After a few days out of town, I spent a few hours reviewing recent news articles and editorials. I find it necessary to spend a few minutes to address the continuing assault on our county employees by some individuals for no other reason than to score political points as they face re-election.
The overpayment of a Porter County maintenance employee, to the tune of nearly $17,000, has prompted a lot of finger-pointing among county officials wondering how this happened and how it went undetected so long.
Lake County officials got good advice last week from an Indiana University expert in public finance. Now it's time to act on it.
PORTAGE | The buyouts of seven city employees last year has netted the city savings.
In county government, as with businesses, the employees are the biggest cost. But county government hasn't followed the private sector's lead yet in managing that cost, or those employees, well.
In 2012, Porter County government authorized a comprehensive study of our county finances. The report, which was submitted last December, warned that every major service delivered, as well as every major fund we currently manage, needs to be adjusted through acts of efficiency. Otherwise, co…
The Porter County Council's quest to hire a budget and finance specialist is misguided. If the council is looking to add to the payroll, though, there's a more pressing need.
INDIANAPOLIS | Nominations are being sought for the 2013 Ogletree Deakins/HR Dimensions Human Resources Professional of the Year.
PORTAGE | The 10 city employees eligible to take the city's early retirement offer have until the end of the week to make the decision.
PORTAGE | The Redevelopment Commission this week approved an expenditure of up to $881,385 to fund employee buyout packages.
The Times Media Co. will again host a full-day event in Northwest Indiana focused on workforce diversity on June 8.
The Lake County commissioners flubbed in appointing a politically connected person to be a special assistant, and Lake County Council member Christine Cid, D-East Chicago, called them on it last week.
Q: Employers seem to think that your skills aren't current and that something must be wrong with you if you've been out of full-time work for six months or more. How should I approach these problems?
Q: On the day of a scheduled interview, I received a voice message that it was canceled because of budget changes. I contacted human resources two and three weeks later. The first time a rep said, "The position still has not been filled"; the second, "The position has been filled."
Q: I'm 53, and I was a trailing spouse. While raising our four children, I often took positions within my degree field, accounting/finance, to increase our income and help make ends meet but was never able to stay at a job long, even though I was always considered a valued employee.
Mandatory drug screening for employment seekers is one of the several rule changes for people collecting employment insurance benefits from the state of Indiana.
The Times Media Co. will again host Northwest Indiana's only full-day event focused on work force diversity on June 15.
Q: Given today's economic hiring challenges, are applicants more likely now to find a job within their specific experience area, or do you advise that they apply in other fields in which they might have less experience, but an opportunity for a position?
Q: I've been seeking employment since June 25, 2009, when I was terminated on the grounds that I was no longer eligible to work in customer service. I take it I would only be eligible for data entry. I've been stating on my job applications that my reason for leaving my last job was a lay-of…
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