On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of January 8

US Lawmakers Facing Deadlines for Budget, Immigration Deals.  Voice of America 1/11 “U.S. lawmakers are running short on time to agree on a plan to fund the government and achieve a bipartisan immigration deal.  The budget battle could lead to a government shutdown next week, and Democrats in Congress want any funding agreement to include […]

Phone Lines for Employer Services & Program Integrity Units Repaired and Fully Functioning

The Vermont Department of Labor’s Employer Services and Program Integrity Units within the Unemployment Insurance Division experienced technical difficulties last week involving public phone lines. Those technical issues have been resolved, and all phone lines have been repaired and are functioning. The Program Integrity Unit can be contacted by calling 802.828.4333, and the Employer Services […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of January 1

U.S. job growth cools as labor market nears full employment; wages up.  Reuters 1/5 “U.S. job growth slowed more than expected in December amid a decline in retail employment, but a pick-up in monthly wage gains pointed to labor market strength that could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates in […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of December 18

Manufacturers React to Congressional Passage of the Tax Bill.  IndustryWeek 12/21 “Manufacturers will save about $261 billion over the next decade thanks to the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. On paper, that should lead to new investments — in equipment, in workforce and beyond. . . .” The No. 1 Employee Benefit That No […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of December 11

U.S. industrial production posts third gain in a in November row as factories hum.  MarketWatch 12/15 “The numbers: Industrial production in the U.S. rose 0.2% in November to mark the third straight advance. . . .” How to Engage a Union Workforce: One CEO’s Lessons.  Gallup 12/14 “In 2007, the 5,000 union employees of DTE […]

Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in Supporting Mature Workers

The Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in Supporting Mature Workers recognizes Vermont employers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to employment practices that benefit and support the inclusion and retention of mature workers. Employers who believe they have employment practices and policies that are highly supportive of the mature workforce are encouraged to apply. Key selection criteria […]

2017 Heat Illness Prevention Resources

The following is based on recent releases from VOSHA and OSHA:  OSHA’s Office of Communications is preparing to soon launch the annual Heat Illness Prevention Campaign which will include an updated Heat Illness Prevention webpage and social media efforts using #WaterRestShade.  Once again, OOC will be looking for examples of steps that employers are taking […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of May 29

New Demand for HR Execs: Data Analytics.  Gallup 6/2 “Data analytics — historically the domain of marketing, operations and finance departments — is now inundating human resources. These untapped workplace insights offer essential information, but only if HR can apply the right analytics in the right way. . . .” Why Manufacturers Should Be Mindful […]