Private-sector California employers might soon be able to establish a voluntary preference for hiring military veterans regardless of when the veterans served, thanks to a bill that recently passed the state assembly.
The veterans’ hiring preference currently in use is limited to Vietnam-era veterans and only immunizes employers from gender discrimination claims.
California is a leader in clean-energy jobs, and there are some key issues that HR professionals should keep in mind as clean-energy efforts gain momentum in the state.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies two types of green jobs:
- Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.
- Jobs that make an establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or help the business to use fewer natural resources.
California employers would be prohibited from asking job candidates for their salary history and would be required to disclose the pay scale for a position to candidates who request it, under a proposal making its way through the state legislature.
The pay scale requirement does not apply to public employers, but salary information for public employees already falls under the disclosure requirements of the California Public Records Act.
Tye Smith, who has served as Forest Park’s human resources director since 1996, was selected to replace City Manager Ray Hodges, who will retire at the end of the year. Smith also fills in for Hodges as acting city manager, as needed.
Smith’s career in human resources dates to 1993. He was public relations director, human resources director and assistant to the city manager of Trotwood, Ohio, from 1993 to 1995. Smith served as human resources director for the Montgomery County, Ohio, Park District from 1995 to 1996. Before working in human resources, Smith was a career adviser and college program recruiter for Wright State University.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors announced that it has appointed Joseph Angelo to be the county’s human resource services director effective July 3.
Angelo replaces interim director Kathy Mount who in May announced her resignation effective June 30 to accept a position at the Alameda County Employees Retirement Association.
Atlas Copco, Stockholm, Sweden, has appointed Cecilia Sandberg as SVP human resources and member of Atlas Copco’s group management. Sandberg will take over the position October 1.
“Cecilia has a broad knowledge of all aspects of the human resources area and has successfully contributed in attracting talent and in building successful teams,” said Mats Rahmström, Atlas Copco’s president and CEO. “She has a solid experience, not only from Atlas Copco, which will be beneficial moving forward with our ambitious plans.”
VA appointed Peter Shelby to be the department’s new assistant for human resources and administration. Shelby has a long career in HR, both in the public and private sectors. He replaces Pam Mitchell, who served as the acting assistant secretary for HR and administration, and Meghan Flanz, who held the position during the second half of 2016.
VA appoints new HR assistant secretary
On May 19, MIT Human Resources held its annual Infinite Mile Award ceremony to acknowledge exceptional individuals and teams whose contributions help fulfill HR’s core mission to advance a vibrant and diverse work community where individuals thrive and contribute to MIT’s excellence.
Lorraine A. Goffe, vice president for human resources, presented the awards to the 2017 HR Infinite Mile Award recipients in the categories of Initiative and Customer Focus, Everyday Leadership, Collaboration and Community Building, and Innovating and Improving.
Human Resources staff receive Infinite Mile Awards for exceptional contributions