Coming in June: Assistive Technology in the Workplace

RochesterWorks!, Monroe County’s largest employment and training initiative, in collaboration with Monroe County, ACCES-VR and the Center on Employment, National Technical Institute for the Deaf Rochester Institute of Technology present: Assistive Technology in the Workplace. The event will take place on June 29th, 2017 at the Center on Employment, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Assistive Technology in the Workplace is the latest in RochesterWorks!’s long history of innovative events, workshops, conferences, and job fairs dedicated to equipping our community’s job seekers and businesses to interact with each other. The event is designed to show businesses that customizing the workplace to suit every worker is easier and more cost effective than ever before. Large print and tactile keyboards, screen magnifiers, navigation assistance, are just a few common assistive technologies used in the workplace.

The admission is $10. Breakfast will be served and a raffle ticket will be included with admission.

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LGBTQ Seminar a Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out for our seminar on LGBTQ issues in the workplace. Thank you as well to Scott Fearing from the Gay Alliance for hosting the seminar. If you missed the seminar, the Gay Alliance website has wonderful resources and information about upcoming events.

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Finger Lakes JSEC Spring Job Fair Registration Open

Registration is now open for the Finger Lakes JSEC spring Job Fair.  It will be in Canandaigua at The Inn on the Lake on May 10th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Each participant is provided with a six-foot table and two chairs.  If you have any other needs, such as an electric outlet, please indicate them when you register on-line.

Please complete the Registration Form and pay the $120 Registration fee (PayPal or Credit Card) through their website: by Friday April 21st, 2017.  Space is limited so, get your reservation in early!

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JSEC Proudly Presents Independent Living of the Genesee Region 2016 Award

Congratulations to our 2016 grant award winners Independent Living of Genesee Region (ILGR). Independent Living of the Genesee Region is a community pathway for an empowered life for people with disabilities.

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Save the Date! LGBTQ Issues in the Workplace

Monroe JSEC will be hosting a seminar Coming Out of the Corporate Closet: LGBTQ Issues in the Workplace with speaker Scott Fearing from the Gay Alliance. This program will discuss how to communicate respectfully with LGBTQ individuals and how to create an LGBTQ inclusive workplace.

The seminar will take place on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Registration and networking will start at 7:30 AM. The program will begin run from 8:00 – 9:30 AM. Register online at or by contacting Kevin Kreitzberg at or by phone at (585) 314-1590.

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Nominations are open for Lois Ellen Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award – 2017

The National Industrial Liasion Group (NILG) Board is now accepting nominations for the Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award – 2017.

The Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award is a coveted recognition for a life’s work of promoting equal opportunity and affirmative action in employment. It was originated to celebrate and memorialize the passion and spirit of Lois Baumerich in her work and life.  Lois was one of the founding members of the National Industry Liaison Group.  In addition to her work on the NILG Board, she also served in various capacities with the New Jersey ILG and the Northeast Region Corporate ILG for a number of years.  Lois exhibited untiring commitment to the principles of equal opportunity and inclusion.

This Award is presented in commemoration of her work in the area of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

Nominations for this prestigious award must be:

  • an EEO/AA professional with at least 15 years of experience in the field of EEO and affirmative action,
  • an employee of a federal contractor or subcontractor, which has written Affirmative Action programs or retired from a position with a federal contractor or subcontractor which has written Affirmative Action programs within the last three years of the previous ILG National Conference
  • a member in good standing of an official Industry Liaison Group and
  • an individual able to demonstrate his or her commitment to EEO/AA through programs or initiatives that he or she has influenced, championed, and implemented that show impactful results.

The Ninth Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the 2017 Annual ILG National Conference,  August 1-4, in San Antonio, Texas (visit for additional conference information).  The ILG Leadership from the winner’s home ILG will be invited to join the winner on stage for the award presentation as a demonstration of support.

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Assistive Technology in the Workplace

Our friends at RochesterWorks!, ACCES-VR and the Center on Employment, and National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology present Assistive Technology in the Workplace on March 15, 2017. Assistive Technology in the Workplace is a new event where members of our business community gather to network and learn about the technology that makes inclusion work.

The event will take place on March 15, 2017. The admission is $10. Breakfast will be served and a raffle ticket will be included with admission.

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October 2016 Seminar: “2016 Hot Topics for NYS Employers” with featuring speakers from Littler Mendelson P.C.

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

About the Program:

Please join us to discuss new and expanding labor and employment laws affecting companies that do business in New York. Our discussion will provide employers with practical tips on how to respond to these developments in their day-to-day operations so as to avoid legal issues. This program will bring you the latest court, legislative, and regulatory activity that you need know including information regarding:

  • Meeting the challenges of the new white collar overtime exemption rules?
  • How many different “minimum wages” are there in New York?
  • How much is this new paid family leave going to cost me? And how will it interrupt my operations?
  • What is the proposed new persuader rule, and why should I care if our company is not being organized by a union?
  • The recently enacted New York Women’s Equality Act, which strengthens the New York Equal Pay Act and exposes employers to greater liability for equal pay violations, expands protection for victims of sexual harassment, provides for recovery of attorneys’ fees in employment discrimination cases, prohibits discrimination based on familial status, and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees
  • New proposed regulations under the New York State Human Rights Law, prohibiting discrimination or harassment on the basis of gender identity, transgender status, or gender dysphoria

About the Speakers: 

Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice with more than 1,000 attorneys in over 70 offices worldwide. Trent M. Sutton is the Office Managing Shareholder at Littler. Trent provides strategic advice and counsel to multinational employers on a wide range of international employment and compliance matters. Hinna Upal, an Associate at Littler, is experienced in matters involving complex business litigation, class action and regulatory issues and has worked extensively in federal and state court.

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Thank you to John Taylor for presenting on Cyber Security at our most recent Seminar in June!

John Taylor, Chief Information Officer at Finger Lakes Community College, recently presented on the hot topic of Cyber Security to Monroe County JSEC attendees.  The JSEC Board would like to thank John for his assistance in presenting on this important topic!

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Monroe County JSEC Gives Back!

Last week the Monroe County JSEC awarded two grants to local area businesses.  We wanted to take a moment to congratulate RochesterWorks and Hertiage Christian Services on their awards!  The Monroe County JSEC team had a wonderful morning with representatives of both organizations and were able to present two $500 checks to support their efforts to help the community and local employers.

“Each year, as funds allow, we like to give back to the community that has supported us throughout the year. Each grant is awarded to an organization whose mission is similar to that of JSEC. We request that the money be used for programs that will be of assistance to employees or educate and inform employers of the services available in the Rochester area” say Kristy Ioele, Chair of JSEC.

JSEC presents this check to Marianne Barton, Heritage Christian Services.

JSEC presents this check to Marianne Barton, Heritage Christian Services.

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