Pensions Benefits & Compensation Archives

Court affords miners first victory in ongoing employment dispute

In 1946, coal miners were guaranteed the right to have pension and health benefits for life. Throughout the intervening years, this right has been protected, though recent threats to that right have resulted in the union and miners being involved in a protracted employment dispute with the company that provides these benefits. While this particular battle does not primarily apply to California workers, the final decision could have an impact on future battles over benefits for other industries.

Government offices take sides in important employment matter

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was signed into law in 1974 and became effective in 1975. It set certain standards that employers must meet whenever they offer retirement plans to workers. There were exemptions built into the law and many religious organizations benefited from those allowances. However, the exemption may now be consistently applied to church-run hospitals. There are potentially thousands of workers in California who could be negatively affected by this crucial employment matter.

Pension matters may cause an employment dispute

There is often confusion for California workers about the difference between their benefits regarding pensions and Social Security upon retirement. This can be a complicated matter, and these differences can cause an employment dispute if not handled correctly. The following article could give a brief understanding of the two retirement annuities.

Mandatory sick leave may affect employment in California

In the past, many employees here in California may have been permitted to have a sick day, but they often also had to miss out on a day's wages. This is all about to change -- starting in 2015, a majority of employees in this state who meet certain requirements will be entitled to receive at least three days of paid sick leave annually. These new laws could have an affect on employment agreements, though it remains to be seen whether these effects will be positive or negative.

California employment dispute over pension reduction

According to reports, certain California nurses gathered around in a protest regarding pension benefits. This employment dispute is a result of a proposed decrease in the amount of monthly retirement benefits from one of the largest health care systems. Dignity Health has over 300 facilities in California and other areas with 56,000 employees, including 11,000 physicians. They are set to negotiate the terms of the agreement.

California employment dispute complicated by budget cuts

Budget cuts across the nation have limited the proficiency of local governments due to reduced staff. For one woman in California, this means her employment dispute has essentially been delayed indefinitely as she awaits a ruling from a local government organization. The plaintiff in the case has been waiting for more than two years for a decision that could allow her lawsuit against a previous client to proceed.

Workplace dispute causes California workers to strike

Working for a living is how the majority of people provide for their families and takes care of necessities. The benefits offered from employers, such as insurance and retirement plans, can be what sway a person to take one job over another. However, some workers find their employers changing the qualifications for benefits or reforming pension plans, which can lead to a workplace dispute. University of California medical workers are currently fighting for what they feel would be more fair treatment for workers.

San Jose Police Union in new employment dispute on pension issues

San Jose voters thought that the pension issues that have been in dispute between the San Jose Police Officer's Association and the City Council had been resolved when they approved the Measure "B" pension reform proposition. The measure was passed in June 2012, having received 70 percent voter approval. However, a new law suit has been filed that may affect this and another employment dispute litigation currently awaiting decision in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

California's public employees threaten suit over new pension law

In September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law aimed at curbing pension spikes. Now public employee retirement systems are taking measures to comply with that law but many public employees are not happy.

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