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The latest numbers for job growth are out from the New York State Labor Department, and they show the Rochester with a decline of 3,200  private sector jobs in October compared to a year ago.

That was the largest loss of any metro area in the state, in fact, most metropolitan areas showed gains for the month.  Elmira was the only other metro to see a drop in jobs in October.

Employment numbers from various surveys are out, so what are they showing about employment in the Rochester region?

The WXXI Business report looks at business and economic issues facing the Rochester area including Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

There have been improvements in the economy of upstate New York over the last several years, but that progress has been uneven.

We start the hour following up on a listener question we got in regards to a show from last week. A listener wanted to know who could get fired and how. What does “at-will employment” really mean? I invited attorney Beth Cordello, a partner at Pullano & Farrow PLLC to explain.

Then we talk with three women, working to make a healthier community, each in their own way. We chat with:

Jeb Bush says Americans need to work longer hours. Is he right? His initial remarks sparked widespread criticism, most vehemently from organized labor and Hillary Clinton. But in clarifying his comments, some economists say Bush has the story at least partially correct: millions of Americans are working part-time, even though they want to be full-time. What's to blame? How to change it? Our panel discusses it:

  • Kent Gardner, Chief Economist with the Center for Governmental Research
  • Jim Bertolone, president of the Rochester and Genesee Valley Labor Federation and AFL-CIO
  • Erin Young, lead organizer for the Rochester and Genesee Valley Labor Federation

Connections: Innovation Friday - Autism and Jobs

May 22, 2015

We’re talking about neurodiversity in the workplace. Between 60 and 70 percent of people living with autism in America are unemployed. We’ll touch base with families who are working to support people with autism and look at local programs aimed at getting people on the spectrum into meaningful employment. We’ll also speak with a former director of the California State Labor Department  about the Autism Job Club and six strategies that could reshape employment for adults with autism.  

  • Michael S. Bernick, Co-Author of The Autism Job Club
  • Zakarya Banks, guest living with Asperger syndrome
  • Evelyn Evans, Zakarya’s aunt
  • Anne Harvey, Dazzle School president  

Most everybody needs a job. Or is looking for a job. Or wants to move up. Everyone wants to know...what are the trends in hiring and benefits? How do you get a good job? What are employers looking for? Pivoting off Richard Arum's research in a previous show, we'll talk to a panel who specialize in getting top workforces, and they’re working for major companies exemplifying positive growth for Rochester businesses.  Our guests:

  • Jennifer A. Garigen, placement director, finance & human resources, AP Professionals, and NHRA Rochester Affiliate, President-Elect
  • Jennifer Steier, director of human resources, The Gleason Works, and NHRA Rochester Affiliate, Past-President
  • George Huyler, vice president of human resources, ConServe, and winner of the 2015 HR Executive of the Year award

Connections: Raise Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers?

Feb 9, 2015

Should New York raise the minimum wage for tipped workers? It's currently $5, and would move to $7.50. We'll hear from all sides, including restaurant owners who warn that this will force them to lay off staff and use tablets for ordering. With us in studio: Justin Cordello, employment attorneyPierre Heroux, owner of Simply CrepesJason Herbert, owner of Edibles

Should New York raise the minimum wage for tipped workers? It's currently $5, and would move to $7.50. We'll hear from all sides, including restaurant owners who warn that this will force them to lay off staff and use tablets for ordering. With us in studio:

We wrap up our "Dialogue on Disability" with a conversation about employment access for all. With us to discuss: • Bill McDonald, executive director, Medical Motor Service • Dee Mascari, programs and services coordinator, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate New York Chapter• Ruth Redmond, NMSS Program Participant • Sara Taylor, director of employment, Rochester Rehabilitation

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