Low-wage fever is burning in America. From fast-food workers, civil rights groups and the White House, calls are growing for a higher minimum wage to provide “economic justice.” But the restaurant industry says it’s unfairly targeted.
In a story July 26, The Associated Press reported that Latoya Caldwell, a mother of four from Kansas City, Missouri, who earns $7.50 an hour at a Wendy's restaurant, said she works six days a week to get 40 hours and takes home $435 per paycheck. The story should have made clear Caldwell is paid every two weeks, so the paycheck reflects 80 hours of work.
Walt Disney World is among big companies moving toward paying workers at least $10 per hour - a change that experts say will improve the standard of living for the lowest-paid employees and could pressure other employers to raise pay.
The union has been staging an informational picket at the Inergy Automotive Systems plant under construction near the General Motors plant in Kansas City, Kan. The action, which doesn’t call for stoppage of work or deliveries, centers on non-union employment.
The health care industry is fueled more by workers who have an associate degree or less than it is by workers who have earned bachelor’s degrees in health-related fields. A Brookings Institution study says the less educated health care workforce makes up more than half of the nation’s health care labor pool. In the Kansas City area, it’s 46.1 percent.
The Full Employment Council said it is getting “coding bootcamp” funds to provide job training in information technology. Kansas City’s $500,000 grant, received through the Missouri Division of Workforce Development and U.S. Department of Labor, will be used to combine classroom instruction with on-the-job learning.
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The new law is aimed at improving business engagement and accountability in federally funded programs. The president said it will give states and cities more flexibility in managing their job training programs.
A federal appeals court ruled that financial help could be offered only on a state-run insurance exchange, not HealthCare.gov. A different court reached the opposite conclusion. The decision may end up with the U.S. Supreme Court. For now, no one faces the immediate loss of subsidized insurance and enrollment for next year will proceed as planned.
Alliance Data Retail Services expects to beef up its existing 500 jobs by 200 more by the end of this year and by an additional 300 in two to three years. A 33,000-square-foot expansion is to be completed next month. The center at 8035 Quivira Road is one of seven Alliance Data Systems Corp. contact facilities nationwide.
On a rainy Saturday in South Florida, Gabriela Garcia lay in her bed watching another episode of "Castle." She could get some fresh air, or even read a book or two, but watching Richard Castle investigate the homicide of a reality-show contestant had her enthralled. Before the day was out, she watched five more episodes of the TV series on Netflix.
Q: For almost a year, I have been receiving complaints about a supervisor who reports to me. "Jack's" employees say that he criticizes them constantly and gets upset about nit-picky things. To verify these grievances, I had discussions with several staff members, followed by meetings with Jack.
Genealogists - those who accurately can trace a line of family descent through generations - are sometimes misunderstood. It's easy to confuse them with services that sell generic information about last names and even coats of arms with dubious scholarship.
DEAR CARRIE: Our company is moving to a new system for handing out work orders that includes time slips that have to be filled out and turned in by a certain time. This is a dramatic change for us because we have always had a tolerant policy about time. We are all exempt employees and just focused on getting the job done on time. Since we adopted the new system, the managers have said we have to meet the deadline for time slips or we will not be paid. When I questioned one of the owners about the legality of not paying employees, he said, "Well maybe I'll just hold it a couple of days until a time slip is produced." It this legal?