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Unvaccinated Nevada state workers to pay insurance surcharge

Dec. 02, 2021 20:52 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada will be the first state to charge state workers enrolled in public employee health insurance plans a surcharge if they aren't vaccinated. The state Public Employees' Benefit Program Board voted on Thursday to charge unvaccinated workers...

Nurse gets 10 years for sex assault of incapacitated woman

Dec. 02, 2021 18:08 PM EST

A former Arizona nurse was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday for sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman at a long-term care facility where she later gave birth. Nathan Sutherland received the maximum punishment called for under his agreement to plead guilty...

WVa hospital employees get raises, must pay health premiums

Dec. 02, 2021 16:42 PM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A three-year contract ratified by union maintenance and service workers at a West Virginia hospital includes annual wage increases but requires them to begin paying health insurance premiums starting in 2023. Members of the Service Employees...

Union: Group homes owner threatens striking workers' jobs

Dec. 02, 2021 15:54 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Group home workers in Connecticut who have been on strike for nearly two months said Thursday that owner Sunrise Group has threatened to permanently replace them as they continue to seek a new contract with better wages and health care benefits. ...

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...