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May 11, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
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.
June 8, 2013 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
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 1, 2009 | Anna Gorman and James Oliphant
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.
April 30, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
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.
October 25, 2011 | By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
American Express Co. paid thousands of employees to exercise this summer, giving each $200 toward their healthcare expenses simply for walking 21/2 miles a day. Health insurance giant Humana Inc. has begun offering camping gear, cameras and even hotel rooms in the Caribbean to customers who see the doctor and undergo tests for blood pressure and cholesterol. And when the new year arrives, Blue Shield of California will introduce its new Blue Groove plan offering breaks of up to $500 on insurance premiums or healthcare costs to policyholders in the Sacramento area who fill out health questionnaires and get medical screenings.
May 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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.
November 15, 2010 | By Lisa Zamosky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Your employer wants you to stop smoking and lose some weight. And the boss is willing to sweeten the pot if you succeed. There's a new twist to corporate wellness programs: Increasingly, employers want to see concrete results before they reward you with premium breaks on your health benefits or with cash and gift cards. In a September survey of 466 large to midsize employers by the professional services company Towers Watson, 65% of respondents said that for 2011 they'll increase incentives to take part in these programs.
May 30, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Even as millions of Americans hunt for jobs, nearly half of U.S. employers say they're having trouble finding the right people to hire for open positions. Demand for skilled trades workers and engineers makes those jobs particularly difficult to fill, according to a report from staffing agency ManpowerGroup. The study found that 49% of American bosses complain about lack of available talent -- the highest proportion since the start of the recession. Internationally, 34% of the 40,000 employers surveyed have similar difficulties.
May 2, 2013
Hundreds of thousands of part-timers are facing smaller paychecks as employers cut worker hours to avoid paying for their benefits under the federal healthcare law. This move by a growing number of retailers, restaurants and even local governments and universities has sparked fresh debate over the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and how much employers should be expected to do for workers, given the rising cost of healthcare....
June 8, 2011 | By Tami Dennis, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
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.
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