Workforce Matters January 18, 2022

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The Bi-Weekly Workforce Newsletter of the Council of Industry
January 18, 2021

Manufacturing Workforce News

Council of Industry Hosts Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership Graduation
On Wednesday, January 19, the Council hosted a virtual graduation ceremony to honor students who have successfully completed the Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership (CML) Program.
The ceremony was welcomed with opening remarks made by Council of Industry President Harold King.
Kelly Lyngaard, Founder & CEO of Unshattered, presented as keynote speaker. She detailed her story of her organization, which creates 100% upcycled handmade bags. Unshattered's goal is to end relapse by providing job skills, training and employment for women in recovery from addiction. Unshattered has now grown to a team of 10 women. The organization has a 0% relapse rate and 100% of employees live independently within 12 months of employment. To learn more about Unshattered and support its mission, click here.
Johnnieanne Hansen, the Council's Vice President of Operations and Workforce Relations, presented the graduates, preceding a slideshow. Rich Croce, President of Viking Industries, provided closing remarks and sent the graduates off with well wishes.
Congratulations to all the graduates!
Andrew Surak, Ametek Rotron
Chris Bruck, Ametek Rotron
Steve Marzovilla, Chemprene
Wesley Sloan, Chemprene
Timothy Braun, eMagin
Daniel Noll, JBT
Galo Mera, JBT
Stephen Winter, JBT
Mark Koenig, Selux
Stacie Breitmaier, Zumtobel
Odale Green, Zumtobel
Daniel Dalton, Mechanical Rubber
Stephen Brodsky, Fair-Rite Products Corp.
Dany Martinez, Schatz Bearing
Brandon Ferland, Viking Industries
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News for HR and Workforce Professionals

HSAs, FSAs and 401(k)s: 11 Numbers to Know for 2022
From a planning standpoint, the beginning of the year is important for employers in many ways. It also marks a new beginning for certain benefit components—including several account limits set by the IRS. The IRS announced 2022 changes to health savings accounts back in May, but it only recently unveiled annual changes to flexible savings accounts and 401(k)s. From contribution limits to out-of-pocket amounts, here are 11 figures that employers need to know— all of which come into play in January.
New York State Enacts Secure Choice Savings Plan – New Savings Opportunities for Employees, and New Obligations For Employers Without Retirement Plans
On Oct. 21, 2021, Gov. Hochul signed new legislation requiring private employers who do not sponsor a retirement plan to automatically enroll their employees into the State’s new program. The New York State Secure Choice Savings Plan (Program) is essentially an automatic IRA program funded with employee payroll deferrals. The Program is intended to provide financial benefits in retirement to those individuals without an employer-sponsored retirement vehicle by maximizing retirement participation and savings, while embodying sound investment practices. Plans are “portable” and move with employees, so when employees switch jobs they can continue to contribute or roll over their accounts into other retirement savings plans.
5 HR Trends to Monitor in 2022
Many human resources (HR) functions were quickly reimagined in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and HR professionals should continue to expect new challenges in 2022. Here are five HR trends to monitor this upcoming year:
10 Employee Retention Resolutions for 2022
With a new year upon us, your attention is likely focused on setting financial and productivity goals for your business. As you plan, make sure to look at one area you may have overlooked: employee retention. Employee retention has a huge impact on your bottom line, and now is a great time to make some employee retention resolutions that will pay off all year long. Learn 10 key employee retention resolutions for 2022.
4 Tips to Help You Retain and Hire Employees in 2022
The past year was filled with ample challenges for companies, from navigating a remote workforce to operating during a global pandemic and rising to meet the new challenges of an ever-shifting world. Out of all of this, a new challenge has emerged—hiring. This pattern shows no signs of slowing in 2022. Here are four tips for surviving the ongoing hiring struggle as we enter the new year.
iCIMS December Workforce Report: It’s Tough Out There - But You Already Knew That
Our Recruiting Platform partner iCIMS has shared their December Insights Report which includes the latest on labor market trends.
A couple of highlights include:
 The demand for talent continues as we approach the new year. Openings continue to rise, now up 74% since January 2021. Historically, iCIMS data shows the end of the year bringing a sharp slowdown in employers opening new jobs, but this year bucks that trend. Current job opening activity is more than 79% higher than the two prior Novembers (2019 and 2020).  Talent is not answering the call. According to iCIMS data, job applications have been on a steady decline since September and are now less than where we started the year (-3%).
 With this decline in applications also comes a slowdown in hiring. While hiring activity is up 56% since the start of the year, activity has been declining since its peak in September.


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Spring HV Mfg Magazine in the Works – Advertising Opportunities 
Each issue includes articles showcasing local manufacturers, including a company profile, Q&A with industry leaders, and information for and about Hudson Valley manufacturing. 
The HV Mfg Spring 2022 Issue will feature the Member Directory, which includes company listings and brief description of their products and services. Become a member now to help show your support of Hudson Valley Manufacturing.
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Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership Spring 2022
For over 25 years, The Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership program has offered attendees a range of leadership skills through concentrations of courses. Participants who complete the required courses are presented with the Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership by the Council of Industry.

The Manufacturing Matters Podcast

Manufacturing Matters Podcast: Frank Falatyn, President, Fala Technologies
Frank has long recognized that FALA’s success is dependent on developing a skilled workforce to meet the complex challenges their customers bring them. He developed their “Next-Generation Manufacturing Workforce Initiative (Next-Gen).”
Johnnieanne and Harold talk to Frank about how he gained his passion for workforce development, the public/private partnerships he has created and nurtured as well as the local state and national programs he has developed and is developing.