Pratt County Workforce and Labor Environment Information

Educational and Workforce Training Opportunities

Numerous excellent college and university options exist in the immediate local area and within easy commuting range.  Pratt parents have many high-quality options in deciding the appropriate educational environment for their children.  Many institutions have convenient satellite sites. Due to the area’s high concentration of technical jobs, Pratt Community College has correspondingly strong technical training resources.

Pratt County Labor Information

Right-To-Work Status
Kansas is one of only eight Constitutional RTW states. Kansas is a Right-To-Work state by 1958 amendment to the Kansas Constitution. The amendment was supported by 93 of the state’s 105 counties and passed by a very substantial margin of 90,000 votes. Of the 28 states that prohibit required union membership (Right-To-Work or RTW states), 20 enacted RTW by state statute.

Such statutory RTW laws are vulnerable to legislative reversal. Kansas is among the only eight states enacting RTW by state constitutional amendment. As such, Kansas RTW status can only be changed by a vote of the people, and is not vulnerable to legislative reversal. Unions in Kansas cannot attempt to collect “service fees” from workers who choose to not join the union. Kansas is an “at will” employment state. There are no unusual restrictions. Source: National Right-To-Work Foundation

Wages and Industry Information:

The following are the annual mean wages by occupation for Pratt County and other counties for comparison in Kansas.

General Workforce Resources

  • EARN – link Resources to help employees hire and retain people with disabilities
  • Independent Contractor or Employee? – link
  • Job Description Writer – link
  • Kansas Payroll Tax Calculator – link
  • Kansas Workplace Laws & Requirements FAQ (Dept. of Labor) – link
  • Kansas Unemployment Insurance Employer Handbook – link
  • OSHA Laws & Regulations – link
  • Sample Independent Contractor Agreement – link

Hiring Veterans

  • Hiring Veterans Toolkit – link
  • Kansas Veterans Workforce Improvement Program (VWIP) – link
    VWIP can provide employers with assistance when hiring veterans. Interested employers can learn more by connecting with Workforce Partnership – Pratt County.
  • Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Vet – link

Human Resources

  • Drug-Free Workplace Adviser – link
  • Drug-Free Workplace Toolkit – link
  • Sample New Employee Checklist – link
  • Template for Employee Manual – link