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A new national initiative is accepting grant proposals from state and local governments to establish or improve employee financial wellness programs. Up to 26 grants will be offered for a one-year, non-renewable initiative. The grant funding amount is based on jurisdiction workforce size, with up to $100,000 available for state and local governments with 2,500 or more employees.
A webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 28, 2020 to review the grant proposal process and respond to questions.
New research from finds a steady increase in telework among state and local government employees (27 percent), the highest share since 2016 (22 percent). This practice is more common in state agencies (64 percent) than local jurisdictions (19 percent). The increase may relate to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that overlapped with this research. This telework trend, and others, may change dramatically given the ongoing pandemic, social distancing guidelines, and unprecedented pressures on state and local government budgets. Based…Find out more »
A webinar discussing A Focus on Public Sector Financial Wellness Programs: Employee Needs and Preferences detailed the results of a national survey of 507 state and local government employees assessing their needs and preferences regarding employer-based financial literacy and education programs. Authored by Rivka Liss-Levinson, Ph.D., director of research with the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE), the survey was conducted with Greenwald & Associates. Click here to download the presentation slides or click on the embedded image…Find out more »
As the nation faces increased strains on its public health workforce from the COVID-19 outbreak, this new primer describes the current public health workforce size, expectations for growth, employee demographics, job tenure, and the skill sets most in demand. This description is offered against the broader backdrop of the overall state and local government sector. How Does the Public Health Workforce Compare with the Broader Public Sector?, was prepared by SLGE with the support of the de Beaumont Foundation. Click…Find out more »
As many state and local governments face inadequate funding levels for retiree health care obligations, a new report and webinar offer policymakers with a guide to individual Medicare marketplaces. These marketplaces are one option for public employers and retirement systems to consider as they look to contain health care costs and create a better value for retirees. The new report, Use of Individual Medicare Marketplaces for Public Sector Retiree Health Care: A Guide For Elected Officials, was prepared by Rivka…Find out more »
State and local governments face greater competition for talent even as the demand for specialized health and human services (HHS) jobs grows, according to a new report from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) and Kronos. The research includes examples of successful retention strategies and innovation, and it highlights the key drivers behind long-term HHS employment trends: the aging of the U.S population and cost constraints on government spending. These findings are contained in a new report, Innovations…Find out more »
SLGE hosted a webinar discussing the report Proactive Pension Management: An Elected Official's Guide to Variable Benefit and Contribution Arrangements. The webinar included SLGE staff, as well as Paula Sanford, Ph.D., Senior Public Service Associate, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia; and Anna Petrini, Senior Policy Specialist Employment, Labor and Retirement Program, National Conference of State Legislatures. The research was produced with support from AARP. For further information, you can download the webinar slides and the full report,…Find out more »
Public Sector Workforce 2030: Planning for the Next Generation of State and Local Government Employees, September 26th and 27th, 2019
The Center for State and Local Government Excellence, the National League of Cities, and ICMA-RC hosted a workforce summit September 27, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Find out more »
Government agencies face special challenges in recruiting, retaining, and retiring employees. The annual SLGE survey on workforce issues explores those challenges, along with effective strategies, benefits structures, and flexible work arrangements. Join SLGE and our survey partners, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources and the National Association of State Personnel Executives for a review of this year's findings and what they mean for workforce management. A free webinar with SLGE, IPMA-HR and NASPE staff was held on Wednesday,…Find out more »
Recent Center for State and Local Government Excellence research to be presented at the upcoming World Pensions Forum, May 23 and 24, 2019.Find out more »