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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

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.

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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.