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 "ExxonMobil":

"… dges who may decide the cases’ fates. Conference funders, which include ExxonMobil, Google and Wal-Mart, could benefit from efforts to slash benefits for pub …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "judge":

"… thless and Burdened” series revealed that the number of Labor Department judges, who hear a wide range of workers’ compensation, immigration, wage and …"

"… t would add 10 people to the OALJ, though it’s unclear how many would be judges and how many would be support staff. The proposal comes on the heels of a …"

"… d that includes alleviating the backlog of cases before administrative law judges.” Paul Mapes, a retired judge in California, speculated by email …"

"… of cases before administrative law judges.” Paul Mapes, a retired judge in California, speculated by email that if 10 positions are added to the O …"

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 "Department of Labor":

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

"… .” Now, he said, “It’s an abomination. The sad part about it is the Department of Labor probably could solve this problem pretty easily by addressing its programs …"

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 "Labor":

"… arbor Workers' Compensation Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, the program for decades was regarded as one of the best of its kind, supe …"

"… s find themselves at a disadvantage in a system with a dwindling roster of Labor Department administrative law judges and a surge in workers’ compensatio …"

"… case, and several more years to get a decision. Nationwide, the number of Labor Department judges has fallen to 35, plus one part-timer, from 41 earlier t …"

"… ant has to take what he or she can get,” said Joshua Gillelan, a retired Labor Department lawyer who runs the Longshore Claimants’ National Law Center …"

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.
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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

Excerpts from this story referencing "information technology":

"… ses for positions where recruiting has lagged, such as drone operators and information technology specialists.“The best ideas for reigning in costs are all known — this …"

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 "San Antonio":

"… his watch, but they were created on everybody else’s watch too."The San Antonio-Express News recently pointed out that past Texas governors …"

"… ent and government sector employment has climbed 18.3 percent, as the San Antonio-Express News noted.Government jobs in the state may decline now that …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Manhattan Project":

"… overnment Accountability Office.DOE’s business model, dating back to the Manhattan Project, relies almost entirely on contractors to carry out department activities …"

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

By Julie Vorman

SEC tackles credit rating, due diligence rules

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. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… s not required, most Americans do get time off, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But the amount of time off varies widely. For instance, …"