EmployerToolKit.com Increases Business Access to Human Resource Services

EmployerToolKit.com Increases Business Access 
to Human Resource Services



For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:

August 12, 2004

Diana Spencer, Public Information Officer 

Baltimore, MD – The Baltimore Workforce Investment Board’s (BWIB) Employer Engagement and Economic Development Task Force has launched a new web site, www.EmployerToolKit.com to better serve Baltimore’s business community. The site features more than 500 low or no-cost human resource services provided by over 200 local nonprofit and public organizations.

“From customized employment training to immigrant worker visas and tax credits, employers are going to be surprised by the wealth of information and resources that are readily available to them through the public workforce system,” said Karen Sitnick, director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development.

Ronald Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Health System and chair of the BWIB said, “This web site is a powerful tool which can be utilized by a small business with little or no human resources support or by a large conglomerate that may need to investigate a human resources topic outside their particular scope of expertise.”

This dynamic web site represents the BWIB’s first attempt at providing vital information to employers in one location. The Employer Engagement and Economic Development Task Force identified the need for a comprehensive resource for employers with the help of human resource professionals from healthcare, bioscience, hospitality and tourism and other industry sectors. A series of focus groups, conducted by the Task Force’s senior research specialist, involved human resource professionals in recommending which types of information to include in EmployerToolKit.com.

The list of services featured on the web site will expand as new resources are identified, investigated, and/or deemed helpful by web site users. The site contains program descriptions and direct hyperlinks to web sites, related information and e-mail addresses for the programs. Standardized definitions for services and industry terms enable users to navigate the site with ease. While the resources listed are primarily based in the Baltimore area, some regional and national resources are included as well. The user-friendly site includes a helpful feedback page, which encourages users to make suggestions for additional topics to be addressed or new organizational web sites to be included.

Employer Tool Kit information categories include: Business Services and Economic Development; Diversity; Employee Assistance and Retention Services; Employee Benefits; Employee Recruitment and Screening; Employment Law; Immigration Services; Labor Market Information; Training and Skills Enhancement and Workforce Reduction Support.

For additional information regarding the business services and programs provided by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, contact Employ Baltimore at 410-396-9035.

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