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  • Wednesday, November 06, 2019 12:48 PM | Anonymous

    SAVE the DATE! Registration coming soon... On Nov. 19th HAAPC will host a “Lunch N Learn”featuring: Jeremy Sisemore, a CERS (Certified Employee Retention Specialist) who will be presenting on the HOT, HOT, HOT topic of “Employee Retention in a Tight Labor Market!”



  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    To be exempt from overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees must be paid a salary of at least the threshold amount and meet certain duties tests. If they are paid less or do not meet the tests, they must be paid 1 1/2 times their regular hourly rate for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek.

    The new rule will raise the salary threshold to $684 a week ($35,568 annualized) from $455 a week ($23,660 annualized). A blocked Obama-era rule would have doubled the threshold, but a federal judge held that the DOL exceeded its authority by raising the rate too high.

    The new rule is expected to prompt employers to reclassify more than a million currently exempt workers to nonexempt status and raise pay for others above the new threshold. 

    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is pleased that the DOL has finalized the overtime rule. "Employees and employers have been waiting for an overtime salary adjustment for over 10 years," said Nancy Hammer, SHRM's vice president of regulatory and judicial engagement. "Today's rule provides important clarity for the workplace on FLSA implementation," she said.


  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    This is not in Texas – yet – but might be helpful info just in case you want to share with your clients!

    Salary History Bans Continue to Gain Momentum Across the Country
    Lexology (09/11/19) Ariel Cohen

    States and cities continue to implement prohibitions on employer salary history inquiries. In Alabama, the Clarke-Figures Equal Pay Act took effect on Sept. 1. Illinois' amended Equal Pay Act will go into effect on Sept. 29. In New Jersey, an amendment to the state's Law Against Discrimination takes effect Jan. 1, 2020. New York's Salary History Bill, which broadens the state's Equal Pay Act, goes into effect on Jan. 6, 2020.

    At the city level, employers with six or more employees in Kansas City, MO, will be prohibited from asking applicants about their salary history, starting Oct. 31. In Toledo, OH, a salary history law that applies to employers that employ 15 or more employees within the city takes effect July 4, 2020. Employers in these locations should review and update their hiring practices and job applications to comply with these new laws.


  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019 4:08 PM | Anonymous

    Join us on August 28th, from 11:45-1:15 at Tulane University for "Anatomy of a LinkedIn Profile For Recruiters" with Raissa Evans! With over 600 million members in 200 countries, LinkedIn remains the top professional social network, making it a powerhouse for recruiters and active and passive prospects. It's unique among the major social media players because it has a very specific user base: people who are already in a professional headspace and actively looking for networking, employment and business solutions. With Microsoft's acquisition, data and behaviors from LinkedIn are beginning to be integrated into tools professionals use in enterprise on a daily basis. In fact, LinkedIn generates more leads for B2B than Facebook, Twitter or blogging. Is your professional presence positioned properly? In this interactive session you’ll walk away with: · "How to's" that help you showcase your expertise on LinkedIn for a polished professional brand. · Tools to enable you to search optimize your profile for the algorithm as well as gain new business. · The ability to master LinkedIn in just 10 minutes a day!

  • Thursday, June 06, 2019 9:49 AM | Anonymous

    The bills which would have preempted those city ordinances for paid sick leave never made it onto the calendar. Unions are all over this and are out showing at the hearings by 3 to 1. We can’t let that happen in Houston.

    See below from one of our San Antonio friends. Dallas passed as well as Austin. They ARE coming to Houston so we HAVE to be prepared to go down to City Hall if need be to fight this. This cannot work in the staffing business! 

    Message from San Antonio:

    Paid Sick Leave is here in San Antonio…and the City says it's ready.

    Here is the link to a current article in the Rivard Report regarding paid sick leave.  

     therivardreport.com/...

    The current ordinance requires employers to provide one hour of earned sick time for every 30 hours worked, with a yearly cap of 48 hours for small employers and 64 hours for those with more than 15 employees. Businesses with more than five employees must comply by August 1, and those with fewer have until August 2021.

    Let's prevent this from happening in Houston!

  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    Ready to take your recruiting skills to the next level?

    Recruiting has always been a highly competitive industry and it is even more so now, as the current job market is 90% candidate driven. For that reason, it is essential that you take advantage of every available resource to help ensure that you are able to maintain a competitive advantage.

    There's a good chance that there are gaps in your work process that are causing money to slip through your fingers.  If you're happy with what you're earning right now, no need to read any further.  But if you want to make more money in 2019 and beyond, then this session is designed specifically for you!

    In this training, Gary Wood will show you...

    • How to get the most out of your client and candidate call (Insight on what you are missing and what you should be doing to get the greatest return on your efforts).
    • How to conduct the best candidate and client debrief and why this is the most crucial step (You have done all the work… don’t lose the deal!)
    • How to save yourself time and money by being honest with yourself, your candidates and your clients (You cost yourself money by not being direct and candid!)
    • And more!

    You can't afford to miss this event!



  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8:41 AM | Anonymous

    Texas Pre-emption Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearing Wednesday, May 1

    As a result of staffing firms’ grassroots action last week, Texas Senate Bills 2485, 2486, 2487, 2488 have been scheduled for a hearing before the House State Affairs Committee this Wednesday, May 1, at 8:00 am.


  • Friday, April 26, 2019 2:11 PM | Anonymous

    The Texas state legislature is currently considering four bills (Senate Bills 2485, 2486, 2487, and 2488) that are of great importance to the employer community, especially staffing companies.

    These four bills would prohibit Texas cities and towns from passing employment-related ordinances relating to such things as paid sick or other leave, scheduling practices, and employee benefits. If enacted, only the state legislature would have the authority to pass laws in these areas, and staffing companies would no longer be faced with the daunting prospect of a patchwork of local laws.

    Earlier this month, all four bills were passed out of the Texas Senate and sent to the House for consideration. Unfortunately, the House Committee on State Affairs has not yet scheduled these bills for a hearing. If they are not passed out of the committee by May 6, they will be dead for the year.

    That is why ASA is asking all of our members doing business in Texas to contact members of the Texas House State Affairs Committee and urge them to tell their chairman to schedule votes for these bills as soon as possible. Sample talking points and contact information for these legislators is included below.

    We are very close to getting these important bills sent to the Governor. But your help is essential. Now is the time to take a few minutes and reach out to the following committee members. The only way these bills will keep moving is if legislators hear from many constituents, so please do your part. Thank you for taking grassroots action.

    House State Affairs Committee:

    Rep. Dade Phelan, Chair: Phone: 512-463-0706

    Rep. Ana Hernandez, Vice Chair: 512-463-0614

    Rep. Joe Deshotel: 512-463-0662

    Rep. R. D. "Bobby" Guerra: 512-463-0578

    Rep. Sam Harless: 512-463-0496

    Rep. Justin Holland: 512-463-0484

    Rep. Todd Hunter: 512-463-0672

    Rep. Phil King: 512-463-0738

    Rep. Tan Parker: 512-463-0688

    Rep. Richard Peña Raymond: 512-463-0558

    Rep. Eddie Rodriguez: 512-463-0674

    Rep. John T. Smithee: 512-463-0702

    Rep. Drew Springer: 512-463-0526


  • Monday, April 15, 2019 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    On April 11, 2019 the Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants (HAAPC) recognized the achievements of their members by hosting the 37thAnnual Awards Program.  Held at The Junior League of Houston and emceed by Barb Bruno, the Annual Awards program announced and celebrated the production winners among HAAPC members within various categories.  A complete list of winners is available for viewing in the Awards & Recognition tab.  Congratulations!


  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    Would you like to earn more money in 2019?  The great news is that in the Staffing and Recruiting profession you are able to write your own paycheck.  What obstacles are preventing you from producing and earning more? That’s what we will address in this two-hour interactive workshop.

    After presenting over twenty in-house training sessions last year with some of the most successful Staffing and Recruiting Firms in the country, Barb Bruno has identified very costly mistakes that even the best in our Profession are making.

    This session is for individuals who are ambitious, tenacious and willing to make changes in order to obtain greater results.  Bring your most difficult candidate and client objections and learn how to effectively overcome them.

     If you want to DRAMATICALLY improve your results and income in 2019, this comprehensive workshop is a MUST ATTEND!

    We GUARANTEE you will learn:

    • How to recruit the 85% of candidates not actively in a job search or reading website postings or job board ads!
    • Why you will fill more business by focusing on performance vs. skills
    • What it takes to differentiate yourself with clients & candidates
    • How to stop offering your candidates lateral vs. career moves
    • Answers to your toughest objections

    We are limited by the size of the room, so please reserve your spot today!  Individuals who are attending the HAAPC Awards Banquet, can attend this afternoon workshop FREE!    

    http://haapc.org/event-3304077

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