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Wages, salaries and benefits equal $29.90 in West

Employer costs for compensation for workers across the nation varied from a low of $25.88 an hour in the south to $32.85 in the northeast regions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employer costs in the West were $29.90 and in the Midwest were $27.66, according to the statistics. Wages and salaries in… Continue Reading Wages, salaries and benefits equal $29.90 in West

State health exchange gets $17.9 million grant

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The Colorado Health Benefit Exchange was awarded a $17.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to continue working on the state’s new health insurance marketplace. The exchange is scheduled to open in late 2013, ahead of the 2014 federal deadline set aside by the Affordable Care Act. The money will… Continue Reading State health exchange gets $17.9 million grant

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The security guards at the headquarters of New Jersey’s pension fund have never seen anything like it before: lines of public employees extending out the door and into the street. Day after day, workers come in droves to apply for retirement. They often line up before dawn. The rush has been set off in part… Continue Reading States cutting benefits for public-sector retirees

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Despite rising costs, very few employers changed their health benefit packages during the 2009 enrollment season. Employers absorbed most of the cost increases, and added access to health saving accounts and wellness programs. That’s according to the Wells Fargo Benefits Marketplace Survey, which includes responses from more than 400 U.S. employers. The survey shows that… Continue Reading Employers not changing health benefits, despite economy

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