This July, it will be five years since the national minimum wage has increased. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Of course, each state has the right to legislate it up from that amount. Indiana has kept it at the federal level.
Small businesses are hiring, and employment at smaller firms grew in Illinois and Indiana last month.
The new year has brought minimum wage raises in 13 states to as high as $9.32 an hour. However, the question still remains for the rest of us: Is $7.25 enough to live on?
A local law firm earned national recognition for helping injured employees get worker's compensation.
Labor Day is a celebration of the incredible contributions of America’s working people. Through sweat, sacrifice and innovation, workers built this great state and nation. And we continue to make it work every day.
In today's struggling economy, this story is all too familiar: A young woman who has been a member of the American Association of University Women Fort Wayne Branch for years lost her job when her employer closed its doors.
CROWN POINT | The path and funding mechanism for possible Lake County solid waste district employee pensions have not yet been decided, the district's top employee said Thursday.
The Lake County Solid Waste Management District needs to apply the "reduce, reuse, recycle" mantra to household waste, not bad ideas.
About a quarter of a million dollars in new Lake County income tax revenues would help fund retirement benefits for solid waste district administrators and staff under a new proposal, a top district official said.
Urban League President Marc Morial recently announced his organization’s support for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10. Though Morial believes the higher wage will assist urban areas like Gary and Chicago that his organization represents, the evidence tells a different story.
In county government, as with businesses, the employees are the biggest cost. But county government hasn't followed the private sector's lead yet in managing that cost, or those employees, well.
When USW District 7 Director Jim Robinson railed about pay disparities last month, he was talking about the private sector. If he thinks that system is broken, he should see what's happening in the public sector.
PORTAGE | Reigning in health insurance costs has been a priority for the city.
An education revolution is under way in Indiana, one that affects not just student performance, but the entire delivery process for education. These changes will require adjustment throughout the system.
PORTAGE | Employee health care costs are continuing to plague the city's budget.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay more than $4.8 million in back pay and damages to more than 4,500 employees following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that found violations of federal overtime provisions.
Portage Clerk-Treasurer Chris Stidham wants his employees to enjoy the same benefits as the city's union employees. State law forbids unionizing employees in the clerk-treasurer's office. So why shouldn't they get the same benefits?
The agency charged with managing Lake County's solid waste seems not to be concerned about wasting the taxpayers' dollars. The plan for an extra payout to its top leaders is further evidence in support of that notion.
Mandatory drug screening for employment seekers is one of the several rule changes for people collecting employment insurance benefits from the state of Indiana.
For most employees, the highlight of the year comes with the time they take away from their workplace for a vacation. The reward of a couple weeks away from work spent with family or friends can keep most employees working and working and working for the remaining 50 weeks of the year.
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