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  • Families flood across US-Mexico border, hitting new highs

    06/08/2016 3:23:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WIAT-TV ^ | June 4, 2016 | Chance Seales, National Correspondent
    Families are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in record numbers, surpassing levels seen during the 2014 crisis that caused widespread consternation at the highest levels of government. New numbers show approximately 32,117 families, mostly from Central America, flooded the Southern border in the first six months of fiscal year 2016, reports the Pew Research Center. In the same time period of 2015, that number was less than half that, clocking in at 13,913 families. In 2014, agents apprehended 19,830 during that period. Crisis in Central America “People who are trying to save their lives come to this country because they can...
  • Hillary Clinton will require employers to “review pay fairness”

    04/07/2016 12:53:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/07/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Who is Hillary Clinton pandering to this week? Ah yes… we’re back to the women and the gender wage gap. In her ongoing effort to put some daylight between herself and Bernie Sanders, Clinton is working to shore up her support with female voters and what better way than to promise that everyone will get a raise? (Washington Post) If she is elected, employers would be required to review employee pay to ensure that women are being paid fairly, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.“I’m going to require that everybody take a look,” Clinton said to applause at...
  • New Obama regulation: White males lose, lawyers and Democrats win

    02/03/2016 7:39:33 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3 February, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Last Friday, a new regulation was proposed by the Obama administration that will make it harder and more expensive for employers to hire and promote white males, enrich class action lawyers, and do absolutely nothing to accomplish the ostensible goal of raising the pay of women relative to men.
  • Donald Trump Rights Ship on Immigration: On Disney and slams H1-Bs. Must read!

    10/30/2015 5:42:42 AM PDT · by dennisw · 77 replies ^ | oct 29th | by Stephen K. Bannon & Alexander Marlow
    DT: Day one. This is why I got into this race. Because the everyday working person in this country is getting screwed. Lobbyists write the rules to benefit the rich and powerful. They buy off Senators like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to help them get rich at the expense of working Americans by using H-1B visas–so called “high tech” visas–to replace American workers in all sorts of solid middle class jobs. If I am President, I will not issue any H-1B visas to companies that replace American workers and my Department of Justice will pursue action against them. BNN: What...
  • Hillary: ‘I Am Going To Make Some Employers Go to Jail

    09/08/2015 6:38:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/08/2015 | Tom S. Elliott
    Speaking at a Labor Day rally in Hampton, Ill., today Hillary Clinton threatened to imprison employers for “wage theft.” “We’re going to go back to enforcing labor laws,” Clinton said. “I’m going to make sure that some employers go to jail for wage theft and all the other abuses that they engage in.” “And we are going to make it harder and harder to stop what should be the right of every American: to join a union and bargain collectively through that union,” she continued. “But, I’ll tell you, we’ve got a fight on our hands.” The presumed 2016 Democratic...
  • Analysis: 1 in 4 employers hit with Obamacare tax

    08/25/2015 7:18:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Examiner ^ | 8/25/15 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM
    One out of four U.S. employers may soon face a steep new Obamacare tax on the insurance coverage they offer workers, unless they take steps to reduce overall spending on the plans. A new analysis released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 26 percent of employers offer health benefits that could be subject to the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac" tax on high-cost plans when it starts in 2018. The tax kicks in when the total spending on a health plan — including the employer and employee premium contributions — exceeds $10,022 for an individual or $27,500 for a...
  • Brave new world: Mayor de Blasio bans NYC employers from asking applicants about criminal history

    06/30/2015 7:18:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m guessing this is the new face of equality. Or at least a redefinition of sanity. In any case, welcome to the Big Apple, employers! (From the NY Daily News) In front of emotional supporters, Mayor de Blasio signed legislation Monday that will prohibit employers from inquiring about a candidate’s criminal record prior to a job offer.“Today I see hope for people like me,” said Marilyn Scales, 52, of the Bronx, who said she never has had a full-time job because of her record for dealing heroin. As crazy as this may sound, there’s actually a bit more to...
  • The Next Obamacare Battle Nobody is Talking About

    06/30/2015 11:01:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | June 30, 2015 | Alex Vargo
    Last week, the Supreme Court sided 6-3 with the Obama administration’s interpretation of the Affordable Care Act, ruling the law was written with the intent to provide subsidies through federal exchanges. To put it lightly, conservatives are less than thrilled. But in our disappointment, let’s not forget that the subsidies are just one problematic element of many found in the 20,000-page law. While Congress may not be able to undo the Court’s recent ruling, that doesn’t mean they can’t address another serious issue with the Affordable Care Act: the employer mandate that defines a full-time workweek as 30 hours. The...
  • Obama gives free pass to businesses that hire illegals--Audits, fines drop for employers

    06/16/2015 11:58:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama took office vowing to go after unscrupulous employers who hire illegal immigrants, but worksite audits have plunged over the last year and a half, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies, tumbling along with the rest of immigration enforcement. Fewer owners are being arrested, and fewer fines are being collected as well, according to the report, which suggests that even as he offers amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, Mr. Obama is giving a similar free pass to ever more businesses who provide the jobs magnet that draws them. Through the first five...
  • EEOC: Obamacare ‘Workplace Wellness’ Programs Neither Voluntary Nor Legal

    12/03/2014 7:04:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies ^ | December 2, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    ( – The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed corporations to reduce their health care costs by rewarding employees for voluntarily participating in workplace “wellness” programs to help them lose weight or stop smoking. But now three of those programs are the target of discrimination lawsuits by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which says they are neither voluntary nor legal. EEOC recently filed its third wellness lawsuit, claiming that Honeywell International, Inc.’s ACA-approved wellness program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Honeywell recently informed employees and their spouses who were enrolled in the company’s health benefits plan that...
  • Not a conspiracy anymore: The left cheers as employers scale back health coverage

    10/08/2014 1:50:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Even before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, its conservative critics warned of the perverse incentive contained within the law which could prompt employers to reduce the health benefits they offered to some of their employees. “Because of the magnitude of the new subsidies created by Congress, the economics become compelling for many employers to simply drop coverage and help their employees obtain replacement coverage through an exchange,” former Tennessee Gov. Philip Bredesen warned in a 2010 op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. “Providing incentives for employers to dump their employees into the exchanges is simply shifting...
  • DOJ Punishes Business for Verifying Employees’ Citizenship!

    09/03/2014 5:34:03 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 57 replies
    Conservative Daily ^ | 9-3-14 | Joe Otto
    While everyone is focusing on what Obama will do with his upcoming illegal alien executive order, the rest of his administration is quietly working behind the scenes to enact amnesty through a piecemeal approach. Now, we have learned that the Department of Justice is actively targeting businesses and punishing them for trying to verify an employee’s residency status! That’s right, the DOJ has fined Culinaire International – a restaurant-management company – more than $20,000 because the business had the gall to ask employees to provide proof of legal residency in the United States! In this case, this company sought to...
  • Government May Soon Direct What Private-Sector Employees May Say in the Workplace

    09/05/2014 6:28:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Right Side News ^ | September 5, 2014 | National Center for Public Policy Research
    "Employee's Demotion for Comparing Media and Political Reaction to Trayvon Martin's Death to Lack of Response Over Shooting of a White Baby Upheld. Decision Highlights Troubling Aspects of Potential Government Overreach in "Hostile Work Environment" Law” Washington DC - In response to a recently-announced North Carolina administrative decision upholding an employee's demotion for comments about race, and in light of the calls for increased racial dialogue following Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri, the National Center's in-house legal scholar is warning American workers that local and federal government leaders may soon restrict racial and political speech even in private work...
  • Whatever Happened to the Chevy Volt?

    08/31/2014 4:15:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | August 31, 2014 | John Ransom
    Mac 287 wrote: [The Chevy Volt] should have been designed as a political punching bag because today Mom, apple pie and all things are targets for incredible snarky printed sarcasm...and it obviously pays well...bottom line, huh? The Volt is not the point...if its faulty, fix it or get rid of it...or yoo hoo consumer...don't buy it! Obama does not design shot. – in response to GM CEO Burst into Flames at Volt Meeting- AlmostDear Comrade 287,So your theory is that mom and apple pie are targets in a right-wing snark conspiracy?Which side, the right or the left, had rallies...
  • Why Employers Are to Blame for the ‘Skills Gap’

    08/19/2014 2:12:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 08/19/2014 | BY ROB GARVER
    Complaints about a “skills gap” that make it difficult for employers to fill open positions have become commonplace in discussions about the economy and unemployment levels. Workers, the story goes, simply don’t have the educational background or professional training for the kinds of jobs that exist in today’s knowledge economy. The argument certainly feels like it makes sense – things have changed an awful lot in the past decade, and it could be that older workers simply don’t have the necessary skills for employment today. The trouble is that economists have become increasingly skeptical about the skills gap narrative, not...
  • Illinois employers now banned from conducting background checks on interviewees

    07/28/2014 4:59:18 AM PDT · by blueyon · 29 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Brady Cremeens
    CHICAGO – Employers in Illinois can no longer access criminal background checks on potential hires until after an interview is conducted. Gov. Quinn signed into law this week a bill that prohibits private employers from asking applicants about their criminal history prior to determining if they are qualified for the job. “Everyone deserves a second chance when it comes to getting a job,” Governor Quinn said in a press release. “This law will help ensure that people across Illinois get a fair shot to reach their full potential through their skills and qualifications, rather than past history. It will also...
  • Majority of employees feel they have NO control over decisions in the workplace

    07/11/2014 3:43:07 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    daily Mail ^ | 11 July 2014 | By Louise Boyle
    Most employees believe they have no say when it comes to changes in the workplace that directly affect their jobs. Six out of ten corporate staff said they have little or no input in decisions which affect them personally at work, according to a recent survey by Strayer University and Ipsos. Those over 35 felt their opinions mattered less than those workers aged 18-34 - although perhaps that's just a healthy dose of cynicism that comes from spending longer on the corporate ladder.
  • IRS: Employers Face $36,500 Per Worker Tax for ´Obamacare Dumping´

    05/26/2014 10:47:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government, ^ | 5/27/14 | Wynton Hall
    The Internal Revenue Service ruled it will impose a tax penalty on employers of up to $36,500 per worker for dumping employees into the Obamacare exchanges. The New York Times, which broke the story, reports: When employers provide coverage, their contributions, averaging more than $5,000 a year per employee, are not counted as taxable income to workers. But the Internal Revenue Service said employers could not meet their obligations under the health care law by simply reimbursing employees for some or all of their premium costs. The IRS ruling is an effort by the Obama administration to stop employers with...
  • Treasury: Employers must “self-attest” that ObamaCare not behind staffing decisions under penalty

    02/11/2014 10:31:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Old and busted: Businesses will love ObamaCare for its cost savings in health care! New hotness: Businesses had better not make staffing decisions based on cost savings from ObamaCare-fueled price spikes! After its latest delay in implementing the employer mandate, the Obama administration rebuffed criticisms that the law incentivizes employers to shift to part-time work by announcing the Treasury Inquisition — ahem, excuse me, the Treasury Attestation Department: The latest announcement comes after the administration heard from businesses about their concerns with the looming ObamaCare rules. However, the change is sure to raise more questions about the health and implementation...
  • Obamacare: Workplace Disaster Ahead

    01/09/2014 1:06:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | January 9, 2014 | Betsey, McCaughey
    In 2014, 25 million to 30 million Americans who have employer-provided health insurance are likely to lose it thanks to Obamacare’s requirement that all plans cover what Washington deems “essential benefits.” Some employers will consider that unaffordable and drop coverage altogether, when their current, lower cost plans expire over the course of the year. These 25 to 30 million are in addition to 6 million who bought plans in the individual market and had them cancelled by January 1. The plight of those 6 million made headline news and caused the first cracks in the Democratic Party’s support for the...
  • 300 Local Government Employers Cut Hours, Blame ObamaCare

    12/19/2013 4:25:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/19/13 | JED GRAHAM
    More than 300 public sector employers have systematically cut work hours for part-time employees to avoid liability under ObamaCare's employer insurance mandate. IBD's list of both public and private-sector employers cutting work hours or staffing levels as a result of the employer mandate now totals 388. Among the new additions to the list is Miami-Dade County Public Schools, which will limit part-time workers to 25 hours per week. Penn State University joins a large group of colleges cutting work hours for undergraduate and graduate students to avoid responsibility for paying for their health care.
  • Memo to an Applicant

    09/23/2013 6:20:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | September 23, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Dear Job Applicant, It was wholly a pleasure to be asked to look over your writing samples and offer my appraisal of your prospects as a writer of opinion. I am much complimented. And hasten to send you a few notes for future reference: --Offer the reader original, even provocative, thought. Don't settle for the conventional clichés employed by your side of the political spectrum, whatever it may be. Be ideologically unreliable. It's more interesting. For both you and the reader. Think your subject through, don't just react the way you're expected to. Or appeal to the lowest common...
  • PRI's Can't Access Obamacare & Employers Do Not Have To Pay Anything Under Obamacare For Them

    07/02/2013 2:29:42 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 3 replies
    Self | July 2, 2013 | Stayfree
    Heard caller on Mark Levin who said that under the Senate Immigration Reform, PRI's (Provisional Resident Immigrants) can not access Obamacare and if employers having 50 or more employees fire all their employees who are US citizens and hire all PRI's instead, the employer will not have to provide them with health insurance and will not have to pay any fines for not doing so. American citizens should be very afraid of this bill if what the caller said is true......
  • Employers Are Not Immigration Officers

    06/17/2013 4:16:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | June 16, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    Immigration reform is notoriously contentious. Yet it's hard to find anyone who doesn't think employers should be barred from hiring illegal immigrants — and sharply penalized if they do so. When President Obama last week endorsed what he called the "common-sense, bipartisan" immigration package now before the Senate, he praised it for getting tough on "shady employers" who "knowingly hire undocumented workers." The White House website devotes an entire page to workplace enforcement of immigration restrictions. It leads off with the president's call for "cracking down more forcefully" on companies that employ undocumented aliens, and boasts that his administration has...
  • With Many Positions to Fill, Employers Wait for Perfection

    04/18/2013 6:44:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/06/2013 | By CATHERINE RAMPELL
    American employers have a variety of job vacancies, piles of cash and countless well-qualified candidates. But despite a slowly improving economy, many companies remain reluctant to actually hire, stringing job applicants along for weeks or months before they make a decision. If they ever do. The number of job openings has increased to levels not seen since the height of the financial crisis, but vacancies are staying unfilled much longer than they used to — an average of 23 business days today compared to a low of 15 in mid-2009, according to a new measure of Labor Department data by...
  • Sorry Virginia, But Employers Aren't Social Workers

    03/25/2013 6:50:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    RCM ^ | 03/25/2013 | Jeffrey Dorfman
    It is now almost four years since the end of the recession, yet unemployment is still at almost eight percent and would be much higher if so many people had not given up completely which means that they don't count as unemployed anymore. This is actually the third recovery in a row during which job growth has been more tepid than the historical norm. Further, employment has recovered more weakly each time: this is the worst jobs recovery, the recovery following the 2001 recession is next, and the recovery following the 1991 recession is the best (or least worst) of...
  • IRS: Obamacare doesn’t require you [employers] to offer ‘affordable’ family coverage

    02/12/2013 9:13:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Human Resources Bernefits Alert ^ | January 3, 2013 | Jared Bilski
    After a barrage of guidance, the IRS finally published its proposed regs on the Affordable Care Act’s “Employer Shared Responsibility” provision, along with a practical Q&A with real-life examples for employers. Here’s help making sense of it all. At this point, virtually every organization knows that all “large” employers — those with 50 or more full-time employees — must provide all full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) with health insurance or pay a “shared-responsibility” penalty. Obamacare considers individuals who work at least 30 hours each week to be an FTE, However, many employers will be surprised by at least one clarification the...
  • With Obamacare now a reality, employers choose strategies

    11/12/2012 8:01:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11/12/2012 | KARA SPAK
    Obamacare’s coming. Love it or hate it, President Barack Obama’s re-election Tuesday cleared the last major hurdle toward implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Businesses are being forced to take a fast and hard look at how to handle the shift in health-care benefits and potential costs that are part of the law that goes fully into effect in 14 months. “This is here to stay,” said J.D. Piro, a senior vice president at Aon Hewitt who leads the company’s health law consulting group. “I’ve been saying for a couple of years this is by and large an...
  • Dream Act Might Be a Nightmare for Employers

    10/07/2012 3:48:05 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies
    Copyright © 2012 JD Supra, LLC ^ | on 10/1/2012 | by Polsinelli Shughart PC
    The deferred action program is commonly referred to as a “Dream Act;” however, what is one individual’s dream may turn into a nightmare for an employer. As part of applying for deferred action qualifying aliens are also eligible for employment authorization. Generally, work permit applications take two to three months to process so by this fall, potentially hundreds of thousands of individuals will receive lawful permission to work in the United States. Some of these individuals might already be employed by your company. Employees provide at the time of hire documents to confirm their identity and ability to work in...
  • Employer Says She's Been Looking For A Year, Can't Find A Soul To Hire

    08/10/2012 12:48:46 PM PDT · by Macoozie · 53 replies
    AOL ^ | Aug 10, 2012 | Claire Gordon
    For the country's 12.8 million unemployed, it may seem like the jobs just aren't out there. The average jobless American is out of work, after all, for nine months. But a somewhat different lament is coming, increasingly, from the employer's end: They can't find good enough people to fill all their open jobs.
  • Employers Add 163K Jobs as Unemployment Rate Increases to 8.3%

    08/03/2012 6:54:52 AM PDT · by mykroar · 7 replies ^ | 8/3/2012 | Reuters
    U.S. employers in July hired the most workers in five months, but an increase in the jobless rate to 8.3% will probably keep expectations of additional monetary stimulus from the Federal Reserve intact. Nonfarm payrolls rose 163,000 last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, beating economists expectations for a 100,000 gain. The report was dimmed somewhat by the increase in the jobless rate from 8.2% in June, even as more people gave up the search for work.
  • A younger Obama considered his first employer, “the enemy”

    07/28/2012 4:21:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/28/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    While the President continues to bristle at the notion that people should pay attention to his "You didn't build that" comments and his supporters insists we're reading too much into it, a look at Barack Obama's younger self tells a different story. Just how does he view business owners and capitalists in general? One peek into the inner thought process which formed his world view can be found in a book released earlier this year by David Maraniss titled, Barack Obama: The Story. I confess I missed this one when it came out, but a friend has been reading it...
  • Will your employer abandon health coverage under new law?

    07/16/2012 6:42:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-15-12 | Christopher Snowbeck
    Under the law, employers with more than 50 workers will need to either offer coverage or pay a penalty -- a decision routinely described as "pay or play." Peyton is philosophically drawn to sticking with her "play" decision. But she wonders whether the "pay" option could make more sense for her business and her employees. Some workers might find better coverage through state health exchanges, which are being created by the health law and will offer subsidies to many health insurance shoppers. At the same time, the law brings changes to group policies that could make employer-sponsored plans more expensive...
  • The next health care overhaul? Look to employers

    04/24/2012 5:27:47 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 55 replies
    If the Supreme Court strikes down President Barack Obama's health care law, employers and insurance companies—not the government—will be the main drivers of change over the next decade and maybe even longer. They'll borrow some ideas from Obamacare, and push harder to cut costs. Business can't and won't take care of America's 50 million uninsured, but for the majority with coverage, here's what experts say to expect:
  • Thanks ObamaCare: Employer Insurance Continues to Decline

    11/11/2011 2:05:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | November 11, 2011 | Katie Pavlich
    A new Gallup poll shows ObamaCare is working just as planned: kill the private health insurance industry in order to implement a single-payer government system. The number of people insured through employer provided health insurance continues to decline. The percentage of American adults who get their health insurance from an employer continues to decline, falling to 44.5% in the third quarter of this year. This percentage has been steadily declining since Gallup and Healthways started tracking Americans' health insurance sources in 2008. At least 45% of Americans got their health insurance from an employer in every month in 2010, compared...
  • Worker Costs Rise. Don't Expect Salaries To (Employees are getting more expensive today)

    10/30/2011 8:59:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Employees may not realize it, but they are getting more expensive. It isn't that their paychecks have suddenly started bulging. It's that other employment costs—like health and retirement benefits—continue to rise. Benefit costs in the private sector were up 4% year-on-year in the second quarter, more than double the 1.7% increase in wages and salaries. On Friday, the Labor Department's employment-cost index for the third quarter is likely to show this trend continuing. The trouble is, this means employers are paying more for workers without actually paying their workers more. Higher benefit costs eat into profits without directly raising a...
  • New Labor Rules in the Works

    08/29/2011 12:14:49 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Unions’ abilities to organize and carry out their political objectives are hampered by the fact that current labor laws protect their employees from the unions’ bosses’ “abuses.” That is, as employers of persons, unions are subject to the same rules that apply to other employers. Obama’s Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, is drafting new regulations that would exempt unions from the standards applied to other employers. “These regulations hem-in the latitude of management by restricting what they can do when dealing with their employees,” Solis said. “While these regulations are necessary to protect workers from employer abuses, they are inappropriate...
  • Companies weigh dropping health insurance after law change, survey finds

    08/25/2011 9:22:04 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 8 replies · 1+ views
    js online ^ | 8/25/2011 | By Rick Romell
    What will happen with Americans' health insurance in 2014 remains guesswork, but this much is clear: A significant number of employers will at least think about dropping coverage. That point was driven home again Wednesday with the release of another survey on how companies plan to address the sweeping changes generated by the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The latest results come from professional services firm Towers Watson, which said 9% of the midsize and large companies it recently polled plan to drop employer-sponsored health insurance after the Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014. Other research has predicted that...
  • Obama Labor Department to Re-Define Term ‘Employer’ to Exclude Union Bosses – Eliminates Union

    08/23/2011 9:33:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/23/11 | Don Loos
    Any day now, the U.S. Department of Labor, under former Big Labor treasurer and now Obama’s current Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, intends to announce a new definition for the term “Employer” that will protect her union boss friends. When the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) passed, Congress defined the term “Employer” very broadly as “any employer or any group or association of employers engaged in an industry affecting commerce … an employer within the meaning of any law of the United States relating to the employment of any employees.”
  • America, the Needy-ful

    08/18/2011 7:53:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | August 18, 2011 | Kathy Fettke
    “How can the government help me?” This seems to be a growing sentiment among the American middle class. “The land of opportunity” is quickly becoming the “nation of the needy.” Here’s a question I received from a reader just last week: “I am not happy with how things are going since the Bush Administration allowed tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy. These cuts were supposed to end for those who just keep earning more off the middle class. My question is: I am told that investors can invest as little as $1000.00 in real estate, and make a living...
  • Facebook rant hits close to home for state employee

    08/06/2011 8:08:16 AM PDT · by redreno · 19 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 | 10:26 a.m. | By Anjeanette Damon
    The story is almost old hat these days. Despite constant warnings to be careful what you post on Facebook, a disgruntled employee who is irritated at a boss, a customer or a co-worker, takes to the social networking site to vent some spleen — and ends up getting disciplined or even fired. It’s a fate that has befallen a North Carolina waitress at a pizza restaurant, a Philadelphia Eagles stadium worker and a group of airline workers in recent months. But what if it’s the boss who decides to use Facebook to complain about an employee?
  • Let’s hope employers do drop health coverage

    06/23/2011 1:08:52 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post Opionion ^ | 6/22/2011 | Matt (Mad) Miller
    (snip) Now, I don’t pretend to know how many employers will drop coverage if some workers are offered subsidies to help them buy private coverage on their own. In Massachusetts, not many employers have dropped; (snip) But if these issues won’t be settled for a few years, one thing is certain right now: It would be a fantastic thing — not some calamity — if more people got coverage from the exchanges instead of from their employers. Yet both parties act as if it would be a disaster. (snip) What’s more, the whole GOP line about Democrats “dumping” people into...
  • New pay bill could spell big trouble for businesses

    10/14/2010 9:13:13 AM PDT · by kbobdelux · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Heads up: The Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) is back on the table. Should it pass, the PFA will likely make employers’ lives much harder. Where it could hurt you The Society for Human Resource Management recently highlighted four major areas of concern for companies. The bill would: • make employers liable for unlimited punitive damages under the Fair Labor Standards Act – even for unintentional pay disparities • eliminate current limits on the amount of back pay and punitive and compensatory damages employees can receive • wipe out the requirement that employees must give written consent to become a party...
  • Employers shifting health-care costs to workers, survey shows

    09/02/2010 3:14:14 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    washington post ^ | 9/2/2010 | David S. Hilzenrath
    Amid high unemployment and a weak economy, employers have been shifting health care costs to workers, according to a study released Thursday. The premiums that employees pay for employer-sponsored family coverage rose an average of 13.7 percent this year, while the amount that employers contribute fell by 0.9 percent, the survey found. For family coverage, workers are paying an average of $3,997, up $482 from last year, while employers are paying an average of $9,773, down $87, according to the survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. With so many people out of work,...
  • Employers shifting health-care costs to workers, survey shows

    09/02/2010 12:57:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/2/10 | David S. Hilzenrath
    Amid high unemployment and a weak economy, employers have been shifting health care costs to workers, according to a study released Thursday. The premiums that employees pay for employer-sponsored family coverage rose an average of 13.7 percent this year, while the amount that employers contribute fell by 0.9 percent, the survey found. For family coverage, workers are paying an average of $3,997, up $482 from last year, while employers are paying an average of $9,773, down $87, according to the survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust.
  • Audits: ICE isn't cracking down on illegal immigrant employers

    09/01/2010 8:56:31 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 20 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 31, 2010, 11:11PM | SUSAN CARROLL
    Immigration inspectors poring over the hiring paperwork of a California company last summer found that 262 employees — a whopping 93 percent of the total workforce — had “suspect” documents on file. At an Illinois service company, auditors found dubious documents for nearly 8 in 10 of its 200-plus employees. Inspectors examining records at a Texas manufacturing firm found suspicious paperwork for more than half of the 107 employees on the payroll. But the companies didn’t pay a penny in fines. None of the employers was led away in handcuffs. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials didn’t even issue them a...
  • Official: immigration law could hurt poultry biz

    08/08/2010 10:28:07 AM PDT · by Principled · 56 replies
    Access North Georgia ^ | 8/8/10 | Katie Highsmith
    More than a week after a judge blocks parts of Arizona's immigration law, the executive director of a Georgia Latino group said if that law is passed in the peach state, the poultry industry would feel the fallout. Jerry Gonzalez with the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials said anywhere between 40 and 50 percent of the workforce in the poultry industry is illegal. "If we were to remove 40 to 50 percent of the workforce, would our economy suffer," Gonzalez asked during WDUN's The Local Hour Friday morning. "The answer to that is yes." He said lawmakers need to...
  • The Bad News About ObamaCare Keeps Piling Up

    06/17/2010 4:39:17 AM PDT · by Scanian · 25 replies · 944+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JUNE 17, 2010 | Karl Rove
    In his brilliant exposition of why sweeping policy changes often have unintended consequences, the late sociologist Robert K. Merton wrote that leaders get things wrong when their "paramount concern with the foreseen immediate consequences excludes the consideration of further or other consequences" of their proposals. This leads policy makers to assert things that are false, wishing them to be true. Which brings us to President Obama's many claims about his health-care reform. Take his oft-expressed statement that if you like the coverage you have, you can keep it. That sounds good—but perverse incentives in his new law will cause most...
  • Gov't puts employers on notice over health costs ("Don't jack up cost for employees or else...")

    06/15/2010 9:29:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies · 864+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 06/15/2010 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    The Obama administration had a message Monday for employers who want to keep federal bureaucrats from rewriting the rules for their company medical plans: Don't jack up costs for workers, and you won't have to worry about interference from the new health care law. "What we don't want is a massive shift of costs to employees," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She announced a new regulation that spells out how health plans that predate the health overhaul law can avoid its full impact. Meant to deliver on President Barack Obama's promise that people who like their current...
  • Report: Employers to see 2011 medical costs jump

    06/14/2010 10:05:19 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 4 replies · 324+ views
    WNDU TV South Bend ^ | 6-14-2010 | Michelle Anthony
    "PricewaterhouseCoopers found that medical costs are expected to rise 9 percent next year. But this doesn't mean workers will see that big a jump. Employers often try to soften the blow."