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Ace is holding a job fair today at the Wilton Warehouse from 8-11 AM and 3-5 PM.
Located at 55 Northern Pines Rd, Gansevoort.
They are looking to hire 50 Full Time Positions starting pay is $11.50/ hr with $12 at one year of service.
For more information call 518-580-9870 or check online at www.acehardware.com
Over the past month the media has been scouring the Federal Government as the two major parties attempted to create a new deal to avoid the "Fiscal Cliff".  On New Year's Day a deal was struck which extended most of the Bush Era Tax Cuts.  
As people have been receiving their paychecks during this new year of 2013, many have been disgruntled at the extra taxes taken out. 
During the negotiations of the "Fiscal Cliff" the Federal Government did not extend the Temporary Social Security Tax Cut.  This saved a 2 percentage point from 6.2 to 4.2 on employee only contributions to Social Security.  So a person who makes $50,000 a year will now pay around $1000.00 more in Social Security taxes this year!
This 2 percentage point difference will effect virtually everyone in one way or another as it effects 99% of the people who are paid a worker's wage.  
It could be worse though, unless you are in the 2% high income earners.  With the Health Care Plan and this non-extension a person making $500,000 to 1 Million dollars is expecting to pay around $15,000 more and those of you out there that make more than 1 million dollars should expect a $170,000 increase in taxes.  
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is holding a job fair on Nov. 7th from 5:30 PM to 9 PM.
The event includes a significant outreach to attract qualified women, veterans and minority candidates to apply for opportunities in both high-tech and traditional career paths.

The Nano Job Fair will showcase opportunities in a variety of areas, including engineering; facility and business operational support; clerical and administrative roles; and technical positions that range from entry to senior level.

Employment is with the Research Foundation for SUNY, a private, nonprofit, educational corporation that administers sponsored program activity for the University at Albany. The Research Foundation for SUNY, an EEO/AA/IRCA/ADA employer, offers exceptional benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, pension plans, competitive pay, generous paid time off, tuition assistance, life insurance and long-term disability insurance.

It is recommended that you pre-register for this event. 

 Pre-Register for this event


There is a Job Fair at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Heritage Hall this Thursday, October 25th from 1PM to 4PM.  
For a list of companies check this flyer! http://www.labor.state.ny.us/careerservices/JobFairRecruitmentPDFs/gfjf102512.pdf



In recent weeks, as we lead up to election day, some CEO's of large companies have sent emails or mail packets to their employees. These letters have laid out ideas of why it is not a good idea to re-elect President Obama. 
Arthur Allen, CEO of ASG Software, Westgate CEO David Siegal and the Koch Brothers of Georgia Pacific have publicly discussed their decision to send information regarding the presidential election.  They mention that if Obama is re-elected, there could be  layoffs, or in the case of Westgate, complete closure of the business.  
They mention higher gasoline prices, runaway inflation and other ills as potential business killers.
How do you feel about a CEO sending a letter that is "purely intended to be considered among all the other information employees may be reading or receiving as an informed voter"?
There seems to be no federal law against "persuading" a employee's vote.  Do you think there should be one?
The job fair will be held on the Great Escape Lodge property from Noon till 4 pm in the Mohican Ball Room.
Positions available include: Housekeeping, Children's Activities, Aquatics, Life-guarding, Banquets and Food Service.
These positions could be weekday or weekend.
For more info please check the six flags website.
On February 15th, 2012, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new program, called New New York Leaders Initiative.  This iniatiative is designed to groom the talented leaders of tomorrow, ensuring diversity and bonding the public and state government.  

The program has two primary area's of interest.  

One is a leadership program called the Empire State Fellowship Program.  This program is looking for young talented professionals who are interested in a career as a New York State Policy Maker.  The program will pair an individual with a commissioner, deputy-commissioner or other high ranking official in a state agency.  This is a full-time paid leadership opportunity and this years class will be from 8 to 12 people. All applications are due by June 1, 2012.  
For more information please check the following link: 

The second part of this Initiative is the: Student Intern Program
This program is designed for undergraduate or graduate students from colleges and universities around New York State.  These talented interns will be assigned to a particular area within the executive branch and will receive hands on training while interacting with government officials and policy makers. This program rolls along a fall, spring and summer calendar.  
For more information please check the link below:

Both of these programs have restrictions and will feature talented people.  If you are interested or know someone who might be, make sure they follow the directions on the respective website.  

Good luck!


2012 Job Fairs

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Tis the season for Job fairs to begin heating up.  
Here is the information for two coming in March.

Hudson Valley Community College Job Fair
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy N.Y.
So far their are 32 companies signed up for this event. 

Job Discovery
Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. at the Suny Adk College Gym in Queensbury N.Y.

This event tends to be one of the bigger events in the Northern Capital Region.
For more information check:

As more finalize their dates, I will continue to post information.

Good luck
The "wage theft prevention act" which passed in 2010, has gained state attention in the last week.  The "wage theft prevention act" requires that employees receive yearly pay notices, proper wage statements, and be free from retaliation for complaining about possible violations of the labor law.  
It has been highly discussed because all employers were supposed to have all current employees sign the form by Feb 1, 2012.  The LS form is supposed to be signed by all employees between Jan 1- and Feb 1 each year. If an employee's pay changes during the year, they would then be required to file a new form.  Also, at the time of hiring a new employee they would be required to fill out a new form.
You can find these forms at:   

The law serves a very good purpose in providing employees greater protection in regards to wages and retaliation.  New York State has spent the past 5 years chasing companies who have mis-paid employees either for overtime or taken out allowances improperly.
The problem is that most employers are having a rough time getting these forms signed during this time period since most companies have year-end work to do at that time, such as distributing W-2 forms.
Employers: Good news may be on the horizon.  A bill to ditch the mandate passed out of the senate labor committee this past week.  The committee sites that employers must post all information on pay slips and also that employees are able to discuss any problems with their HR contact.  The redundancy of these forms, the burden it places on companies and the costs associated with these forms has a bi-partisan backing to get rid of the new mandate.
A full description of the law can be found here:
More to come on this topic.

Minimum Wage

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This morning, Monday January 30, 2012 it is expected that New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will introduce a bill to raise the minimum wage in NYS from $7.25 to $8.50.  This is one part of Sheldon Silver's 2012  projects. At this time there is no timeline given for the increase. 
Currently NYS uses the federal guidelines of Minimum Wage.  There have been some states who recently have raised their minimum wage in the very recent past.  Delaware is one such state which increased the minimum wage from $7.25 to $7.75 which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 and then another .50 cent hike on Jan 1, 2014. 
Proponents of this bill, believe this economy is the wrong time to add more expense to business.  They believe the government should be trying to create jobs, not introduce bills which may very well stymie any progress made.  Also they believe the after effects are people who are making $8.00 or $9.00 an hour will be requesting a raise, which in turn will cost companies more money.  
This bill will probably be hotly contested and should be watched in the coming days.

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Michael Baxter

Michael Baxter is a native of the Saratoga/Glens Falls region. He is a third generation manager of the family business Heber Associates, Inc. Heber Associates, Inc. is a provider of Staffing Solutions since 1961. Michael earned his Bachelors Degree from Florida State University. He has been mentored by his grandmother (Antoinette Heber) in the employment field for more than eight years. Michael Baxter has a detail oriented mentality which allows him to track trends and offer informative discussions. It's his business to know what is going on in the human resources industry in Northeast New York.