Human Rights Campaign to recognize employer diversity

Twenty-five employers will be honored Wednesday by the Human Rights Campaign for their commitments to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights. The event at the Hallmark Cards headquarters recognizes nondiscrimination policies, benefits, diversity training and other resources for LGBT workers, consumers and job seekers.

With a week left in open enrollment period, Obamacare canvassers comb neighborhoods

Armed with stacks of handouts about the Affordable Care Act, canvassers are going door to door in Kansas City’s urban neighborhoods asking people whether they are interested in enrolling in ACA health plans. How well the campaigns succeed in these final days before the March 31 deadline for open enrollment will be crucial not only for gaining coverage for the nation’s uninsured this year.

Sprint is closing Overland Park call center, cutting about 200 jobs

Call centers in Sacramento, Calif., and Elmsford, N.Y., also are closing. A television station in Florida reported a fourth call center in Orlando, Fla., will lay off about 400 people. And in Fort Worth, Texas, according to the newspaper there, 450 jobs are being cut at that city’s call center. Overall, the paper reported, Sprint is cutting 1,550 customer service jobs, citing greater efficiencies.

Owner of Missouri Gas Energy considers job cuts

The new owner of Missouri Gas Energy is integrating some of the utility’s operations with its St. Louis utility, and some Kansas City jobs are on the line. The Laclede Group, which owns the Laclede Gas utility in St. Louis, purchased Missouri Gas Energy last year and indicated then that it planned to combine some operations of the two companies.

More employers bet that NCAA basketball tournament pools aren’t bad

The days of hiding March Madness betting pools from the boss soon may be as obsolete as the two-handed set shot. As this year’s NCAA basketball tournament approaches, fewer employers report they have rules prohibiting or limiting such workplace wagering. In fact, most personnel poobahs say they have decided that participating in a sports betting pool is not only OK by policy, it’s good for morale.

Job hunter conference will be March 12 in Lenexa

The event from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 12 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church will offer presentations on how to deal with assessments in the hiring process, how to connect with executives and get interviews, how to write a resume that gets results and how to impress in interviews.

Labor-Management Council sets legislative agenda for 2014

Directors of the Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City said at least three-fourths of its 80 company, union, government and nonprofit members agree on these issues this year. Protecting economic incentives ranks high among priority issues for the nonprofit labor-management organization.