November 15, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Late payments, glitch-prone computers and swamped call centers aren't the only problems bedeviling California's unemployment insurance program. The insurance fund that pays state jobless benefits - run by the Employment Development Department - owes nearly $10 billion to the federal government. That's because the state has been paying far more in jobless benefits than it receives in employer-paid taxes, and the feds make up the difference. "The whole system is really whacked out right now and needs a fix," said Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills)
November 10, 2013 |
When potential employers ask Tracy Blakeley about her personal life, she assumes they're not making idle chit chat. They're trying to figure out how old she is. "They ask if I have kids or grandkids," Blakeley, 53, said. "They won't ask you your birth date, but they'll ask when you graduated from high school. " Blakeley has a rock-solid work ethic, good computer skills and an upbeat personality. What she doesn't have is a permanent job, despite trying her hardest to find one. It's a common story for people in their 50s, 60s and even 70s. Nearly 2 million people ages 55 and older are looking for a job these days, twice as many as before the Great Recession.
November 4, 2013 |
CAIRO -- The trial of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi opened Monday but swiftly went into recess because Morsi, confined in a defendant's cage, refused to wear a prison-issued jumpsuit as ordered by the judge, Egyptian state television reported. The former leader was flown from a secret location on Monday to a heavily fortified Cairo court complex, marking the start of his trial on charges of incitement to commit murder. Chants erupted inside the closed courtroom upon Morsi's arrival, and the judge threatened to halt the proceedings if order was not restored, the private CBC channel reported.
October 23, 2013 |
Spain pulled out of two years of recession in the third quarter, news that should give a boost to the efforts of its prime minister to repair the nation's economy though tax increases and spending cuts. The Bank of Spain said Wednesday that gross domestic product grew 0.1% in the third quarter, compared with a 1.2% drop in the same period a year ago. The news, while positive, has been viewed skeptically by some economists who point out the Spanish economy has slipped more than once into recession in the last five years.
October 11, 2013 |
UCLA Health encourages a little goofing off on company time. But inefficiency is the last thing on the agenda. At least three days a week, employees from 10 departments at UCLA Health facilities gather as the music gets cranked up for a 10-minute workout. It's called Bruin Break, an adaptation of the "instant recess" initiative developed to motivate "mouse potatoes" by the late Dr. Antronette Yancey, a UCLA public health professor. One recent morning, physical therapists, administrative staff, the lift team (as in lifting patients)
October 9, 2013 |
A middle school in Port Washington, N.Y., has banned footballs, soccer balls, baseballs and lacrosse balls on its playgrounds. The students at Weber Middle School on Long Island also cannot roughhouse -- no jarring games of tag or cartwheels, unless supervised by a coach, reports the local CBS outlet. School officials said there'd been a rash of playground injuries. Nerf balls are OK. Woo-hoo. Those of us who grew up careening around without bike helmets, clambering over metal monkey bars with only concrete to break our falls and taking numerous dodgeballs to the kidneys may scoff.