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FIVE BUSINESS TRENDS DRIVING TECHNOLOGY DECISIONS FOR 2022

As Landscape Continues to Shift, Increased  Cyberthreats, Supply Chain Issues Impact IT JASPER, Ind.  – (Dec. 9, 2021) – The global supply chain crunch and massive shifts in business practices in the past year are driving information technology (IT) decisions and purchases for 2022, according to Matrix Integration, a strategic IT infrastructure partner for more than 1,000 businesses and schools in the Midwest and beyond. “IT professionals as well as CEOs are reimagining how technology can help them better handle new realities such as remote...

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KAM Announces Frank Jemley III as its New Executive Director

Frankfort, Ky – The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) announced today it has selected Frank Jemley III as its new Executive Director. Jemley joins the KAM team immediately. Jemley comes to KAM with a wealth of experience in the private and public sectors, having served in senior positions in government, business, and nonprofits. He has held top posts in Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was the Property Council of Australia’s top U.S. government affairs advisor, headed up public affairs...

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2022 Blue Books Available for Preorder!

Preorder your 2022 KAM Kentucky General Assembly Blue Book! We’re headed into a brand-new legislative session and with new faces in the General Assembly, you are going to want to know who they are and to which committees they are assigned. Pre-order your 2022 Kentucky Legislature Blue Book now and stay on top of who’s who in the Kentucky legislature with complete contact information and photos of state legislators and key staff. KAM members receive one Blue Book as a member benefit. If...

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2021 Wage and Benefits Survey Report Out Now!

ORDER YOUR 2021 KAM WAGE AND BENEFITS SURVEY REPORT NOW ABOUT THE WAGE AND BENEFITS SURVEY The survey, which was brought back in 2019 at the request of businesses and economic developers from across the state, is a comprehensive report on the state of manufacturing employment in Kentucky. This data was collected during August and September of 2021. The goal of the report is to provide insight about benefits and working conditions in the manufacturing industry. We hope these results help...

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Statement from KAM on OSHA Vaccine Requirements

Shelley Goodwin, the Interim Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, released the following statement in regard to the news of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)'s emergency temporary standard to create binding vaccine requirements for large businesses. "Manufacturing, logistics, and transportation have been critical in keeping the country's economy alive as the pandemic decimated the national supply chain. These industries continue to lead the way in innovation fighting against COVID-19. While KAM is an advocate for the administration...

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Statement from KAM on Ford’s EV Investment

Shelley Goodwin, the Interim Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, released the following statement in regard to the news of Ford's new investment into Kentucky for electric vehicle production. "On behalf of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), I would like to congratulate KAM member Ford Motor Company on this huge investment in Kentucky. We are grateful to Governor Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly for helping this incredible dream become reality, especially as we prepare to celebrate...

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Cybersecurity, communication lead top five technology trends

Pandemic also Advances Collaboration, Edge-Computing, and Outsourced IT Departments JASPER, Ind. – (Dec. 16, 2020) – Information technology (IT) underwent a major change in 2020 as organizations were forced to quickly adopt strategies to handle new cybersecurity threats and increase remote working and collaboration needs, according to Matrix Integration, a strategic IT solutions and managed services provider for more than 1,000 businesses and schools in the Midwest and beyond. Cybersecurity remains a top concern for 2021, as hackers continue to threaten organizations,...

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Perfect Attendance Policies and the COVID-19 Pandemic

By George Adams and Paul Goatley, Fisher Phillips, LLP Perfect attendance policies can be powerful tools. They typically offer cash bonuses, public recognition, in-kind prizes, extra time off, or other enticements to give employees additional incentive to regularly and timely come to work. Though perfect attendance polices can be beneficial to both employers and employees, they may run afoul of certain protected leave benefits, such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), if not administered correctly. The COVID-19 pandemic...

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Get Your House in Order, the Feds are Coming (Back)

Assuming Joe Biden is sworn into office in January 2021, he can begin taking actions that will immediately impact your policies, rules and procedures.  You should begin “getting your house in order” now by preparing for a return to more aggressive regulation and employee-friendly legislation under the Biden administration. The prospective Biden administration has already made clear that worker's rights is a high priority, including workplace safety.  The executive branch determines how and how aggressively federal government agencies, like the...

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Cold Ahead: Prepare Your Facility Now

From KAM member Harshaw Trane With 2020 driving unprecedented demands – at work and home – you may not yet have prepared your building for colder days. There’s still time! Here are a few tips and recommendations from Trane® building professionals that can help you save energy and lower your utility bills during the colder months ahead. 1. Understand building changes The way your building is used — and the hours it is occupied — may change anytime winter arrives but especially this year,...

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