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. 

Tuesday
Jul282015

Unemployment among young adults: Exploring employer-led solutions

By: Martha Ross, Carolyn Gatz, John Ng, Richard Kazis and Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, The Brookings Institution

Younger workers consistently experience higher unemployment and less job stability than older workers. Yet the dramatic deterioration in employment outcomes among younger workers during and since the Great Recession creates new urgency about developing more effective bridges into full-time employment for young people, especially those with less than a bachelor’s degree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improving the employment status of young adults and helping employers meet workforce needs are complementary goals. Designing strategies to achieve them requires insight into the supply and demand sides of the labor market: both the characteristics of young people and their typical routes into employment as well as the demand for entry-level workers and the market forces that shape employer decisions about hiring and investing in skill development. A quantitative and qualitative inquiry focused on the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Ill. and Louisville, Ky. led to the following insights:

An increasingly diverse younger generation will make up a growing share of the workforce. Improving the educational and employment outcomes of blacks and Hispanics is critical to maintaining a skilled and competitive labor force.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

IMA Education Foundation Presents Scholarship Awards to six Illinois community colleges

Awards of $25,000 per school for high performance; active engagement in manufacturing skills training

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) Education Foundation awarded each of the following schools $25,000 for their scholarship endowment funds. The schools are: William J. Daley College, Danville Area Community College, William Rainey Harper College, Illinois Valley Community College, Kankakee Community College and Waubonsee Community College

Community colleges receiving funding must demonstrate active engagement with the manufacturing community by meeting certain set standards demonstrating their commitment to education and training focused on the manufacturing and technology sector.

“We hope to continue broadening participation and working with these institutions to increase success across the board for students pursuing opportunities in the manufacturing sector,” said Greg Baise, president and CEO, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association.

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Thursday
Jul232015

Department of Labor Issues Proposed Overtime Regulations

On July 7, 2015, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division published a proposed rule that amends the regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) governing the “white collar” exemption from overtime pay for executive, administrative and professional employees. The proposed rule from DOL: • would double the salary threshold for employees who are eligible to receive overtime pay, from $23,660 to $50,440. This salary threshold will also be updated every year in the Federal Register, and

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Thursday
Jul232015

What The SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means For Employers

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision on same-sex marriage. In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. This case, Obergefell v. Hodges, involved challenges to same-sex marriage bans from four states — Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky. Even though the Supreme Court’s decision involves these four states, the ruling affects same-sex marriage laws in every state. The Supreme Court’s ruling means that same-sex couples have the right to be married in their own states and to have their marriages recognized as valid in every other state. The Supreme Court’s ruling is effective immediately, which means all states must start (or continue) issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the same terms as opposite-sex couples.

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Wednesday
Jul152015

FREE Workers’ Compensation Webinar: More Top 5 Lists

From IMA member Bryce Downey & Lenkov

WHEN: Thursday, July 23, 2015 – 10:00-11:00 AM CST

Our Top 5 Lists are one of the most popular parts of our monthly workers’ compensation newsletters. Last month we brought you Our Hottest Illinois Workers’ Compensation Top 5 Lists. Join Rich Lenkov and Edward Jordan for a webinar covering more Top 5 lists, including:

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