Employment, Workforce & Education

EEOC Provides Pay Data Reporting Update

The past few weeks have seen a flow of new developments involving the recently reinstated EEO-1 pay data reporting obligations.  And Friday, May 3rd, was no exception.  At the same time EEOC was announcing its decision to collect pay data for 2017 as well as 2018, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was filing a Notice of Appeal of Judge Tanya S. Chutkan’s Order reinstating the pay data reporting obligation.

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Meet Mary Jane – Regional Director at the Workforce Development Institute (WDI)

Mary Jane is the Regional Director at the Workforce Development Institute (WDI) for the Hudson Valley. Her job is to work with partners in the region on expanding, promoting and retaining the workforce. Find out how she's helped the Council of Industry and many of its members inside.

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Meet Todd – Apprentice at Pietryka Plastics

Meet Todd, a Machine Operator at Pietryka Plastics for the past 7 months. Todd recently registered under the IMT trade in the Council of Industry's NYS Registered Apprentice Program. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice inside.

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Meet Bruce – Apprentice at Elna Magnetics

Meet Bruce- a Machine Operator at Elna Magnetics for the past 6 months. Bruce recently joined the Council of Industry's registered apprentice program under the CNC Machinist trade. He began his manufacturing career in assembly and quickly worked his way up to becoming a machinist. Learn more about his journey to a career in manufacturing inside.

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One High School, One Principal, One BIG Impact

Manufacturing companies all over the Hudson Valley are eager to recruit and train the next generation of men and women to continue the legacy of building quality products used across the nation and overseas. A local high school principal and technology teacher are doing their part to make that a reality.  Read more about how one Hudson Valley high school is making a huge impact inside.

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Meet Josh – Apprentice at LoDolce Machine

Meet Josh, an apprentice at LoDolce Machine. Josh has been working at LoDolce for a little less than a year as a Machine Operator. He was recently registered under the CNC Machinist trade in the Council of Industry's Registered Apprentice Program. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice inside.

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Workforce Diversity: New Ideas Within the Manufacturing Industry

When we think of diversity, many of us tend to think about physical characteristics. However, workplace diversity entails much more than that and for good reason. Click to read more about the importance of workforce diversity! 

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Meet Greg – Apprentice at Viking Industries

Meet Greg, an apprentice at Viking Industries. Greg has spent that last 9 years at Viking as an Industrial Mechanic.  He spends his days fixing, repairing and troubleshooting everything from forklifts to press machines. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice inside.

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The Council of Industry’s Collaborative Recruiting Program Is Helping Hudson Valley Manufacturers Find the Talent they Need

When Johnnieanne Hansen began her role as Director of Workforce Development and Apprentice Coordinator for the Council of Industry her first priority was to recruit companies to participate in the newly formed Intermediary Apprentice Program. As she began to pitch the idea she found that many Hudson Valley manufacturers also needed help with recruiting. Thus, in Spring 2018 the Collaborative Recruiting Initiative was hatched.

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Possession Of A Medical Marijuana Card Alone Does Not Prove Marijuana Use, Appeals Court Holds

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to dismiss a medical marijuana-using applicant’s disability discrimination claim because he did not state that he actually used marijuana at the time of his interview — even though he provided a copy of his medical marijuana card – and was not subjected to a drug test.

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Westchester County Paid Sick Time Law Going into Effect April 10, 2019

The new law will go into effect on April 10, 2019. Similar to the New York City paid sick time law, all full-time and part-time employees who work more than 80 hours per year in Westchester County are eligible to earn sick leave. For employers with five or more employees working in Westchester County -- regardless of where the employer is based -- this sick time must be paid.

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Find Out About IMAGE – ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers

IMAGE is a voluntary program in which ICE partners with businesses to reduce unauthorized employment and the use of fraudulent identity documents. By volunteering to participate in the program, companies can reduce unauthorized employment and the use of fraudulent identity documents. As part of IMAGE, ICE and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provide education and training on proper hiring procedures, fraudulent document detection and use of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program.

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The Council of Industry’s Collaborative Recruiting Program Is Helping Hudson Valley Manufacturers Find the Talent they Need

“In my previous positions as a recruiter and corporate trainer I had done some research into Applicant Tracking Systems. It occurred to me that the Council could purchase a subscription and make the service available to participating members.”  Hansen said.  “Hiring managers get a system where they can post jobs, sort and track candidates and get other resources and support throughout the hiring process. Posted jobs are distributed to over 100 job boards like: Indeed, Hotjobs, Monster, Zip Recruiter, LinkedIn and Glassdoor.”

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NLRB Eases Burden of Demonstrating Independent Contractor Status by Overruling Prior Decision

On January 25, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision clarifying the test for determining whether workers are independent contractors or employees. In SuperShuttle DFW, Inc., the Board reversed its 2014 decision in FedEx Home Delivery where it revised the traditional common-law test for determining whether workers are employees or independent contractors. Prior to 2014, the test analyzed whether common-law factors set forth by the Supreme Court showed that the workers had significant entrepreneurial opportunity for gain or loss.

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The Need for Women in Manufacturing

Since March is Women’s History Month we wanted to take this opportunity to talk about women in manufacturing. Today women represent nearly half of the total US workforce (47%), yet they comprise less than a third (27%) of manufacturing jobs. Find out what we can do to change these statistics in this post.

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New York Labor Department No Longer Pursuing Call-In Pay Regulations

After a round of revisions that included several exemptions to the regulations, the NYSDOL has decided to allow the proposed regulations to expire. This development is a relief for employers who would have lost flexibility in scheduling employees and responding to customers’ needs. The proposal also could have had the effect of restricting employers’ willingness to grant employees’ requests for modifications to their schedules or shifts, as doing so might also trigger penalties to employees asked to cover such shifts. The NYSDOL will leave employee scheduling to be determined by employees and employers, at least for now.

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The Magic Question for a Motivating Manufacturing Work Environment

The question you may be asking is “how do you create that engaged workforce that contributes ideas to the company and is motivated beyond the job they’re being paid for?”

Surprisingly, the answer is simple.

You ask.

By asking you give your people the one thing that they, and most human beings crave more than anything, even more than more money in their paycheck.

Autonomy!

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The Blue-Collar Drought

Many people believed that robots and machines would one day take over blue-collar jobs, however, it’s actually resulted in the exact opposite. Artificial intelligence, robotics and the internet have only created more jobs. Find out the causes behind the ongoing blue-collar drought and the initiatives being put in place to combat it.

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SUNY New Paltz Advanced Manufacturing Center receives Central Hudson Development Grant

Earlier this month Central Hudson awarded the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz a $200,000 Wired Innovation Centers grant to enhance the Center’s 3D metal printing capabilities. Learn more in this post.

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Elements of an Effective Internship

The first month of Spring Semester has flown by and college students are beginning to think about summer internship opportunities. Learn more about how to create a successful and mutually beneficial internship experience in this post!

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Elements of an Effective Internship

College students understand the value of interning and getting real-world experience to put on their resumes, but a good internship should be mutually beneficial. Developing a successful internship might seem challenging but there are several best practices that can help guide employers through the process. Find out some best practices for running a summer internship.

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Council Will Use its Collaborative Recruiting Program to Help you Recruit The Best Summer Intern Talent

We know that providing internships is one of the best recruitment strategies a company can have.  It opens a channel from a school to your company, serves as a “get to know you” period where both parties get a chance to see if there is a good fit, while at the same time enables you to get some needed work done at your business. Find out what the Council of Industry is doing to help you recruit interns for this summer.

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New York Legislative Update — 2019 Starts With a Roar

The New York State Legislature gaveled in for the 2019-2020 Legislative Session on January 9, 2019, with Democrats in control of all three chambers of New York State government for the first time since the 2008-2009 session. As expected, the Democrats are flexing their muscles and progressive legislation traditionally stalled in a Republican-controlled Senate has been given new life. For example, two long-stalled progressive pieces of legislation, Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and the Child Victims Act (discussed below), were quickly passed by the Legislature.

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