Often, when you have a lawyer involved in an issue, you hope to avoid being sued – not have the lawyer named in a lawsuit along with you. But that’s the way it went in DeKalb after Mayor Jerry Smith announced the removal of Molly Talkington from her post as interim city manager on Nov. 5. Less than a week later, Talkington filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission naming Smith and city attorney Dean Frieders. In it, she complained of harassment, a hostile work environment, and retaliation. In her complaint, Talkington said both Smith and Frieders both were intensely interested in whether she was dating Ward 1 Alderman David Jacobson. She said Smith had made demeaning comments, and that after she refused to tell Frieders about her dating life, he retaliated by telling the City Council she had exceeded her authority in spending. The revelation that Talkington had a plan to reduce contributions to the fund that covers employee health … [Read more...] about Our View: DeKalb can move on after settling lawsuit with former employee
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WASHINGTON - AP The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in U.S. history when the clock ticked past midnight into early Saturday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess. A solution couldn’t come soon enough for federal workers who got pay statements Friday but no pay. The House and Senate voted to give federal workers back pay whenever the federal government reopens and then left town for the weekend, leaving the shutdown on track to become one for the record books once the clock struck midnight and the closure entered its 22nd day. And while Trump privately considered one dramatic escape route - declaring a national emergency to build the wall without a new stream of cash from Congress - members of his own party were fiercely debating that idea, and the president urged Congress to come up with another solution. "What we’re not looking to do right now is national emergency," Trump said. He insisted that he … [Read more...] about Shutdown becomes longest federal closure in US history
Just what kind of health insurance do federal judges and Supreme Court justices have? That question seems fair to ask in light of U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling on Friday striking down the Affordable Care Act -- the 2010 law passed under President Barack Obama that expanded health insurance to millions of Americans -- as unconstitutional. O'Connor's decision looks certain to be appealed by a group of Democratic state attorneys general, first to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then likely to the Supreme Court.While the ACA's ultimate fate may depend on those courts, here's what to know about the health coverage federal judges and Supreme Court justices can typically expect.Hundreds of plan to choose fromLike the vast majority of federal employees of all ranks, the government's judges have the option of enrolling in plans offered by the Federal Employee Health Benefits system. It includes hundreds of plan choices throughout the U.S. -- far more than … [Read more...] about How does federal judges’ health insurance stack up?
Mike Snider USA TODAY Published 8:21 AM EDT Oct 2, 2018 Amazon is making another major delivery, this time for its employees: a $15 hourly minimum wage. The e-tailing giant said Tuesday it would increase its minimum wage on Nov. 1 to $15 for all U.S. full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary employees, including temps hired by agencies. Amazon currently has more than 250,000 Amazon employees, and plans to hire more than 100,000 seasonal employees this holiday season. The company had recently been the target of criticism from Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, who said Amazon doesn't pay its lower-level employees a fair wage. “We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” said Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos in a statement. “We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us.” Amazon also said it would begin lobbying for an … [Read more...] about Amazon minimum wage to increase to $15 for all its employees
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is canceling pay raises due in January for most civilian federal employees, he informed Congress on Thursday, citing budget constraints. But the workers still could see a slightly smaller boost in their pay under a proposal lawmakers are considering. Trump said he was nixing a 2.1 percent across-the-board raise for most workers, as well as separate locality pay increases averaging 25.7 percent. “We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” Trump said. The president last year signed a package of tax cuts that is forecast to add about $1.5 trillion to federal deficits over 10 years. As workers across the country head into the Labor Day weekend, Trump cited the “significant” cost of the federal workforce, and called for their pay to be based on performance and designed to recruit, retain and reward “high-performing Federal … [Read more...] about Trump cancels pay raise due to federal workers in January