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Average Starting Salaries for Legal Jobs Projected to Rise 3.1 Percent in 2016

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Starting salaries for legal professionals in the United States are expected to increase 3.1 percent overall in 2016, according to the just-released Robert Half Legal 2016 Salary Guide. Law firm attorneys with four-plus years of professional experience should see greater-than-average salary gains. Among legal specialists, compliance directors are expected to see the largest gains in annual base compensation. Robert Half Legal is a legal staffing and consulting solutions firm specializing in attorneys, paralegals and other highly skilled legal professionals. The company’s annual Salary Guide is based on extensive research, as well as local and national employment data gathered from Robert Half Legal offices throughout North America.

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Survey Shows One In Five Attorneys Would Have Chosen Career In Business Instead Of Law

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In lieu of practicing law, many attorneys would have pursued a career in business, education or science, a recent survey by Robert Half Legal reveals. One in five (20 percent) lawyers interviewed said they would have chosen business management or marketing careers if they hadn’t become attorneys. Academia/education; STEM (science, technology, engineering and math); and finance/economics careers ranked second, with each category receiving 12 percent of the survey response.

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Majority Of Workers Value Ability To Gain New Skills When Evaluating Job Offers

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Survey Finds Professionals Also Concerned About Keeping Skills Current Greener pastures for workers may come in the form of the opportunity to learn something new, a recent survey by Robert Half Finance & Accounting suggests. Among finance and accounting professionals surveyed, 64 percent said the chance to gain new skills is a critical consideration when making a career move. Fifty percent also reported they are very concerned about keeping their skills current in the next few years; another 38 percent noted they were somewhat concerned. The research revealed that the value placed on learning and keeping skills current was greatest for those early in their careers but still significant for those who have risen through the ranks.

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Despite Healthcare Changes, Physicians Remain Happy

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Even with the ICD-10 coding transition looming, the rules governing “meaningful use” of their EHRs in a state of flux, and the constant shift in their reimbursement from volume to value, U.S. physicians are still happy in their careers. That’s according to the 2015 Great American Physician Survey, Sponsored by Kareo, conducted by Physicians Practice. In this year’s survey, 1,001 physicians nationwide shared thoughts on their medical careers, their personal lives, and the politics affecting the healthcare industry. When asked to characterize their happiness on a scale of 1 to 10, the average rating was a 7.3. It was the same average when physicians were polled on how healthy they were. When asked to what extent they agree with the statement, “I like being a physician,” 84 percent of physicians selected either a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 as their reply.

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New Report Looks at the 25 Best Jobs for Millennials

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Today, Young Invincibles released a new report, “The Best Jobs for Millennials,” highlighting careers that set up young adults for economic security. To develop the ranking, Young Invincibles analyzed 400 occupations considering three key criteria: their median salaries, projected future growth, and percent of positions held by Millennials. Millennials are facing a harsher economic landscape than older generations, including an unemployment rate more than 40 percent higher than the national average and median wages that have dropped 10 percent in the last decade. Economic security is a top priority for Millennials, and they need more information about what kinds of jobs lead to better wages, stable employment, and what kinds of education and training is necessary for these occupations.

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New Survey Paints a Picture of the 21st Century Broker

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Aflac study highlights broker shift from “old-school” ways, rethinking traditional benefits packages and exploring new channels like private exchanges. After several years of uncertainty about the effects health care reform would have on their business, brokers’ fears about the negative impact of new legislation do not seem to have materialized. According to the 2015 Aflac WorkForces Report for Brokers released today by Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site in the United States, more than half of brokers say they are confident about the future of their firms and their industry, while 41 percent agree that health care reform represents an opportunity for their business, up 14 percent from 2014.

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10 Tough Questions to Assess Your Company’s Leadership Culture

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How should a career woman evaluate the culture of a company? How does she know if her persistence will pay off, or if it is time to pack her bags and seek new adventures? “Finding the right organization and culture to thrive in is a personal endeavor,” says Nadine Haupt, author of the new book “Fall in Love with Monday Mornings: The Career Woman’s Guide to Increasing Impact, Influence and Income“.  “What works for some women may not work for others.”

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Conference Call Etiquette: Are You An Offender?

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Research Reveals Most Annoying Behavior on Conference Calls When joining conference calls, employees should be careful about “phoning it in” if they want to avoid irritating colleagues, new OfficeTeam research suggests. More than one-third (37 percent) of workers surveyed said multiple people talking at the same time is the most distracting behavior on conference calls, followed by excessive background noise (24 percent).

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Relationships Suffer When Americans Cheat Themselves Out of Time Off

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New Study Uncovers How Work Martyr Complex Bleeds into Relationships at Home American workers value quality time with their loved ones above all else, but employees’ behavior doesn’t align with those priorities, according to a new Project: Time Off study, “The Work Martyr’s Affair: How America’s Lost Week Quietly Threatens Our Relationships.” The study, conducted by GfK Public Affairs, examines how employees balance their professional and personal lives, a particularly important analysis given American workers now use the least amount of vacation in nearly four decades—a full workweek less than 15 years ago.

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