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“We plan to expand our business and we need labor market information.”
Current Labor Market Information is available at - www.iowaworkforce.org/lmi
You can find the latest Iowa economic trends at - www.iowaworkforce.org/trends
 
“Can I list job openings for our company?”
Job listings can be listed at no charge on the Internet. http://www.iowaworks.org/recruitment.htm
 
“Where do I find the laws governing employment?”
Staff at IWD provides consulting services regarding federal and state laws.

Federal & State Links - http://www.iowaworks.org/links.htm
Labor Division - http://www.iowaworkforce.org/labor/
 
“We are considering starting a new business, where should I begin?”
You should consider three contacts: the local IWD office, local chamber of commerce office, and the area economic development office.
http://www.allamakeecounty.com/
http://www.newhamptonia.com
http://www.claytoncountyiowa.com/
http://www.delawarecountyia.com
http://www.greaterdubuque.org
http://www.fayettecountyia.com
http://www.howard-county.com
If you are a small business, additional guidance can be given by the Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov).
 
“How do I become a federal contractor?”
Contracts with the government allows for another avenue of business revenue. For information about federal contracting http://www.iowaworkforce.org/labor/contractor.htm
 
“Finding the right employee takes time. How can IWD help us?"
Screening and assessment are the keys to finding the right match. IWD offers testing in a variety of areas and can work with your business to administer your company’s assessment. http://www.iowaworks.org/assessment.htm
 
“With the changing economy, we need to revise our job descriptions and policy manuals. Can you help us?”
Contact IWD for information and visit O*Net http://www.careeronestop.org/
 
“Are there any financial tax incentives available?”
Numerous tax incentive programs are available through federal and state programs. Contact IWD for current information or visit http://www.iowaworks.org/credits.htm
 
 “Our business needs to respond to the ever growing diverse workforce. How can we learn more?”
America’s workforce has many new faces and your business needs to remain educated about the people who you employ. Labor laws can pertain to certain groups of employees.
Child labor laws http://www.iowaworkforce.org/labor/childlabor.htm
American Disabilities Act  - http://www.ada.gov
 
“What information is required to be posted at our business?”
Required posters can be found at http://www.iowaworks.org/reqposters.htm or call IWD for a copy.
 
“We want to improve making our business more accessible for our employees and customers. Where can I get information about accessibility?”
Hiring individuals with disabilities http://www.jobaccess.org/
 
“Workers' Compensation and Unemployment Insurance can be so complicated. Who do I contact for clarification?”
Work Compensation Division - http://www.iowaworkforce.org/wc/
Unemployment Insurance Services Division - http://www.iowaworkforce.org/ui/uiemployers.htm
 
“Our company is experiencing a workforce adjustment with a plant closing or layoff, we need help”
For mass layoff or a plant closing, a rapid response team can be organized to address the situation. Job search workshops, new training opportunities, and registration for unemployment insurance are services available through the local IWD office.
 
“Educating our employees is a high priority. Does IWD provide any training?”
IWD strives to meet the employment needs of our community businesses.  Partnerships with area community colleges, economic development groups, and other private and public organizations have resulted in training opportunities on various employment topics near a business locality. Contact IWD to inform us of your training needs.

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