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Former Iowa official wins $1.5M in discrimination case

Jul. 15, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state's then-commissioner of workers' compensation in 2011 because he's gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said Monday. Polk County jurors found that Chris...

After years of plenty, auto workers want a bigger slice

Jul. 15, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Contract talks between the United Auto Workers and Detroit's three automakers kicked off with the union president departing from the traditionally friendly tone by telling Ford executives that workers want a bigger share of the companies' record profits. While Ford executives talked...

NJ enacts legislation aimed at helping 9/11 first responders

Jul. 8, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation aimed at helping first responders to the Sept. 11 attacks. The Democrat signed the bills Monday at Liberty State Park, across the Hudson River from the site of the 2001 attacks. One measure permits volunteer first responders to...

Police reports shed light on rape probe at Phoenix facility

Jul. 2, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Weeks before an employee of a long-term care facility in Phoenix was arrested in the rape of an incapacitated patient, some of his co-workers speculated that a member of the victim's family was responsible, with a company official even using a slur in suggesting that a relative could be the...

Liz Weston: How to nag new coworkers to save for retirement

Jul. 1, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

The most important thing you can say to a new hire may well be: "Have you signed up for the 401(k) yet?" An astounding 3 out of 10 workers don't know whether their employers offer retirement plans, according to a survey by research firm Morning Consult for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. "That...

White House expands health accounts aimed at small firms

Jun. 13, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is expanding options for employers to use special accounts to help workers buy their own health insurance, upgrade job-based coverage, or choose low-cost plans with limited benefits, officials said Thursday. The tax-free individual accounts are called "health...

Uber, Lyft suggest changes but want drivers as contractors

Jun. 12, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft say they are willing to change the way they treat drivers in California as long as state lawmakers don't require them to classify drivers as employees, a move that would entitle them to a wide range of benefits. The California-based tech firms...

Iowa Supreme Court refuses to stop Branstad trial

Jun. 7, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has denied a request by the attorney for former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to stop a civil trial in which Branstad is accused of discrimination against a gay former state worker's compensation commissioner. Branstad and two former staffers were sued by...

California Assembly votes to tighten rules on contractors

May. 30, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California residents working for companies like Lyft and Uber would get the rights of employees entitled to a minimum wage and workers compensation under a law the state Assembly passed on Wednesday. The sweeping bill, which now goes to the Senate, carries new standards defining...

Millennial Money: Making 'good enough' choices can pay off

May. 28, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

Sometimes good enough is good enough. In a world of information overload, it's common to feel angst when making choices. You never know whether you're making the best one. Call it optimizer guilt. And it can be especially prominent in choosing financial products, which can be opaque and confusing: Do I have the...