NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announces the formation of local Workforce Employer Outreach Committees (WEOC) across the state. The committees are an ongoing effort by the department to reach out to Tennessee employers and get valuable information to foster economic development and promote departmental services.
In Davidson County, a chairman, vice chairman and secretary have been named for the committee. Tom Negri, general manager of Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, will chair the WEOC. Patti Brown, division vice president of Bridgestone/Firestone, will serve as vice chair. Cynthia Regas of the Mid-Cumberland Community Services Agency will be secretary for the group.
The committee is open to employers wishing to become involved. Some of the benefits of joining are the following: to have an opportunity to share ideas and concerns with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development; to enhance your company's awareness of employment issues and legislation that affects your business operation; to gain a better understanding of the many programs and services the department provides; and an opportunity to network with various divisions within the department and build a personal working relationship with an employer services specialist from the department.
The first program of the Davidson County WEOC will be held Friday, January 21, at 7:30 a.m. at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, located at 2100 West End Ave. Pete Halverstadt, attorney for TDLWD, will address changes to the Worker’s Compensation Law. Cost of the breakfast is $10, and reservations are required by calling Ron Hammontree Jr., at 615-741-8892, by Wednesday, January 19.
Future sessions will include discussions regarding the Tennessee Career Center, adult education, drug-free workplace, Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health, unemployment insurance, and many more.
ANDREW JOHNSON TOWER, 8TH FLOOR