Volume III, Issue 5 | December 2019
Developing a Quality Workforce!
The Workforce Development Board of Madera County and the Madera Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring this important workshop to small businesses at NO COST.

● Simple cyber preparedness for California
Small Business - The new California Cyber
Kit for small businesses.
● Talking to your CPA about cyber risks
(checklist provided).
● Talking to your IT provider about protecting
your systems - a step by step guide is
● What "due diligence" is required to file a
successful cyber insurance claim if your
are hacked and suffer loss.
● Walk away with simple action plan to
improve your cyber preparedness!
Space is limited. Reserve your seat TODAY!
New Loves Travel Stops in Madera
The Business Services Team at the Workforce Development Board of Madera County is currently assisting Loves Travel Stops with their hiring process. Loves' management team has been using the Workforce Assistance Center to interview candidates for the Mechanic and Tire Tech positions.
The Workforce Business Services team have been pre-screening and scheduling candidates for this employer.
Loves will continue working with WDB to recruit all other positions.

Stay tuned for more employment opportunities at the new Madera Loves Travel Stops.
Save the Date
The Madera Workforce Assistance Center is planning their 2020 Spring Job Fair. The event will take place on

Thursday April 2, 2020
from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Madera District Fair - Hatfield Hall

If you would like to participate, please contact Jorge Espinosa at (559) 662-4540 or Erick Flores at (559) 662-4528. You may also reserve your spot by completing the job fair registration form and emailing it to jespinosa@maderaworkforce.org
Camarena Health has Published their Workforce Partnership Video

Check it out!
Recruitment Event at Workforce Assistance Center
Several businesses are using our facilities to recruit, interview and hire candidates. This is a very convenient service for employers. Using our Center can avoid unwanted foot traffic at your business site. During the past few months the Business Services Team have coordinated various recruitment events at NO COST to employers.

Think of us the next time you are planning a recruitment event!
Madera County Unemployment Rate
The unemployment rate in the Madera County was 6.1 percent in November 2019, up from a revised 5.4 percent in October 2019, and unchanged the year-ago estimate of 6.1 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 3.7 percent for California and 3.3 percent for the nation during the same period.  
Top Strategies to Avoid Wage & Hour Violations
  1. Properly classify employees - Exempt or Non-Exempt
  2. Provide required meal and rest periods
  3. Properly record all compensable time
  4. Ensure bonus and commissions plans are in writing
  5. Provide and maintain required uniforms & tools
  6. Pay employees timely at separation
  7. Implement company policies requiring employees to comply with wage and hour obligations
  8. No unlawful deductions, offset, and contributions from wages
  9. Reimburse employees for all necessary expenditures or losses incurred
  10. Implement legal vacation plans
  11. Maintain proper pay stub information
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