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
Jul232014

Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) Information for Funding FY 2014

For the grant period July 1,2013 through June 30, 2014

The Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) is a state funded program supervised by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and administered by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA). This grant provides companies reimbursement for skills training of current employees and members. Both external and internal trainers may conduct training.

Reimbursements are approved by the DCEO and are distributed on a “first come, first serve” standard based on the availability of funding.

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Wednesday
Jul232014

Proactively Laying a Proper Union-free Foundation

From IMA member law firm Pautsch Spognardi & Baiocchi …

Prudent employers will periodically conduct a human resources audit, not only to ensure compliance with laws and regulations, but also to conduct a union vulnerability assessment and to ensure there is a good foundation to support a continued union-free environment.

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Wednesday
Jul162014

Recent guidance on contributing to an employee’s individual health insurance premium on a tax-free basis

From IMA member Associated Financial Group …

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be implemented, employers of all sizes are exploring a variety of different responses to the requirements and mandates of the law. With the advent of three important insurance reforms — guaranteed issue in the individual market, the state health insurance exchanges and possible premium subsidies for policies purchased through those exchanges — one option that some employers are exploring is dropping their group health plan altogether and directing employees to purchase their own individual health policies through the state health insurance exchange or otherwise.

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Wednesday
Jul162014

Labor & Employment Law Alert — Noel Canning Affirmed — Unanimous Supreme Court Invalidates President Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments

From IMA member Barnes & Thornburg LLP …

On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down President Barack Obama’s controversial 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In NLRB v. Canning, __ U.S.___ (2014) (Noel Canning), the Supreme Court unanimously held that the president did not have the constitutional authority to make the recess appointments at issue. Noel Canning has sweeping implications on the separation of powers and the limits of presidential authority.

The genesis of Noel Canning’s controversy was President Obama’s attempted use of the presidential recess appointment power to fill three NLRB vacancies on January 4, 2012. At that time, the Democrat-controlled Senate was holding “pro forma sessions” every few days specifically to prevent the president from using his recess appointment power. The president asserted that, notwithstanding these pro forma sessions, the Senate was in a recess, and that he had authority to appoint three members to vacant seats on the NLRB.

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Thursday
Jul102014

CompTIA Workforce Development and State of Illinois Awarded $6.175MM Federal Grant to Train Dislocated Workers in IT Skills

CompTIA, the IT Industry Trade Association, said today new job training opportunities in information technology (IT) skills will soon be available to dislocated workers and the unemployed in Illinois.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded CompTIA Workforce Development, LLC and the State of Illinois a $6,175,000 Job-Driven National Emergency Grant to train workers who have lost a job through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries such as IT. Across the country, grants totaling $154.8 million were awarded to implement or expand job-training programs.

“Illinois holds a vibrant and growing place in the nation’s IT industry,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. “But to maintain and expand this presence we need to bring more workers in to the IT workforce. This federal grant recognizes the importance of IT to the nation’s economy and security. More importantly, we’re expanding opportunities for people to access the training they need to re-enter the workforce.”

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