Employment & HR

Japan’s PM to women: Go to work!

A plan to bolster Japan’s economy and shrinking workforce has Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asking his government to help women return to work. An aging workforce and low birthrate is expected to result in a working-age population of just…

On Guard: How employers can boost the 115th Fighter Wing

Col. Jeffrey Wiegand is always on the scout for a few good men and women, but he could also use a few good employers. In a recent interview with In Business, Wiegand, commander of the 115th Fighter Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, outlined various ways that local employers can support the Fighter Wing, and all it takes is a little can-do attitude.

DWD: State created 15,500 more jobs than previously reported

The State of Wisconsin created 15,524 more jobs than previously reported from March of 2012 to March of 2013, according to preliminary U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Figures indicate the state added a total…

Prominent local businesses have helped clean up Madison’s lakes, but the fight’s not over

If there’s one thing that Clean Lakes Alliance Vice President James Tye wants you to know about Madison’s lakes and the danger they still face, it’s this: Just one pound of phosphorous leaked into a lake produces 500 pounds of algae. It’s a jarring statistic, and it emphasizes just how fragile our lakes’ health is, how urgent a task keeping them clean has become, and how vital awareness is to the ongoing broad-based community effort to keep our lakes useable and Madison the envy of other Midwestern towns.

July jobs report: U.S. economy adds 162,000 new jobs

The U.S. economy added a disappointing 162,000 new jobs in July, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Labor. However, the official unemployment rate fell to 7.4%. It was 7.6% the previous month. The government also revised downward, by…

After Obamacare pay-or-play delay, questions linger

The Affordable Care Act has been a political football since it weaved (critics might say “snaked”) its way through the legislative process more than three years ago. Now, a major part of that law — the employer mandate — has been punted down the road until 2015. Just before the Fourth of July holiday, the Obama administration dropped a bombshell, delaying the Affordable Care Act’s so-called pay-or-play provision, which had originally been slated to go into effect beginning in 2014, until Jan. 1, 2015.

June jobs report: U.S. economy adds 195,000 new jobs

In a jobs report that surpassed expectations, the U.S. economy added 195,000 new jobs in June, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Labor, and the official unemployment rate remained at 7.6% because more people entered the labor…

Latest state jobs report a mix of good and bad news

Wisconsin added 32,282 private-sector jobs in 2012, a 1.4% increase over 2011, according to the latest government data released by the state Department of Workforce Development. The growth moved Wisconsin up 11 spots in the national rankings: It now ranks…

DWD: State loses fewer jobs than first reported in March, April

Wisconsin lost fewer jobs than originally reported in the months of March and April but reported job losses nonetheless, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The DWD also released preliminary…

Conference Board: Consumer confidence hits five-year high

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index hit a five-year high in May, rising to 76.2 in its preliminary results for the month, which would represent a seven-point improvement over the 69.0 recorded in April. The last time the index exceeded…

Unemployment drops in 67 of 72 counties

April unemployment figures improved in 67 of the state’s 72 counties, according to the Department of Workforce Development. Only Calumet, Menominee, and Price counties saw unemployment increase. Dane County had the lowest unemployment rate, at 4.9%, down from 5.1% in…

Walker signs work-share bill

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill allowing employers, pending certification from the Dept. of Workforce Development, to create work-share programs. Assembly Bill 15 allows employers the flexibility to reduce employees’ hours during tough economic times instead of laying them off.…

DWD: State created 32,000 jobs in 2012

New figures from the Department of Workforce Development show Wisconsin added 32,000 jobs in 2012. Between 2010 and 2012, the state added a total of 62,072 private-sector jobs, less than a quarter of the 250,000 jobs Gov. Scott Walker promised…

Postal Service eyes local job cuts

In response to a feasibility study, the U.S. Postal Service is proposing that staff at Madison’s Milwaukee Street processing center be cut by 54 and mail handling moved to Milwaukee. Meanwhile, Milwaukee would gain 24 clerk and handler jobs. Fourteen…

Community leaders striking at the roots of Dane County’s heroin and opiate crisis

Bill Reay thinks he has a handle on the origins of Dane County’s current heroin crisis – and it has a lot to do with his own profession. Reay, the former chief pharmacy officer and senior director for Physicians Plus Insurance Corp., is convinced that the startling rise in heroin use both here and across the country stems from a marked increase in opioid use in general since the 1990s.

Summit Credit Union’s learning programs opening eyes in the training and development world

Kimberly Frederickson knows the value of curling up with an old classic – and as assistant vice president of learning and development for Summit Credit Union, she understands more than most the importance of lifelong learning. The Madison-based credit union may seem like any other growing financial services entity, but as part of its stated commitment to its members, it has focused a great deal of attention on the performance of its employees. That’s an emphasis that was brought into sharp relief recently when the credit union won its second consecutive ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) Best Award, which recognizes organizations for excellence in employee learning and development.

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