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July 2021 ι VOLUME 12 ι ISSUE 6
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Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Launches Podcast Series
International Paper Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas has launched a new podcast series, "Southeast Texas Works!", highlight issues and share resources regarding workforce needs and employment demands specific to our area. The Podcast's content will feature topics such as economic development, job projections, funding for small businesses, and keeping pace with workforce training requirements. Returning to work after the pandemic, the need for childcare, and fostering a positive community environment, will be discussed by local subject-matter experts.
Guests on the podcasts include business leaders, elected officials, educators, professional services providers, community-based organizations, and training institutions in Southeast Texas, to provide the listening audience with a greater understanding of the important relationship between economic growth, employment opportunities, a skilled workforce, and overall community vitality.

"We are excited to expand our outreach to the community with our Podcast series", stated Mary Hammon, executive director. "Our strategic goals require new and innovative methods to collaborate with workforce partners. We will continue to share these initiatives and resources with those we serve."

In the "Port of Beaumont-Propelling Growth in Southeast Texas" podcast, Sadé Chick, director, Corporate Affairs, comments, "Our region has done an excellent job especially in bringing the maritime industry into focus". Chick goes on to explain the overall importance of maritime and the thousands of jobs generated by cargo activity. She expresses the critical importance of connecting to middle and high school students as they make educational and career decisions for their future.

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New Board Members
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas welcomes a slate of new board members whose leadership skills, education and training experience will help enhance the Board's oversight and management of workforce development funding and initiatives for Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin counties.

W. Dennis Isaacs, executive director, Golden Triangle Business Roundtable (GTBR), has been a strong proponent of workforce development as a key component to help sustain economic growth. As GTBR's executive director since 2016, Isaacs has worked to effectively link business and industry to the public education system, community colleges, and training providers throughout Southeast Texas. His prior work history as Safety, Health and Environmental manager for a large industrial manufacturing company provided Isaacs with important knowledge and skills in environmental regulations and compliance.

Isaacs is a graduate of Lamar University and participates in leadership roles for local chambers and industry associations. He received recognition from the Southeast Texas Plant Manager's Association for his dedicated service and support of local industrial and commercial interests. Isaacs will represent community-based organizations (CBO) on the workforce board.

Justin Cooper currently serves as the President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 479 and will represent Organized Labor on the workforce board. Cooper, a highly trained electrical journeyman, has more than 13 years' experience in the skilled crafts field. His background includes performing worker's evaluations, organizing electrical workers in various counties throughout Southeast Texas, and maintaining strategic partnerships with elected officials.

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Take Note: March 2020 Joint Employer Rule Rescinded

On July 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division announced "Joint Employer Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act" has been rescinded effective September 2021. The rescinded rule included language contrary to the congressional intent, according to the USDOL press release, "By rescinding that rule, the Department will ensure more workers receive minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act." For more information, please click here.
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