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  • Canadians shocked when minimum wage hike negatively impacts workers

    01/06/2018 4:45:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot ^ | January 6, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    The Fight for 15 crowd is having more success in the Great White North than they’ve seen across much of the United States lately, with Ontario being the latest province to massively increase their minimum wage. What could possibly go wrong?As we’ve already seen repeatedly on our side of the border, quite a bit, actually. And as soon as the new mandatory minimum went into effect on January 1st, big employers of largely unskilled, lower wage workers responded in the only way available to them. They began cutting costs, starting with perks and benefits, but also reducing hours and even...
  • Labor Department Plans Drug Test Regulation For Unemployment Benefits

    01/04/2018 6:32:46 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-4-2018 | Sean Moran
    The Donald Trump administration hopes to unveil a new Labor Department regulation in June requiring drug testing for unemployment benefits. Republicans used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal an Obama-era regulation that limited states ability to limit drug testing for people who apply for unemployment benefits. After President Trump signed the CRA repealing the Obama-era regulation, House Ways and Means chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said: President Trump just signed into law my bill that abolishes an Obama-era rule. After five years of battling with the Obama Department of Labor, states like Texas will now be allowed to drug test...
  • Clients need help filing Social Security disability claims

    12/28/2017 9:28:25 AM PST · by spintreebob · 30 replies ^ | 12/28/17 | Mary Beth Franklin
    When financial advisers discuss Social Security benefits, it is usually in the context of counseling clients when to claim retirement benefits and the impact of that decision on the amount of survivor benefits for the remaining spouse. But one of the Social Security program's most valuable features is disability benefits that are paid to workers and their dependent family members when they are too sick or injured to work. Yet many advisers are at a loss when it comes to guiding a client through the disability application labyrinth. That's when it's time to call in the pros. One adviser contacted...
  • Somalian refugee pocketed 39k in benefits after secretly returning to his homeland...

    12/16/2017 1:25:10 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 5 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | Dec. 16, 2017 | Tony Palmer
    Mohamed Qoomaall forged an immigration stamp on his British passport and had pension credit payments sent to him for two-and-a-half years as a friend enjoyed rent-free living in his council-funded home. A Somalian refugee who pocketed nearly 39,000 in benefits after secretly returning to his homeland because he missed the sunshine has been jailed for 15 months. Benefits cheat Mohamed Qoomaall had claimed asylum in the UK claiming he was in danger in his homeland, but moved back to the Horn of Africa in 2013. The 72-year-old had pension credit payments sent to him for two-and-a-half years as a friend...
  • We need to talk about polygamous refugee families, says Irish Muslim leader

    07/09/2017 5:33:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    iNews ^ | June 16, 2017 | Karl McDonald
    A Muslim religious leader in Ireland has called for a debate around the recognition of polygamous families after a court refused to recognise the second wife of a Lebanese refugee who has become a naturalised citizen. Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland said families fleeing warzones are disintegrating because of laws in this country that dont exist at home. Now is not yesterdays situation, he told i. People are forced to leave their country, where they used to live in accordance with the legislation of that country. This raises questions we have not faced before. The...
  • Jason Chaffetz: Members of Congress should get $30,000 a year to help them pay rent

    06/27/2017 8:19:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 143 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 27, 2017 | Ester Bloom
    The cost of housing has gotten so expensive that Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) thinks that a monthly subsidy of $2,500 would help ease the burden for members of Congress. He told The Hill on Monday that "I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress," given that "Washington, D.C., is one of the most expensive places in the world." He said that "a $2,500 housing allowance would be appropriate and a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in Washington." $2,500 a month comes...
  • 85% drop in food stamp recipients in AL counties where work requirement restarted

    06/06/2017 7:16:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 6, 2017 | Rick Moran
    From our file named "Duh." The Alabama Department of Human Resources says 13 counties that reinitiated a work requirement for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program, saw an 85% drop in recipients. The counties had been exempt from the work requirement due to high levels of unemployment. But with the economy recovering, the state of Alabama restarted the work requirement on January 1 this year, which resulted in the massive drop in SNAP participants. ... Nationwide, there are about 44 million people receiving SNAP benefits at a cost of about $71 billion. The...
  • Everything You Get With An Amazon Prime Membership (Too Many To List Alert)

    04/15/2017 11:46:09 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 37 replies
    Kim Komando ^ | 04/15/2017 | Robert Isenberg
    Like most people, you probably signed up for Amazon Prime for one reason. Maybe it was the free shipping. Maybe it was the streaming videos or the free music. Maybe you wanted one special bargain and decided to jump onboard. But even now, several years after Amazon Prime was founded, few people know the full breadth of their membership perks. They've heard rumors of different benefits, and they've always thought about rereading the full list, but then they forget. Well, we've put together the master list of every major thing you can do with your Amazon Prime account. Granted, some...
  • Are Collapsing Pensions "About To Bring Hell To America"?

    03/16/2017 9:54:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 16, 2017 | Authored by Mac Slavo via,
    The toxic dollar is bringing hell in a handbasket. Along with the student loan debt bubble and other major financial factors, the looming pensions crisis is bound to be the death of us all. Because its based on a future promise to pay, it has long been a benefit dangled to solve strikes and union disputes because, in the end, it is just more debt, whether private or public. With tens of trillions in unfunded liabilities, the weight of an avalanche remains dangling over our heads. An aging population is cashing in on needed retirement benefits while the younger...
  • Are We Refugeed Out Yet?

    03/01/2017 9:37:05 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/01/17 | Daniel Greenfield
    Dont call it a ban. Call it common sense immigration reform. Because that is exactly what it is. We have the statistics. We know what works. All we need to do is start putting America first. There are more Iraqis living in the United States than there are in some major cities in Iraq. 156,000 Iraqi refugees have entered this country in just the last decade. 30,000 of those have ended up in California. In Obamas first year in office, the United States resettled three-quarters of Iraqi refugees. 71% of Iraqi refugees are receiving cash assistance. 82% are on Medicaid...
  • Maine Drops 9,000 From Food Stamps After Refusal To Comply With Work Requirements

    02/26/2017 8:00:49 PM PST · by Rockitz · 46 replies
    CNS Article Copied Onto ^ | 26 February 2017 | CNS Article Copied By Tyler Durden
    Republican Governor Paul LePage dared to begin enforcing Maine's volunteer and work requirements for food stamp (SNAP) recipients to keep their benefits. The end result was more than 9,000 non-disabled adults getting dropped from the program. As CNS News' Eric Schiener reports, a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) spokesman tells the Associated Press that 12,000 non-disabled adults were in Maines SNAP program before Jan. 1 - a number that dropped to 2,680 by the end of March... The rules prevent adults, who are not disabled and do not have dependents, from receiving food stamps for more than three...
  • Leaked Executive Order Reveals Trump Crackdown On Immigrant Welfare (Libs will Cough Blood)

    02/01/2017 5:37:38 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 102 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-1-2017 | Tyler Durden
    The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are likely to require public assistance, as well as to deport when possible immigrants already living in the United States who depend on taxpayer help, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Washington Post. The White House would not confirm or deny the authenticity of the orders, and White House officials did not respond to requests for comment about the drafts on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Man charged with false unemployment claims in 3 states

    12/30/2016 3:56:04 PM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Dec 2016
    A California man has been charged with setting up fake businesses in three states, then using names taken from temporary visas issued to student visitors on a cultural exchange to obtain more than $355,000 in unemployment benefits for nonexistent workers, federal prosecutors in Iowa said in court documents. Nikolai Monastyrski is charged in federal court in Iowa with wire and mail fraud related to the scheme that prosecutors say he perpetrated there as well as in Illinois and Pennsylvania. A complaint filed Nov. 10 by Dana Johnson, a Chicago-based U.S. Department of Labor special agent, says Monastyrski was able to...
  • Reducing the Costs of Federal Worker Pay and Benefits

    12/24/2016 10:29:05 AM PST · by boycott · 81 replies ^ | 9-20-2016 | Chris Edwards
    The federal government employs 2.1 million civilian workers in hundreds of agencies at offices across the nation.1 The federal workforce imposes a substantial burden on America's taxpayers. In 2016 wages and benefits for executive branch civilian workers cost $267 billion.2 Since the 1990s, federal workers have enjoyed faster compensation growth than private-sector workers. In 2015 federal workers earned 76 percent more, on average, than private-sector workers.3 Federal workers earned 42 percent more, on average, than state and local government workers.4 The federal government has become an elite island of secure and high-paid employment, separated from the ocean of average Americans...
  • Terrorists behind Paris & Brussels attacks got over 50K in welfare

    08/07/2016 3:13:37 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    RT ^ | 08/05/16
    At least five terrorists involved in the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks were receiving welfare benefits from the state, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing local authorities. Belgian financial investigators looking into the terrorist attacks found that Salah Abdeslam, charged with taking part in the Paris assaults, had collected €19,000 ($21,000) in welfare payments, which were stopped just a few weeks before the attacks were carried out in the French capital in November, WSJ reports. However, Abdeslam should not have been receiving payments as he partly owned a bar, which he was managing at the time. Belgian officials say this made...
  • Tri-care

    06/25/2016 1:39:56 PM PDT · by M.K. Borders · 63 replies
    25 june 2016 | me
    I am 59 years old and a traditional Army Guardsman with 21 years service. My retirement package is already prepared and sent in thru an excellent program run by the Indiana Guard for it's soon to be retired members. This was done last September. I officially enter the tender embrace of the VA in November. My question: How good is TRICARE? Not just me but my dependents? Because of the nightmare of Obamacare I lost my employer provided health insurance and have been running on a VERY unsatisfactory plan thru my wife's employer. We would like to go 100% TRICARE...
  • 99-Year-Old WWII Veteran Seeks Response Over Denied Benefits

    06/01/2016 12:58:46 PM PDT · by BiggerTigger · 14 replies ^ | May 31, 2016 | Emil Guillermo
    Ret. Major General Antonio Taguba, known for authoring a report on the abuse that occurred at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, has now come to the defense of a Filipino World War II veteran who is still seeking recognition and equity pay for his service to the U.S. during the war. Celestino Almeda, who will turn 99 years old this June, still fights with the spirit he had as a 1941 member of the Philippine Commonwealth Army under control of the U.S. Army. And while his service and documents have been enough to earn him U.S. citizenship and even VA...
  • Social Security: Why Congress is messing with your benefits

    05/03/2016 7:55:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    CNBC ^ | 05/03/2016 | Lawrence Kotlikoff
    Politicians describe Social Security as "the third rail," meaning that enacting any benefit cuts will kill them politically. But this is precisely what they voted to do under the Bipartisan Budget Bill of 2015. The bill reduced the benefits of married couples and divorcees who were younger than 62 as of Jan. 2 by up to $60,000. Even $25,000 is a lot of money for most workers, given that the median household income is about $50,000. The new law prevents most people who reach age 66 from providing spousal benefits to their spouse or children while letting their own retirement...
  • "This Is Going To Be A National Crisis" - One Of The Largest U.S. Pension Funds Set To Cut Retiree

    04/20/2016 7:28:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 78 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/20/16 | Tyler Durden
    A dark storm is brewing in the world of private pensions, and all hell could break loose when it finally hits. As the Washington Post reports, the Central States Pension Fund, which handles retirement benefits for current and former Teamster union truck drivers across various states including Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, New York, and Minnesota, and is one of the largest pension funds in the nation, has filed an application to cut participant benefits, which would be effective July 1 2016, as it "projects" it will become officially insolvent by 2025. In 2015, the fund returned -0.81%, underperforming the 0.37%...
  • Did Philly VA shred vets' documents?

    04/19/2016 9:29:19 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Morning Call ^ | Aug 15, 2015 | Paul Muschick
    As if local veterans enduring endless waits for government benefits don't have enough to worry about, now there's this: Officials are investigating whether documents were inappropriately shredded at the Department of Veterans Affairs center in Philadelphia, which processes benefits claims from the Lehigh Valley. If a veteran's paperwork is shredded instead of added to a claim file, that could result in disability or pension benefits' being denied or delayed. The Philadelphia office and nine others were inspected without warning last month by the VA inspector general's office. The checks occurred because the inspector general discovered a claims center in Los...