October 25, 2013 |
On weekdays, Peter Singley, 28, of Pine Hill, works in the Herr Foods warehouse in Egg Harbor, N.J., doing usual warehouse functions - controlling inventory, unloading trucks. And he gets paid the usual way, by the hour. On weekends, though, it is different - and possibly illegal - motivated, Singley said in a lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Camden on Tuesday, by Herr's desire to avoid triggering health-care coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act. Singley said Herr Foods Inc., the Chester County snack-food manufacturer, had him working more than 50 hours a week, but jiggered his duties and pay to make it look as if he were working less than 30 hours.
October 24, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - An attorney for Democratic State Sen. LeAnna Washington said Tuesday that a "disgruntled" former employee triggered the search of her legislative offices by investigators with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office. Philadelphia lawyer Henry E. Hockeimer said the employee was fired this year, but he did not provide further details. "While this matter apparently was triggered by a disgruntled former employee who was terminated earlier this year, Sen. Washington will cooperate and will continue to work hard for her constituents and mentor her staff, as she has for the past 20 years," Hockeimer said in a statement.
October 23, 2013 |
HARRISBURG As a laborer for more than a decade, John Dennis always knew he could get hurt on the job. What the 49-year-old Chester resident did not expect is that when it finally happened, his day in court would be delayed because of a computer glitch. Yet Dennis', and at least hundreds of other workers', compensation cases statewide have been in limbo since early last month, when the Department of Labor and Industry completed a $45 million overhaul of the system it uses to process claims and assign them to judges.
October 21, 2013 |
Ben and Sharneka Hunter are a fast-food family. The Wilmington husband and wife work at Burger Kings in different cities - Ben, 43, in Wilmington, Sharneka, 30, in New Castle. Both earn hourly minimum-wage salaries of $7.25. And both need food stamps and Medicaid to augment their combined $17,000 yearly salary - $2,500 under the federal poverty line - so that they and their 9-year-old daughter can survive. "I don't think it's fair to be underpaid," Ben said. The Hunters' plight is shared nationwide, according to a report released last week by the University of California Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education.
October 18, 2013 |
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to take on one of the world's most powerful banks - all by yourself - meet Carmen Segarra. Segarra, 41, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the New York Federal Reserve Bank this month, alleging she was fired last year after she determined that Goldman Sachs Group Inc., a Fed member bank, did not have adequate conflict-of-interest policies. The New York Fed last week tried to have the case and some of Segarra's exhibits sealed, including e-mails, to keep the matter under wraps.
October 11, 2013 |
Fear and frustration grew among furloughed federal workers in the Philadelphia region Wednesday, as dozens staged a noisy protest to demand that elected officials end the shutdown and put them back on the job. About 50 chanting and sign-waving employees from agencies including the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency gathered in Center City outside the Wanamaker Building, which houses several government...
October 9, 2013 |
Defense contractor Lockheed Martin said Monday that it had furloughed 600 fewer workers announced last week, because of the Pentagon's decision late Friday to bring back most civilian employees amid the partial government shutdown. Lockheed Martin, based in Bethesda, Md., has about 4,000 employees in Moorestown and significant operations at two King of Prussia locations. On Friday morning, the company said it would furlough 3,000 workers because of the government shutdown. Later that day, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he was bringing back about 90 percent of the Pentagon's civilian defense force because Pentagon lawyers had determined that number could be deemed essential to maintaining the safety of the country.
September 30, 2013 |
Kersi Dara Kapadia, 70, of Mount Laurel, a quiet, behind-the-scenes helper in the community, died Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, of heart disease. Born Oct. 30, 1942, in Surat, India, Mr. Kapadia immigrated to the United States in 1968, studying as an undergraduate at Temple University and earning his master's degree in mathematics from Villanova University. He worked in research and development at Syntex Dental until his retirement in 1986.
September 30, 2013 |
It is good to be the king. Or queen. How good? Well, Brian L. Roberts earned $25,087,379 in compensation last year as president and chairman of Comcast Corp., according to Equilar, which conducted a survey for The Inquirer of executive compensation at publicly traded area companies. (His compensation was tied to Comcast's stock performance, which rose about 60 percent in 2012.) That figure put Roberts at the top of the heap, locally, and is about 294 times the $85,000 median salary of all Comcast employees, according to the website SalaryList, which says it derived that median figure from government and company reports.
September 27, 2013 |
Harry Lombardo wishes he could claim credit for one of the more aggravating - or interesting, depending on one's view - pieces of union street theater in Philadelphia labor history. Actually, it was highway theater. "Nobody will believe me," said Lombardo, 64, a former SEPTA bus cleaner, who rose through union ranks and has become, as of Wednesday, the national leader of the Transport Workers Union. Lombardo led TWU Local 234 during a 14-day strike in 1995 against SEPTA. At one point, union members, who had been at a rally in Norristown, were arrested for blocking traffic by driving 20 m.p.h.