Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Business Briefs

Budget cuts reduce jobless benefits

 Federal budget reductions called “sequestration” are forcing a 10.7 percent cut in extended unemployment benefits for thousands of idled Idaho workers.

The Idaho Department of Labor has notified more than 6,000 extended benefit claimants that their benefit payments and remaining extension balance will both be reduced by 10.7 percent, at least through the week of Sept. 22. 

The department reported that regular state benefits of 10 to 26 weeks for more than 17,000 jobless workers are not affected by the reductions, but claimants moving from regular state benefits to extended benefits through September will see the same reductions as those currently receiving extended benefits. About 200 people a week exhaust their regular benefits without finding new jobs and move to the extended benefit program.

The federal budget debate’s impact on claimants is yet to be determined for people who begin to receive extended benefits starting in October, the start of the new federal budget year.


Credit union named top place to work

Pioneer Federal Credit Union has been named by the Idaho Business Review as one of Idaho’s Top 10 places to work in the Large Companies (more than 100 employees) category.

Through a process of anonymous surveys, companies were judged on a variety of topics, including compensation and benefits, work environment, company management, employee growth and development, and work-life balance.

CEO Curt Perry thanked Pioneer’s staff and board and noted that “the satisfaction truly isn’t in being recognized—the satisfaction is in creating a workplace that people want to be a part of.”

Established in 1954, Pioneer has 12 branches, including those in the Treasure Valley, Magic Valley, Wood River Valley and Mountain Home. To learn more about Pioneer’s products, services and membership opportunities, see  HYPERLINK ""


Business editing service opens

Valley resident Jima Rice, following years of writing and editing as a business consultant, has opened a new editing business. QuickEdit is a team of editors ready to help clients perfect their communications, annual reports or scientific papers.

Documents are submitted online for fees ranging from $45-$100 per hour depending on complexity. 

For more information, call Rice at 726-1848.

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