August 31, 2011 |
Factory activity in the U.S. Midwest slowed just a bit in August and private employers continued to hire despite extreme financial market turmoil, easing fears the economy would fall back into recession. Other data on Wednesday showed a strong rebound in demand for manufactured goods in July as orders for motor vehicles posted their largest gain since 2003, another suggestion a recession could be avoided despite some weak economic signals. "For those of us who don't believe the economy is in a free fall, we have got some support," said David Resler, chief economist at Nomura Securities International in New York.
July 25, 2012 |
Nearly 10% of employers expect to drop health coverage for their workers in the next three years as medical costs keep rising, according to a new survey by consulting firm Deloitte. The vast majority of companies, 81%, said they planned to continue providing health benefits even as new rules begin in 2014 under the federal Affordable Care Act. An additional 10% of employers said they weren't sure, the survey said. More than 160 million Americans get their healthcare through employer-sponsored plans.
May 1, 2009 |
In a major departure from the Bush administration, the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday issued new work site enforcement guidelines that shift the focus to employers rather than illegal workers and could be a harbinger of more immigration reforms. The federal guidelines instruct agents to conduct "carefully planned criminal investigations" of employers and to look for evidence that they may be involved in smuggling or visa fraud.
June 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The nation kept up its moderate pace of job growth in May, a reassuring sign that the American economy is moving forward despite federal spending cuts and little help from a lackluster global economy. Employers in the U.S. last month added 175,000 net new jobs, although many of them were at lower-paying businesses such as restaurants and retail stores. Manufacturing payrolls dropped for the third-straight month. The overall monthly job gains were slightly above analysts' expectations.
May 11, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - California is one step closer to becoming one of the first states to ban companies from asking job seekers and workers for their user names and passwords on Facebook and other social networking websites. The state Assembly on Thursday passed a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose) that would make anything workers designate as private on social networks off-limits to employers. The bill, which passed the Assembly without a dissenting vote, now goes to the California Senate.
April 30, 2012 |
You might just be able to make a federal case out of an employer asking to snoop around your social networking account if a new bill wends its way into becoming law. The Social Networking Online Protection Act, or SNOPA, was introduced late last week by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). If passed, SNOPA would "prohibit current and potential employers for requiring a username, password or other access to online content," according to a news release on Engel's website.
June 8, 2011 |
The recent prediction that healthcare reform might lead employers to drop insurance coverage does not sit well with everyone. That insurance forecast, based on a report by McKinsey Quarterly, has received a fair amount of media attention -- which is perhaps unsurprising. Many Americans, with agenda or without, are regarding the upcoming changes with either anxiety or anticipation, and no one has a crystal ball. From the Booster Shots post on the matter: "The Congressional Budget Office estimated that only 7% of employees would be forced into subsidized-exchange policies, the report said, but the survey of more than 1,300 employers suggests otherwise.
May 25, 2012 |
California's Senate doesn't think your employer should have access to your Facebook account, and now, it's passed a bill reflecting that attitude. The state Senate passed SB1349 Friday, which would make it illegal for employers and admissions officers at colleges and universities to ask current or prospective employees and students for passwords to their social media accounts. With just five senators dissenting, the bill brings California another step closer to becoming one of the first states keeping companies out of their workers' social media accounts.
January 30, 1992 |
President Bush's order to reduce federal withholding taxes is expected to give a quick boost to the economy this spring, but it will mean added work for employers. Under the initiative, the U.S. Treasury Department will adjust IRS withholding tables to reduce the amount automatically taken out of the paychecks of 89 million Americans. That includes married persons with annual taxable incomes of less than $90,200 and single people with taxable earnings of less than $53,200.
December 10, 2000 |
Fewer employers are spending any time at all thinking about what to give employees this year, despite the recent wave of economic prosperity. Only 22% of companies are giving away gifts this holiday season, compared to 27% in 1997, according to a survey by the Bureau of National Affairs. Among gift-giving companies, 24% will hand out certificates for merchandise and 19% for food. Turkeys will be given away by 11% of employers, hams by 4% and a choice by 6%.