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Fewer Employers Offer Relocation Assistance

by Tony Gonzalez March 11, 2010 12:26 PM
The average cost for a family to relocate from one part of the United States to another can vary from $18,355 to $76,600, according to Worldwide ERC, an association dedicated to workforce mobility. (Worldwide ERC last gathered these statistics in 2007 -- the cost of relocation today may be even higher.) Before the recession set in, it was becoming common for companies asking employees to relocate to pick up the tab, whether they were asking current employees to move or hiring new employees from out of town or out of state. But now, according to a recent MSNBC report, fewer companies are offering relocation assistance to pay for expenses ranging from moving and storage to selling a house and/or making an extra trip across the country to look for housing. [More]

Relocation Assistance Becoming Available for Treece, Kansas

by Winnie Hsiu January 27, 2010 11:00 AM
This week, the Kansas state Department of the Environment (KDHE) announced that it will hold a meeting Thursday, at 6 p.m., in the old Picher City Hall to discuss relocation assistance with residents of Treece, Kansas. The meeting will include a status update from the federal Environmental Protection Agency detailing what progress has been made with the relocation and with plans to buy out property from the residents. "KDHE is setting up this meeting to talk to the residents to see who is interested," Bob Jurgens, a KDHE section chief, explained. "We also need to determine a timeline for the buyout." At the meeting, Treece residents will also be able to ask questions about the buyout process, Treece's status as a Superfund site, and studies related to it. [More]