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Ashli Watts: Women, the workforce and the pandemic, a crisis that needs immediate attention

As a female executive, I have had to answer the same question for many years: “How are you able to balance your work and family?” Honestly, those questions have always frustrated me because they have never been asked of my husband. And I have been fortunate until recently, with a lot of help, to make it work. I like to think I’ve always worked hard. But like the experiences of many other people...

Survey shows impact of in-home school, childcare on Kentucky’s workforce during COVID-19 pandemic

A survey of business leaders across the state in the wake of changes to schools and childcare due to the COVID-19 pandemic shows a large part of the state’s workforce have children under 18 and will have to teach from home when school starts back while working. The survey, conducted by the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management, was sent out with a goal of compiling information to help businesses...

New book by UK administrator Kathy Sheppard-Jones highlights diversity and inclusion for Ky. kids

By Meg Mills Special to KyForward University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) Executive Director Kathy Sheppard-Jones has turned her personal experiences into a learning opportunity for Kentucky kids. Sheppard-Jones has published “You Can Do So Many Things!” — a book for young children that highlights diversity and inclusion in the workforce. Kathy Sheppard-Jones with her...

Commentary: Family farmers speak out against family separation bill, other impacts of SB1

By Ben Abell and Bree Pearsall Special to KyForward We are Ben Abell and Bree Pearsall, a husband and wife team running a mid-sized diversified farm in Oldham County. As small business owners, farmers, and employers we are deeply concerned about the impact that Senate Bill 1 could have on the immigrant employees who make our business a success. As many Kentucky farmers know, immigrants not only provide...

CHFS releases updated Medicaid budget predictions, Kentucky HEALTH timeline for 2019

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has released updated guidance regarding the implementation of Kentucky HEALTH, which was re-approved in November by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The new information includes updated implementation milestones for various components of Kentucky HEALTH that will be phased-in during 2019. On April 1, Kentucky HEALTH will begin with many...

Eli Capilouto: A powerful message about student success and the workforce we’re building for Ky.

Consider this economic fact: A recent national study from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce concluded that 95 percent of jobs created in the recovery of the last 10 years went to applicants with some college experience. In other words, a college education — some training and development beyond high school — has never been more important. The challenge — and the opportunity...

Commentary: Automation’s dominance poses challenges to workforce, economy

By Bob King Special to KyForward It has been striking, watching and listening to the two political campaigns. In both, the challenges seem to be tied to immigration issues, “off shoring” jobs, bad trade deals, terrorism and the personal insults asserting the opposing candidate is unfit to hold high office. While both candidates may attempt to get at the underlying economic concerns of the electorate,...