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Archive for Friday, February 19, 1999

STATE TO CONDUCT MEETING FOR SALLIE MAE EMPLOYEES

February 19, 1999

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The state has planned a "rapid response" meeting Monday to provide jobs information for employees affected by impending layoffs at Sallie Mae in Lawrence.

The company, which employs about 500 people at two locations in the city, said late last month that it would cut 125 jobs by September and close its office at 110 McDonald Dr.

Kathy Ketchum, coordinator for the state's Rapid Response program, said Thursday that the meetings would address issues including the emotional and financial effects of job loss, how to apply for unemployment insurance benefits, job-training opportunities and other community services. The meetings also cover the importance of money management after the paycheck stops.

Roger Aeschliman, acting secretary of human resources, said the meetings have proven valuable to workers facing layoffs.

"The meetings are designed to provide information about vital KDHR and other community services in a timely way so those individuals can either return to work or make informed decisions," he said.

The meeting at 10 a.m. Monday is for the first 50 people who will be laid off by March 31, Ketchum said. Additional meetings for subsequent layoff rounds will be scheduled later.

The department's dislocated worker staff conducts rapid response meetings for Kansas firms that are planning a mass layoff or plant closing. In the past year, it has conducted Lawrence sessions for Dakotah Direct and Conmed Inc.

-- Richard Brack's phone message number is 832-7194. His e-mail address is rbrack@ljworld.com.

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