15HARTFORD: Connecticut’s minimum wage is set to increase to $10.10 on January 1st 2017. That increase didn’t phase the Connecticut Low Wage Employer Advisory Board which recently called for a $15 minimum wage in Connecticut.

McGuinness 1 copyWATERFORD: Captain Joe McGuinness, owner of Sea Tow Eastern Connecticut since 2000, accepted the 2016 Sea Tow Foundation Hero Award, presented by Sea Tow Services International, Inc, a leading professional on-water assistance provider and Sea Tow Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to promoting boating safety and education.

employment magnifying glassHARTFORD: They’re calling it “OpenConnecticut,” an online and “up to date’ website to access payroll information from all Connecticut state employees. 

Launched by the State Comptroller Kevin Lembo’s office it includes all salaries for state employees including from state universities and colleges. 

Salary information had been available at transparency.ct.gov a website managed by the Legislature’s Office of Fiscal Analysis, but it was only updated annually and according to the comptroller’s office often out of date. The payroll information at is www.openpayroll.ct.gov and www.osc.ct.gov/openCT.html.

Third Consecutive Annual Drop in Workman’s Comp

Connecticut is known for its excellent quality of life and its high cost of doing business, but for the third year in a row, the worker’s compensation insurance rates in the state have declined. Connecticut Insurance CommissionerKatharine L. Wade recently announced that the state’s worker’s compensation rate would go down by 10.9%.

millenial workersAccording to staffing firm Robert Half Technology, distracted workers get particularly distracted by holiday shopping—during work hours. The firm conducted a survey of employees and chief information officers about online shopping habits during the work day. According to CIOs surveyed, a whopping 65% of businesses allow some form of online shopping during the work day and 49% of employees fessed up to online shopping from work on Cyber Monday (but potentially every Monday). Why, you ask? 43% of survey respondents said they shopped out of boredom. Then again, at least 33% of surveyed CIOs said they blocked shopping sites on office computers and 17% of employees say they shop on their smartphones. 

subway wenkoffMILFORD: The world’s largest restaurant chain has more than 44,000.  The company is launching a new digital group at its Milford headquarters.

The move will create a 150 new  jobs combining IT and marketing in  what the copany calls a “digital omnichannel transformation”

In a report by the website TechRepublic has hired the Manhattan, New York based business consulting group Accenture.

Carman Wenkoff, Subway’s CIO and chief digital officer told Techrepublic

“We’ll be recruiting for all these positions now. We literally have 150 positions that are open and what we’re doing is because we’re also realistic about our timeline and relocating people, we’re not going to rush it.”

The positions will be in data analytics, software development, user interface design, graphic arts, campaign management to support its digital marketing efforts.

Subway’s 2014 advertising budget was reported to be more than $500 million annually.

 ANSONIA — The WorkPlace is open for business at the Ansonia American Job Center, 4 Fourth Street. Its location is convenient for Valley jobseekers looking to find a job or get a better job. The office will offer computer and technology access as well as classroom space for workshops and seminars.

As part of the American Job Center Network the Ansonia location will provide services to unemployed and underemployed individuals seeking jobs and job search assistance at no cost. Job seekers are afforded convenient access to the employment, education, training and information services they need at a single location. Individuals may register for computer classes, job skill workshops, personal career counseling and skills testing.

Additionally the American Job Center provides a number of no cost services to employers including posting of employment opportunities on our job boards, referrals of qualified job candidates from our extensive pool of clients and access to worker training grants. For more information, visit workplace.org.