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The final changes to federal overtime pay law are out this week.

Businesses in Indiana and nationwide now have until December to figure out which of their workers can start earning OT -- and how to pay for it.

 

Under the final version of the rules, salaried employees making less than $47,476 a year will earn time and a half for working overtime.

It's twice the old threshold -- and it could cost the most for Indiana trades like retail, manufacturing and education, says Indianapolis-based compensation consultant Julie Bingham.

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The state’s unemployment remained unchanged between December and January, resting at 4.6 percent – that’s nearly a percentage point less than it was a year ago and better than all of Indiana’s neighboring states.  And, over the past six years, from the height of the recession, Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped more than 6 percent.

City of Frankfort

As 2015 comes to a close, the city of Frankfort is seeing some new faces come to power.

Not the mayor, who was easily re-elected last month, but some of his deputies – people who, in many cases, will face tough choices in the year ahead.

This week on Ask The Mayor, we quiz Chris McBarnes about how he’s choosing his new allies and about what the flux means for solving some of the city’s problems.

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Indiana is preparing to save employers $327 million next year by paying off a federal loan for its unemployment insurance trust fund.  The move comes after the State Budget Committee gave the plan an enthusiastic response Friday.

When the recession hit in 2008, Indiana’s unemployment insurance trust fund was rapidly depleted, forcing the state to get a loan from the federal government.  Every year that any part of the loan remains unpaid, Hoosier employers have to pay a tax penalty.  This year, it was $105 per employee. 

Amazon Planning To Add 2,100 More Indiana Jobs

Jul 15, 2015
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The online retailer Amazon is looking to hire more than 2,000 Hoosiers for full-time jobs in its warehouses. Amazon spokeswoman Nina Lindsey says the company will host job fairs across the state to find candidates.

"We’re looking for candidates that are 18 year of age or older, have a high school degree or equivalent, and for many of these job fairs that we’re hosting throughout the area, they just need to bring a proof of education and a form of identification," Lindsey says.

IN unemployment rate drops in August

Sep 20, 2013

Indiana’s unemployment rate had its biggest single-month drop in more than two years, but the state’s private sector also lost nearly three thousand jobs in August.

Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.1% last month, its lowest level in nearly a year.  And both the manufacturing and private educational and health services sectors made significant gains, each adding 3,000 jobs.  But the state’s private sector as a whole lost 2,900 jobs in August.  And July’s employment numbers were revised downward, reflecting significant private sector job loss.

July unemployment up for IN, mixed locally

Aug 17, 2012

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose slightly during July. The latest figures show the percentage of Hoosiers looking for work went from eight in June to 8.2 last month.

In Tippecanoe County, unemployment dropped from 8% to 7.7%. Lafayette’s jobless rate rose 0.1% to 8.4%. West Lafayette’s figure stands at 5.8%, which is down slightly from June.

Despite the increase for Lafayette, unemployment in the city is 1% better than it was a year ago.

2012 Hoosier Job Fair

May 29, 2012

More than 4,000 open positions are available at the Hoosier Job Fair Wednesday in Lafayette.

Senator Dan Coats is hosting the event, along with local government and business leaders. He says the response has been overwhelming, with a little more than 100 companies signing up for the fair.

"This thing has just exploded, which I think says a lot for the state of Indiana and our recovery that's going on, but also the fact there's a lot of employers out there that are looking for good people to work."

Indiana State Police looking for trooper applicants

Nov 22, 2011

Future Indiana State Police troopers have an upcoming deadline to meet.

Friday (Nov. 25) is the last day I.S.P. will accept applications to join the 72nd Recruit Academy. It runs from July to December of next year for 24 weeks.

Sergeant Kim Riley says anyone who wants to be a trooper should be self-motivated. Applicants must be between 21 and 40 years old before next December.

Riley says as many as 400 current state troopers are expected to retire in the next 3-5 years. He expects up to 3,000 applications with 60-100 people being accepted into the academy next year.