Employers Face Higher Unemployment Tax Rates: As the economy struggles, employers will face higher unemployment tax rates based on rising state interest charges. Although Washington is not mentioned in the CNN report, Washington employers with nationwide workforces should be aware of the increasing employer contribution rates.

EEOC May Furlough 1,800 Workers: Facing a proposed budget cut of $5.5 million, the EEOC could be forced to furlough 1,800 employees during 2012.

Social Media Check-Up On Job Candidates Now Standard Practice: Based on a recent survey, roughly 95% of employers have used social media sites to screen prospective job candidates. The result? More than two thirds of employers have rejected a candidate based on information revealed during a social media search. If your organization is using social media during the hiring process (or considering doing so), please take a moment to review our recommended best practices.