Koch brothers, major corporations sponsor pension reform seminar for judges

By Chris Young

Judges who may decide fates of public pension reform disputes to attend seminar sponsored by pro-business interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Utah":

"… g; some state and federal judges themselves are listed sponsors, including Utah Judge Samuel D. McVey and Harris L. Hartz of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court o …"

White House seeks to chip away at severe Labor Department judge shortage, case backlog

By Jim Morris

The White House is requesting an additional $2 million from Congress for its overworked, understaffed Office of Administrative Law Judges.

Dwindling number of judges burdens workers

By Jim Morris

The number of judges overseeing a federal worker compensation program has fallen, even as worker caseloads rise.

Excerpts from this story referencing "judge":

"… o retire. Pulver, until recently a San Francisco-based administrative law judge for the U.S. Department of Labor, says he relished his role as an arbiter …"

"… m not staying around for this.’ ” His departure pared the number of judges in the OALJ’s San Francisco office to four. In 1999 there were nine, no …"

"… Long Beach, Calif., which then closed in 2000. Nationwide, the number of judges continues to plummet while filings escalate. New and pending immigration …"

"… last April, Chief judge Stephen Purcell wrote that staff cuts — not only judges but also law clerks who conduct legal research and summarize evidence — …"

Rising caseload, fewer Labor Department judges triggers painful mix for suffering laborers

By Jim Morris

A federal worker compensation program once viewed as a model now suffers rising caseloads — but fewer judges, triggering frustration.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… Board. Durbin never returned to work. He and his wife, Susan, moved from California to rural Kentucky. Under terms of the settlement, Robert receives semimont …"

"… nd severe. In 2008 he was transferred to his first submarine, the USS California. Ventilation in the tight quarters of the sub was poor, and his condi …"

Report: Campaign law changes hasten power imbalance between rich, poor

By Dave Levinthal

New report asserts campaign law changes have further eroded political clout of the middle class and poor.

Warehouse worker lawsuit targets Walmart

By Jim Morris and Adithya Sambamurthy

Warehouse laborers, citing oppressive conditions and unpaid wages, contend Walmart is among those responsible.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… about inaccurate pay stubs, investigators with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement raided the complex Oct. 12, 2011. The agency cited S …"

"… know what they had earned for the work that they were doing,” California Labor Commissioner Julie Su, who ordered the raid, said in an interview. “We f …"

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New law gives US companies a break on pensions

By The Associated Press

Companies win cut in pension contributions; critics say saving pensions is even bigger concern

Congress can’t say no to military pay raises

By Zach Toombs

Soldiering now pays much better than civilian work

Plan to cut benefits for injured federal workers stirs concern

By Jim Morris

A move to cut benefits for injured federal workers upsets union officials — and some members of Congress

ANALYSIS: When Medicare isn't Medicare

By Wendell Potter

Ryan plan off-loads risk to beneficiaries

FACT CHECK: Is Texas impervious to the recession?

By FactCheck.Org

Gov. Perry picks and chooses which economic statistics suit his presidential campaign, and his critics do the same

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil producer":

"… ainer. "When the price of oil goes up, the Texas economy, which is a major oil producer, booms," Wial says. Or at least, it would not be as depressed as it was be …"

FACT CHECK: Misleading information about White House salaries goes viral

By FactCheck.Org

FACT CHECK: Email campaign distorts White House salaries

Pentagon spends billions on incentive pay but doesn't measure what works

By Laurel Adams

Pentagon spends billions on incentive pay with big differences among services

DOE pension obligation to contractors has more than doubled

By Laurel Adams

Energy's antiquated contractor system leaves taxpayers footing pension bills

Financial reform this week: Would companies drop compensation committees to evade SEC rule?

By Julie Vorman

SEC tackles credit rating, due diligence rules

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… rulemaking deadlines and events related to the Dodd-Frank financial reform law this week:Monday, May 16Interest on bank deposits - Deadline for public co …"

"… ization in financial markets. Testifying will be representatives from Duke law school, American Securitization Forum, Redwood Trust, Commercial Real esta …"

U.S. agency insuring pensions needs bigger, more active board

By Julie Vorman

The three-member board of directors overseeing the federal corporation that insures traditional pensions of 44 million American workers is t

Senior Dem calls for more oversight of pension entity after Center uncovers weakness

By John Solomon

Senate Aging Committee Chairman Herb Kohl says a Center for Public Integrity investigation that uncovered security, management and procureme

Mandatory one-week vacation legislation lacks congressional support

By Kat Aaron

As Congress leaves town for the July 4th recess, a timely bill is languishing in the House: the Paid Vacation Act. ...