Author: Council of Industry

New York Minimum Wage Increases

An increase in the minimum wage, intended to eventually bring New York’s state minimum wage to $15 an hour, went into effect on December 31. As a result of a measure signed into law in April 2016, the state will continue to see minimum wage increases implemented on a regional basis. The state’s current basic minimum wage is $10.40 an hour.

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Create Your Championship Company Culture By Modeling a World Series Champion

Guest blogger Skip Weisman offers advice on how to create a Championship Company Culture that will achieve high-performance resultsFind out some of his tips and tricks inside. 

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Join The Recruiting Initiative

The Council of Industry has launched a Collaborative Recruiting Initiative, designed to allow HV Manufacturing companies to work together to promote the manufacturing sector, attract candidates and ultimately pace them into manufacturing jobs. 

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Having Trouble Finding Candidates? Have You Considered Attracting Veterans?

In the manufacturing industry, one of the challenges that we all face is attracting quality candidates. Have you ever thought about trying to reach veterans through your candidate search? Did you know that jobs can be made searchable by MOS code? MOS codes are a specific code used in the military that identifies a particular job. Each MOS code has its own job description.

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COI Collaborate Recruitment Initiative Success Story

Debra Sherman, the Human Resources Director at Fair-Rite Products, joined the Council of Industry's Collaborative Recruitment Initiative about 10 months ago. Since then she has managed to fill 16 of their open positions. Learn more about the benefits of this initiative and if it could be right for you inside.

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E Verify Services Unavailable During Government Shutdown

E-Verify—the federal electronic employment eligibility verification service—has expired due to a lapse in funding and will not be available during the partial shutdown of the U.S. government that began Dec. 22, 2018.

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New York Minimum Wage Increases

An increase in the minimum wage, intended to eventually bring New York’s state minimum wage to $15 an hour, went into effect on December 31. As a result of a measure signed into law in April 2016, the state will continue to see minimum wage increases implemented on a regional basis. The state’s current basic minimum wage is $10.40 an hour.

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Social Security Administration ‘No Match’ Letters to Employers Make Another Comeback

Social Security Administration (SSA) has begun notifying employers that the information reported on an individual employee’s W-2 form does not match the SSA’s records with “Request for Employer Information” letters, known as “No-Match” letters.

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Ban the Box: Westchester County Passes Legislation Prohibiting Conviction History Questions on Job Applications

Following the trend of other counties and municipalities throughout New York State who have adopted “fair chance” or “ban the box” legislation, the Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a local law on December 3 which would prohibit employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal conviction or arrest record in employment applications.

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NAM Outlook Survey Results Show Record Breaking Optimism in 2018

For the last 20 years the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has conducted the Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey. This year manufacturers reported record breaking optimism, with 92.4 percent of manufacturers surveyed reporting a positive outlook for their companies. Link to full survey results inside. 

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Another Successful Annual Luncheon & Member Expo

With 300 people in attendance, 26 expo booths and 24 certificate recipients all at the spectacular Grandview in Poughkeepsie, it was an event to remember. E.J. Mc Mahon from The Empire Center for Public Policy presented those in attendance with a lot to think about relating to the 2019 New York State legislative session, budget, and the new federal tax law. 

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New York State Apprentice Program Information Session

Most of our members indicate that workforce is their number one concern. Many of them also indicate they are hiring and training on the job. The apprentice program allows companies to enhance their current training program while creating a clear pathway that makes sense to job seekers and employees alike.

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The Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership Program is Filling Up Fast

The Early Bird Special discount ends tomorrow December 21st. Register and pay online or mail a check to receive the substantial saving from this special offer. In the last few years, a few classes have gone to waitlists so don’t hesitate, register soon. 

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Wage and Benefit Survey Results Suggest Moderate Growth in 2019 for Hudson Valley Manufacturers

The Council of Industry and Marist College’s Bureau of Economic Research and School of Management along with Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions have compiled and analyzed the results from the 2018 Annual Wage and Benefits survey of Hudson Valley manufacturing companies. Twenty-five companies participated in the survey this year with a combined total of 2,869 reported employees.

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How to Attract Veterans

Guest blogger Michaela Ryan discusses a new method of attracting experienced workers through the use of Military Occupational Specialty codes (MOS codes). To find out what MOS codes are and how they can help you attract skilled veterans to your open positions read more in this post. 

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Preparing for the New Era of Manufacturing

The fourth Industrial Revolution is in full-swing and manufacturers are spending billions on IIoT initiatives. When planning for this new era of manufacturing there are several steps you can take to build a more successful digital strategy. Read more in this post. 

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American Made Holiday Gift Ideas

The holiday season is officially in full swing! If you're struggling to find a gift for everyone on your list try scrolling through the Alliance for American Manufacturing's 2018 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide. There's something for everyone, and you can support jobs and local economies in the process! Link to the full list in this post. 

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R & D Tax Credit for Manufacturers

Manufacturers often do not realize that they are eligible for the Research and Development tax credit. The R&D tax credit allows companies to realize tax savings, increase cash flow and stay competitive in the marketplace. Many of the qualifying activities are considered day-to-day operations for these companies.

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Why Join a Group Captive for Insurance

A captive insurer is an insurance company that is wholly owned and controlled by its insureds; its primary purpose is to insure the risks of its owners, and its insureds benefit from the captive insurer's underwriting profits. Single-parent captives have only one owner. Group captives, on the other hand, are formed when a group of individuals or entities comes together to jointly own a captive insurance company. Sometimes they are sponsored by industry associations for the benefit of their members, hence the alternative name "association captive."

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MFG Day Inspires Americans to Imagine Themselves as Manufacturing Workers

Manufacturing Day is the opportunity many manufacturers have been looking for to change the old perceptions about manufacturing and show the public what modern manufacturing really looks like. Find out more about how MFG Day is helping to increase awareness about careers in manufacturing in this post. 

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The Many Advantages of Apprenticeship Programs

Apprentice Programs can help companies retain quality employees, inspire a culture of learning and growth, and lessen the industry-wide skills gap. Learn more about these advantages and how they contribute to a company's long-term success in this post. 

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