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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, noon

‘A different kind of war’: Attorney thinks veteran may hold record for longest-delayed award from the VA

Dunlap is a prolific record-keeper. It’s that very quality, combined with a sheer, obstinate refusal to fold, that led to his victory Aug. 10: the award of benefits dating back …


As Trump considers penalties, Seattle-area immigrants turn down public benefits they’re entitled to claim

Immigrants are withdrawing their children from health care and turning down food stamps as the Trump administration considers penalizing those who use public benefits — even if they’re legally in …


Trump administration officials dismissed benefits of national monuments

In a quest to shrink national monuments last year, senior Interior Department officials dismissed evidence that these public lands boosted tourism and spurred archaeological discoveries, according to documents the department …


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 2:37 p.m.

Idaho candidates could see big pension perks if elected

Idaho’s top candidates will see big boosts to their state pension benefits if successful in their pursuit of statewide positions.


Prospects are slowly looking better for moms and dads who are hourly workers

In the months leading up to Mother’s Day, more large companies have been boosting parental leave benefits to hourly or part-time workers.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

Hundreds of Kentucky teachers rally to oppose benefit cuts

Hundreds of Kentucky teachers flexed their political muscle with a rally Wednesday outside the state Capitol, seeking to bury a proposed pension overhaul and win more state education funding from …


Chipotle, citing tax changes, sends bonuses, ups benefits

Chipotle is the latest company to give out one-time cash and stock bonuses, and will broaden parental leave benefits for workers following sweeping changes to U.S. tax law.


Lowe’s to hand out bonuses, sweeten benefits amid tax cuts

Home improvement chain Lowe’s Cos. says it’s handing out bonuses of up to $1,000 for its more than 260,000 hourly employees, as it becomes the latest major employer to invest …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 6:01 p.m.

Starbucks to add sick time, higher pay for store workers

Starbucks will provide paid sick time to its employees nationwide and give its 150,000 hourly and salaried U.S. workers another wage hike in April, just three months after its regular …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 7:53 p.m.

Walmart outlines wage increase details for Washington, Idaho employees

Nearly two weeks after announcing higher hourly wages and one-time bonuses for its employees, Walmart has provided more specifics what employees in Washington and Idaho will be receiving.


U.S. industries can start counting their benefits from tax law

Craft breweries are raising a glass to the Republicans’ new tax overhaul: It cuts the excise tax on beer. Retailers, long saddled with heavy tax bills, will get relief. So …


Supreme Court lets stand Texas ruling on gay spouse benefits

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a Texas ruling that gay spouses may not be entitled to government-subsidized workplace benefits – a potential victory for social conservatives hoping …


Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits drop 13,000

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell for the first time in three weeks, pushing total applications down to a low 239,000, further evidence of the strength …


The fastest-growing jobs in America pay about $22,000 per year

The largest two categories of America’s fastest-growing jobs offer some of the country’s lowest wages and weakest benefits.


Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits edge up by 10,000

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up slightly to a still-low 239,000 last week. Meanwhile, the four-week average fell to a fresh 44-year low, evidence that …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 9:58 a.m.

U.S. weekly requests for jobless aid down 12,000 to 232,000

Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits remained close to historic lows.


U.S. jobless aid requests up 3,000 to 244,000

More Americans applied for jobless aid last week. Despite the small increase, the number of people seeking benefits remained close to historic lows.


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 8:19 p.m.

The 401(k) match is back, and it’s getting bigger

Now it seems, the match is roaring back. Many companies are boosting their matches in employee 401(k) plans, according to a report by Vanguard Group, the investment firm with $4.4 …


U.S. weekly requests for jobless aid fall to 247,000

Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits has stayed near historic lows pointing to a robust job market.


Chaffetz, on the way out of Congress, says lawmakers need more money

Jason Chaffetz, having served just a quarter of his current House term, and at the finale of an unusually balky resignation process, recently proposed that the pay and benefits package …


Idaho woman pleads guilty in veterans benefits ruse

A southwest Idaho woman whose grandmother received benefits as the wife of a deceased veteran has admitted to collecting about $91,000 by not reporting her grandmother’s death.


Another congressional clash looms over coal miners’ health benefits

Lawmakers representing coal-producing states are using every political device they can – including threatening to trigger a partial government shutdown to holding up a White House nominee – to prevent …


VA urges ‘hiring surge’ to reduce veterans’ appeals backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even …


Applications for jobless aid rise to still-low 258,000

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market.


Obama fails to lead on Social Security

Obama perpetuates the popular but outdated myth that, by and large, the elderly are a poor, needy group. They deserve more financial help. The 65-and-over population exceeds 46 million. Some …


Applications for US unemployment benefits dipped last week

Weekly applications for unemployment aid dipped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.


Supreme Court won’t hear appeal over NFL player settlement

The Supreme Court turned away an appeal from three former NFL players who challenged a $42 million settlement between the league and nearly 25,000 former players over the NFL’s use …


Jobless benefits being cut

OLYMPIA – Washington’s long-term unemployment benefits will decrease by nine weeks next month, state officials announced Wednesday. Officials with the Employment Security Department said the decrease was triggered because the …


Hundreds turn out for symphony benefit

A benefit concert by and for the musicians of the Spokane Symphony, who went on strike Nov. 3, was packed with supporters Saturday night. The Shadle Park High School auditorium, …


Wash. effort seeks to identify veterans in prison

ABERDEEN, Wash. — More than 80 inmates shuffle into a large visitation room at Stafford Creek Correctional Center. All are military veterans, but not all of them realize it.