Stories tagged: benefits
Mon., Dec. 4, 2017, 10:43 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 9:50 a.m.
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 …
Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
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.
Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 1:09 p.m.
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.
Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 9:46 a.m.
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 …
Thu., July 13, 2017, 10:09 a.m.
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.
Tue., July 11, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
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 …
Thu., May 25, 2017, 3:15 p.m.
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.
Mon., March 27, 2017, 8:26 p.m.
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 …
Thu., March 23, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
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 …
Thu., March 23, 2017, 7:58 a.m.
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.
Tue., June 14, 2016
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 …
Thu., June 2, 2016, 4 p.m.
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.
Mon., Feb. 29, 2016, 7:55 a.m.
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 …
Thu., Aug. 1, 2013
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 …
Sun., Nov. 18, 2012
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, …
Mon., July 16, 2012, 10:37 a.m.
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.
Wed., March 9, 2011
Editorial: Fewer plans for teachers could save state millions
As Washington state lawmakers work to close a difficult budget hole that will undoubtedly lead to hundreds of educators losing their jobs, they ought to closely read a report from …
Sun., March 6, 2011
Smart Bombs: On jobless benefits, lawmakers have it backward
It’s fascinating to watch the shift in emphasis on jobs and the economy in the past few months. During the fall campaigns, the narrative was a paucity of jobs and …
Thu., Aug. 19, 2010
Toilet paper drive to benefit charities
Project Beauty Share will have a toilet paper drive on Sept. 10 and 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., to benefit Anna Ogden Hall, Our Place Community Ministries, Our …
Sun., July 12, 2009, 4:07 p.m.
Wages & means
Jobs with great pay and excellent benefits can be hard to come by in a recession – but not necessarily at City Hall. The city of Spokane hasn’t stopped filling …
Fri., Feb. 6, 2009, 1:14 p.m.
WA House votes to boost unemployment benefits
Washington’s House of Representatives on Friday voted to temporarily boost benefits for jobless workers by $45 a week, and plans to follow that up with a unemployment tax decrease for …
Fri., March 13, 1998
Feds To Guarantee Potty Breaks For Workers Osha Directive A Relief For Employees Forced To Hold It
An Iowa teacher brings her entire class to the bathroom with her when she needs to go and can’t find a substitute. A North Carolina meatpacker had to wait so …
Wed., Oct. 30, 1996
Workers See Fewer Pay Hikes Survey Also Raises Questions About Sick Leave
Inland Northwest employers gave out fewer raises in 1996, a survey says, while one out of five still doesn’t let his workers take accrued sick leave to care for ill …
Wed., Oct. 2, 1996
City Backs Away From Pension Dispute Mayor Says Officials Shouldn’t Be Involved In Mangan’s Retirement Plan
Spokane city officials shouldn’t be involved in Police Chief Terry Mangan’s dispute with the state retirement department, Mayor Jack Geraghty said Tuesday. “That’s between the employee and the retirement system,” …
Fri., May 17, 1996
Gay, Polygamous Partners Covered
South Africa’s parliamentary perks have been extended to lawmakers’ homosexual and polygamous partners in a sign of the country’s mix of traditional and modern thinking. A recent administrative notice detailing …
Sun., July 9, 1995
Hanford Firm Wins Appeal To Keep State From Paying Jobless
Westinghouse Hanford Co. has won an appeal to prevent the state from paying unemployment benefits to many workers who participated in a voluntary workforce reduction. The case means the state …