jobs http://wnpr.org en Sen. Murphy Urges Support for Bring Jobs Home Act http://wnpr.org/post/sen-murphy-urges-support-bring-jobs-home-act <p>U.S. Senator Chris Murphy hopes for a strong vote in the Senate <a href="https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s2569" target="_blank">this week on the Bring Jobs Home Act</a>. The bill would take away the ability for businesses to get a tax break for sending jobs overseas, and instead incentivizes companies to bring jobs back to the United States.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:33:06 +0000 Diane Orson 25903 at http://wnpr.org Sen. Murphy Urges Support for Bring Jobs Home Act Miss Manners Takes On Workplace Etiquette http://wnpr.org/post/miss-manners-takes-workplace-etiquette-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The "</span>doyenne<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of civility," Judith Martin, a.k.a. </span><a href="http://www.missmanners.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Miss Manners</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, has decided that the fast-changing modern workplace could use some tips on what is and is not okay. And she delivers it in her characteristic dry, witty way, in the book she has co-authored with her son, Nicholas </span>Ivor<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Martin,&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Miss Manners Minds Your Business</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:24:18 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 25618 at http://wnpr.org Miss Manners Takes On Workplace Etiquette States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says http://wnpr.org/post/states-raised-minimum-wage-see-faster-job-growth-report-says New data released by the Department of Labor suggests that raising the minimum wage in some states might have spurred job growth, contrary to what critics said would happen.<p>In a report on Friday, the 13 states that raised their minimum wages on Jan. 1 have added jobs at a faster pace than those that did not. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 25564 at http://wnpr.org States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says Microsoft Will Cut As Many As 18,000 Jobs http://wnpr.org/post/microsoft-will-cut-many-18000-jobs A large layoff is under way at Microsoft, as the technology company says it will cut 13,000 jobs in the next six months. All but 500 of the layoffs are related to the Nokia phone division the company acquired in April. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:33:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 25440 at http://wnpr.org EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers http://wnpr.org/post/eeoc-announces-tougher-rules-protecting-pregnant-workers Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said this week. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:14:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 25380 at http://wnpr.org EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers Most Employers See A Benefit In Covering Contraceptives http://wnpr.org/post/most-employers-see-benefit-covering-contraceptives Despite questions raised by the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, women in most health plans will still be able to get their birth control covered with no out-of-pocket expenses.<p>The court ruling did not change the health law's requirement that preventive care services, including <a href="http://www.hrsa.gov/womensguidelines/">all Food and Drug Administration-approved forms of contraception</a> for women, be provided by most health plans to customers without cost. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:35:42 +0000 editor 25318 at http://wnpr.org Berlin Limousine Firm Ordered to Pay $500,000 in Back Wages http://wnpr.org/post/berlin-limousine-firm-ordered-pay-500000-back-wages <p>A Berlin limousine firm has been ordered to pay its drivers half a million dollars in back wages and damages, after it failed to pay overtime for several years.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:59:50 +0000 Harriet Jones 25044 at http://wnpr.org Berlin Limousine Firm Ordered to Pay $500,000 in Back Wages Combining Food Stamps and Job Training in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/combining-food-stamps-and-job-training-connecticut <p>One of Connecticut's community colleges has received additional funding to help food stamp recipients get jobs.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:56:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 25016 at http://wnpr.org Combining Food Stamps and Job Training in Connecticut Phoniness: From Resume Fraud to Fake Identities http://wnpr.org/post/phoniness-resume-fraud-fake-identities <p>Maybe Holden Caulfield was onto something when he ranted about "phoniness." This June, Michael Sharpe &nbsp;resigned as CEO of FUSE, a Hartford-based charter school management company, when it came to light that he was not, in fact, a doctor, as his biography might have you believe.</p><p>That got us thinking about faking it: Why do people commit resume fraud? What is<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">our obsession with titles? What happens when someone adopts a whole new identity?</span> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:03:13 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf & Allison Ehrenreich 24935 at http://wnpr.org Phoniness: From Resume Fraud to Fake Identities The Design of Workspaces Past, Present, and Future http://wnpr.org/post/design-workspaces-past-present-and-future <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b588b601-15e4-befb-ba70-6de737e98215"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">From the nineteenth century “counting house” to the modern-day cubicle, the layout of our workspaces has undergone some pretty radical changes over the years. </span></span></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 24904 at http://wnpr.org The Design of Workspaces Past, Present, and Future Employer Health Costs Are Expected To Rise In 2015 http://wnpr.org/post/employer-health-costs-are-expected-rise-2015 Increases in health costs will accelerate next year, but changes in how people buy care will help keep the hikes from reaching the speed seen several years ago, PricewaterhouseCoopers says.<p>The prediction, based on interviews and modeling, splits the difference between hopes that costs will stay tame and fears that they're off to the races after having been slow since the 2008 financial crisis.<p>"This is not an immediate return to double-digit growth rates," says Ben Isgur, a director in PwC's Health Research Institute. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:27:08 +0000 Jay Hancock 24173 at http://wnpr.org It's Not a Good Idea to Mention Your Religion on Your Resume http://wnpr.org/post/its-not-good-idea-mention-your-religion-your-resume <p>Researchers at the University of Connecticut find that employers are less likely to respond to a job application if a resume mentions an applicant’s religion.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:44:35 +0000 Diane Orson 23982 at http://wnpr.org It's Not a Good Idea to Mention Your Religion on Your Resume Fairfield County a Mecca for Foreign Investment http://wnpr.org/post/fairfield-county-mecca-foreign-investment <p>Fairfield County had the highest proportion of employment provided by foreign-owned companies of any metro region in the country. The figures came in a new study on the impact of overseas investment in the U.S.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:50:52 +0000 Harriet Jones 23976 at http://wnpr.org Fairfield County a Mecca for Foreign Investment Concern Over Faculty Layoffs at Quinnipiac University http://wnpr.org/post/concern-over-faculty-layoffs-quinnipiac-university <p>The Connecticut chapter of the American Association of University Professors said it's deeply concerned about the way Quinnipiac University recently laid off members of its faculty.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:40:23 +0000 Diane Orson 23841 at http://wnpr.org Concern Over Faculty Layoffs at Quinnipiac University Connecticut Law to Help Veterans Connect to Jobs, College Credit http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-law-help-veterans-connect-jobs-college-credit <p>Connecticut is joining a number of states that have passed laws to consider military training when veterans apply for certain jobs or college credit.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The law stems from recommendations of a legislative task force and a report by the <a href="http://ctveteranslegal.org/" target="_blank">Connecticut Veterans Legal Center</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:27:17 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 23457 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Law to Help Veterans Connect to Jobs, College Credit Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock http://wnpr.org/post/move-over-bridgegate-chris-christies-next-campaign-roadblock The U.S. economy reached a milestone this week: The country finally recovered all the jobs it lost during the Great Recession. But some states still lag behind when it comes to job creation — including New Jersey.<p>The Garden State's stalled economy may be an even bigger problem for Gov. Chris Christie than the scandal over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.<p>When Christie took office in 2010, the state had just lost more than 100,000 jobs. Christie was undaunted. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Joel Rose 23250 at http://wnpr.org Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock Connecticut Manufacturers Foresee a Hiring Crisis http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-manufacturers-foresee-hiring-crisis <p>Connecticut's manufacturers expect to be doing lots of hiring in the next few years, but a recent survey shows they're worried about where all those new workers are going to come from.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:18:33 +0000 Harriet Jones 22906 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Manufacturers Foresee a Hiring Crisis Reports: Royal Bank of Scotland to Slash Hundreds of U.S. Jobs http://wnpr.org/post/reports-royal-bank-scotland-slash-hundreds-us-jobs <p>The Royal Bank of Scotland could lay off hundreds of its U.S. employees, according to new reports. The company has its North American headquarters in Stamford.</p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:45:40 +0000 Harriet Jones 22642 at http://wnpr.org Reports: Royal Bank of Scotland to Slash Hundreds of U.S. Jobs States Consider Bills To Crack Down On Workplace Bullies http://wnpr.org/post/states-consider-bills-crack-down-workplace-bullies Bullying is a behavioral problem often associated with children in grade school, but according to a <a href="http://www.workplacebullying.org/wbiresearch/wbi-2014-us-survey/" target="_blank">recent Zogby poll</a> commissioned by the Workplace Bullying Institute more than a quarter of American workers say they've experienced abusive conduct at work.<p>Now, many states are considering laws that would give workers legal protections against workplace abuse.<p>Lisa-Marie Mulkern says her boss — the commandant of a retirement home for veterans in New Hampshire — turned on her after she expressed con Tue, 27 May 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 22555 at http://wnpr.org States Consider Bills To Crack Down On Workplace Bullies Bringing Manufacturing Jobs Back to Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/bringing-manufacturing-jobs-back-connecticut-0 <p>This hour, we kick off our year-long <a href="http://wnpr.org/topic/manufacturing" target="_blank">Made in Connecticut series</a> with a conversation about keeping jobs in and bringing jobs back to Connecticut. Senator Chris Murphy joined us, along with WNPR’s Harriet Jones, and some folks from the local manufacturing industry, to take an in-depth look at the present and future of manufacturing in our state.</p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 22405 at http://wnpr.org Bringing Manufacturing Jobs Back to Connecticut Starwood Gets $30 Million Hospitality Package From State http://wnpr.org/post/starwood-gets-30-million-hospitality-package-state <p>The Starwood Hotel group said it will create 340 new jobs at its Stamford headquarters, bringing its total workforce in the city's Harbor Point to more than 1,300.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 13:24:15 +0000 Harriet Jones 22389 at http://wnpr.org Starwood Gets $30 Million Hospitality Package From State Foxwoods to Shutter Some Pits on Weekdays, Lay Off Employees http://wnpr.org/post/foxwoods-shutter-some-pits-weekdays-lay-employees <p>Foxwoods Resort Casino has announced plans to close parts of one of its casinos on weekdays, and lay off employees. This is the latest bid to brings costs under control as its gaming receipts continue to drop.</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 19:59:24 +0000 Harriet Jones 22108 at http://wnpr.org Foxwoods to Shutter Some Pits on Weekdays, Lay Off Employees April Adds to Positive Jobs Trend in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/april-adds-positive-jobs-trend-connecticut <p>Connecticut added more than two thousand jobs last month, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Labor. It adds to the positive trend seen through the early part of this year.</p><p>The Labor Department always cautions that monthly figures can be volatile, and subject to correction, but April marks the third straight month that the state saw positive job growth. Employers added 2,200 jobs and the unemployment rate, measured through a separate household survey, dropped to 6.9%, down 1/10ths of a percent.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:00:39 +0000 Harriet Jones 22107 at http://wnpr.org Will You Stay Or Will You Go? http://wnpr.org/post/will-you-stay-or-will-you-go <p>A recent Gallup poll brought a lot of attention to whether residents in Connecticut are happy where they live. <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/why-half-connecticuts-residents-want-move-another-state">About half said they would move to a different state if given the chance</a>, ranking Connecticut second only to Illinois among states with people feeling a bit disenchanted.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:20:20 +0000 Heather Brandon 21923 at http://wnpr.org Will You Stay Or Will You Go? Job Training Planned In Springfield Neighborhoods Hit By 2011 Tornado http://wnpr.org/post/job-training-planned-springfield-neighborhoods-hit-2011-tornado The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is soliciting bids from organizations to do workforce training in poor neighborhoods hit by the tornado three years ago.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The South End Community Center was destroyed by the tornado on June 1, 2011. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:37:11 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21884 at http://wnpr.org Job Training Planned In Springfield Neighborhoods Hit By 2011 Tornado Employers May Start Paying You To Buy Health Insurance http://wnpr.org/post/employers-may-start-paying-you-buy-health-insurance What if employers started giving workers a chunk of cash to buy health insurance on their own instead of offering them a chance to buy into the company plan? Are workers ready to manage their own health insurance like they do a 401(k)?<p>The idea that employers might drop their health plans and replace them with a "defined contribution" for employees has been around for years. Tue, 13 May 2014 15:37:00 +0000 Michelle Andrews 21759 at http://wnpr.org Employers May Start Paying You To Buy Health Insurance Free Speech in the Public Workplace; Employment Law; an Exit Interview with Teresa Younger http://wnpr.org/post/free-speech-public-workplace-employment-law-exit-interview-teresa-younger <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1;">Sometimes the rulings of the narrowly-divided Supreme Court actually reflect the very divided views of the public and the delicate nature of the law.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 21664 at http://wnpr.org Free Speech in the Public Workplace; Employment Law; an Exit Interview with Teresa Younger Electric Boat Celebrates Historic Contract http://wnpr.org/post/electric-boat-celebrates-historic-contract <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Electric Boat expects to hire more than 500 extra employees as it gets ready to work on the largest contract ever awarded by the U.S. Navy. The workforce can still expect pain in the short term.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The contract for ten Virginia class submarines represents five years of steady work building two submarines a year at the Groton yard, something that's been hard to come by in recent decades.</span></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 15:45:08 +0000 Harriet Jones 21384 at http://wnpr.org Electric Boat Celebrates Historic Contract Saving For a New Kind of Retirement http://wnpr.org/post/saving-new-kind-retirement-0 <p>After decades of stagnant incomes, the inability to save, and disappearing pensions, 75 percent of Americans nearing retirement have less than $30,000 saved, which won’t last long.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">One third of Connecticut residents are baby boomers -- a big demographic that is headed straight towards retirement. In fact, Connecticut’s population of 65 and up is growing ten times faster than the general population.</span></p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Catie Talarski, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & John Dankosky 21328 at http://wnpr.org Saving For a New Kind of Retirement Why Half of Connecticut's Residents Want to Move to Another State http://wnpr.org/post/why-half-connecticuts-residents-want-move-another-state <p>About half of Connecticut's residents would move to a different state if given the chance, <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/168770/half-illinois-connecticut-move-elsewhere.aspx" target="_blank">according to a Gallup poll conducted in all 50 states</a> last year.</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:10:17 +0000 Heather Brandon & Catie Talarski 21050 at http://wnpr.org Why Half of Connecticut's Residents Want to Move to Another State