Employee benefits

June 13, 2019 - 6:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is expanding options for employers to use special accounts to help workers buy their own health insurance, upgrade job-based coverage, or choose low-cost plans with limited benefits, officials said Thursday. The tax-free individual accounts are called "...
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FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo, Uber and Lyft drivers carry signs during a demonstration outside of Uber headquarters in San Francisco. The ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft say they are willing to change the way they treat drivers in California. That could include paying a base wage and providing certain benefits. But the companies are arguing they need to continue to classify drivers as independent contractors, not employees. California lawmakers are considering legislation that would tighten the rules around how companies classify workers as contractors. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
June 12, 2019 - 9:03 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft say they are willing to change the way they treat drivers in California as long as state lawmakers don't require them to classify drivers as employees, a move that would entitle them to a wide range of benefits. The California-based...
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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego speaks during the Assembly session Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. The Assembly approved her bill, AB5 to to tighten the rules for labeling workers as independent contractors rather than employees, Wednesday. The bill now goes to the state Senate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
May 30, 2019 - 12:41 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California residents working for companies like Lyft and Uber would get the rights of employees entitled to a minimum wage and workers compensation under a law the state Assembly passed on Wednesday. The sweeping bill, which now goes to the Senate, carries new standards...
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Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, left, waves toward members of the media as he and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti leave King Taco after talking to patrons Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 09, 2019 - 12:51 pm
Former Vice President Joe Biden would support his campaign aides if they wanted to organize a union. That's according to a spokesman who adds that the campaign's pay and benefits already offer what an organized labor unit might seek at the negotiating table. Biden kicked off his 2020 presidential...
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Annette Ribero, left, of San Jose, and Jeff Terry, of Sacramento, hold signs during a demonstration outside of Uber headquarters Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in San Francisco. As Uber executives lure investors to infuse the company with billions of dollars ahead of the largest technology IPO this year, the men and women behind the wheels of the largest ride-hailing companies are pushing for higher wages and recognition for their role in building the companies. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
May 08, 2019 - 6:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The executives at Uber are working hard to design a future where the company earns billions of dollars by allowing riders to summon fully automated robotaxis. Until then, they must rely on an army of human drivers — nearly 4 million across the globe — to keep the business humming...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 18, 2019, file photo, a striking worker walks outside a Stop & Shop supermarket in Revere, Mass. Stop & Shop supermarket workers and company officials said Sunday, April 21 they've reached a tentative contract agreement. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
April 21, 2019 - 8:23 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Stop & Shop supermarket workers and company officials reached a tentative contract agreement Sunday, according to news releases from both parties. The company said the agreement ends employee strikes that started April 11 at 240 Stop & Shop stores in Massachusetts, Rhode...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo morning clouds cover Capitol Hill in Washington. On Thursday, April 18, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
April 18, 2019 - 9:14 am
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly half a century. The Labor Department says claims for jobless aid fell by 5,000 last week to 192,000, lowest since September 1969. The four-week average, which is less volatile, dropped by 6,000 to 201,250...
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FILE- In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo lights illuminate the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington. On Thursday, Feb. 14, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
February 14, 2019 - 9:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week but remains at levels low enough to show that most workers enjoy job security. The Labor Department says claims for unemployment checks increased by 4,000 to 239,000. The four-week average, which does not...
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FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
February 11, 2019 - 7:06 am
Plenty has been written about American workers' failure to plan adequately for retirement. Their employers seem to be doing an even worse job. Only 1 in 10 large employers offers a formal phased-retirement program that lets workers cut back their hours or responsibilities before they quit work...
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FILE- In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, file photo the Dome of the US Capitol building is visible on the morning of the State of the Union in Washington. On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 07, 2019 - 8:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped sharply last week, a sign that layoffs are rare and the job market is strong. The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless aid fell 19,000 to 234,000, a low level that indicates businesses are holding onto...
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