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Labor Department seeks help for laid-off Berlin employees

Union Leader staff
January 30. 2014 9:14PM

BERLIN — The state has filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Labor on behalf of laid-off workers at Salience Insight, a media analysis consulting firm.

The petition from New Hampshire Employment Security seeks Trade Adjustment Assistance, a program that helps U.S. workers who lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade, offering training and support to become reemployed.

Salience Insight, formerly KD Paine and Partners, at one point had more than 20 employees. According to one of those employees, approximately half the staff was let go on Jan. 9.

Founded in 2002 by Katie Delahaye Payne, the firm was sold to News Group International of Dubai in 2012.

“In January 2014 approximately half the staff was laid off, and the future off all U.S. operations is doubtful,” said the employee, who asked to remain unidentified.

He provided links to help-wanted ads the company is running online for “Freelance Media Analysts,” and a copy of an email from the company’s management, warning against any public comment.

“The favorable terms of the downsizing are highly dependent on your continued professionalism and support,” the email read. “Anything that is published online that is of a derogatory nature towards Salience or anyone with Salience has the potential to cause great harm.”

In responding to the petition from Mark Belanger, NHES local office manager in Berlin, the director of the Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance outlined the information that would be required to complete the petition, and identified a TAA investigator assigned to the case.

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