Employment, Workforce & Education

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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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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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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Meet Rob – Apprentice at Zierick Manufacturing

Meet Rob, an apprentice at Zierick Manufacturing. Rob has spent the past 4 years at Zierick as a Tool Room Apprentice, and recently registered as an apprentice in The Council of Industry’s NYS Registered Apprenticeship Program. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice in this post. 

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Meet Zach – Apprentice at Stanfordville Machine

Meet Zachary, an apprentice at Stanfordville Machine. Zach has spent the past 3 months at Stanfordville as a Machine Operator, and recently registered as a pre-apprentice in The Council of Industry’s NYS Registered Apprenticeship Program. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice in this post. 

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Recruiting Reboot and Wage & Benefits Data

Workforce has been one of the top issues for our members recently. The Council of Industry has put together an HR Network meeting to help with recruitment and we are conducting our annual Wage & Benefit Survey to help members see where their numbers fall in comparison to others in the Hudson Valley.

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Update on Sexual Harassment Training in New York State

The final model of the sexual harassment policy and training guideline for employers to be in compliance with the new legislation was released on October 1st and became effective on October 9th. Read all about the new timelines and find out more about this important legislation. 

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Increase Hiring Success in 5 Simple Steps

Today's candidate-driven job market is forcing employers to update their hiring processes to remain competitive. Learn 5 simple steps to improving your interview process in this post. 

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2018 Manufacturing Employment Trends

Several employment trends in 2018 made a significant impact on the manufacturing industry. Check out this post for a full list of trends and how they individually affected the workplace.

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A Value Proposition with an Altruistic Twist

Guest blogger Stephen Casa discusses the importance of getting students enrolled in local BOCES programs, and further elaborates on what these programs offer. Learn more in this post.

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Bring Back Vocational Training

The United States education system has been slowly removing vocational training from high schools since the 1960s. High school curriculum is now much more focused on preparing students for college. Bringing back vocational training would help expose these students to other options and would be beneficial to high school students and the entire manufacturing industry at large. Read more in this post.

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There’s Gold in the Hills of the Hudson Valley

As I travel around the Hudson Valley meeting with various leaders in industry, I hear the same concern: “We can’t find enough qualified employees to fill the positions that are being left vacant by retirement, innovation, etc.” This is where a value added strategy can benefit employers: developing collaborative partnerships with education.

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