Category Archives: Employment

Wellness Programs Add Financial Advice To Improve Employee Health

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Sheena Calliham is all too aware of statistics showing that millennials have less job security and more student debt than their parents.

“Student loan debt is a primary financial stressor and concern for my generation,” she says, “and we’ve also faced a challenging job market.”

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Here’s How Inflation Has Eroded American Workers’ Overtime Eligibility

Sheila Abramson serves customers of Langer's Delicatessen in Los Angeles in 2013.

Sheila Abramson serves customers of Langer’s Delicatessen in Los Angeles in 2013.
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President Obama is once again poised to go it alone on labor policy, this time on overtime. The Labor Department is expected in the coming weeks to release a rule making millions more Americans eligible for overtime work — currently, all workers earning below $455 a week, or $23,660 a year, are guaranteed time-and-a-half pay for working more than 40 hours a week. The law may raise that as high as $52,000,Politico reports.

The rule would also change the regulations outlining which employees earning above that threshold are eligible — currently, employers can exempt some employees above that threshold if those workers could be considered “white collar.”

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Out Of The Classroom And Into The Woods

Children enjoying outdoor education.

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Kids in the U.S. are spending less time outside. Even in kindergarten, recess is being cut back. But in the small town of Quechee, Vt., a teacher is bucking that trend: One day a week, she takes her students outside — for the entire school day.

It’s called Forest Monday.

Eliza Minnucci got the idea after watching a documentary about a forest school in Switzerland where kids spend all day, every day, out in the woods.

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An Irreplaceable Replacement, This Sub Gets The Job Done

Substitute teacher Josephine Brewington receives the substitute teacher of the year award.

Substitute teacher Josephine Brewington receives the substitute teacher of the year award.
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One of the toughest jobs in education is the substitute teacher. The pay is low, schedules are unpredictable and respect can be hard to come by. But because the average teacher missed 11 days of school in 2012-2013, a sub like Josephine Brewington ends up playing a crucial role.

And this week — Brewington was rewarded for her efforts — winning the 2015 Substitute Teacher of the Year award.

For the last six years, Brewington, 50, has taught inside every kind of classroom in the Beech Grove City Schools system outside Indianapolis.

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What Happens In Vegas Includes Crowded, Struggling Schools

Students eat lunch at Robert Forbuss Elementary School in Las Vegas. The school, designed for 780 students, enrolls 1,230.

(Students eat lunch at Robert Forbuss Elementary School in Las Vegas. The school, designed for 780 students, enrolls 1,230.
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Las Vegas is back, baby. After getting slammed by the Great Recession, the city today is seeing rising home sales, solid job growth and a record number of visitors in 2014.stru

But the economic rebound has exacerbated the city’s severe school overcrowding and left school administrators, lawmakers and parents scrambling.

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San Juan trustees to discuss 4.5% employee pay hikes

Trustees are to vote Dec. 3 on the SJTA pact and agreements with the San Juan Professional Educators Coalition, San Juan Supervisors Association and California School Employees Association Unit 127. Overall, all but about 150 of San Juan’s nearly 5,000 employees would see the 4.5 percent raises.

Trustees in the San Juan Unified School District on Tuesday night are to discuss whether to grant teachers, supervisors and other employees salary hikes of 4.5 percent this fiscal year, pushing district salary costs $9.1 million higher through June 30.

Most of the increase – 3 percent – would be paid retroactively from July 1, according to district officials. The other 1.5 percent would take effect on Feb. 1.

6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Picking Insurance On The Job

Man shopping with some very high-price options.

You don’t get a pass this year on big health insurance decisions because you’re not shopping in an Affordable Care Act marketplace. Employer medical plans — where most working-age folks get coverage — are changing too.

Rising costs, a looming tax on rich benefits packages and the idea that people should buy medical treatment the way they shop for cellphones have increased odds that workplace plans will be very different in 2015.

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California Pension Committee Approves Retirement Compensation Proposals

 

A California Public Employees’ Retirement System committee approved a proposal Tuesday that would include the higher pay of temporarily promoted employees. Opponents say that could create opportunities for fraud. A vote could come Wednesday.

Christy Bouma with the California Professional Firefighters Union says it’s only fair that people who temporarily do the same jobs as permanent employees should earn the same pay and pension.

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Teacher Tenure Lawsuits Spread From California To New York

Campbell Brown of the Partnership for Educational Justice, with plaintiffs in their New York teacher tenure lawsuit.

Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.?

That question is at the center of the heated debate about teacher tenure. In New York today, a group of parents and advocates, led by former CNN and NBC anchor Campbell Brown, filed a suit challenging state laws that govern when teachers can be given tenure and how they can be fired once they have it.

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