Has the Republic Windows Recovery Door Slammed Shut?

Vice President Joe Biden even visited the factory to proclaim a great victory for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the new owners pledged to hire back everyone laid off in December 2008. However, despite plans for Republic Windows and Doors to be back in full operation by May or June 2009, the […]

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Number of Mass Layoffs Recede in June from Record High

Mass layoffs of 50 or more employees receded in June to 2,763 events, down 170 from May’s record high. In all, the June layoffs resulted in 279,231 new filings for unemployment insurance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced on July 23. Thus, over the year so far, the number of mass layoff events has […]

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To Save Their Factory, They Had to Destroy It

Or some such reasoning, if such a thing (reasoning) can be said to apply to French workers and politics. I’ve blogged before about how terminated French employees will often hold their bosses hostage until a more suitable severance package is offered. As it turns out, “more suitable” has now been defined as 30,000 euros ($53,000) […]

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EEOC Says Age Discrimination Claims Are Up 30 Percent

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is so concerned about the rise in age-discrimination filings that it recently held a public hearing on the matter. "Age discrimination is an equal opportunity plague," acting EEOC Chairman Stuart J. Ishimaru said. "It is not limited to members of a particular class or a particular race. It is […]

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PATIENTS: Well-Intended Law With No Chance of Passage

Anyone paying any attention (in the voting public, that would be no one except for me and a few others) will soon see unmistkable proof that the Democrats running Congress (and our nation, for better or worse–mostly the latter) are planning to ration health care with a vengeance (except for themselves, of course). The proof […]

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EEOC Reviewing Closed Cases For Renewal Under Ledbetter Law

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is currently reviewing closed cases of wage discrimination complaints to determine if it can reissue right-to-sue notifications to those affected under the provisions of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Grounds for reissuance would be based upon new statute-of-limitations guidelines under the Fair Pay Act. Previously, a […]

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Pfizer Maintains: Who Says Free Enterprise Is Cruel?

Drug manufacturer Pfizer has launched a program called Maintain to provide free prescription drugs to laid-off Americans who lack insurance. Powerhouse drugs like Lipitor, Norvasc, Caduet and, yes, Viagra, are on the list, though you might be hard pressed to make a medical necessity case for the latter. Cynics will counter that it's all "great […]

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Do Recessions Make the (Cheatin’) Heart Grow Stronger?

According to Vault’s Office Romance Survey, the answer is no. More people are playing office romances closer to the vest in these tough economic times, no doubt fearful they could be escorted out the office door instead of into the boudoir. However, good times or bad, those cheatin’ hearts (and other body parts) do indeed […]

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The Public Option Could Bankrupt the Whole System

I found this great graph on a site called The Glittering Eye that shows exactly what will happen to costs when the public option takes over. Note how the U.S. costs for health care are stable and relatively equal to other countries up to the age of 65 when the current public option, Medicare, kicks […]

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Wal-Mart Finds Another Way to Crush the Competition

It was big news when Wal-Mart came out this week in favor of an employer mandate for health care, meaning that all employers (unless exempted by size) would have to provide health care for their workers or pay a tax to the government. Not only did Wal-Mart endorse the employer mandate now under discussion in […]

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