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  • A Foolish Immigration Purge (NYT Take on Bush Immigration Actions)

    03/27/2008 4:22:47 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 18 replies · 507+ views
    New York Times ^ | 27 March 2008 | Editorial Staff
    Leave it to the Bush administration to throw thousands of law-abiding American workers and companies off a cliff in perilous economic times. That would be the effect of its decision to press ahead with a bad idea: to force businesses to fire employees whose names don’t match the Social Security database. The purge is part of a campaign — along with scattershot workplace raids and the partial border fence — to make a show of tackling the broken immigration system. The plan rests on the assumption that people with Social Security glitches are illegal immigrants using fake identities. Companies that...
  • FREEP THIS POLL: Should companies be allowed to require their workers to speak English-only?

    03/26/2008 8:14:20 AM PDT · by buffyt · 33 replies · 939+ views
    KTRH radio Houston poll ^ | 3-26-2008 | KTRH radio Houston
    http://www.ktrh.com/main.html PLEASE FREEP THIS POLL! Question of the Day Should companies be allowed to require their workers to speak English-only? Yes so far 27.78 % No so far 72.22 %
  • Court questions California on unions

    03/19/2008 12:10:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 345+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/19/08 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices questioned Wednesday whether a state should be able to prohibit employers from using state money to influence employees' views on unions in their workplace. The Chamber of Commerce and the Bush administration argue that California is trying to silence employers from weighing in on union organization efforts. They say that position isn't permitted by federal labor law, which allows employers to be involved as long as they don't threaten reprisals. The outcome of the case could affect attempts by other states to restrict use of state money for unionization-related activities. California contends that its law...
  • Program to train young adults skills to find a job (Mississippi)

    03/03/2008 8:34:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 768+ views
    The Greenwood Commonwealth ^ | February 25, 2008 | Bob Darden
    Robert Beasley says he is “training young adults to be professional” — and he approaches his job with all the enthusiasm of an evangelist. Beasley, 48, is a career specialist with Arbor Education and Training located at the Greenwood WIN Job Center. The program teaches young adults how to act during an interview, complete a job application, assemble a resume and cover letter and perform other related tasks. “Basically, we’re giving them the skills to find a job, to get a job and to keep that job,” said Beasley, a Greenwood native and Jackson State University graduate. Arbor Education and...
  • U.S. Hiking Fines For Illegal Immigrant Hiring by 25 Percent

    02/22/2008 10:28:12 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies · 111+ views
    .S. Hiking Fines For Illegal Immigrant Hiring by 25 Percent Friday , February 22, 2008 WASHINGTON — The government says it will raise by 25 percent the fines it will levy against employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the increase, which is the first boost in fines in nearly a decade. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency responsible for investigating illegal hirings, has stepped up its enforcement of the employer sanctions law in the past year,
  • Employers can cut benefits for retirees at 65

    12/27/2007 7:04:10 AM PST · by GregoTX · 10 replies · 283+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/27/07 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday that employers could reduce or eliminate health benefits for retirees when they turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare. The policy, set forth in a new regulation, allows employers to establish two classes of retirees, with more comprehensive benefits for those under 65 and more limited benefits — or none at all — for those older. More than 10 million retirees rely on employer-sponsored health plans as a primary source of coverage or as a supplement to Medicare, and Naomi C. Earp, the commission’s chairwoman, said, “This rule will help employers...
  • Revised Rule for Outfits That Hire Immigrants

    11/24/2007 5:57:24 PM PST · by Dubya · 23 replies · 343+ views
    NEW YORY TIMES ^ | JULIA PRESTON
    The Bush administration will suspend its legal defense of a new rule issued in August to punish employers who hire illegal immigrants, conceding a hard-fought opening round in a court battle over a central measure in its strategy to curb illegal immigration, according to government papers filed late Friday in federal court. Instead, the administration plans to revise the rule to try to meet concerns raised by a federal judge and issue it again by late March, hoping to pass court scrutiny on the second try. The rule would have forced employers to fire workers within 90 days if their...
  • The party is over - how'd that happen ???Employers in competition...

    08/27/2007 5:16:20 AM PDT · by biscuit jane · 8 replies · 775+ views
    AP - (?) ^ | 08/25/07 | Matt Gouras
    " McDonald's in Sidney, Mont., said he tried advertising in the local newspaper and even offered up to $10 an hour to compete with higher-paying oil field jobs. Yet the only calls were from other business owners upset they would have to raise wages, too. Of course, Francis' current employees also wanted a pay hike." " "The only economic development we used to get was the creation of more economic development offices." "And workers have benefited. Utah workers saw a 5.4 percent average wage increase in 2006,Knold said. "
  • Illegal Immigrant Crackdown Looms

    08/03/2007 7:52:55 AM PDT · by truthkeeper · 29 replies · 957+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 3, 2007 | Nicole Gaouette
    WASHINGTON — With the failure of immigration legislation in Congress this year, federal officials are planning a new crackdown on illegal immigrants that would force businesses to fire them or face stiff penalties. But the effort also could cause serious headaches for millions of U.S. citizens. In the coming days, the Department of Homeland Security is expected to issue a rule outlining how businesses must respond when they receive notice that there are discrepancies in a worker's tax records. Many businesses simply ignore such notices now. Under the new rules, employees would have a limited time to contact the Social...
  • America Supports You: Group Connects Heroes, Employers

    07/30/2007 4:48:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 87+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, July 30, 2007 – An online nonprofit group is helping servicemembers preparing to transition to the civilian work world connect with solid job opportunities. “Our mission is accomplished through online networking, and the key to our success is our volunteers,” said Vikki Skrypez, volunteer coordinator for the group, “Hire a Hero.” Dan Caulfield, a former Marine, started the group’s Web site, www.HireaHero.org, in January. It currently has 5,000 former servicemembers signed up for help with job hunting. Participants are asked to complete a profile about their situation -- for example, what skills they have, how close they are...
  • For illegals, false IDs are easy to find, hard to track

    07/01/2007 1:26:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 2,200+ views
    The New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | July 1, 2007 | JON GAMBRELL
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- To his bosses at Pilgrim's Pride, he was Juan Jose Rodriguez -- it said so on the birth certificate and Social Security card he presented when the southwestern Arkansas chicken plant hired him six years ago. At his De Queen, Ark., home, he was Joel Garibay-Urbina -- with a wife, three kids and a mortgage under his own name. And to police officers responding to a domestic violence call, he was just the latest illegal immigrant to have two identities after an arrest. "We've arrested them and they offer an Arkansas identification card, and they give...
  • Employers, entrants targeted in 2 initiatives

    03/24/2007 6:54:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 389+ views
    PHOENIX — A state lawmaker and others active in border issues plan to ask voters to punish employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers and force police to question people they stop about whether they're here legally. Although there is already an employer-sanctions bill pending in the Legislature, with an uncertain legislative future and potential for a veto, Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, and a group of like minds have decided to take their case directly to the people. The first initiative would yank any state licenses of companies found guilty even once of filing a false statement that they do not...
  • Down To Business: Talent Shortage? Employers Must Take Some Of The Rap

    03/08/2007 12:35:23 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 44 replies · 1,235+ views
    Information Week ^ | 03/05/2007 | Rob Preston
    Down To Business: Talent Shortage ? Employers Must Take Some Of The Rap Many tech pros are demoralized, thanks to knee-jerk offshore outsourcing and the post-bubble malaise. Employers must move beyond the "you should be happy you have a job" mentality. By Rob Preston InformationWeek March 3, 2007 12:00 AM (From the March 5, 2007 issue) Ask a dozen CIOs and tech vendor CEOs to identify their single most pressing challenge, and you'll likely get at least 10 different answers, right? Not exactly. In fact, they all come back to one overarching concern: finding, grooming, and retaining tomorrow's leaders. I...
  • Chairman Pays Tribute to Employers of Guardsmen, Reservists

    02/27/2007 5:08:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 223+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2007 – The military is grateful to the civilian employers of National Guardsmen and reservists who support their employees when they’re called to duty, said Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pace saluted employers during a tribute to the troops in Anchorage on Feb. 23. Just prior to leaving Washington, he signed a letter acknowledging the military’s partnership with employers of reserve-component servicemembers. “We quite simply can’t do our nation’s business without the members of our Guard and Reserve,” the chairman said. “They are incredibly valued members of the team. Because...
  • The spread of the credit check as civil rights issue

    01/19/2007 9:49:19 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 48 replies · 1,210+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 18 Jan 2007 | Ben Arnoldy
    Minorities are starting to fight employers over the use of credit history in hiring. Lisa Bailey worked for five months at Harvard University as a temp entering donations into a database. When the university made the job a salaried position, Ms. Bailey, who is black, saw a chance to lift herself out of dead-end jobs. Bailey's superiors encouraged her to apply, she says, but turned her down after discovering her bad credit history. Bailey, with her lawyer, has lodged a complaint against Harvard charging racial discrimination. The reason: Studies show that minorities are more likely to have bad credit, but...
  • America Supports You: ESGR Looking for Few Good Employers

    01/08/2007 5:22:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 143+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2007 – The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is looking for a few good employers to recognize this year. The committee, in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, announced today that it has begun accepting nominations for the 2007 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Awards. The nomination process will conclude Feb. 28. Founded in 1972, ESGR’s mission is to gain and maintain active support from public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and reserves. It also is a member of America...
  • Feds targeting employers of illegal workers

    12/10/2006 4:46:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 976+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 12/10/06 | Joe Cantlupe - CNS
    WASHINGTON – It was among the best sushi restaurants in Baltimore, but something was seriously wrong about Kawasaki's. While the owners showcased their finery in the dining room, the illegal immigrants who worked there were paid less than $2 an hour and lived in garbage-filled rooms above the restaurant, where they had no clean water. “Downstairs, the restaurant looked beautiful. Upstairs, it was filthy,” said Julie L. Myers, assistant secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. So federal authorities did something that has been almost unheard of in recent years: They filed criminal charges against the owners of the large...
  • CA: Open to new health plans (Aides say governor may ask employers to shoulder worker coverage)

    12/03/2006 10:06:41 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 419+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 12/3/06 | Aurelio Rojas
    As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's team of health care consultants prepares a plan for overhauling California's $200 billion health care industry, administration officials say the governor is willing to consider all solutions -- including those that may be unpopular with the governor's allies in the business community. Though employer groups vociferously oppose requiring businesses to cover their workers, the governor's staff says that could be a part of his proposal. "Everything is on the table," Schwarzenegger's communications director, Adam Mendelsohn, said last week. Schwarzenegger actively worked in 2004 to repeal Senate Bill 2, a state law requiring big employers to provide...
  • U.S. Puts Onus on Employers of Immigrants

    07/30/2006 9:16:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 91 replies · 1,567+ views
    NY Times' Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | July 31, 2006 | JULIA PRESTON
    CINCINNATI, July 30 — Immigration agents had prepared a nasty surprise for the Garcia Labor Company, a temporary worker contractor, when they moved against it on charges of hiring illegal immigrants. They brought a 40-count federal indictment, part of a new nationwide strategy by immigration officials to clamp down on employers of illegal immigrant laborers. Maximino Garcia, the president of the company, which provides low-wage laborers to businesses from Pennsylvania to Texas, stood before a federal judge here on Tuesday to answer conspiracy charges of aiding illegal immigrants and money laundering. If convicted, Mr. Garcia, who pleaded not guilty, could...
  • U.S. Employers Look Offshore for Healthcare

    07/29/2006 10:55:52 PM PDT · by seacapn · 37 replies · 982+ views
    LA Times ^ | July 29, 2006 | Daniel Yi
    After going overseas to outsource everything from manufacturing to customer services, American businesses — pressed by rising healthcare costs — are looking offshore for medical benefits as well. A growing number of employers that fund their own health insurance plans are looking into sending their ailing employees around the world for surgeries that in the U.S. cost tens of thousands of dollars more. Carl Garrett of Leicester, N.C., will fly to a state-of-the-art New Delhi hospital in September for surgeries to remove gallstones and to fix an overworn rotator cup. His employer, Blue Ridge Paper Products Inc.of Canton, N.C., will...