Jun 21, 2019

State unemployment holds at 3.8 percent in May as jobs added

State unemployment held steady in May at 3.8 percent as nonfarm jobs rose for the sixth straight month.

Jun 20, 2019

XPO Logistics laying off 75 from Mechanicsburg facility

Citing the loss of a customer, XPO Logistics has announced 75 layoffs from a warehouse facility it operates in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County.

Christopher Ryan, owner of ACE Drone Services in Waynesboro, prepares a drone used for agricultural purposes for a demonstration at Drone Advocacy Day June 11 at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. Ryan said the drone is outfitted with a plastic container that can distribute chemicals in a field more efficiently and precisely than a crop-duster airplane. The newly formed PA Drone Association sponsored the event in hopes of spurring state leaders into supporting the growing industry. PHOTO/TOM BARSTOW
Jun 17, 2019

Group forms to elevate Pa. drone industry

The PA Drone Association is on a mission. A burgeoning industry is literally taking off nationwide, and members of the nascent Harrisburg-based group want to ensure Pennsylvania doesn’t get left behind.

Jun 6, 2019

Nonprofit connects veterans to farming apprenticeships

Mimi Thomas-Brooker founded the nonprofit Troops to Tractors to organize what she had been doing throughout her career both as a military spouse and a civilian – connecting people to people, and people to resources.

Jun 3, 2019

Workforce initiatives balance present, future needs

The strong economy has been making it difficult for businesses that need qualified and skilled technical workers. And while some established workforce initiatives with a long-range focus are paying off, other efforts are underway to match workers’ skills with specific jobs in the shorter term, several observers said in recent interviews.

May 31, 2019

Trucking services firm in Lancaster County plans to relocate, expand

Compliance Navigation Specialists plans to relocate the bulk of its operations from its facility in Warwick Township to a new facility in Manheim Township by the end of 2020.

May 28, 2019

Proposal would clear hurdles for startups

Entrepreneurs who want to launch small businesses can have trouble getting started. And even when they succeed, they may still face issues with planning for growth and job creation.

May 24, 2019

Overtime calculation in court crosshairs

A 2013 lawsuit brought by employees at General Nutrition Centers was recently heard in the state Supreme Court. The dispute centers on the calculation of overtime hours, as workers felt they were entitled to more pay under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act than what they were given under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 24, 2019

Bill would tweak PTSD treatment under workers’ comp

A proposed bill with the power to alter Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation law is designed to benefit first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

May 24, 2019

No experience? No problem for HVAC contractor

Skilled workers are hard to find, so a Lancaster County mechanical contractor created a training program that allows it to hire employees with zero experience and train them in the field.

May 24, 2019

The Behaviorist: Lessons from last days on the job

“You have just two months to live.” If you heard those words from a doctor, would you make changes? Would you do things differently? I haven’t heard that message from a doctor, but I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned during those poignant periods prior to leaving an organization. Here's what I've learned.

May 24, 2019

Ask John Dame: Create a culture of trust to retain good employees for the long haul

Q: It is hard enough to find great employees in today’s environment without causing them to leave. Over the past three years we have held steady at a 40% turnover rate. To add to that, one of the organization's key managers has just left. I think we have a serious problem. How can I stop this expensive employment treadmill that we are on?