Voluntary Insurance Can Help Keep Employees

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – How can employers keep their best workers when increasing salaries isn’t necessarily an option?

The Aflac WorkForces Report found that robust, cost-effective benefits offerings – especially in today’s environment of rising costs – can be an effective solution for businesses serious about protecting their most valuable assets.

Evidence shows many employees may test the waters in the next year, and voluntary insurance can be a critical tool in providing a broad range of benefits options. A vast majority of employees see the need for voluntary insurance, and they are most likely to find these options from companies whose performance is on the rise.

2017 Holiday Hiring Could Be a Boon for Seasonal Workers

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Let the holiday hiring season begin.
Early forecasts anticipate a pretty holly, jolly Christmas for retailers, with total sales expected to grow as much as 4.5 percent as opposed to last year’s 3.6 percent. To help get them across the finish line, according to the National Retail Federation, a whopping 500,000 to 550,000 seasonal workers -; more than the population of Sacramento, California -; will need to be hired.
And while some companies are making it more attractive than ever to come aboard, there’s still some forces at work that applicants need to be aware of:
* The economy isn’t necessarily your friend. Rather than bringing in hordes of new temps as in the past to do everything from wait on customers to gift wrap presents, some employers like Walmart are instead at least mainly opting to offer existing workers extra hours. “Part of the reason is that there just aren’t as many people looking for work this year,” CNNMoney.com reports. “Unemployment fell to a 16-year-low of 4.2 percent in September, considered to be pretty much full employment by most economists.”
* Except when it is your friend. Because there are fewer people out of work -; heck, even the number of part-time workers who’d prefer full-time gigs has fallen by nearly 250,000 in the last year -; some of the incentives being dangled to lure qualified applicants are pretty impressive.
One of the most intriguing offers comes from UPS (UPS.Jobs.com), currently in the midst of a major push to fill about 95,000 full- and part-time jobs -; primarily as package handlers, drivers, and driver-helpers. The company already has a reputation for providing such seasonal temps what it calls “a road to permanent employment” (more on that in a second). And that’s on top of inducements including flexible hours across multiple shifts and -; are you ready? -; as much as $25,000 in tuition assistance for permanent part-time college students through its Earn and Learn program.
“If you are a student, a working mom, or just looking to make extra money for the holidays, we have a job for you,” says CEO David Abney.
* The 800-pound gorilla. Aside from some island castaway, who isn’t buying online these days? And with internet sales predicted to rise 18 to 21 percent over last year, not only does someone have to deliver those packages (see UPS above), but stores like Macy’s will be needing bodies for their fulfillment centers and online customer service.
So what are the odds of those 500,000-plus temp gigs turning into something more lasting?
Well, as Benjamin Franklin once opined, the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. But UPS, for example, does say that 35 percent of those hired for seasonal package handler jobs over the past three years subsequently landed permanent positions, and that even its permanent part-time employees qualify for healthcare and retirement benefits.
Case in point of how the package delivery company makes it possible to rise through the ranks: Jackie Nicholas, who started out years ago as a temp and who’s now a full-time recruiter in Kentucky.
“As a mother, the great pay and benefits have been critical for my family, and so has the flexibility,” says Nicholas, recalling how she used to work the night shift when her two kids were young so that she could be with them for things like school field trips.
Oh, and her husband and both her sons now also work for UPS.

Employees ‘Uninspired’ To Do Health Homework

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – How do American workers really feel about researching their health care benefits options?

Not surprisingly, the sentiment of wanting to do almost anything but take time to review benefits options seems to be a timeless classic. The Aflac WorkForces Report found that people simply are not motivated to commit time or energy to completing their annual benefits enrollment. In fact, most would rather avoid what they consider an unpleasant experience, and some would rather do just about anything else. And, when it comes to selecting insurance, many Americans are on autopilot and reliant on the advice of others.

Volunteer Fire Departments Work to Reach Next Generation

(NewsUSA) – Volunteers make up more than two-thirds of the nation’s fire service and protect their communities from a wide range of emergencies. Yet many fire departments are having difficulty meeting the staffing needs that an all-hazards department requires.Call volumes have skyrocketed in recent years, tripling over the last three decades. At the same time, many fire service veterans are reaching retirement age, while there are fewer new recruits coming into the ranks.Department leaders are looking to recruit the next generation to fill the gap and step up to serve their community in a unique and rewarding way.A survey conducted by the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the national nonprofit association representing the volunteer fire and emergency services, found that 44 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 34 have an interest in volunteering as an emergency responder. A barrier to people taking action on this is awareness: the same survey found that 79 percent of people do not know if their department needs volunteers."Many people don’t realize that their department is staffed by volunteers or that they need more volunteers," says NVFC chair Kevin D. Quinn. "We are working to get the word out that we need more people, and that anyone wanting to serve their community can be a fire service volunteer."Millennials, as the 18-34 age group is commonly referred to, are one key demographic that volunteer fire and emergency service departments are trying to reach. With more than 80 million people, this demographic will play a crucial role in the success of the volunteer fire service."Millennials make great firefighters and emergency volunteers. They work hard, learn fast, are technologically savvy, and are used to balancing multiple responsibilities," says Quinn. "It is this generation that is really where the future of the fire service lies. They are our leaders of tomorrow."The younger generation is also finding that there are many benefits to being a fire service volunteer. For one, it provides a meaningful way to give back to the community. Volunteers also learn skills that they can use in many aspects of their personal and professional lives. In addition, many volunteers find the sense of community and family that exists in the fire service to be one of its biggest draws.Volunteer firefighters are a diverse group of people who come from all backgrounds, professions, ages, genders, races, and ethnicities. Anyone with the desire to serve can find a volunteer role in the fire service. It is mainly about having the heart and drive to make a difference where it’s needed most.New recruits are trained by the department. Fire departments typically respond to a variety of emergency calls, which may include fires, medical emergencies, search and rescue, natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents, vehicle collisions, terrorist threats, and other public service calls. Many departments also provide community services such as fire prevention education.The NVFC has created the Make Me A Firefighter campaign (www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org) to help departments with recruitment efforts, educate the public about the need for volunteers, and connect potential volunteers with their local fire department."We encourage anyone interested in volunteering to visit www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org," says Quinn.To view the video, click here.

Fire Departments Look to Community for Volunteers

(NewsUSA) – Fire departments across the country rely on the service of dedicated volunteers, but department membership rosters may not always reflect the demographics of the communities they serve.Many departments are now looking to expand their ranks while increasing the diversity of their personnel. Research conducted by the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) — the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS personnel and rescue workers — found that there is significant interest in serving by audiences currently under-represented in the fire service, including millennials, women and minority populations. The research showed that the level of interest in volunteering did not vary significantly between women and men, and that minority populations exhibited as much, if not more, interest than their white counterparts.One obstacle to volunteering, however, is awareness.The NVFC research showed that 79 percent of people do not know if their local fire department needs volunteers. The NVFC hopes to help departments expand their reach by encouraging more members of the community to volunteer through its Make Me A Firefighter recruitment campaign. The campaign helps departments fine-tune their recruitment efforts to appeal to a broader range of individuals."The campaign not only facilitates connections between departments and prospective volunteers, but it specifically helps departments reach under-represented groups such as minorities, women, and young adults," says Juan Bonilla, fire chief and vice chair of the NVFC’s recruitment and retention committee."Anyone can be a firefighter. We come from all ages, genders, backgrounds, races, and ethnicities. It is our goal to reach more of the community to increase awareness of the volunteer opportunities available," he says.Volunteers make up 70 percent of the fire service, but many departments are struggling to meet staffing needs. Call volume has tripled over the past 30 years as departments respond to a growing range of emergencies that include fires, emergency medical incidents, hazardous materials response, search and rescue, terrorist threats, natural disasters, and other public service calls. Volunteers also provide additional services to their communities, such as fire prevention and life safety education.Fire service volunteers play a crucial role in the protection and safety of U.S. communities. One third of the U.S. population relies on the volunteer emergency services to be their first line of defense in emergencies. In addition, volunteers save localities across the country an estimated $139.8 billion annually.Departments can use the Make Me A Firefighter campaign to create recruitment materials, manage the recruiting process and post their opportunities in a national volunteer database.Individuals interested in volunteering in the fire service can visit www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org to find a local volunteer opportunity and connect with a department."Our country relies on the dedication and service of over one million volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and rescue workers to protect our communities," says NVFC chair Kevin D. Quinn."It takes commitment and dedication to be a volunteer responder, but the rewards are overwhelming. We invite all who may be interested to visit the website at www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org to learn more about the fire service, what it means to join the fire service family and what opportunities are available in your community." 

Financial Tips for Grads Considering Their First Job

(NewsUSA) – Perhaps the best financial advice for newly minted college grads? At least eight factors — not just salary — should be considered before deciding which job offer to accept. Will your prospective boss match your 401(k) plan contributions, for example? And what about if you’re considering relocating? Just because some firm in Arlington, Virginia — rated the best city for recent grads in one survey — is dangling a higher paycheck than one elsewhere, doesn’t necessarily make it right for you, given the Washington, D.C., suburb’s high cost of living. A new online Job Offer Evaluator tool from Fidelity Investments, which considers all factors, can help calculate the right decision for you. See the infographic’s full-sized image here. 

The Benefits of A Flexible Work Schedule

 

(NewsUSA) – Within the past two decades, job opportunities that offer telecommuting options have quadrupled, and as technology advances, that number will continue to grow.

Besides having more time to manage personal and family obligations, research shows that telecommuting also boosts productivity and reduces stress.

If the thought of having flexible work hours sounds appealing, becoming a benefits advisor may be the answer.

Learn more at www.aflac.com/agent

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Tristar Praises Trump, EXIM Bank for Creating Jobs

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A small Virginia business that will help create manufacturing jobs in U.S and energy development in Ethiopia praised President Trump for his support of the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of the US as a job-creating and export tool.
“Thanks to President Trump for his support of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. We are on track to create a 1,200 megawatt wind energy project in Ethiopia that is expected to create up to 5,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs producing turbines for export,” says Paul Delkaso, President and CEO of Tristar and Tritente Global Energy Group.
“EXIM is not just about help-ing large companies like Boeing” Delkaso adds. “It is all about help-ing small- and mid-sized U.S. firms, making America Great Again and bringing security, eco-nomic development and jobs to the African continent.”
“Exporting American electricity technology will create jobs in the U.S. while demonstrating American leadership in a growing market. Electricity will generate jobs, and improve security and healthcare while stimulating benign economic development.”
Tristar and its sister company, Tritente Global Energy Group, is working with Détente Group of Virginia, EXIM Bank and leaders in Africa to bring energy security to Africa, where 620 million people lack electricity.
“Every industrialized country has an EXIM-type of program to stimulate exports,” says Brien Morgan, Managing Partner of Détente Group, which has been working with Tristar and the US EXIM Bank to finalize funding.
“Under President Trump’s Administration and Rep. Scott Garrett’s leadership, Détente looks forward to working with an invigorated US EXIM Bank to deploy its Ethiopian wind farm project along with other US high-tech job-creating projects.”
The Hon. Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, met with the Tritente Global Energy Group team and says that, “Africa is undergoing a sustained period of economic growth and transformation. In order to be sustained, this growth will need to be fueled by a massive investment in energy.”
“The vision of Tristar and Tritente Global Energy Group in sub-Saharan Africa must be supported and admirable,” adds Mwencha.
Tristar is also working with several African nations on a new round of infrastructure projects, including rail, port and clean coal, Delkaso says.
However, the EXIM support of Detente’s $3.6 billion is the best way to create U.S. manufacturing jobs and to boost exports.

Propanc Health Group Changes Name, Continues Cancer Research

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The Australian-based biotech company, Propanc Health Group, which has been developing proprietary treatments for cancer patients suffering from solid tumors such as pancreatic, ovarian, and colorectal cancers, has changed its name to Propanc Biopharma Inc (OTCQB:PPCHD), according to its Board of Directors, who approved the corporate name change.
“As a result of the company’s recent progress and anticipated upcoming milestones, we believe the timing is right to change our company name to better reflect our stage of growth and development, as well as execute the reverse stock split,” says James Nathanielsz, Propanc’s Chief Executive Officer.
“Given that we expect to complete our GLP toxicity study very soon and expect to then move forward with First-In-Man studies of our lead product, PRP, we wanted to launch our corporate strategy to address our capital structure, reduce debt, and raise additional capital sufficient to progress PRP through clinical development.”
The company’s lead product, PRP, is a novel, patented formulation consisting of two pancreatic proenzymes, trypsinogen and chymotrypsinogen. Currently, PRP aims to prevent tumor recurrence and metastasis in solid tumors.
Eighty percent of all cancers are solid tumors and metastasis is the main cause of patient death from cancer. The company’s initial target patient populations include pancreatic, ovarian and colorectal cancers.
In addition, the company is currently compiling results from the recent 28-day GLP-compliant toxicity study for its lead product, PRP, and completing histopathology and biochemistry assessments to determine the toxicological effects of PRP at different dosing intervals. Overall indications suggest that identification of a safe starting dose for First-In-Man studies is possible.
To further move the company forward, Nathanielsz attended the European Small Cap Investor Conference in Paris in April, involving one-on-one meetings between institutional investors and listed companies throughout Europe, USA and Asia Pacific.
“By undertaking these steps, management hopes to better position the company for an up-listing of its common stock to a national stock exchange in order to help ensure the long-term future of the company and create value for its shareholders,” says Nathanielsz.
For more information, visit http://www.propanc.com

Sunshine State Shining New Light on the Banking Industry

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Florida is becoming the modern-day Wall Street for many international and U.S. banking companies. Today there are 141 commercial banks in Florida with more than $140 billion in assets, and 18 international banking conglomerates who have their U.S. headquarters in the state.
The high cost of doing business in places such as New York and Chicago are no longer a necessity to succeed. From Jacksonville to Miami, Florida has established itself as a powerful resource in the industry that cannot be overlooked.
Part of a Wall Street trend known as nearshoring, banks are moving operations away from expensive financial centers to more affordable and business-friendly locations.
Companies like Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, JPMorgan, Banco Santander International, Banco do Brasil and Citigroup have engaged in this practice setting up substantial operations in Florida.
The Sunshine State has developed as a bridge for business to Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe with a highly-skilled, young workforce, who understand the culture, appealing quality of life and supportive local governments that encourage and accommodate new business growth.
“In Florida, it’s the access to these resources that make the difference,” says Hernan Mayol, chairman of the Florida International Bankers Association, a non-profit association that provides comprehensive support to the global financial services industry.
“When banks need lawyers and accountants with targeted expertise, the infrastructure is here. We don’t have to be in New York or Chicago for these resources. Florida has built them from the ground up through our state’s excellent higher education facilities and training programs.”
Mayol also believes the mantra, “if you build it, they will come,” is alive and well in Florida.
And they are coming. Millennials are a driving factor in the state’s transformation and appeal for the banking industry. The young workforce in Florida expect to live in places that are more convenient and have a better quality of life, inexpensive cost of living, entertainment opportunities and work flexibility, Mayol says.
Anthony Glenn, head of the Jacksonville office of Macquarie Group, an Australian-based global provider of financial, advisory, investment and funds management services, agrees.
Macquarie has invested more than $3 million in their downtown Jacksonville location. The office has an open floor-plan concept, modern space that promotes collaboration and creativity and state-of-the-art technology -; all the elements millennials are requesting.
“The main thing we’ve looked for is the talent pool to pull from and expandable growth,” Glenn says. “Plus, the local government is very supportive and understands the market. Florida provides for a positive change from more traditional financial markets, and it has been a rewarding investment.”
Glenn says he is committed to 100 new jobs in the first year, and has plans for expansion in Jacksonville.
“The first year has been a success. It’s not just about delivery: it’s about collaboration, diversity and balance — qualities and a lifestyle one doesn’t have to travel north to experience.”
For more information about banking in Florida, visit www.enterpriseflorida.com.