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  • NEW YORK, Sept 10- U.S. health insurance premiums are going up only 3 percent this year, to an average of $16,834 for a family. The Kaiser Family Foundation's 2014 Employer Health Benefits report says that rate increases are slowing from recession highs that ran far above inflation rates.

  • NY comptroller gets involved in FairPoint dispute Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    The New York comptroller is getting involved in the FairPoint labor dispute, using his clout with the company's biggest shareholder to ensure the company's workforce is treated fairly. Thomas DiNapoli expressed concerns about allegations that FairPoint improperly declared an impasse in negotiations with unions representing more than 1,700 workers.

  • New VA chief: Veterans agency too complicated Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 2:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Veterans Affairs Department with its 14 different password-protected websites is too complicated for most veterans to navigate, new Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Monday as he promised to make it easier for veterans to get disability benefits, health care, job training and other services.

  • FairPoint unions vow to take fight to 'new level' Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Leaders of two unions representing more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont say they're going after the CEO, board members and corporate owners for refusing to negotiate. As part of that effort, the unions picketed this week outside a New York event where FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu was speaking.

  • New York health insurance rates to rise in 2015 Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York insurance regulators have approved higher health insurance rates for 2015, though the increases are smaller than what the industry wanted.

  • Many spend HOW LONG picking health plans?! Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    Forty-one percent of those surveyed said the spent 15 minutes or less researching their health insurance plan in 2013, USA Today reports.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 3:18 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    Federal Reserve survey finds economy expanding at moderate pace across US in past 2 months Despite higher joblessness, Europe surpasses US in keeping prime-age adults in the workforce Behind Big Macs, a hidden drama over corporate control and franchising Chrysler, Nissan report double-digit Aug.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 1:55 PM ET

    Despite higher joblessness, Europe surpasses US in keeping prime-age adults in the workforce Behind Big Macs, a hidden drama over corporate control and franchising Chrysler, Nissan report double-digit Aug.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 1:48 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    Despite higher joblessness, Europe surpasses US in keeping prime-age adults in the workforce Behind Big Macs, a hidden drama over corporate control and franchising Chrysler, Nissan report double-digit Aug.

  • LOS ANGELES, Aug 19- The California Public Employees' Retirement System, America's largest public pension fund, is expected to approve nearly 100 types of extra pay on Wednesday that will count toward how pensions are calculated for newly hired workers.

  • China's Yue Yuen H1 profit falls 48 pct on staff benefits Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 9:01 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Aug 14- Chinese shoe manufacturer Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd posted a 48 percent fall in first-half net profit as it booked provisions to improve employee benefits- steps it has taken after it suffered from a major strike earlier this year.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 13- When benefits enrollment season arrives this fall, employees around the country can expect to see the impact of corporate cost-cutting on their finances.

  • With volatility and geopolitical risks picking up this summer, some in the financial markets are questioning whether to put vacation plans on hold.

  • July 30- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc reported a lower profit owing to higher costs on Wednesday, as mounting concerns about increased medical spending drove health insurance industry shares lower for a second straight day.

  • GM GENERAL COUNSEL MILLIKIN SAYS YES WHEN ASKED WHETHER ANY OF THE 15 EMPLOYEES FORCED OUT RELATED TO DEFECTIVE SWITCH WERE GIVEN RETIREMENT BENEFITS OR SALARY THEY HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY EARNED.

  • Most of the cuts he suggested in a 72- page review of Italy's public administration- an unpublished tome seen by Reuters that picks apart services ranging from disability benefits to policing- appear to have been ignored by Matteo Renzi's government.

  • CHICAGO, July 3- The Illinois Supreme Court decided Thursday that healthcare for retired state workers is a constitutionally protected pension benefit, a ruling with implications for pension reform legislation passed by the state legislature earlier this year.

  • WASHINGTON, July 2- Bangladesh has to do more to improve factory conditions and workers rights in order to have U.S. trade benefits restored, the U.S.

  • NEW YORK, June 23- For years, some U.S. states and cities failed to put enough money into their retirement systems, leaving an estimated $1 trillion gap in public pension funds across the country. But in two of the states with the biggest pension problems, New Jersey and Illinois, recent reforms allow lawsuits to seek to compel full contributions.

  • Starbucks clears path for tuition revolution Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 2:25 PM ET
    The Starbucks Corp. logo sits on cardboard coffee cups inside a Starbucks Corp. shop in London, U.K., on Monday, June 9, 2014.

    Starbucks just advanced the ball on tuition reimbursement. Is there a revolution brewing in Corporate America?