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
Apr232014

IMA Education Foundation endorsed events: Manufacturers Breakfast, May 9, College of Lake County, Grayslake

Come learn about CLC’s high-tech programs in Lasers/Photonics/Optics, Welding, CNC and Mechatronics and how we can help your company. CLC is committed to meeting the needs of Lake County manufacturers. • Learn about the abilities our graduates can bring to your workforce. • Tour our state-of-the-art equipment labs. • Get the latest program information from our Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences division faculty and administration. Manufacturers Breakfast – Friday, May 9 – 7:00-9:30 am, Room T326, 3rd floor, Technology Building, Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, Illinois.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

When does the clock start running for employees “on the road?”

From IMA member Pautsch Spognardi & Baiocchi Legal Group, LLP’s Monday Morning Minute, April 21, 2014

PSB is frequently asked questions about the proper calculation of “hours worked” when employees are travelling, either to and from the office/factory or to temporary or permanent job sites. Indeed this is one of the most vexing questions employers face on a day-to-day basis. Mistakes can be very problematic giving rise to class liability in some circumstances.

In order to determine if travel time is “hours worked,” there are six basic principles to consider and then apply:

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Registration Opens for Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014

The Association For Manufacturing Technology has opened registration for the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS-The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 being held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 8-13. Registration for students and educators is free.

IMTS is the largest industrial trade show in the Americas, drawing more than 100,000 visitors and featuring 1,900 exhibitors. The Smartforce Student Summit is held in conjunction with IMTS and gives students a first-hand, interactive view of manufacturing technology, in addition to promoting careers in the industry.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

H-1B Cap Premium Processing

By David S. Jones on April 1, 2014 … From IMA member Jackson Lewis’ Immigration Blog

USCIS has announced that it will begin premium processing of H-1B petitions subject to the H-1B cap for Fiscal 2015 no later than April 28, 2014. (See http://www.uscis.gov). The annual “cap” on H-1B visas is 85,000. Normally, paying an additional filing fee of $1,225 and filing Form I-907 with an H-1B petition guarantee a response from USCIS by the 15th calendar day after the date that USCIS receives the H-1B petition. Now, USCIS is warning that the guaranteed 15-day premium processing period may begin as late as April 28th, and that, therefore, a response on petitions could come as late as May 13, 2014.

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Tuesday
Apr082014

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Nominated for Talented Workforce Initiative

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is one of the four national programs nominated for the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council’s Talented Workforce Initiative. The Talented Workforce Initiative was created to identify the most imaginative and effective solutions for building the region’s pool of manufacturing talent. “We are honored to have received a Talented Workforce Initiative nomination. The U.S. has begun to experience a manufacturing resurgence with both U.S. and foreign multinational production facilities returning to our shores — and manufacturing jobs increasing. In order to ensure that this trend continues, we must increase opportunities to prepare individuals with the higher skills needed by industry,” said Leo Reddy, CEO of MSSC. “MSSC Credentials help produce agile knowledge workers-the Industrial Athletes of the Future-with the stronger, cross-cutting foundational skills needed to help companies achieve greater productivity, innovation and global economic competitiveness.”

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