March 15, 2013 |
California labor officials have fined a Southern California hospital chain, Pacific Health Corp., more than $7 million for not paying employee wages and bouncing payroll checks. The company operates the Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, Tustin Hospital, Newport Specialty Hospital, Bellflower Medical Center and Anaheim General Hospital. All of the locations were cited except the Newport Beach facility. "Employers have an obligation to pay workers the wages they've earned," said Christine Baker, director of the California Department of Industrial Relations.
March 14, 2013
Only in Los Angeles would a liberal Democrat who has campaigned time and again with strong labor support stand accused of being this city's version of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican who earned labor's undying enmity for ending collective bargaining rights in his state. And yet that's precisely the latest wrinkle in the Los Angeles mayor's race. As The Times reported Wednesday, Controller Wendy Greuel made her pitch for labor support in part by suggesting that her opponent in the May 21 runoff election, Councilman Eric Garcetti, violated collective bargaining rules when he supported a change in retirement benefits for city employees last year.
November 21, 2012 |
Hostess Brands Inc. will start selling off the rights to Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other baked brands after a federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved its plan for an “orderly wind-down.” The company will also start shrinking its employee head count to 3,200 workers from 18,500, the 82-year-old pastry maker said. Judge Robert Drain of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York gave Hostess the go-ahead to start fielding bidders for its assets, the company said.
November 16, 2012 |
November is one of the most important months for health benefits. And it's now more than half over. This month is a time of open enrollment, when many workers sign up for next year's health insurance. Deadlines are a big deal, and you don't want to miss one. But once you're set for 2013, experts say, shift your attention back to 2012 and those use-'em-or-lose-'em benefits awaiting you. "Anything employees can do to accelerate elective care at year end allows them to get the full benefit" of their health plans, says Mike Thompson of consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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August 29, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- Even by the most ambitious forecasts, the plan Gov. Jerry Brown and fellow Democrats are championing to contain government worker pensions in California could leave state taxpayers awash in debt to public employees. The governor's plan, announced Tuesday, is unlikely to save cities on the brink of bankruptcy. The relief his proposal would provide to the strained state budget is modest. Analysts who study the issue say far more aggressive action - including reduction of benefits for hundreds of thousands of current employees left untouched by Brown's proposal - will be needed to get runaway retirement costs under control.
August 10, 2012 |
Google has long been known for taking care of its workforce and a new report shows that care continues after an employee's death. The Mountain View, Calif., company reportedly takes care of its employees' families by giving them half of their salary for 10 years after the death of a worker. As if that wasn't nice enough, the benefit also extends beyond salary. Google also gives their employees' spouses stock benefits. Beyond that, Google makes sure employees' children receive checks for $1,000 a month until they turn 19, or 23 if they are full-time students.