employers

WNY Employers Seeking a More Diverse Workplace

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s annual advocacy and membership survey showed that Western New York employers are seeking a more diverse workplace. Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, said last year was the first time employers pointed to achieving a more diverse workforce as one of their top priorities.

Employers Are Optimistic About Buffalo’s Economy

Ryan Whalen, Capital Tonight reporter for Spectrum News, talked with Buffalo Niagara Partnership President and CEO, Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, about the findings in this year’s member and advocacy survey. The results showed that many Western New York employers are optimistic about Buffalo’s economy, but not so positive on New York State’s.

$15 minimum wage will ripple beyond fast food industry

The decision to drastically hike the hourly wage for fast food workers in New York to $15 an hour will ripple well beyond the fast food industry and will do nothing but further disadvantage businesses and job opportunities in this state.

The higher wages will be phased in over the next several years, with workers earning $15 an hour by end of 2018 in New York City, and by July 2021 in the rest of the state.

NYS Legislative Session comes to an end

The 2015 New York State Legislative session is one for the history books – but not for what was accomplished legislatively.

This tumultuous session, which saw the leaders of both the Senate and Assembly resign their leadership posts in scandal, ended more than a week later than scheduled and with very little legislative activity.

Addressing the regional skills gap

This past weekend, I spoke at the Buffalo UnConference about workforce development and what the skills gap means to employers.

In workforce development and staffing, the term “skills gap” has been used so often it has practically reached buzzword status – right next to “synergy” and “circle back”.