November 5, 2013 |
Suzanne Dinatale lost her job as sales manager for a biotech company in July. She applied almost immediately for unemployment benefits to help cushion the blow. Dinatale, 41, of Manhattan Beach, said she had no problem receiving the forms she needed to get the ball rolling with California's Employment Development Department. "After that, nothing," she told me. "I called them and got hung up on. I sent emails that got no responses. " Dinatale is now dipping into her retirement savings to get by. "This is the first time I've ever needed unemployment," she said.
October 31, 2013 |
Workers faced with forfeiting unused money in their flexible spending accounts for healthcare expenses may be getting some relief under a new federal rule. The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service changed the use-it-or-lose-it rule for flexible spending arrangements, or FSAs, to allow account holders to carry over as much as $500 from one year to the next without penalty. Many workers have been reluctant to put money into the plans for fear of losing whatever they don't use, resulting in long-standing complaints about how the pretax FSAs work.
October 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The job market weakened in September amid a slowdown in key growth engines such as healthcare and leisure - a worrisome sign given that the employment picture probably worsened this month with the partial federal government shutdown. Employers last month added a modest 148,000 net new jobs, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That was down from an upwardly revised job growth of 193,000 in August, and well below analysts' forecasts for about 180,000 new jobs in September.
October 7, 2013 |
It did not take long for unpredictable plot twists to appear in USC's coaching search. During a Monday morning appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show," former NFL coach Tony Dungy said he had been contacted regarding the USC job but that he had no interest. When Patrick asked Dungy whether USC had called him, Dungy said, "They haven't, but as they say, representatives of the organization have called. Your people called my people just to see if you're interested. " On Monday afternoon, the school announced that "individuals posing as USC representatives made overtures to two coaches regarding the Trojans' head coaching position.
September 30, 2013 |
It's back-to-school time and parents' worries abound. Will the new teacher be any good? Will my child have friends in the new class? Will budget cuts limit the offerings in art, music or sports? There's one worry that's universal: Are my kids safe after school? The combination of shorter school days and the lack of after-school child care creates a mismatch for many full-time employed parents, especially mothers. Imagine that you have a child whose school day ends at 2 p.m. but you don't get home until 6 p.m. or later.
September 25, 2013 |
The state's top labor official ordered the Employment Development Department to immediately issue payments to 124,000 Californians whose benefit checks have been delayed by a computer glitch. Marty Morgenstern, secretary of labor and workforce development, said the backlog of claims building up at the EDD were "unacceptable. " He directed the agency to forgo verifying the claimants' eligibility and push payments through - the equivalent of pay now, ask questions later. The EDD has been contending with a huge backlog of unemployment claims after an upgrade of its 30-year-old computer system malfunctioned over Labor Day weekend.
September 6, 2013 |
Lose cred now. Ask him how. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is going to work for Herbalife, the much-maligned company that pitches dietary supplements to people eager to be as trim as, well, the former mayor. It also happens to be fighting allegations that the company's multi-level marketing plan is actually a pyramid scheme. We're almost speechless. Almost. Herbalife's less-than-sterling reputation is an odd thing for a erstwhile top city official to associate his name with, especially if he has any remaining political ambitions, as Villaraigosa certainly had at some point.
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.
August 20, 2013 |
The number of youth employed during spring and summer rose 2.1 million this year over the same period last year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday. The number of people ages 16 to 24 who were employed between April and July rose to 19.7 million, the largest figure in at least three years, according to government figures. Spring and summer are peak employment seasons for youth. Many start looking for summer jobs beginning in April, working through the end of the summer. PHOTOS: Top cities with falling wages The economic recovery has opened up more opportunities for youth to land jobs, economists have said.