The disconnect between skills employers need and those that prospective workers possess is increasing, according to a CareerBuilder survey conducted in November.  More than half of surveyed employers reported having open positions for which they cannot find qualified applicants.  Occupational areas hit most heavily include computer and mathematics (71%), architecture  and engineering (70%), management (66%) and health care practitioners and technical occupations (56%).


With increasingly positive economic outlooks for 2014 among private company CEOs, organizations are charting ambitious revenue goals for the year, according to a PwC US study featured in CCH Daily Document Update.  The study, PwC US's Private Company Trendsetter Barometer, reports that 57% of surveyed organizations indicated that they intend to recruit, with a composite goal of a 1.9% increase in workforce size.  The largest recruiting struggle identified, however, will be to find qualified workers with specialized aptitude in STEM areas. 

An employer practice of requiring applicants to undergo “integrity testing” may not violate the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance on Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a discussion letter issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this fall.