Are Public Sector Employees Less Likely to Change Sectors?

[We're pleased to welcome author Jaclyn Piatak of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Piatak recently published a paper in Public Personnel Management entitled, "Sector Switching in Good Times and in Bad: Are Public Sector Employees Less Likely to Change Sectors?," which is free to read for a limited time. Below, Piatak reflects on … Continue reading Are Public Sector Employees Less Likely to Change Sectors?

Understanding Vocational Education in Industrialized Countries

[We're pleased to welcome Nuria Rodriguez-Planas. Nuria published an article in ILR Review in March  2015, entitled "A Road Map to Vocational Education and Training in Industrialized Countries" with co-authors Werner Eichhorst, Ricarda Schmidl and Klaus F. Zimmermann.] Our contribution to the ILR Review was motivated by a background study of IZA contributing to the … Continue reading Understanding Vocational Education in Industrialized Countries

Labor Economics and May Day throughout the Year

As in recent years, work and economic issues have been on the minds of citizens worldwide - and not just on May Day. Almost on a daily basis we've seen or read about the challenges faced by employers, employees, unions, policy makers, and governments worldwide. From debates over raising the minimum wage, to discussions of … Continue reading Labor Economics and May Day throughout the Year

How Does Job Displacement Impact Heart Health?

[We're pleased to welcome Paul Devereux of University College Dublin. Paul recently published an article in ILR Review entitled "Losing Heart? The Effects of Job Displacement on Health" with co-authors Sandra E. Black of University of Texas, Austin and Kjell G. Salvanes of Norwegian School of Economics.] The growth and decline of firms is a … Continue reading How Does Job Displacement Impact Heart Health?

Working for a Living – Jobs, Employment, Labor, Economics

Today is the day in the US when we give a shout-out to all those who labor.  The first Labor Day celebration in the U.S. took place in New York City on September 5th, 1882, and in 1894 the first Monday in September was designated a national holiday to commemorate the achievements and contributions of workers.  On … Continue reading Working for a Living – Jobs, Employment, Labor, Economics

May Day: Research has much to say about challenges in the workplace.

Work issues have often taken center stage this year. From debates over raising the minimum wage, to discussions of pay equity and discrimination, workplace health risk factors and health insurance, and more, labor and work concerns are on the minds of employers, employees, unions, policy makers, and governments worldwide. On this day set aside to … Continue reading May Day: Research has much to say about challenges in the workplace.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Read ILR Review’s Symposium on Skill Shortages and Mismatches for Free!

There's still time to read ILR Review's Symposium on Skill Shortages and Mismatches for free! Are the complaints over the supply of education-related skills in the U.S. labor force warranted? Is skill mismatch delaying the United States economy's return to health? Is vocational education actually effective at facilitating transitions into employment? These questions are explored … Continue reading Don’t Miss Your Chance to Read ILR Review’s Symposium on Skill Shortages and Mismatches for Free!

Is There a Shortage of Skilled Workers?

[We're pleased to welcome Lawrence M. Kahn of Cornell University. Dr. Kahn currently serves as co-editor of ILR Review.] In recent years, some employers, researchers and policymakers have raised concerns about a shortage of skilled workers in the United States. In some instances, the supposed shortage takes the form of poor literacy and numeracy skills … Continue reading Is There a Shortage of Skilled Workers?

Book Review: Ofer Sharone: Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences

Ofer Sharone: Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. 240 pp. ISBN 978-0-226-07336-1, $85 (Cloth); ISBN 978-0-226-07353-8, $27.50 (Paperback). Erin Hatton of State University of New York at Buffalo reviewed "Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences" by Ofer Sharone in the latest issue of ILR Review. … Continue reading Book Review: Ofer Sharone: Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences

How Do Employers Handle Termination Documentation?

One only has to do a quick internet search on job termination practices to find pages upon pages of advice ranging from legal tips to breaking the bad news. But is there a set procedure that employers follow when it comes to the documentation of a termination? That's what authors Mike Duncan and Jillian Hill … Continue reading How Do Employers Handle Termination Documentation?