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Westminster Cracker now hiring 29 new full time workers in Rutland

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Westminster Cracker Company is now looking to hire 29 new employees for their new cookie production division. If you are looking for a  long term, permanent job with great benefits and a great team environment, they can’t wait to talk with you! Westminster Cracker Company is partnering with the Leddy Group in Rutland; all job inquiries must be made through them. You can apply in person at 164 Woodstock Avenue, Rutland, Vermont or online at the Leddygroup.com

Westminster Cracker company will also be holding two job fairs at the Howe Center in Rutland on Thursday, May 25th and Thursday, June 1st from 9:00am to 4:00pm both days. For more information on the job fairs, contact the Vermont Department of Labor’s Rutland Career Resource Center at 802-786-5837.

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OSHA’s Safe and Sound Week

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Join us for the inaugural Safe + Sound Week!

What Is Safe + Sound Week?
A nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.
Why Participate?
Safe workplaces are sound businesses. Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started or energize an existing one.
Who Is Encouraged to Participate?
Organizations of any size or in any industry looking for an opportunity to show their commitment to safety to workers, customers, the public, or supply chain partners should participate.
How to Participate
Participating in Safe + Sound Week is easy. To get started, select the activities you would like to do at your workplace. Some organizations might want to host a public event. Examples of potential activities and tools to help you plan and promote your events are available. After you’ve completed your events, you can download a certificate and web badge to recognize your organization and your workers

For more information, here is the link to the web page for the event https://www.osha.gov/safeandsoundweek/index.html.

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Vermont Unemployment Rate Rises to 3.1 percent in April

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The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for April was 3.1 percent. This reflects a one-tenth of one percentage point increase from the revised March rate (3.0 percent). The national rate in April was 4.4 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was tied with the ninth lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas at 2.6 percent (not-seasonally-adjusted). Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied with the sixth lowest in the country for the same time period.

Vermont Unemployment Rate Rises to 3.1 percent in April

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Call center established, free credit monitoring

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Vermont JobLink Update:
Vendor Establishes Call Center
One Year of Free Credit Monitoring Available

America’s Joblink Alliance has contracted with EPIQ Systems to provide a call center to answer questions, and address concerns from individuals identified as the affected group in this data breach.

EPIQ Systems will be open for business today at 3 PM EDT until 9 PM EDT. Normal call centers hours will be Monday – Friday 9 AM to 9 PM until the issues are considered resolved. The CALL CENTER NUMBER IS 1-844-469-3939.

Any individual who included their email address when signing up for Vermont JobLink services will receive a separate notice within 3 to 7 work days formally confirming their inclusion in this class, and providing an activation key for free credit monitoring for a 12 month period.

Once those notification emails are out, any individual who feels they belong in this class, but did not receive a formal notice, can be validated to the class by calling the center and once validated, they will receive the same credit monitoring offer.

Additional information will continue to be posted to this site until all issues are resolved.

If you feel that your identity information has already been used unlawfully, please contact the Vermont Attorney General’s Office now at 1-800-649-2424.

 

Tuesday, March 21: Vermont Department of Labor Details Data Security Breach at Third Party Vendor [PDF]

Wednesday, March 22: America’s Joblink Alliance has provided a list of Frequently Asked Questions [PDF] pertaining to this breach.

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Learn more about Vermont’s New Earned Sick Time Law

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As of January 1, 2017, most Vermont employers will be required to provide their employees with paid sick leave. The Vermont Department of Labor is charged with enforcing the new law. Below you will find the mandatory workplace poster. For a copy of the new poster, click here. You will also find a series of “Frequently Asked Questions”. For a copy of the “Frequently Asked Questions” click here.

There is also a link to the Vermont Department of Labor’s “Final Rule”. For a copy of the “Final Earned Sick Time Rule” click here. To view the Act passed by the Vermont Legislators, click here. If you have questions about the new law, please call 802-828-4281.

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The Future is Now, Strategic Vision

Vermont’s Statewide 2014-2024 Long Term Occupational Projections

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The Vermont Department of Labor announces the release of the 2014-2024 Long Term Occupational Projections, showing future employment growth in over 500 occupations. Also included in the release is the Median Wage Rate and the typical Education, Work Experience and On-The-Job Training needed for each occupation.

Long Term Projections provide a general guide for the direction and relative strength of occupational demand and assist the educational community, workforce development specialists, and individuals exploring careers to plan for the future and identify occupations that will show promise in the number of annual openings and good incomes over the long run.

For more information visit Occupational Projections and or download the 2014-2024 Long Term Occupational Projections – Statewide [XLS] report.

Attention

New OSHA Workplace Injury Reporting Requirement

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Mandatory Reporting of Injuries/Illnesses to VOSHA
Requirements

1904.39(a)
Basic requirement.
(1) Within eight (8) hours after the death of any employee as a result of a work-related incident, you must report the fatality to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor.
(2) Within twenty-four (24) hours after the in-patient hospitalization of one or more employees or an employee’s amputation or an employee’s loss of an eye, as a result of a work-related incident, you must report the in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of
an eye to OSHA.
(3) You must report the fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye using one of the following methods:
(i) By telephone or in person to the OSHA Area Office that is nearest to the site of the incident.
(ii) By telephone to the OSHA toll-free central telephone number, 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742).
(iii) By electronic submission using the reporting application located on VOSHA’s public Web site at http://labor.vermont.gov/vosha-injuriesillnesses-report/