Latest Employee benefits News

New Mexico sees lower costs worker's compensation insurance

Nov. 30, 2021 00:15 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico insurance regulators are reducing a key component in rates for workers' compensation coverage that should help employers spend less, starting next year. The Superintendent of Insurance Office on Monday announced a 5.5% reduction in...

Who is the real Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein enabler or pawn?

Nov. 28, 2021 11:34 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ghislaine Maxwell spent the first half of her life with her father, a rags-to-riches billionaire who looted his companies' pension funds and died mysteriously. She spent the second with another tycoon, Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself while charged with sexually abusing...

Treasurer: Pension fund on track to divest from fossil fuels

Nov. 24, 2021 09:46 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's public pension fund is on track to completely divest from fossil fuels within the next decade, according to the state treasurer. The treasurer's office said late Tuesday that the amount invested with fossil fuel companies has...

State unemployment rate goes down due to 'data distortion'

Nov. 18, 2021 16:42 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's unemployment rate is looking better, if only on paper. A revised report to update a “data distortion” discovered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Michigan dropped Wisconsin's unemployment rate for September by half a...

Employers eye shifting health care needs during pandemic

Nov. 15, 2021 13:59 PM EST

Health care costs rise every year, but the nation’s biggest employers still see insurance coverage as an important benefit to provide. They just struggle getting the health care system to deliver what their workers need, according to Elizabeth Mitchell, CEO of the...

Audit urges changes to save on state worker health care

Nov. 15, 2021 09:56 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An audit has found that the cost of Vermont state employee health care jumped between 2010 and 2019 and urged changes to save money. The report released Friday by State Auditor Doug Hoffer found that the cost of annual medical reimbursements for...

Kaiser Permanente, unions reach labor deal to avert strike

Nov. 14, 2021 12:26 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An alliance of unions representing 50,000 Kaiser Permanente workers in California, Oregon and six other states called off a strike notice after reaching a tentative labor deal Saturday with the health care network. The Alliance of Health Care Unions...

Health care coverage axed for striking WVa hospital workers

Nov. 11, 2021 13:42 PM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health care coverage has been stopped for striking maintenance and service workers at a West Virginia hospital, a union said. About 1,000 members of the the Service Employees International Union District 1999 went on strike last week at Cabell...

Third Reno-Sparks bus service strike in four months begins

Nov. 09, 2021 21:09 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Union bus drivers went on strike in Reno and Sparks Tuesday for the third time in four months in a lingering labor dispute with the foreign-based operator of the regional bus service over wages, benefits and scheduling. Washoe County’s Regional...

Jury awards $42 million to Rapid City woman injured at work

Nov. 09, 2021 12:18 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Pennington County jury has awarded $42 million to a Rapid City woman after she was denied medical benefits from her previous employer and the employer's insurance company. United Parcel Service and Liberty Mutual were ordered to pay Fern...