October 15, 1943

Much Harder to Switch Jobs
WASHINGTON, D.C.—New rules go into effect today impacting anyone seeking to change employment. The United States Employment Service now has the final say in hiring of workers in war-critical jobs. Switching of jobs will not be allowed unless the worker will be improving his war usefulness. Paul V. McNutt, chairman of the War Manpower Commission (WMC), stated the minimum provisions of the regulations do not mean the service will control hiring for all jobs. McNutt announced the new regulations in August. Included in the regulations is an increase in the waiting period for changing jobs for war workers, requirement for those with any of one hundred and forty essential skills to be employed in a war-essential activity or in the armed forces, and approval needed by the employment service for those who have not lived in the area where work is sought for thirty days.

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