November 3, 2013 |
Obamacare may be in the spotlight, but an estimated 16 million California employees are facing healthcare decisions of their own - at work. Like most other Americans, a majority of Californians get their insurance through their employers. Although they may be among the least affected by the Affordable Care Act, a flood of news about the new law has left many workers befuddled about their own coverage. Adding to the confusion is that this is the season when employers are asking workers to re-enroll in company health plans for 2014 and to pick among a variety of healthcare options.
June 6, 2013
Re "Healthcare bill targets big firms," June 1 I take great exception to the notion that a large retailer whose employees are on Medicaid "puts a burden on taxpayers. " Offering a job to an adult should not impose a societal burden on the employer to care for the adult. By proposing to penalize employers for employing people without providing health insurance, legislators are likely to incentivize employers not to hire as many people. What would this accomplish? If a burden is placed on the taxpayers, it is placed by the Legislature.
September 3, 2013 |
Employers have a decidedly negative view of the so-called millennial generation, seeing those in the Gen Y demographic as having poor work habits and inflated pay demands. That's the upshot from a new study examining the professional outlook for people in their 20s, known collectively as Gen Y. 10 fastest-growing jobs in California Many employers prize Gen Y workers for their perceived facility with technology and social media -- not to mention their willingness to work around the clock for little to no pay. But 47% of the bosses surveyed said millennials have a poor work ethic, 46% said they're easily distracted and 51% said they have unrealistic compensation expectations, according to the study by research firm Millennial Branding and financial giant American Express.
July 3, 2011 |
Major employers across the country, eager to curb fast-rising healthcare costs, are opening their own state-of-the-art health centers where doctors and nurses provide medical care to workers often just steps from their desks. The cost-cutting strategy has been embraced by dozens of companies — typically large employers that are self-insured and pay their own medical claims, including Walt Disney Co., Qualcomm Inc. and American Express Co. Many of the health centers are full-service medical offices equipped with exam rooms, X-ray machines and pharmacies.
June 7, 2013 |
The economy is slowly adding jobs, as the most recent jobs report indicates, but they might not be the kind of jobs that will create strength in the economy. After all, employees and employers used to have a lifetime contract in which employees, guaranteed a job for life, would do the best they could for their organization. No longer. The relationship between workers and bosses has changed fundamentally, as a series of L.A. Times stories pointed out, and that's often worse for the worker.
April 13, 2012 |
California employers must make it possible for workers to take scheduled breaks but cannot be held liable if employees decide to work instead of rest, the California Supreme Court decided Thursday. The state high court ruling came amid a proliferation of lawsuits brought by California workers against a wide range of employers, particularly in the restaurant industry, that had sparked anxiety among business owners. Tens of thousands of workers have contended that companies evade state labor law requirements by making it impossible to take scheduled breaks.