Joyce M. Rosenberg Associated Press Published 7:09 PM EDT Oct 31, 2018 Chris Welles isn’t taking chances with holiday staffing. He’s paying seasonal employees more than last year and offering sports and theater tickets to persuade people to work at his stores. “We’re in a full employment economy in the service industry — especially in the Northeast where life is good and finding people to do retail jobs is a challenge,” says Welles, owner of American Rhino, a clothing retailer with a website and stores in Boston and Nantucket. Welles, who has two open positions, is finding recruiting tougher this year in Boston, where unemployment is under the already low national rate of 3.7 percent. Welles is paying $15 to $16 an hour for his seasonal hires compared with last year’s $12 to $13, a significant increase for a small retailer. He’s also promised baseball tickets and the musical “Hamilton” as incentives for staffers to stay … [Read more...] about Small businesses up the ante in quest for seasonal help
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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press Published 7:08 PM EDT Oct 31, 2018 Washington – The Affordable Care Act’s sixth sign-up season opens Thursday amid stabilizing premiums and more choice for consumers. Nationally, average premiums are going up only by low single-digit percentages for 2019. In some states, and for some types of plans, premiums will decline. Fewer areas will see increases. Insurers also are expanding their participation. Health care ranks among voters’ top concerns going into next week’s midterm elections. A year ago, it wasn’t even clear if former President Barack Obama’s signature program would survive repeated efforts by President Donald Trump and Republicans to repeal it. There have been changes. It might be more difficult finding help in enrolling, after the Trump administration sharply scaled back funding for sign-up counselors known as “navigators.” Even so, independent community groups still guide … [Read more...] about Stable premiums, more options for health law sign-ups
Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press Published 2:52 pm CDT, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Photo: /Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 The HealthCare.gov website main page. The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obamacare for consumers struggling with high premiums. But the policies don’t have to cover pre-existing conditions and benefits are limited. It’s not certain if that’s going to translate into broad consumer appeal among people who need an individual policy. less The HealthCare.gov website main page. The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obamacare for consumers struggling with high ... more Photo: /Associated Press … [Read more...] about Consumers getting more options for short-term health plans
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Aaron Stallings, who used to work as a bill collector for Capital One, says he’s no longer interested in having a full-time job.Instead, for the past year, he has cobbled together work — 50, sometimes 60 hours a week — by parachuting into restaurants in Richmond that have last-minute openings to prep food, bus tables and bottle beer. There are obvious downsides, like the lack of health insurance and the trouble of not having an employer withhold money for taxes. But he says the arrangement reflects a new reality in which flexibility trumps stability. Plus, he says, he is often treated better than full-time employees.“It’s definitely stressful to show up and have your first day almost every time,” Stallings, 25, said, “but at least I don’t feel miserable and stuck on the job.”The gig economy is clocking in to retailers and restaurants.The unemployment rate is at a 17-year low, but stagnant wages, chronic underemployment and growing … [Read more...] about Now hiring for one day: The gig economy hits retail