In the same way federal and state laws govern many other aspects of business in Minnesota, two sets of laws have something to say about employment practices when it comes to workers with disabilities.
The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (along with the companion ADA Amendments Act) and the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) each come into play.
What did author Charles Dickens, scientist Charles Darwin and journalist Mike Wallace have in common?
All three of these successful people had disabilities. Dickens had epilepsy. Darwin had obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). And, Wallace suffered from depression.Read More...
Twenty-five years ago President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark civil rights legislation aimed at bulldozing physical, employment and social barriers for tens of millions of people with disabilities and guaranteeing “fair and just access to the fruits of American life.”
“Every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom,” said Bush shortly before he put his pen to the ADA, first comprehensive declaration of its kind in the world.Read More...
Whether you've been in manufacturing a couple days or a couple decades, you've already heard this pitch. And heard it repeatedly.
If you're not exporting to foreign markets, it's quite possible you're selling yourself and your company short.Read More...
To get an idea of just what an economic staple food manufacturing is in southwest Minnesota, chew on this:
While the regional economy declined 3.8 percent during the recession from 2007 to 2010, food manufacturing actually gained 466 net new jobs, an increase of 4.7 percent.
How's that for tasty?
When people think of jobs in the manufacturing industry, they typically focus on a short list of production occupations that center on metal, assembly or welding, for instance.
But with nearly 16 percent of jobs in southeast Minnesota being in manufacturing, there's a much wider variety of promising manufacturing careers in this extraordinarily diversified region.
While each region of the state has a strong and competitive core of manufacturing industries that provide high-paying jobs, economic growth and stability, no place has the sheer manufacturing size, muscle and punch of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.
Overall, the seven-county Twin Cities metro region accounts for 53 percent of the state's total manufacturing employment, making it the industry's undisputed heavyweight champion.Read More...
Manufacturing continues to be a powerful economic engine in central Minnesota, driving profits, prosperity and job growth.
In the past year alone, manufacturers added nearly 1,300 new jobs, more than any other industry in the region, continuing a four-year growth trend that shows no signs of slowing.
After suffering major setbacks during the recession, manufacturing of transportation equipment is regaining momentum in northwest Minnesota, a region well known for deep expertise in the production of snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, boats and other vehicles.
Home to some of the industry's most recognized brands (Arctic Cat, Polaris, Lund), the region has recaptured a significant portion of statewide employment in the transportation equipment sector.Read More...