Business briefs, Nov. 21-24
Labor commission warns about scam
The Utah Labor Commission is warning employers throughout the state about scam involving requests for employers to pay a fee to become compliant with state and federal workplace poster requirements. According to a press release, scammers have sent out letters to businesses, as well as made phone calls, issuing a threat of investigation if employers did not purchase new workplace posters. The Utah Labor Commission provides workplace posters, which list information about employee rights and must be posted somewhere within the workplace, free of charge. Employers can report suspicious letters and calls to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Employment numbers in Utah remain steady
Nonfarm payroll employment for the state of Utah grew by an estimated 3.5 percent in October, bringing about 47,700 jobs to the economy compared to 2014. According to a press release from the Utah Department of Workforce Services, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stayed the same as it was in September, at 3.6 percent, below the national average of 5 percent. "Even with a slight drop in job growth, the state continues to show above average expansion," said Carrie Mayne, chief economist at the Department of Workforce Services, in the release. "Continued growth means continued opportunities for job seekers to find positions with Utah employers."
Gearlope launches Kickstarter campaign
Gearlope, a Park City-based company that allows residents to rent out their outdoor equipment, has launched a campaign on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. According to the company’s webpage on Kickstarter, Gearlope is seeking $25,000 to fund an expansion of the gear-sharing service. Those who pledge get rewarded with various perks, including a Gearlope t-shirt. For more information, go to kickstarter.com and search "gearlope."
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A study pegged the number of Sundance Film Festival attendees at 122,313, with the event generating an economic impact of $182.5 million. Both numbers represent a slight decrease from the 2018 festival.