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Have a Plan

I received a layoff notice last week. June 30 was the last day of the 2011 – 2013 biennium for which the State of Washington had their operational budget. Their new budget was supposed to be agreed upon by April of this year, but it wasn’t. If an operational budget for our state was not … Continue reading

Washington State Limits Employer Access to Social Media Sites

Reprinted from Business Examiner May 22, 2013. Yesterday Washington became the fifth state this year to sign into law protections of social media passwords at the workplace and job interviews. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, bars employers from asking for a Facebook, Twitter or other social media personal passwords during a … Continue reading

Proposed Budgets and the Workforce: What Will Happen?

Anyone who has lived on a budget knows that budgets are used to set the overall spending limits for a family or household, so they don’t exceed their spending and go broke. Congress faces the same challenges for the country, on a much larger scale. They also have to make a lot more difficult decisions, … Continue reading

Looking Over the Fiscal Cliff

The year is winding down and only days remain before the deadline set in the original Budget Control Act of 2011, after which (January 2, 2013 to be precise) massive accross-the-board budget cuts automatically take effect. If nothing is done by Congress prior to that time, most federal programs could be heavily affected (for more information, … Continue reading

What Will Happen to Federal Unemployment Extensions?

As it stands right now, the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits are set to expire at the end of this year. Considering the present state of the federal budget, people directly affected by those extensions wonder what will happen to those benefits. EUC funds were appropriated by Congress in June 2008 and rolled out … Continue reading

America’s Workforce and Federal Support—Sequestration’s Impact

As the election season comes to a close, members of Congress prepare to convene in December 2012. Unless something is done during that time, an across-the-board sequestration is set to take effect in January 2013. My employment in workforce development has forced me to learn what this means. A little background information for those of you who, … Continue reading

Observing National Employ Older Workers Week

NOTE: this press release was issued by Washington State Employment Security on Monday morning, September 24, 2012 in honor of National Employ Older Workers Week. Observed yearly since the Eisenhower administration, it is observed the last full week in September. ——————————————————————————————- Older workers in Washington state not immune to employment challenges – September 24, 2012 12-043 … Continue reading

Someone Wants Your Facebook Password? It’s Called “Shoulder Surfing…”

The Associated Press reported recently on a New York man, Justin Bassett, who was interviewing for a new job. Bassett “had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page,” the AP reported. “But she couldn’t see his private profile and asked him to … Continue reading

Jobs Creation Will Influence America’s Vote for President in 2012

This is probably not a surprise to anybody. Half of America will be thinking most about their jobs when they vote next November. According to an Adecco Workplace Insights survey conducted last month, forty-none percent of Americans will be most influenced by jobs creation when they vote in the 2012 presidential election. And currently, this … Continue reading

U.S. Unemployment is Still Falling—Don’t Muck it Up!

The news looks good—really good. According to a U.S. Department of Labor report, the United States created jobs at the fastest pace in nine months in January and the unemployment unexpectedly dropped to a near three-year low. January’s revised unemployment shows a drop to 8.3% from 8.5% in December. Unemployment in the U.S. has not … Continue reading

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