August 2, 2013 |
In the next two decades about 78 million baby boomers in the U.S. will turn 65. As they age, a portion of them will be cared for by their families, and others will no doubt enter facilities for the elderly. But many will rely on a growing cadre of domestic in-home workers. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for the kind of personal-care aides who can help cook, clean and bathe the elderly and disabled is expected to grow by 70% from 2010 to 2020. Today, these caregivers often labor in conditions that would not be tolerated in any other industry.
July 25, 2013 |
For years, Kaiser Permanente has won accolades for delivering high-quality care at an affordable price. The Oakland company's unique HMO model kept a lid on costs, and big employers flocked to enroll their workers to the point that Kaiser has become the largest health plan in California, grabbing more than 40% of the market. Now, some of Kaiser's biggest customers are complaining that the company is no longer a bargain and, even worse, standing in the way of controlling healthcare costs.
July 24, 2013 |
Thirty workers didn't report for their jobs Wednesday at a warehouse supplying Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers, protesting alleged retaliation from managers after employees complained about poor working conditions, organizers said. The action in Mira Loma is the latest in a string of protests against warehouses and logistics companies in the Inland Empire by Warehouse Workers United, a union-backed advocacy group pushing for better working conditions. The workers, who aren't represented by a union, staged a rally at a warehouse operated by Olivet International Inc., which sells apparel and luggage to various retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target Corp.
July 22, 2013 |
Fifteen years ago former Pfc. and military police officer Jerry Whiteside had two masks tattooed on his left bicep, one smiling, one frowning. Inspired by the woman he was dating, an interest in theater and an assortment of substances in his system, Whiteside felt the tattoo was the logical step. "I read from Shakespeare, and I always had the dream of being in theater," Whiteside said. "I wear a comedy and tragedy tattoo on my arm, and most people will call it 'Smile now, cry later,' and I tell them, 'No, that's not what it stands for.'" Little did he know that more than a decade later, he would be symbolically reunited with the images imprinted on his skin.
July 17, 2013 |
If you are a full-time employee, consider yourself lucky: Medical benefits are available to 85% of private-sector workers who work full time, according to a government report released Wednesday. By comparison, only 24% of part-time workers had employer-provided medical benefits, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The government survey covered medical, retirement and other types of benefits typically offered by employers as of March 2013. 10 fastest-growing jobs in California In the aftermath of the recession and as employers prepare for President Obama's healthcare law to be implemented, there has been a sharp rise in part-time employment and other contingent work. About 8.2 million Americans are working part time involuntarily, according to BLS figures . These workers are unable to get full-time work due to slack economic conditions or a lack of full-time positions available.
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July 15, 2013 |
At the height of the clergy sex-abuse scandal in 2002, Catholic leaders stayed silent as California lawmakers passed a landmark bill that gave hundreds of accusers extra time to file civil lawsuits. The consequences were costly. California dioceses paid $1.2 billion in settlements and released thousands of confidential documents that showed their leaders, including Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles, had made plans to shield admitted molesters from law enforcement. Now, state legislators are considering a bill that would give some alleged victims more time to sue. But this time, the church is waging a pitched battle in Sacramento to quash it. A group affiliated with the church has hired five lobbying firms and spent tens of thousands of dollars fighting SB 131. Opponents argue that the bill unfairly opens the church, the Boy Scouts, and other private and nonprofit employers to lawsuits over decades-old allegations that are tough to fight in court.
July 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, just two weeks after the Supreme Court handed down rulings expanding protections for married same-sex couples. Three Republicans -- Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Mark Kirk of Illinois -- voted for the bill, which passed 15 to 7. The Republican support gave the perennial bill some hope of passage in the Senate, though its prospects in the House are less certain.
July 9, 2013 |
Teen summer employment had its strongest start this season in seven years, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Teenagers had been competing with older, displaced workers during the economic recovery, but have recently made some strides in the retail sector, which has traditionally hired young workers. About 994,000 teens, ages 16 to 19, have found jobs so far, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics figures the firm analyzed. The figures are not adjusted for seasonality, but year-over-year comparisons show that the labor market has been able to absorb young workers.
July 6, 2013 |
When Jose Tadeo Gamez Flores realized that his employer had failed to pay him for all the hours he was working as a janitor, he did what many other employees might do in the same situation: He tried to sue to recover the lost wages. But Flores, 34, ran into an obstacle when he tried to file a class-action lawsuit to get back his and other janitors' wages. He had signed away his right to file a lawsuit against his employer. After being hired, Flores had been presented with a pile of papers to sign.
July 5, 2013 |
Though Friday's job report showed the nation added nearly 200,000 jobs in June , the number of people working part-time due to slack economic conditions rose sharply. The number of people unable to find full-time work rose by 322,000 to 8.2 million last month. This figure had been decreasing from a peak of 9.1 million in mid-2009. The latest monthly payroll gains once again were led by restaurants and bars, which added a combined 52,000 jobs. The leisure and hospitality industry, as a whole, accounted for 75,000 of all the net job growth in June.