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Online retailer Hayneedle will lay off some 200 workers at its Omaha headquarters in the coming months. Hayneedle's parent company, Walmart, told the Omaha World-Herald on Thursday that about 100 local workers will remain employed and will be based at the Sarpy County call center. Those being laid off will get at least a 60-day notice and will be eligible to apply for other jobs within the Walmart organization. A written statement from Walmart says the layoffs follow a decision to integrate the Hayneedle business and select functions within Walmart.com.

Nebraska businesses that hire felons could get a tax break under a measure before lawmakers that’s designed to make it easier for them to get jobs and reduce the likelihood they’ll re-offend. Supporters say the bill would encourage employers to take a risk on potential employees whose criminal records limit their job prospects, although it’s not yet clear how they’ll cover the cost of the proposed tax deduction. The measure by Sen. Justin Wayne, of Omaha, would allow companies to deduct 65% of the wages paid to workers with a felony conviction during their first year of employment.

https://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/louisiana-no-longer-worlds-prison-capital-heres-whats-next

The Nebraska Department of Corrections is working to recruit and retain employees with financial incentives.  Corrections officials announced yesterday that three-thousand-dollar bonuses will be given to the first 100 new employees that stay at least one year at the Tecumseh State Prison, Lincoln Correctional Center, the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center or the State Penitentiary.  Current prison workers will get bonuses ranging from 50-dollars to 400-dollars for recruiting a new employee, and supervisors can get up to a 400-dollar bonus if a staff member they oversee stays at least one year

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says personal income in Nebraska declined since last year.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The governor says Nebraska employment is expected to top 1.1 million next year, a record high.

By 2040, 39 percent of the Omaha metro area’s population will be people of color.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report by a national group says nearly one in six Nebraska workers would see a pay increase if voters opt to raise the state's minimum wage.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A newly released report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate inched up to 3.6 percent in July.

Fischer co-sponsors paid family leave measure

Jul 16, 2014

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer is co-sponsoring a bill that would give tax credits to employers who provide paid family leave.

Voices for Children did a poll in February asking Nebraskans whether or not they would support a minimum wage increase.

Women Still Paid Less Than Men

Oct 5, 2012

Data from the US Census Bureau reveals that a gender-based wage gap affects women throughout Nebraska. 

Good 360 opens national distribution and sorting center in Omaha

Mar 26, 2012
image courtesy Good 360

North Omaha is the new home of a national distribution company’s new centralized location.

Good 360 opened its distribution and sorting center on North 16th Street Friday. The organization gets donations of new surplus or out of season products from corporations. They repackage and donate the products to nonprofits, who distribute the items to people in need.

Omaha Mayor signs anti-discrimination ordinance

Mar 15, 2012

 

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle has signed an ordinance banning discrimination in all public places on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Mayor Suttle signed the ordinance Thursday at City Hall. The city council narrowly approved it Tuesday on a 4-3 vote. It bans discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the workplace and all public places.

Omaha City Council passes LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance

Mar 13, 2012

The Omaha City Council has approved an ordinance banning discrimination in the workplace and all public places against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Councilman Ben Gray sponsored the ordinance. It passed on a city council vote of four to three. The vote came one week after a three-hour public hearing, where supporters and opponents made their case as to why the ordinance should, or shouldn’t, pass.