For at least a decade, International Business Machines Corp. gave fired employees information detailing a severance package that asked them to waive age- discrimination claims and also included a page listing the job titles and ages of workers being let go.
Life is looking up for Marco Ruiz, whose four months of unemployment ended in December when a landscaping company in Dallas hired him at $9.50 an hour, with small raises since then and a promotion two weeks ago.
The last time the U.S. saw job gains like those so far this year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average breached 10,000 for the first time, rapper Eminem released his first major album and the Y2K specter loomed large. In other words, it’s been a while.
Ten chairs lined the front of a community center in Greensboro, North Carolina, where Mr. Moneybags was giving a lesson in wealth inequality. Moneybags, played by tobacco worker John Ledbetter, sprawled across seven of them as nine of his classmates jostled for the rest.
Some U.S. workers who don’t get overtime compensation under what’s known as the “white-collar exemption” would be able to collect extra pay under revised regulations President Barack Obama plans to order tomorrow, according to a White House economist.
Laura Walker, a 63-year-old paralegal, is looking for work, applying for at least three jobs a week since January, when she was laid off. Until today, she could count on $450 a week in federal unemployment benefits for help.