Employee benefits

FILE- In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, file photo the Dome of the US Capitol building is visible on the morning of the State of the Union in Washington. On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 07, 2019 - 5:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped sharply last week, a sign that layoffs are rare and the job market is strong. The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless aid fell 19,000 to 234,000, a low level that indicates businesses are holding onto...
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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo Walmart associate Luis Gutierrez, center, checks out a customer at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. On Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, the Labor Department releases the employment cost index for the fourth quarter, a measure of wage and benefit growth. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
January 31, 2019 - 1:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. workers saw their annual wages and benefits rise by 0.7 percent in the final three months of last year, a moderate gain that was down only slightly from the third quarter. The Labor Department says that the seasonally adjusted October-December gain was down from a 0.8 percent...
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January 30, 2019 - 12:56 pm
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A union that represents workers at an Audi plant in Hungary says it has ended a seven-day strike after agreeing on a wage increase and other benefits with the German automaker. The strike started Jan. 24 and stopped production at the plant in the city of Gyor that employs...
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FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Margot Riphagen of New Orleans, La., wears a birth control pills costume during a protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. A U.S. judge will hear arguments Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, over California's attempt to block new rules by the Trump administration that would allow more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women. The new rules are set to go into effect on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
January 11, 2019 - 12:28 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. judge said Friday that a "substantial number" of women would lose free birth control coverage under new rules by the Trump administration that allow more employers to opt out of providing the benefit on religious and moral grounds. Judge Haywood Gilliam made the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2011, file photo, visitors are silhouetted by the morning sun as they walk along the beach at Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Life insurance provides a financial safety net for families. Sounds simple, but decisions over whether and how much to buy can get complicated, and mistakes can be costly. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
November 01, 2018 - 7:08 am
Life insurance provides a financial safety net for families. Sounds simple, but decisions over whether and how much to buy can get complicated, and mistakes can be costly. Here are common mistakes financial planners see: BUYING TOO MUCH OR NOT ENOUGH Not everyone needs life insurance. "If there's...
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October 22, 2018 - 5:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say the Trump administration is rolling out new options for small employers to use tax-free accounts for providing health coverage to workers. The idea is to expand so-called "health reimbursement arrangements" to allow employees to buy their own individual coverage...
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October 03, 2018 - 2:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon made a big splash this week with its $15 an hour minimum wage announcement, but lost in the fine print: Existing warehouse workers will no longer receive stock in the company or collect bonuses. The online giant says next month it will end bonuses, which paid workers extra...
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, a person looks over her health insurance benefit comparison chart which shows out-of-network coverages dropped for 2018 in Peachtree City, Ga. The Kaiser Family Foundation finds that more companies are making workers pay an annual deductible or increasing the amount they must spend before insurance starts covering most care. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
October 03, 2018 - 7:01 am
A survey finds more companies are sticking workers with a bigger share of the medical bill before most health insurance kicks in. That means that those who use the health care system are pouring more of their take-home pay into medical bills even though they have coverage. The report was released...
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FILE - In this April 28, 2015, file photo, a man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Microsoft says it’s requiring its U.S. suppliers to offer their employees at least 12 weeks paid leave to care for a new child. The company announced the new parental leave policy Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
August 30, 2018 - 7:20 am
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft says it's requiring its contractors to offer their U.S. employees at least 12 weeks paid leave to care for a new child. It's common for tech firms to offer generous family leave benefits for their own engineers, but experts say it's rare to require similar benefits...
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July 31, 2018 - 7:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. workers saw their wages and benefits rise in the second quarter at the fastest pace in nearly a decade, a sign that the low unemployment rate is forcing employers to raise pay to attract and keep workers. Pay and benefits for all U.S. workers increased 2.8 percent in the...
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