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July 27th, 2017 | Posted in COWIB

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COWIB’s 4-Year Local Plan Approved

The Workforce Development Plan for Central Oklahoma On July 24th, Richard Brown (COWIB Chair) and Melissa Dennis (BCEO Chair) received official notification that the 4-Year Local Plan for the Central Oklahoma workforce area has been approved. The notification came in a message from the Workforce System Oversight Committee of the Governor’s Council for Workforce and…

June 13th, 2017 | Posted in COWIB

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COWIB’s Revised 4-Year Plan Submitted

COWIB’s Revised 4-Year Local Plan At the request of the Governor’s System Oversight Subcommittee, a set of technical revisions have been made to the local workforce development plan for Central Oklahoma.

March 29th, 2017 | Posted in Community Happenings

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2017 OK Legislature Contact Information

Do you want to contact your Oklahoma legislator(s) to discuss an issue? See 2017 OK Legislature Contact List to find their phone or email. Stand up and be heard!

February 17th, 2017 | Posted in Community Happenings

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Post-Secondary Education Attainment Study Released

The Post-Secondary Education Attainment Study, released today by the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, explores barriers to starting or continuing post-secondary education, and proposes statewide solutions to achieve degree and credential completion for all Oklahomans. This study confirmed many national findings of barriers to degree completion, including: educational attainment correlates with income, whereas income increases…

September 29th, 2016 | Posted in Community Happenings

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Davis Correctional Facility graduation ceremony largest ever

HOLDENVILLE, Okla. — On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, the Davis Correctional Facility graduation (DCF) celebrated the largest graduating class in the prison’s history Wednesday, September 14, 2016. In total, 38 inmates received their General Education Development (GED) certificates, six received associate’s degrees, 10 received certifications from PBI Career Tech and 12 received keyboarding certificates in…

August 31st, 2016 | Posted in Business

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Compliance: New CDL Medical Exam Forms Mandatory

Was this helpful?   Compliance Reminder As of April 20, 2016, new compliance regulations require that the new Medical Examination forms.  The Medical Examination Form is MCSA-5875 and the Medical Examiner’s Certificate is MCSA-5876. The new forms must be used for all driver medical exams. All previous forms can no longer be used. As a…

August 26th, 2016 | Posted in Business

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Compliance Update: Final Guidance and Regulations Published on “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order

The USDOL* and the FAR** Council have published final guidance and regulations on the President Obama’s Executive Order about Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. The President signed the order July, 2014, to impact Federal Contractors. For a good article with more information about the guidance and regulations, go to http://www.jacksonlewis.com/publication/dol-and-far-council-publish-final-fair-pay-and-safe-workplaces-rules-government-contractors. * USDOL:  US Department of…

August 1st, 2016 | Posted in Business

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Compliance Updates: Sweeping Federal Penalty Increases

Immigration-Related Violations Part of Sweeping Penalty Increases Now is a good time to review your Process for completing I-9 forms, as fines for mistakes will nearly double. The new rules increase I-9 paperwork violations from a maximum of $1,100 to $2,156 per form. The minimum per-violation penalty rises from $110 to $216 per form. For…

August 1st, 2016 | Posted in Business

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Two New Federal Mandatory Poster Updates

Effective August 1, 2016 The US Department of Labor revised two Federal employment law posters. Effective August 1, 2016, the revised versions of both of these new posters must be displayed. Fair Labor Standards Act (aka Minimum Wage): Three changes: 1) Nursing Mothers 2) Enforcement provisions for violations 3) Misclassification of “Independent Contractors” Download: https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/posters/flsa.htm…

June 30th, 2016 | Posted in COWIB

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COWIB Service Area Expands to Nine Counties in Central Oklahoma

Effective July 1, 2016, the COWIB Service Area is expanded to include nine counties in Central Oklahoma:  Canadian, Cleveland, Hughes, Lincoln, Logan, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole.   See  http://www.cowib.org/employment-resources/workforce-oklahoma-centers/ for the full list of Workforce Centers. The service area expands to include the following: Canadian County: Calument Concho El Reno Mustang Piedmont Union City Yukon…

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