Government Affairs Albany Update - March 9, 2001

Congress Rejects recent Ergonomics Standard

On Wednesday night, March 7th, the House voted 223 -206 for the Joint Resolution of Disapproval of the recently enacted OSHA ergonomic standard. This follows the Senate's Tuesday night, March 6th, vote of 56-44 in support of the Joint Resolution of Disapproval. The President has indicated that he will also support the repeal of the recently enacted OSHA ergonomics standard.

Essentially, the standard will be sent back to OSHA to be reworked. The Joint Resolution of Disapproval will not permit OSHA to rewrite the standard in its original form so they have a lot of reworking to do.

Please see related article at: http://www.osha-slc.gov/ergonomics-standard/index.html

Public and Private Colleges and Universities NYS Virtual Job Fair

The NYS Virtual Job Fair is an entirely Internet-based job fair that will run from March 15 - May 31. It specifically targets students and alumni from New York State public and private colleges and universities. Thousands of students and alumni from over 170 New York State colleges and universities will be invited to use the NYS Virtual Job Fair to search for permanent, part-time, and internship positions.

Employers are encouraged to submit information about their organization and hiring needs, and candidates will be able to search and submit resumes through the web site.

The NYS Virtual Job Fair provides employers with a low, cost effective way to increase their organization's visibility within NYS colleges and universities and reach top quality candidates interested in NY employers.

Last year, the NYS Virtual Job Fair 2000 was the largest Virtual Job Fair in the country with over 500 organizations participating. It generated over 6000 candidate hits and resulted in hundreds of placements.

A Recruiter's Quote:
"This virtual job fair program is a cutting edge recruitment tool and has been very valuable for Verizon. It helped us in hiring 66 New York State college graduates last year!"
Janet Krause, Recruiter, Verizon