Welcome to the IMA Human Resources Blog. The blog format reflects our efforts to provide IMA members with timely, relevant and thought provoking information in a form that is accessible for easy reference. IMA’s Human Resources Blog will be updated on a regular basis. Weekly news update emails will be sent out to notify subscribers of new information posted on the blog. IMA members are welcome to submit material for the blog, or request specific information. Simply email Editor Stefany Henson at shenson@ima-net.org with your information or request. Editorial submissions are subject to review. 

Wednesday
Apr292015

Improving Your Operations and Workforce — a seminar presented by EDSI in partnership with Business [solutions] College of DuPage — Thursday, May 21st

7:30 am-12:00 pm — $75 / Person — College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Finding and keeping talented people with the right skills is one of today’s manufacturer’s toughest challenges. How do you find the talent you need and incorporate relevant training? How do you teach employees to meet and exceed production goals? At this half day seminar you will learn how to cultivate critical skill sets, develop training pathways and improve your operations by developing your workforce.

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Wednesday
Apr292015

FREE Seminar: Remaining Union Free in the Era of Ambush Organizing — May 20th in Lisle

Hosted by IMA member Pautsch, Spognardi & Baiocchi Legal Group 

Illinois: May 20th — Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, IL  60532  

Due to the popularity of our February seminars on this topic as well as the April 14th effective date for the implementation of the NLRB’s new rules significantly changing representation case handling procedures (a.k.a. ambush election rules), Pautsch, Spognardi & Baiocchi Legal Group, together with National Labor Consultants will be presenting a fast-paced, and highly interactive training program for executives, managers, and front-line supervisors on the latest trends on maintaining union-free status in today’s workplace. This training will focus on:

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Thursday
Apr232015

Addressing the Workforce Gap — 1000 Jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing Campaign

Despite recent ticks downward in manufacturing growth numbers, the White House announced this month that more than 870,000 manufacturing jobs were added in the country since 2010; the largest growth rate since the 1980s.

It is estimated that anywhere between 30,000 – 50,000 jobs are open in Chicagoland. The cost of those open jobs to those businesses and the regional economy is significant. According to Career Builder a company loses, on average, $14,000 for every job that remains open for more than three months. Additional losses come in the form of low morale and product delays.

If local manufacturing is going to continue on a growth trajectory; the workforce gap needs to be addressed.

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Thursday
Apr232015

EEOC Releases Proposed Rule on Workplace Wellness Programs for Public Comment

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to employer wellness programs that are part of group health plans. The NPRM is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2015. The public may offer comments on the NPRM until June 19, 2015.

The EEOC acknowledges that guidance is needed on how wellness programs offered as part of an employer’s group health plan can comply with the ADA consistent with provisions governing such programs in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as amended by the Affordable Care Act. The Commission also offers a Fact Sheet for Small Businesses and a Question and Answer document.

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Wednesday
Apr152015

Conducitng Effective Employee Exit Interviews

From the G&A Partners HR Blog — Posted April 2, 2015

The only constant about an organization’s workforce is that it is ever changing. And although losing employees is inevitable, an employee’s last few days also present a critical opportunity for business owners, managers and the HR team to learn how employees really feel about their employer.

While people are currently employed by an organization, they are often afraid to fully voice their opinions. After the decision to leave is made, however, they are often more willing to offer honest feedback about their experiences. This period, an employee’s last few days or weeks, is the perfect time for your HR team to conduct an exit interview.

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