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    The prior DOJ policy also allowed non-career appointees to attend political campaigns and fundraisers on the evening before Election Day. The new restriction will no longer allow that participation. Attorney General Merrick Garland wrote, "We must do all we can to maintain public trust and ensure that politics — both in fact and appearance — does not compromise or affect the integrity of our work." The new DOJ announcement occurred just one day after reports surfaced that a senior FBI agent resigned due to allegations of political bias. The agent was accused of downplaying the Hunter Biden investigation. In Tuesday's memo, Garland wrote, "I know you agree it is critical that we hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards to avoid even the appearance of political influence as we carry out the Department's mission. It is in that spirit that I have added these new restrictions on political activities by non-career employees."
    Starbucks employees have won a small battle. This Tuesday, the American coffee chain announced a series of measures, including a pay rise for its employees, while the group has been enjoying the union movement. The coffee chain has expanded the range of wage hikes it has already announced: it plans to raise the minimum wage in the United States to $ 15 an hour (14 euros) an hour on August 1st. The minimum wage is currently $ 7.25 per hour at the federal level, although a few states, mostly Democrats, have already raised it to $ 15 an hour, as demanded by the unions. This highly ambitious pay rise will benefit from an additional $ 200 million envelope in conjunction with the branch conversion plan (bringing the commitment cost to $ 1 billion by 2022). The announcements come at a time when the American company is facing unprecedented winds of unionization in its history: since the end of 2021, the employees of the 250 cafes in the chain have begun to form a union called Starbucks Workers United. About...
    In this article SBUXStarbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz speaks at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Seattle, Washington on March 22, 2017.Jason Redmond | AFP | Getty ImagesStarbucks' campaign to dissuade baristas from unionizing could include extending new benefits exclusively to non-union workers, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The company's CEO Howard Schultz told U.S. store leaders this week that he is reviewing the coffee chain's benefit scheme for its workers, the Journal reported. However, employees who work at company-owned stores that voted to unionize would be ineligible for those improved benefits, Schultz said according to the report. Schultz cited federal labor law and advice from the company's legal counsel in saying it would be illegal to extend benefits unilaterally with unionized locations in the equation, the Journal reported. Under federal labor law, employers have to bargain with the union that represents its workers when it comes to changes in compensation, benefits or other terms of their employment. But companies can still ask unionized employees if they want additional benefits. U.S. airlines, for example, are highly...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Three LAPD employees have been fired for violating the city’s mandate to get vaccinated against COVID-19, or receive a religious or medical exemption, according to LAPD Assistant Chief Dominic Choi. Seven more employees face termination, and a total of 14 personnel – 13 sworn and one civilian – have been found out of compliance with the vaccination mandate, Choi told the Police Commission on Tuesday. About 83% of the department is fully vaccinated, 0.4% is partially vaccinated, and 16.2% is not vaccinated at all. More than 2,000 exemptions are pending, Choi said. READ MORE: Apple's New Budget iPhone Is 5G Capable, And More ExpensiveBut with case rates dropping and mask mandates relaxing, City Councilman Joe Buscaino – who is running for mayor – is calling for the city’s employee vaccination mandate to be repealed. On Friday, Buscaino said he believes “it should be a matter of personal choice and that we should respect our employees’ civil liberties and allow the to make their own personal medical decisions.” READ MORE: Second Batch Of Presenters Announced For Oscars...
    The US bank has told its employees that they will be fired if they are not vaccinated in the coming days. Nearly 10% of employees, 16,000 people will be affected. Citigroup will lay off employees who have not been vaccinated by January 14. The US Bank Board informed them by email this Friday, with this clear final warning: Next Friday, if you do not get vaccinated, you will be fired immediately and without compensation. 10% of employees with a total of 16,000 employees will be affected. The bank explains that with exceptions granted for medical or religious reasons, each situation will be examined on a case-by-case basis. Citigroup is not the first US company to take such drastic action. The airline a few months ago United Airlines Dismissed 200 employees who refused to be vaccinated. Possible in the United States No needles, no work: it is completely legal in the United States. Companies have the right to vaccinate and remove the denier. They end up doing what Joe Biden failed to impose. In September, the US President enacted legislation to...
    BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (CBS4) — Citing the rise in COVID cases in Summit County, Breckenridge will have its non-essential employees work remotely. “All Town of Breckenridge government offices will be closed until further notice,” officials announced Tuesday. All public services are still operational and departments can be reached directly by phone or email during regular business hours. Summit County Public Health officials confirmed record high COVID-19 transmission rates on Dec. 27. Within the past week, Summit County recorded 745 new cases. “Cases continue a dramatic surge in a matter of days, along with testing demand,” county officials stated. Over the past week, three community Mako testing sites have been collecting 500-1,000 tests each day. Officials say there are currently four “large reported outbreaks” with an additional three pending investigation. “These high case numbers are impacting Summit County businesses and critical services due to staffing shortages,” officials stated.
    Kroger has announced it will ban unvaccinated staff from getting paid sick leave if they catch Covid and will start charging managers and workers without their jabs a $50 monthly health insurance surcharge. According to The Wall Street Journal, the grocery store chain, which employed about 465,000 full- and part-time workers as of January 1, told employees through a company memo that Kroger will no longer hand out two weeks of paid emergency leave for unvaccinated employees who contract the virus. The only way the Cincinnati-based chain plans to change their mandate is if local government dictates them to, the memo said, as first reported by WSJ.  Kroger will also require unvaccinated managers and nonunion employees to pay a $50 monthly surcharge that will go towards company health insurance plans. According to the memo, both policies will be effective as of January 1, 2022.  This comes as there's been fierce pushback on President Biden's vaccine mandate for private companies - which requires all employees to be fully vaccinated, get tested for Covid-19 weekly or face thousands of dollars in fines...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The Committee of New York City Religious and Independent Schools is firing back Friday after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new COVID-19 vaccine mandate that will require all nonpublic school employees to get their first shot by December 20.It affects roughly 56,000 employees of 938 yeshivas, Catholic schools and other private schools."Many of our schools view COVID vaccination as a matter most appropriately left to individual choice, not governmental fiat," Chairman Rabbi David Zwiebel wrote. "This is an area where government should be using its bully pulpit to persuade, not its regulatory arm to coerce."ALSO READ | 'Caution not panic': Officials confirm omicron cases in New YorkEMBED More News Videos Derick Waller reports on the man from Minnesota believed to have contracted the omicron variant of COVID-19 at the Javits Center - and five more cases confirmed in our area. The membership consists of the leadership of the schools affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and the Brooklyn Diocese, Islamic schools, Lutheran schools, Greek Orthodox schools, Adventist schools, Historically Black Independent...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A judge said Thursday that the balancing of harms in consideration of the public’s health has her leaning toward denying a request by the Los Angeles city firefighters’ union for a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of a mandate requiring its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 pending resolution of a labor issue, but she took the case under submission. A few days before Thanksgiving, 222 firefighters were sent notices of their non-compliance with the vaccine mandate and were told they had 48 hours to comply. Of those 222, there were 84 firefighters that complied. READ MORE: First Case Of Omicron Variant Detected In LA CountyThis week, the 138 members who remained non-compliant were sent home and are off-duty without pay. After the 138 were sent home, 25 of them became compliant and are back at work. That makes 113 who remain non-compliant and are currently off-duty without pay. “I don’t think it will take me too long to have a decision for the parties,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary H. Strobel said. In her tentative...
    A United Airlines Boeing 737-800 and United Airlines A320 Airbus on seen approach to San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco.Louis Nastro | Reuters A federal judge in Texas on Monday ruled that United Airlines' employee vaccine policy can proceed. The Chicago-based airline has one of the strictest employee vaccine policies in the country. In September, it said that staff who receive medical or religious exemptions would be placed on unpaid leave. Six employees filed suit to block the policy in September. U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman wrote in his ruling: "it is not for the Court to decide if United's vaccine mandate is bad policy. Rather, it is the Court's role to determine if Plaintiffs carried their burden to obtain a preliminary injunction." United said Monday that the roughly 2,000 employees who were granted religious or medical exemptions to its policy could apply for non-customer facing roles and that those who do not apply will be put on leave. "We are working to identify non-customer facing roles where accommodated employees can apply and continue working until it is safe for...
    Ahead of their planned walkout on Wednesday, transgender Netflix employees released their list of demands of senior management, including a call for more transgender and “non-binary” content and  more trans personnel at the highest levels of the company. In their letter, which was first published by The Verge, the trans employees deemed their demands “necessary to avoid future instances of platforming transphobia and hate speech” — a veiled reference to Dave Chappelle’s stand-up special The Closer, which promoted Wednesday’s protest after drawing widespread condemnation from 2SLGBTQQIA+ groups. They said their demands represent a crucial step to “begin to repair the relationship” between trans individuals and management. Notably absent from the list was any demand to remove Chappelle’s The Closer. Some 2SLGBTQQIA+ groups have called for a total ban on the show, but Netflix has so far refused their entreaties. Watch below:  Chief among their demands was the creation of a monetary fund to invest in “trans and non-binary” talent and content in order to create parity with the company’s “total investment in transphobic content” — another indirect reference to The Closer. The letter also...
    A project manager at Apple who co-founded a protest movement against the company has been fired for 'non compliance'. Janneke Parrish, a program manager for Apple Maps based in Austin, Texas, was one of two employees of the company to create a forum for complaints. On Thursday she was fired, with Apple blaming her dismissal on her deleting some apps from her work phone. Parrish, 30, was certain that her firing was a consequence of her leading the dissent. 'There are consequences for speaking out. There are consequences for doing the right thing,' she tweeted on Friday. 'But we do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. #AppleToo is about asking Apple to do better, to end systemic discrimination, abuse, and pay inequity. 'Do the right thing.' Janneke Parrish, a program manager for Apple Maps based in Austin, Texas, was fired on Thursday. She was a leader of the 'AppleToo' protest movement, and said her firing was a result of her activism to highlight harassment and discrimination. Apple said she was fired for deleting apps and...
    PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — A pill has cut the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19 by half in a study, Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics said Friday. It would become the first oral medicine that fights viral infection for Covid-19 if approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization. “At the interim analysis, molnupiravir reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by approximately 50%,” Merck said in a news release. “7.3% of patients who received molnupiravir were either hospitalized or died through Day 29 following randomization (28/385), compared with 14.1% of placebo treated patients (53,377). Through Day 29, no deaths were reported in patients who received molnupiravir, as compared to 8 deaths in patients who received placebo.” READ MORE: Coppertone Recalls 5 Aerosol Sunscreens Due To CarcinogenMerck said it will seek FDA emergency use authorization “as soon as possible.” Molnupiravir is not a vaccine. It is an oral antiviral, and experts have said developing such a drug could be the next chance to thwart Covid-19. A short-term regimen of daily pills would aim to fight the virus early...
    Sarah Jessica Parker gets carried up Carrie Bradshaws steps, more celeb photos for Sept. 13-17 The ‘Occupy Wall Street’ spirit is alive and kicking on Reddit, other social-media sites Major League Baseball will require that all non-playing personnel be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access the field or any other restricted area in the playoffs, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported on Friday night. MLB will require non-playing personnel (managers, coaches, athletic trainers, etc.) to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to gain access to field and other restricted areas in postseason, sources tell @TheAthletic. 1/2— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 17, 2021 According to Rosenthal, unvaccinated staff members can still retain their access in the postseason if they have received one dose of a vaccine before the playoffs start and have a second dose scheduled. The decision does not apply to players. While the decision is now league-wide, it will be nothing new for several teams who have already implemented similar vaccine mandates in recent months. Both the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros required that full-time employees get...
    Rachael Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr.s First Meeting IRL Totally Rivals Shes All That How Much Do You Pay or Tip a House Sitter? © Provided by Sports Illustrated Washington and Houston became the first two teams to make the vaccination a factor of employment on Friday. View the original article to see embedded media.The Astros and Nationals issued mandates on Friday that all of their non-playing, full-time employees must receive the COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the first two teams to make the vaccination a factor of employment, according to ESPN's Kiley McDaniel and Jeff Passan.  The Nationals told their employees on Aug. 12 that they would need to show proof of vaccination by Aug. 26 or offer a medical or religious exemption as reasons for not taking the vaccine. Houston became the first franchise to require compulsory vaccinations for its MLB team as well as the three minor-league teams owned by the organization. "As a company, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to keep one another safe and felt that mandating vaccines as the absolute right...
    The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals became the first two MLB teams to sanction the COVID-19 vaccine for full-time, non-playing employees. The decision is sure to be met with criticism from some, as the issue of public safety has been politicized to the point misinformation has received critical acclaim. We cannot say this enough — the COVID-19 vaccine has been deemed safe by most experts and governing bodies. In similar fashion to, say, a flu vaccine or polio vaccine, requiring it for specific employees when the safety of others is on the line is not necessarily a new concept. Washington Nationals and Houston Astros set trend around baseballThe Nationals released a statement on the subject: “Like many organizations, the Washington Nationals decided to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for all full-time staff. Employees were notified of this policy on August 12 and had until August 26th to either provide proof of full vaccination, proof of first shot or apply for an exemption. As a company, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to keep one another safe and felt...
    SAN RAFAEL (KPIX) – Since the Taliban takeover of Kabul, a local non-profit is desperately trying to rescue hundreds of its employees stuck in Afghanistan whose lives may be in danger. Roots of Peace says it has more than 350 Afghan employees on its payroll. Organizers are worried for each person and their families, despite promises made Tuesday by the Taliban. READ MORE: As Right-Hander Chris Bassitt Struck By Comebacker, Taken To Hospital On Tuesday, Taliban leaders broadcast messages of respect, and forgiveness, but many who left their homeland and are working in America now, fear what may happen to friends and family left behind. “Everyone is not sleeping at home. Everyone has the biggest grief in their hearts because they do not know what’s going to happen to their families,” said one Roots of Peace employee who asked KPIX-5 not to show his face or name, fearing the Taliban could use any information to target loved ones. It’s been a non-stop effort for founder Heidi Kuhn and her team, communicating with U.S. State Department officials and...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The City of Pittsburgh is requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all new employees. READ MORE: Is A National Vaccine Mandate Coming? The city made the announcement on Friday, while also releasing an updated masking policy. It requires everyone who is unvaccinated to mask up at all times inside city facilities. Vaccinated people will also be required to wear masks in common areas, shared vehicles and group settings. READ MORE: Gov. Tom Wolf: State Wont Mandate Masks In Schools Vaccinations will be required for all new employees, and starting Aug. 16, existing non-union employees will be required to either get vaccinated or take weekly COVID-19 tests and mask up. The city says it’ll meet with unions representing remaining employees to talk about additional requirements. MORE NEWS: Congressman Conor Lamb Announces His Candidacy For U.S. Senate It comes a day after Allegheny County announced a similar policy, saying all new hires will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and current non-vaccinated employees will be subjected to regular testing and mask-wearing.
    More On: disney ‘Black Widow’ camp fires back at Disney as ScarJo lawsuit battle gets ugly Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ suit fires up fans, but Hollywood stays silent ScarJo claims she lost $50M over ‘Black Widow’ release in suit against Disney, Mouse House fires back ‘Suicide Squad’ director James Gunn slams cancel culture: ‘I’m attracted to outsiders!’ Disney is joining the scores of major companies requiring its employees to be fully vaccinated. The Mouse House said it will require all salaried and non-union hourly workers in the US to be vaccinated. Additionally, all new employees must be fully vaccinated if they want to work at Disney. “At The Walt Disney Company, the safety and well-being of our employees during the pandemic has been and continues to be a top priority,” Disney said over the weekend. “Toward that end, and based on the latest recommendations of scientists, health officials and our own medical professionals that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best protection against severe infection, we are requiring that all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. working...
    Disney will join Google, Facebook, Netflix, Lyft and Wal-Mart in requiring certain cast members at Disneyland and Walt Disney World to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they want to keep working at the Disney theme parks and other U.S. locations. “Vaccines are the best tool we all have to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees,” according to a Disney statement. Disney will require all salaried and non-union employees in the U.S. be fully vaccinated, according to a statement from the company. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks. Subscribe here. “At the Walt Disney Company, the safety and well-being of our employees during the pandemic has been and continues to be a top priority,” according to the Disney statement. “Toward that end, and based on the latest recommendations of scientists, health officials and our own medical professionals that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best protection against severe infection, we are requiring that all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. working...
    In this article DISA performer dressed as Mickey Mouse entertains guests during the reopening of the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, U.S., on Friday, April 30, 2021.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesThe Walt Disney Company said Friday it is requiring all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of September. Employees who are still working from home will be required to provide verification of vaccination prior to returning to any Disney sites, including theme parks and offices. Disney said it has begun conversations with the unions that represent its other employees, particularly those that work at its theme parks. "Vaccines are the best tool we all have to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees," the company said in a statement. This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.
    Buckingham Palace isn't hiring a diversity chief anymore. WPA Pool / Pool / Chris Jackson / Staff / Getty Images Buckingham Palace made plans to hire a diversity chief. But new reports say the monarchy is not searching for someone to fill the role anymore.  Only 8.5% of Buckingham Palace's staff members are from ethnic minority backgrounds. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Buckingham Palace is no longer searching for a diversity chief, according to a new report from Harper's Bazaar.  The Mail On Sunday reported in March that Queen Elizabeth intended to hire a 'diversity czar' to help modernize the monarchy.  The royal family began looking for someone to fill the role after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle accused the royal family of making racist remarks about Archie before he was born.  However, just three months later, Buckingham Palace is reportedly no longer aiming to hire a diversity chief.  It was unclear at the time of writing why the palace stopped trying to fill the job. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on this story when contacted...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Not a citizen? Not a problem for the LA County Board of Supervisors. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors wants waive the requirement that county employees be U.S. citizens and has directed its staff on how they can do so without running afoul of state law. READ MORE: Hollywood Bowl To Give Away Concert Tickets At Its COVID Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic LOS ANGELES – JUNE 24: A composite of numerous flags from across the world is held by immigrant reform supporters as they march on Hollywood Boulevard in support of the legalization of millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States June 24, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Fire officials estimated the crowd in attendance was around three thousand people. (Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images) Officials say they have an estimated 880,000 non-citizens living in Los Angeles County, running small businesses and paying taxes. But because the of the citizenship requirement to work for the county, for example, the public defender’s office cannot hire any of the otherwise qualified non-U.S. citizens who are...
    Morgan Stanley announced it would not let unvaccinated employees or clients into its office buildings, the Financial Times reported  Tuesday. “Starting July 12 all employees, contingent workforce, clients and visitors will be required to attest to being fully vaccinated to access Morgan Stanley buildings in New York and Westchester,” Morgan Stanley Chief Human Resources Officer Mandell Crawley said in a memo obtained by the Financial Times on Tuesday.  SCOOP from me: Morgan Stanley to bar unvaccinated staff and clients from New York offices starting next month https://t.co/Sb9DYN5X9L via @financialtimes — Imani (@MoiseNoise) June 22, 2021 Employees, clients, and visitors will have to confirm their vaccination status on an “honorary basis” by July 1, Crawley said in the letter. Those who don’t confirm their vaccination status by July 12 will have to continue working remotely and lose access to the Morgan Stanley buildings, the memo said. Morgan Stanley already has vaccine-only workplaces in different company divisions and dropped the daily health check requirement Wednesday for in-office employees, the Financial Times reported. (RELATED: Biden Admin Says COVID-19 Vaccine Shouldn’t Be Mandatory...
    by Steve Pickett | CBS 11 DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Independent School District wraps up the 2020-21 school year Friday, June 18, but one week later, school board members must approve an operating budget for the 2021-22. READ MORE: State Democrats At US Capitol Discussing Ways To Stop Texas Elections Bill: We Need Their Help Now One of the many decisions before elected trustees will be pay rates for thousands of district employees who work for children daily, but aren’t teachers. Cafeteria, custodian, transport and teacher assistants are part of the Support Personnel category. The minimum pay for a support worker is $12.12 per hour. “We are asking for a five percent raise across-the-board for these workers, plus an additional $1,000 stipend in January 2022”, Rena Honea, President of Alliance AFT said Tuesday. Honea leads one of the labor union groups that represent teachers and support staffers and 7,400 Dallas ISD employees are part of the support workforce. READ MORE: North Texans Turning To Generators To Ensure Cool Summer Under the proposed budget, support workers would see a minimum...
    WINDSOR MILL, Md. (WJZ) — Two employees at the FBI Building in Windsor Mill were hospitalized after an unidentified chemical “became aerosolized,” according to Baltimore County Fire. The FBI said a package was opened containing an unknown substance, and out of an abundance of caution, two employees were transported to a hospital for medical observation. READ MORE: Fire Reported At Amazon Warehouse In Perryville According to Baltimore County Fire, the employees have non-life-threatening injuries. Hazmat said the substance was non-hazardous. The call came around 1:42 p.m. at the building at the 2600 block of Lord Baltimore Drive in Windsor Mill. READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: How Much Money Will You Get Each Month? Update, 2600 block Lord Baltimore Dr. — a total of 2 patients have been transported w non life-threatening injuries. Hazmat crews confirmed a nonhazardous substance. Units clearing. ^EA pic.twitter.com/MojIsd9ii4 — Baltimore County Fire Department (@BaltCoFire) June 9, 2021 MORE NEWS: Prince Georges County Officer Struck By Suspect Car While Investigating Theft In Temple Hills Stay with WJZ on this developing story. To get breaking news alerts,...
    (CNN)An Alaska Airlines employee is alleging the airline's uniform policy discriminates against employees whose gender does not fall within the policy's binary "male" and "female" dress and grooming rules, according to a letter by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).Justin Wetherell, a flight attendant and flight-attendant instructor based in Seattle, said in an ACLU news release Friday that when working as an instructor, "I am not forced into Alaska Airlines' 'male' or 'female' uniform policies, neither of which fit me because I am non-binary.""But when I work as a flight attendant, I am forced into one of two standards, often for up to four days at a time. I am willing to follow all of the elements of the uniform policy for professional attire, as I do when I work as an instructor, but I don't want to be forced into a binary uniform that excludes me and leads to me being misgendered at work," they said. The ACLU release said the policy goes beyond clothing."The uniform policy comprehensively regulates every aspect of a flight attendant's appearance as part of...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Rivers Casino Pittsburgh is raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour for non-tipped employees. READ MORE: Police Respond To Stabbing With A Sword In Alleged Landlord-Tenant Dispute The announcement, made on Friday, did not give an exact date for when this change would take effect. READ MORE: Family Game Night: Keeping The Family Together And Entertained As The Country Returns To Normal The casino said that tipped employees already take home more than $15 per hour with the combination of hourly wages and tips, adding that on top of all its benefits packages, employees are roughly making the equivalent of $25 per hour. This change is also planned for Rivers Casino Philadelphia. MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Weather: Temperatures Near 90 Degrees This Weekend Both Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and Rivers Casino Philadelphia are owned by Rush Street Gaming.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There is no way to know how many Chicago Public Schools staff members have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The district believes it is about 34%, but as CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reported two weeks ago, the Chicago Teachers Union has asked members not to take the CPS survey. A new vendor has been chosen to replace Innovative Express Care, which had been distributing vaccines to CPS employees. READ MORE: Ald. Anthony Beale Calls For City Council To Return Threshold For Speed Camera Tickets To 10 MPH As of Wednesday morning, there were 1,000 appointments still available for Thursday for Chicago school staff, but it’s not just school staff that is affected. CBS 2 has been hearing from many people scrambling for a solution. Innovative Express also gave the vaccine to other companies, and when the city pulled the remaining doses from the clinic, employees from those companies found themselves caught in the mess. READ MORE: Activists Demand Systemic Change In Protest Outside Motel Where Girl, 10, Was Sexually Assaulted: This Was A Mausoleum Of Horror! A text message...
    Santa Clara County has provided excess vaccine doses over the past month to a top county official and dozens of other non-health care workers, raising new questions about providers’ discretion to vaccinate lower-priority people amid a chaotic statewide rollout. While Santa Clara County is not the only provider to encounter the issue, its choices are raising eyebrows in part because the county has simultaneously taken a hardline stance against other providers who deviate from normal protocols, recently cutting off vaccine to Good Samaritan Hospital because it improperly vaccinated teachers in Los Gatos. Since Jan. 11th, the county has relied on a written plan that explains what to do with excess vaccine, which must be used promptly once it begins to thaw. It calls for first offering the vaccine to those in Phase 1A,  the highest priority, followed by those 75 years of age and older, and then transporting vaccines to Valley Specialty Center at VMC or Saint Louise Regional Hospital. As counties across the state scramble to ethically manage extra day-to-day doses in the context of an overall shortage, the protocol...
    (CNN)Government officials balked when the Census Bureau set a last-minute deadline to assemble data on non-citizens as part of an apparent anti-immigration push by the Trump administration before leaving office, according to a new watchdog report.The Commerce Department's inspector general, overseeing the 2020 Census, revealed on Tuesday that Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham told employees that a non-citizen tally is "a number one priority" and is due to him this Friday. The memorandum from Inspector General Peggy Gustafson outlines the claims made to her by whistleblowers and says Census employees raised internal objections to the plan. "Career employees informed us that they are under significant pressure to produce this technical report," the memorandum says. "Bureau officials are concerned that incomplete data could be misinterpreted, misused, or otherwise tarnish the Bureau's reputation." Trump visits his border wall on the heels of deadly Capitol Hill riot In light of the complaints, she said, it is unclear whether Dillingham may have backed down from the urgent timeline and that the "deadline may no longer be in effect." Read MoreThe request is a surprise...
    Representation of non-White employees in Marin County’s workforce grew by 20% over the last five years and now stands at more than 37.6%, a personnel official said. “The county’s workforce, therefore, has a greater representation of people of color than the geographic areas from where it hires its employees,” Roger Crawford, Marin County’s equal employment director, wrote in a report he presented to county supervisors. Crawford’s presentation on Dec. 15 was followed by a program update from Anyania Muse, Marin County’s equity officer. Muse said among the projects she is working on is a continuation of a speakers series that started last year following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor during police operations. “These (speakers) will be thought leaders in race equity work,” Muse told supervisors, “around things like building an anti-racist society, the intersection between work and Black Lives Matter, and the intersection between White fragility and othering and belonging.” The fact that the percentage of non-White employees working for Marin County is now larger than their “labor market availability” is significant. LMA is a technical term...
    PHOTO VIA DISNEYMore than 11,400 workers at Walt Disney properties across Central Florida will be laid off on New Years’ Eve, as tourism remains sluggish from the coronavirus pandemic. “Due to the continuing business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the very difficult decision to reduce our workforce,” Jim Bowden, Disney vice president of employee relations, wrote Thursday in advisories to the state Department of Economic Opportunity and local governments. “We previously notified you about impacted non-union employees.” In late September, Bowden told the state that about 6,700 layoffs of non-union workers were planned to start on Dec. 4. At least 11,350 employees in the latest cuts are union workers. The layoffs are part of the Walt Disney Company’s plans to lay off 28,000 employees in the U.S., due to prolonged closures at parks in California and limited attendance in Florida. Disney employs about 77,000 people in Florida. Nearly 11,000 of the Dec. 31 layoffs to union workers will occur at Walt Disney World, with another 447 union employee separations at facilities in Kissimmee,...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – More than 11,400 workers at Walt Disney properties across Central Florida will be laid off on New Years’ Eve, as tourism remains sluggish from the coronavirus pandemic. “Due to the continuing business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the very difficult decision to reduce our workforce,” Jim Bowden, Disney vice president of employee relations, wrote Thursday in advisories to the state Department of Economic Opportunity and local governments. “We previously notified you about impacted non-union employees.” In late September, Bowden told the state that about 6,700 layoffs of non-union workers were planned to start on Dec. 4. At least 11,350 employees in the latest cuts are union workers. More from CBSMiami.com Former Secretary Of State John Kerry: Idea Of Joe Biden Embracing Socialism Is ‘Scare Tactic’ By President Trump Police: Miami-Dade Officer Arrested By Federal Drug Agents Trump To Largely Maskless, Shoulder-To-Shoulder Supporters In Tampa: ‘Wearing A Mask Is Appropriate When Social Distancing Isn’t Possible’ The layoffs are part of the Walt Disney Company’s plans to lay off 28,000 employees in...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City More city employees will be furloughed come October, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday.  Roughly 9,000 city agency managers and non-unionized employees will furlough for a five-day period between next month and March of 2021. The furloughs are expected to save $21 million from city spending.  Last week, Mayor de Blasio announced that 495 City Hall employees, including himself, would furlough for one workweek beginning in October to increase budget savings as the city grapples with a $9 billion budget deficit over the next two years caused by the economic downturn spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.  Furlough rotations for City Hall employees will continue until March of next year, the mayor said.  “We have to keep taking action to address the situation, none of them are pleasant, none of them are things that we want to do in normal times, “de Blasio told reporters.” It’s very sad when people who work hard have to then sacrifice further but that is...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Fox News Media is laying off staffers across multiple divisions as the company restructures operations. “As FOX News Media has evolved into a streamlined multi-platform organization, we are realigning several functions and restructuring various divisions in order to position all of our businesses for ongoing success,” the company said in a statement to Mediaite. The layoffs will affect less than 3% of Fox News Media’s staff, said a source familiar with the plans, and all departing employees will receive severance packages. The hair and makeup department, which has been mostly out of work but still paid during the pandemic, was the hardest hit but the layoffs. No on-air talent, from anchors to reporters and contributors, are said to be affected. The layoffs come as media companies grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, overhauling their internal operations to function at a distance. In August, Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch said in an internal memo that “non-production” employees would continue to work remotely for the rest of 2020. “In the near-term, we want to maintain a low density in our...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s February 2019 vow to revoke the city-issued parking placards of motorists caught parking illegally has led to just two yanked permits so far — and they aren’t even city employees, the city admitted Monday. Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Gastel told The Post two non-government organizations — which he refused to name — are set to lose their placards after violating de Blasio’s “three strikes” rule. Eight city employees, meanwhile, have appealed DOT orders to return their parking passes, Gastel said. De Blasio announced the three-strikes policy 19 months ago as part of an effort to crackdown on placard-holders who use their permits to park illegally. The placards are supposed to give drivers reprieve from some parking regs while conducting city business. But they’re frequently abused as park-anywhere passes, often endangering the public as bearers stow their cars in front of fire hydrants, in no standing zones and bike lanes. Hizzoner’s 2019 announcement also heralded the formation of a 116-officer NYPD unit to crackdown on placard abusers — which City Hall nixed in July amid...
    H-2B visas are generally used for jobs at ski mountains, beach resorts, or amusement parks The employer is the one who must request this visa on behalf of the person he wishes to hire. Photo: ELIZABETH RUIZ / . / . Temporary U.S. Non-Farm Visas, also known as H-2B, are available for foreign workers in non-agricultural fields to work in the United States, because there are not enough domestic workers who can fill these types of positions, as reported in The Balance Careers. H-2B visas are generally used for jobs that are temporary, but not agricultural, such as jobs at ski mountains, beach resorts, or amusement parks. People cannot apply for these visas, as the employer is the one who must request it on behalf of the person they wish to hire. The employer must show that they have a temporary need for additional employees. Temporary workers you hire cannot become regular employees, nor can they replace permanent or full-time workers. To apply for an H-2B visa, the following three phases...
    DENVER (CBS4) – This is the 10th anniversary of Day of Service, and Xcel Energy has had to reimagine its volunteer efforts to accommodate coronavirus. There are some in-person volunteer projects, but they are small and for Xcel employees only. There are also some take-home projects, so that employees can work in the safety of their own homes. For Xcel customers, clients, and the general public there is the Day of Service bingo card. (credit CBS) “The bingo card is really cool. It brings the spirit of what I think a lot of us have experienced over the last six month in being closer to home, being in our neighborhood, and the bingo card offers that so it’s very easy,” said Hollie Velasquez Horvath, Senior Director of State Affairs and Community Relations with Xcel Energy. LINK: Download the Day of Service Bingo Card Anyone can download the bingo card and there are 24 squares with acts of kindness that you can do from your home and within your neighborhood. Some of the suggestions include: picking up trash on a trail,...
    Nick Rolovich Just Lit His Career on Fire 5 Beloved Costco Food Court Items We Miss the Most My company banned non-compete agreements. Heres why others should, too (opinion) This year has been a wakeup call. With historic numbers of Americans out of work since the pandemic struck the United States and a renewed conversation about systemic racism highlighting structural power imbalances, it's more important than ever that we create a more equitable and fair system for workers. One way to do this: Ban non-compete employment agreements. © Shutterstock Non-compete agreements are clauses inserted into employment contracts prohibiting employees from leaving to join a competitor or start a competitive business. They often include time limitations (e.g. two years after leaving) and geographic limitations (e.g. within 100 miles). Load Error Many people think non-competes only affect TV personalities or high-level executives with access to company secrets. They assume these agreements are rarely, if ever, an issue for the majority of workers. This couldn't be further from the truth. Non-competes impact every level of the economy, with...
    A plan to transform the historic Chateau Marmont — a hang-out for film stars, rock legends, moguls and fashions — into a non-public membership is being met with opposition from the Hollywood neighborhood and campaigners who’re branding it “a cynical ruse” and a “bogus membership.” Hotelier André Balazs stated he hopes to transform the resort on Sundown Boulevard to a members-only membership by the tip of the 12 months. The splashy Wall Road Journal announcement got here after Balazs laid off practically all of the resort workers with out insurance coverage or advantages through the pandemic. The previous workers have staged protests outdoors the resort. An insider advised Web page Six, “André wished to promote the Chateau, however couldn’t discover a purchaser within the pandemic. His new plan to show it right into a members-only membership is going through a whole lot of opposition from the Hollywood neighborhood, the previous employees and the town, which can block it as a result of it might be successfully banning the general public from a constructing that’s a part of the folklore...
    Healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients face a much higher risk than their colleagues, but a hospital's ventilation system may protect them, two new studies reveal. More than 5.4 percent of physicians, residents, nurses and other clinicians from coronavirus units had positive test results as did 0.6 percent from non-coronavirus wings, researchers found in one report. This means this groups of employees are at an 800 percent higher risk of contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, than those in other units.     But another study found that, even when in a room with an infected person breathing or coughing, a hospital ventilation system circulates outside air so often that the risk plateaus after 30 minutes.  A study from Houston Methodist Academic Institute, found that 5.4% of healthcare workers in COVID-19 units had positive test results as did 0.6 percent from non-COVID wings. Pictured:  Hospital ventilation systems have about 10 air exchanges per hour, which means the concentration plateaus after around 30 minutes compared to typical offices, in which the concentration increases for more than one hour (above) For...
    Rivian coached workers into sharing trade secrets from their time at Tesla, according to a new lawsuit.  Tesla claims at the very least six previous employees, and possibly much more, divulged private facts in their new careers at the competitor.  Rivian denies the accusations, saying the alleged steps are “counter to Rivian’s society, ethos and corporate guidelines.” Go to Business Insider’s homepage for a lot more tales. Tesla has accused the upstart electric powered auto firm Rivian of thieving very confidential trade secrets by means of newly employed personnel. In a lawsuit filed final 7 days in California, Elon Musk’s electric powered automaker accused the Amazon-backed startup and 4 of its workforce of misappropriating the trade secrets and techniques that violate the former employees’ non-disclosure agreements. “Rivian instructed just one recently departing Tesla staff about the styles of Tesla confidential details that Rivian wants,” Tesla’s grievance alleges. “Each Rivian and the personnel understood complete nicely that having such details would violate the employee’s non-disclosure obligations to Tesla. However, the worker expropriated for Rivian the exact data Rivian sought...
    St. Pete Police/Fb St. Petersburg Police participate in a protest. After months of protests and requires modifications in policing coverage following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, The St. Petersburg Police Division in Florida is making a giant change. As an alternative of hiring 25 extra officers over the following two years as deliberate, St. Pete police are creating a brand new division of social employees who will reply to a number of varieties of non-violent calls. The experiment will begin on Oct. 1 and after a 12 months the company says they’ll assess whether or not utilizing social employees in some conditions was a very good factor, or if police intervention was nonetheless wanted. Calls that can now be dealt with by the brand new division, known as the Neighborhood Help Liason, or CAL, are disorderly intoxication, drug overdoses, intoxicated individuals, psychological well being disaster, psychological well being transport, suicide disaster, disorderly juveniles — together with elementary ages, truancy, panhandling, homeless complaints and neighborhood disputes.The St. Pete...
    Disaster, what disaster? You don’t have to have a look at the numbers behind town’s new, $92 billion price range to see that neither the mayor nor the Metropolis Council takes the COVID-19 calamity significantly: Simply to have a look at the variety of employees town plans to maintain on board over the following yr. By subsequent June, Gotham expects to have the ability to pay 329,152 folks, starting from 131,358 academics to 1,317 mayoral-office staffers. You may think this determine represents a pointy reduce to the 2019 ranges, the final fiscal yr earlier than the pandemic hit (that’s, the fiscal yr that ended final June). You’d be unsuitable. Final summer season, town had 332,315 employees. The projected lack of 3,163 jobs is lower than 1 p.c of the variety of employees. Nobody needs a job loss on anybody, significantly when there are few jobs available. However one thing simply doesn’t add up right here. As of late June, 1.Four million New Yorkers within the non-public and nonprofit economies had misplaced their jobs, a staggering one-third of the pre-COVID-19...
    Labor rejected help from officials outside the State Public Employment Service (SEPE) in the harshest moments of chaos in the body for the management of ERTE for lack of laptops. According to sources from those affected and from the SEPE staff, the help of other Administration officials to expedite the processing of the files and avoid delays in the payment of the benefit was denied despite the request for such help in the Royal Decree 11/2020, of March 31. The legal text, in its eighteenth additional provision, regulates the collaboration of other officials in the “areas of a sanitary, socio-sanitary, employment nature, for the protection of vulnerable groups and in those others that require a reinforcement in personnel as a consequence of the situation caused by the covid-19 ». “The provision of the service may be carried out both in person and through non-contact modalities of work, with the prior authorization of their hierarchical superior and communication to the competent personnel body, “says the text. As one of the ‘rejected’, who prefers to remain anonymous, explains to this newspaper, after...
    Eight non-white employees of the Ramsey County Correctional Facility say they were discriminated against when their supervisor prohibited them from interacting with former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin while he was being housed at the jail last month, according to a lawsuit filed against the county. The correctional officers were told they were a “liability” because of their skin color and were ordered to stop any work that put them into contact with Chauvin, who has been charged with the murder of George Floyd, the lawsuit says. Chauvin, who was arrested on May 29, was jailed in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility for two days, before being moved to a different facility. Bonnie Smith, a Minneapolis attorney representing the eight employees, said the incident is just another example of prejudice and discrimination coming to light, this time in the work place. On May 29th, the eight employees — six men and two women — say they were ordered, along with other people of color, to the third floor of the jail and prohibited from going to the fifth floor, where...
    A Pennsylvania Boston Market employee called the police on a customer's 10-year-old autistic child on Wednesday, because he wasn't wearing a coronavirus face mask. Nadina Newsman entered the Jenkintown restaurant location with her son Colin, who in addition to his autism also suffers from Down Syndrome and is non-verbal, according to ABC 6. Newsman said she went to pick up dinner for her family, when her car broke down. She said she donned a mask but, because of the hot weather, allowed her son to go without one. "It was 91 degrees outside, Colin wasn't feeling well, we needed to go inside so Colin could cool off," she told ABC 6. "So I asked her [the employee] if we could sit there for about 15 minutes until our ride came and she said 'I have to call the owner.'" Newsman claimed the employee called the owner, who reportedly said the pair still needed to exit the premises because they weren't following government guidelines. "I found it shocking that the girl working at Boston Market didn't understand that and didn't have the proper training, the proper information and nor...
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