and business professors Lorin Hitt and Prasanna Tambe.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has a new Web portal designed to connect veterans and service members with employers, and to help translate military skills into the civilian workforce.

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A Manhattan court stenographer’s job dissatisfaction is part of the official record after he repeatedly typed, “I hate my job, I hate my job” into the transcripts of 30 trials.

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Work cellphones won’t be ringing in the middle of the night for more than a million workers in France’s consulting and tech industries, thanks to a pact negotiated by two of the country’s largest white-collar trade unions.

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A large majority of employers rely on incentive-based pay practices to compete for top talent, as well as to motivate and reward employees, according to research by the nonprofit WorldatWork organization, Deloitte Consulting and Vivient Consulting.

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