January 20, 2021

Legislature works to reform Vermont unemployment

first_imgNow that Vermont has had to start borrowing federal money in order to pay unemployment checks, the Vermont Senate Economic Development committee is working to reform the state’s bankrupt unemployment fund. The committee is trying to strike a balance between the financial burden of the reform on employers and labor. The proposed plan would raise unemployment taxes for businesses over a three-year period, bringing it from the current base of $10,000 up to $18,000. Maximum weekly benefit checks for the unemployed would go down from $425 to $400, and there would also be more strict guidelines around who may qualify for benefits.(Source: WCAX)last_img read more

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Palm Beach County employees could receive paid maternity leave

first_imgPaid maternity leave One of the more challenging situations faced by Caribbean migrants to South Florida, and other regions in the US, is that in several instances women do not receive paid maternity leave. Several families have been hard pressed to make ends meet financially, when their women leave their jobs to have their babies. The absence of paid maternity leave hase forced several women to return to work within a few weeks after giving birth.However, the Palm Beach County Commission is taking steps to remedy the situation in that county, joining a similar policy in other South Florida municipalities.At a recent commission meeting, the county staff was directed to draft a policy which would essentially provide six weeks fully paid leave to county non-unionized employees. The leave would be for the proposes not only of child birth, but also for adoption or foster-home placement.The proposed county policy was initially tabled by Commissioner Melissa McKinley, who was forced to return to her job when she was employed by Sarasota County even through her newly born child was sick, shortly after she gave birth.Florida law does not require or offer paid maternity leave. Employers are free to do what they deem best for their business. They can offer a voluntary option, which allows workers to participate via payroll deduction.As a result, there is no consistent policy for maternity leave in South Florida, although Federal law requires employers to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid maternity/paternity leave.Some private companies offer a combination of full and reduced paid maternity leave; some only significantly reduced paid leave; and some maternity leave without pay. Other companies offer stay accumulated paid-time-off (PTO) which can be used towards maternity or paternity leave for childbirth or for parents to attend to their sick kids when needed.Kahlila Bertram, a Caribbean American social worker in Palm Beach County, said she “continues to find it shocking that neither the federal or Florida government have a policy that makes maternity leave mandatory. Even in the struggling Caribbean nations, and right next door in Canada, maternity leave is mandatory.”Other South Florida municipalities that offer paid maternity leave to employees, include Miami Beach, Doral, West Palm Beach, Wellington. Miami-Dade County also have implemented the policy.last_img read more

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Scoring Spree Gets NSW Over The Line

first_imgMake sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksWomen’s opens game two By BEN HARRISFour touchdowns – three in the final two minutes of the first half and one inside the first 30 seconds of the second – helped New South Wales to keep the Women’s Open series alive in the 2012 State of Origin.Going down 5-3 to Queensland in game one on Friday night, New South Wales had to win to send the series into a deciding third match, which will be played later this afternoon.New South Wales scored the first touchdown but Queensland hit back with five minutes remaining to level the scores at 1-1.However, the Blues jumped to fifth gear and scored three touchdowns – Ashleigh Dind, Kristin Boss and Louise Winchester – in quick succession to stun Queensland and lead 4-1 at half-time.It didn’t stop there, New South Wales captain Winchester scored her team’s fifth after 27 seconds of the second half.   NSW coach Peter Forrester said that scoring spree was the difference between the two teams.“I thought our first half was magnificent, we were full of running,” he said.“Getting the try just after half-time to go 5-1 just gave us that security blanket.”However, as they did in game one, New South Wales dropped off and let Queensland back into the game.The Maroons scored three touchdowns through Savannah Pratten, Kelly Woods and Lauren Potter to get within one of their opponents.Forrester said that was a concern.“Probably the last 10 minutes we just lost our structure in particular on the line and on the ball, so that is probably disappointing.“The first half was just so good that it laid the platform.”Game three will be played at 4.15pm today.last_img read more

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