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A look at violence in the workplace against psychiatric aides and psychiatric technicians

June 23, 2015 Comments off

A look at violence in the workplace against psychiatric aides and psychiatric technicians
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Psychiatric aides and technicians are experiencing high rates of nonfatal occupational injury and illness due to violence in the workplace by patients. For psychiatric aides, the rate is 69 times higher than the national rate of violence in the workplace, and for psychiatric technicians it is 38 times higher. The rates for these two occupations were different from each other even though psychiatric aides and technicians have similar job environments and duties. This article analyzes the similarities and differences of these occupations, gives a brief overview of psychiatric practices in the United States, and looks at areas where more research could be conducted to help prevent future injuries and illnesses for people in these occupations.

Access to and Use of Leave – 2011 Data from the American Time Use Survey

June 4, 2015 Comments off

Access to and Use of Leave – 2011 Data from the American Time Use Survey
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

In 2011, 90 percent of wage and salary workers had access to paid or unpaid leave at their main jobs, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Twenty-one percent of wage and salary workers took paid or unpaid leave during an average week. Workers who took leave during an average week took an average of 15.6 hours of leave. Fifty-six percent of wage and salary workers were able to adjust their work schedules or location instead of taking leave or because they did not have access to leave in 2011. Seven percent of workers made such an adjustment in an average week.

Employee Benefits Security Administration publishes plan audit quality report

June 1, 2015 Comments off

Employee Benefits Security Administration publishes plan audit quality report
Source: U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has published its study on the quality of benefit plan audits performed by certified public accountants. The report, “Assessing the Quality of Employee Benefit Plan Audits,” reveals serious issues with the current system.

“The existing patchwork of regulations and rules needs to be overhauled and a meaningful enforcement mechanism needs to be created,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security Phyllis C. Borzi. “The department is proposing, among other measures, legislation that will fix these problems.”

More than 7,300 licensed CPAs nationwide audit more than 81,000 employee benefit plans. EBSA’s review found that 61 percent of audits fully complied with professional auditing standards or had only minor deficiencies under professional standards. The remaining 39 percent of the audits contained major deficiencies, however, which put $653 billion and 22.5 million plan participants and beneficiaries at risk. These figures reflect increases in the amount of plan assets and number of plan participants at risk compared with prior EBSA studies.

Major Work Stoppages in 2014

April 24, 2015 Comments off

Major Work Stoppages in 2014
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

In 2014, there were 11 major work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers and lasting at least one shift, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The 11 major work stoppages beginning in 2014 were down from the 15 major work stoppages beginning in 2013, and equaled the second lowest annual total (11 in 2010) of work stoppages since the series began in 1947. The lowest annual total was 5 in 2009. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

Major work stoppages beginning in 2014 idled 34,000 workers, lower than the 2013 total of 55,000 idled workers. In 2014, there were 200,000 days idle from major work stoppages in effect, also lower than 2013 with 290,000 days idle. In 2014, private industry organizations accounted for 9 of the 11 major work stoppages in 2014. In addition, 7 of the 11 major work stoppages beginning in 2014 occurred in the health care and social assistance industry and the educational services industry. (See table 2.)

In 2014, the largest major work stoppage in both days idle and duration was between FairPoint Communications and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 2320, 2326, and 2327 and the Communications Workers of America Local 1400, with 1,700 workers accounting for 86,700 days idle in 2014. The work stoppage was still ongoing at the end of 2014. (See table 2.)

Injuries and illness among state and local government bus drivers

April 12, 2015 Comments off

Injuries and illness among state and local government bus drivers
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the American Public Transportation Association, people in the United States took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2013. Just over half those trips were on motor buses. An estimated 5,780 state and local government transit and intercity bus drivers suffered injuries on the job in 2013. These injuries required at least one day away from work.

Bus drivers spend almost all of their worktime on the road. Transportation incidents were the most common event that lead to a workplace injury or illness among state and local bus drivers in 2011 and 2013. These incidents accounted for 42 percent of injuries and illnesses in 2013 and 36 percent in 2011. In 2012, transportation incidents accounted for 26 percent of cases that caused bus drivers to miss work, the second most common event that year.

Careers for music lovers

April 8, 2015 Comments off

Careers for music lovers
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Rock ’n’ roll. Jazz. Calypso. There are many different types of music, each with its own style. And just as musical styles vary, so, too, do occupations in the music world.

Musician and singer are popular choices for a musical career. But even if you can’t carry a tune, you can incorporate music into your work. Dancers, composers, and sound engineering technicians, for example, all work with music in various ways.

And for many, making music a career is a lifelong dream. “I started playing the piano at age 6 and fell in love instantly,” says Ciara McAllister, a pianist and music teacher in San Francisco, California. “I feel lucky to be able to make a living in music, my biggest passion.”

This article provides an overview of different types of careers for music lovers. The first section profiles several occupations that involve music. The second section describes how you can prepare for a music-related career. The third section details some of the high and low notes of working in music. Career resources are presented at the end.

Multiple jobholding over the past two decades

April 7, 2015 Comments off

Multiple jobholding over the past two decades
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

In 2013, 6.8 million workers in the United States held more than one job. Twenty years before, the figure was 7.5 million, although the total number of workers with a job was lower by 15.9 million. The multiple-jobholding rate—the proportion of multiple jobholders among all employed workers—rose from 6.2 percent in 1994 to a high of 6.8 percent during the summer of 1995. It has declined steadily since then and was at 5.0 percent by the end of 2013. Inspection of data from the Current Population Survey (CPS, see accompanying box) reveals that the downward trend holds across various sociodemographic groups of the working-age population (those 16 to 64 years old).

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