Entries by Carolyn Dingee

These States are Raising Minimum Wages in 2023

About half of all states are expected to implement a higher minimum wage in 2023. A total of 26 states have announced that higher minimum wages will be introduced during 2023, with one more state likely to see an adjustment in July. Meanwhile, 23 states and Washington, D.C., will implement higher minimum wages on Jan. […]

The Return to Office Fades

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on the lack of movement in employees returning to the office as remote work remains a popular option, even as a number of states have outlined plans to roll back mask mandates. Building security firm, Kastle Systems, reported declining office occupancy in January. An average of 33% […]

Office Utilization Rises to 40%

The New York Times recently published an article on the problems companies are facing in setting a return-to-office (RTO) date. Building security firm, Kastle Systems, reported office occupancy rose in November to 40% from 33%. Express Employment Professionals, with 300 employees in Oklahoma City, has remodeled its offices for a RTO on Jan. 15, 2022. […]

Will Employees Return to the Office?

Will employees ever return to the office? No one knows for sure. But the office of 2022 will be different as hybrid working systems become the most common solution. Property developers like SL Green Belt Realty outfitted the new 93-story skyscraper in Manhattan with a superior air filtration system, a 4,000 square foot terrace, included […]

What Happened to All the Workers?

Employers continue to struggle with hiring. So where did all the workers go? The Wall Street Journal reports that over 500,000 became self-employed in 2021. Currently 9.44 million workers are registered as self-employed. That is the highest total since 2008 after the financial crisis. Meanwhile, the US workforce remains 3% lower than before the pandemic. […]

Extra Unemployment Pay Has Disappeared, So Why Haven’t the Workers Returned?

Earlier this year, a change came: $300-a-week federal supplement for unemployed Americans was cut off. Many people, they argued, would then take the millions of jobs that employers were desperate to fill. Yet three months after half the states began ending that federal payment, there’s been no significant influx of job seekers. In states that […]

How Cleaning Contractors Can Come Out of Covid-19 Stronger

Commercial real estate and retail have taken the brunt of the blow from COVID-19. No one really knows how, or if, those facilities are going to rebound. One thing is for sure, companies are looking at the amount of office space they need and are looking at hybrid models. Here at MITC, we have reduced […]

Vaccination Mandate Announced

The U.S. government has announced a broad plan to increase Covid-19 vaccination rates in the U.S. as cases plateau at a high number, pressuring private employers to immunize their workforce, as well as mandating the shots for federal workers, contractors and employees of health-care facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding. The USA is reporting an […]

7 Million Lose Unemployment Benefits

More than 8 million people now have no unemployment compensation at all, while another 2.7 million lost the $300 federal weekly boost but will continue receiving state payments. They join the roughly 2.7 million cut off from some or all of their benefits in June or July after 24 states opted to terminate at least one of […]

Covid Vaccine Mandates in Job Listings Jump by 34%

The amount of job posts requiring a Covid vaccine were up 34% on August 7th when compared to the prior month, according to job site Indeed. The jump comes as the Covid delta variant fuels a surge in new U.S. cases. Large employers like Walmart, Google, Tyson Foods, United Airlines, US Military and McDonald’s are […]