WASHINGTON — There may be a dark lining to the sunny June employment report, which recorded an increase of 288,000 payroll jobs for the month. Most or all of the increase may have been part-time jobs. If that's a trend, it could signal a weaker economy. It could also vindicate critics of the…
Declaring it’s a “good time to be in Montana,” Gov. Steve Bullock wasted no time Wednesday in making his case to at least 250 people from Montana and Wyoming gathered for the inaugural Big Sky Business Health Care Summit.
Forty years ago this weekend, my father died of a heart attack at the age of 52. I was 12, so as time goes by I remember less and less about him. But one vivid memory is of him always coming to my baseball games. And so when I had children, I promised myself that I would do the same — not ju…
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Reid Browning counts himself among the fortunate ones.
On Mother’s Day we pause to thank and honor the incredible women in our lives who sacrifice so much while asking for little in return. We’re honored to be the husbands of two of these amazing Montana women: first lady Lisa Bullock and Lt. Gov. Angela McLean.
Safety advocates call for increased fines, more inspectors as workplace safety deaths hit 5-year high
CASPER, Wyo. — The bell at the state Capitol tolled 35 times, once for every worker killed in 2012.
This week, more than 300 high school students from all over Montana will converge in Billings for the Jobs for Montana Graduates 24th annual Career Development Conference. A program of choice for both high schools and middle schools seeking to improve their students’ success in staying in sc…
It may be just the kind of place anyone would want to work. In one area sits a foosball table, pingpong table and video golf game to help employees break through creative blocks. In another area, slices of birthday cake adorn plates on the kitchen’s island counter.
In a late 2013 decision involving wage claims and constructive discharge issues, the Montana Supreme Court determined that an award of punitive damages against an employer was proper. In the case of Harrell v. Farmers Educational Cooperative Union of America, Montana Division, 2013 MT 367, t…
Performance evaluations can be one of your easiest and most useful tools as a manager. They can be an official “pat on the back” for a job well done. They can be notification of a behavior that needs to change. They can also be a step in the corrective action process.
HELENA — Blood tests done on 97 state employees who had worked in the former National Guard Armory in Helena indicated they were not at risk of overexposure to lead, according to a doctor hired by the state.
Economist Larry Swanson projects that Billings is headed toward a 2 percent unemployment rate in the next year. What does this mean for your business? If you’re like most businesses, you’re beginning to wonder how you will find employees in such a competitive environment. Now more than ever…
HAMILTON — Ravalli County's commissioners continue their efforts to get the county's accounting mess cleared up.
This winter, Katherine Hackett is wearing a hat and coat around her house. To save on heating costs, she keeps her thermostat set at 58 degrees. After 17 years in the health care industry, after raising two sons who are now in the military, Katherine abruptly got a pink slip and has been une…
HELENA — Montana's unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 percent for past three months, down from 5.7 percent at the beginning of 2013.
HELENA — Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 percent in November.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming employers will see their state unemployment insurance tax rates go down next year.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead says Wyoming has to make it a priority to give state employees a pay raise.