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Unemployment Insurance Tax Stokes Complaints

July 31, 2014 4:12 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 100,000 employers in Connecticut are about to get sticker shock as the state mails annual tax bills to pay interest on its $433 million federal loan for unemployment benefits for workers let go during the Great Recession.       

NC Weighs Offering Upfront Money for Promised Jobs

July 31, 2014 10:18 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

After decades of trying to attract new industries with tax breaks, North Carolina lawmakers are considering whether to just offer selected corporations upfront taxpayer money if they will move to the state.             

Panasonic, Tesla To Build Big U.S. Battery Plant

July 31, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.                  

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Century-old Pipe Break Points to National Problem

July 31, 2014 10:06 am | by Brian Melley and Michael R. Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

Age inevitably takes a toll. There are 240,000 breaks a year, according to the National Association of Water Companies, a problem compounded by stress from an increasing population and budget crunches that slow the pace of replacement.     

Cargill To Close Beef Plant, Cites Cattle Shortage

July 30, 2014 4:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle.                                     

Kellogg Plans To Close Georgia Plant

July 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg Co. officials announced Monday that they're closing a plant in Columbus as part of a restructuring process. The move is expected to eliminate 325 jobs.                           

Arkansas Lands $90M Wood Pellet Manufacturing Site

July 30, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas-based company is opening a $90 million facility in south Arkansas to manufacture wood pellets that can be used as an alternative fuel source.                              

GOP Blocks Tax Hike on Firms Moving Overseas

July 30, 2014 1:10 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.                                    

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5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 30, 2014 9:57 am | by National Safety Council | Articles | Comments

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                      

Drugmaker Amgen Laying Off At Least 2,400

July 30, 2014 9:29 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Biologic drugmaker Amgen said Tuesday that it will lay off 12 to 15 percent of its worldwide workforce and close four sites, even as it reported stellar second-quarter results that trounced Wall Street expectations.             

McDonald's Could Be Liable for Labor Practices

July 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants.                                              

Ocean Spray Worker Dies in Fall Through Skylight

July 29, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a Nevada man is dead after falling through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center where he worked.                                 

U.S. Companies Increasingly Look for Growth Overseas

July 29, 2014 9:49 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The intensifying international focus extends beyond technology. Century-old companies such as Coca-Cola Co. and Ford Motor Co. also are hoping to make more money in countries including China and India.              

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1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees of a subcontractor were working on two storage tanks and one of the tanks blew up.                        

Fertilizer Companies Blame Texas City for Blast

July 28, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast.    

GM Proposes Expansion for Michigan Crossover Plant

July 28, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Detroit automaker is seeking a tax break for work at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant, which makes the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia.                          

Tyson Closing Plants in Iowa, N.Y., N.M.

July 28, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. says it's closing three U.S. plants, employing a total of 950 workers, which have struggled financially as the company's product needs have changed.                         

8 Secrets To Spotting When Your Team Is in Trouble

July 25, 2014 12:07 pm | by Drs. Dennis and Michelle Reina, co-founders of Reina, A Trust Building Consultancy | Blogs | Comments

Recently, Monster — the world’s largest and most well known employment website — released findings from an international survey looking into workplace stress. The poll’s revelations were grim.                 

Bombardier To Cut 1,800 Jobs

July 25, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airplane maker Bombardier Inc. is cutting 1,800 jobs across facilities worldwide as it restructures operations.                                        

Biden Pushes Infrastructure, Job Training in Ohio

July 25, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Biden said the keys to putting more people in better-paying jobs and spurring economic growth in cities are workforce training to meet today's business needs and improving roads, bridges and other transportation.            

Layoffs Becoming Rare Across U.S. Job Market

July 25, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The trend means greater job security and suggests a critical turning point in the economic recovery. It raises the hope that workers' pay will finally accelerate after grinding through a sluggish recovery for the past half-decade.     

Perry's Tech Startup Fund Is Not All It Seems

July 24, 2014 1:54 pm | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

A closer look at the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, one of Perry's signature initiatives in his 14 years as governor, reveals that some of the businesses that received money are not all they seem.                

Senate To Debate Bill Targeting Companies That Move Overseas

July 24, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.                            

Gov. Walker Got $68K From Companies That Outsourced Jobs

July 24, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A recent campaign finance report shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has received money from at least 11 corporations that outsource jobs to other countries.                            

Could The U.S. Dip Back Into Recession?

July 23, 2014 10:06 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sluggish growth in France, Italy, Russia, Brazil and China suggests that the old truism, "When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold," may need to be flipped.                      

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