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Companies Offer Benefits But Not Raises

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Once a staple of the American workplace, the annual raise is turning into a relic of the pre-crisis economy as companies turn to creative — and cheaper — ways to compensate their employees. More businesses are upping their spending on benefits such as one-time bonuses, health care and paid time off, according to recent survey data. Many are rolling out perks such as free gym membership, commuting subsidies, even pet …

Co-op Staff Votes Down Labor Union

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lebanon — Workers at the Lebanon Co-op Food Store on Monday voted, 70-31, against organizing under a Massachusetts-based union, an election brought on by a year’s worth of turmoil surrounding the firings of two employees. Of about 140 workers at the store, 122 full- and part-time personnel were eligible to vote, and 113 ballots were cast. “(I’m) elated — we can be a …

Costs Have Hit State Health Markets Hard

Monday, July 27, 2015

Washington — State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Obama’s health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states. Hawaii’s marketplace, the latest cautionary tale, was awarded $205 million in federal startup grants. It has spent about $139 million …

As Rich Get Super-Rich, They Pay Lower Taxes

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Washington — One of the cornerstones of American income tax policy is that taxes are progressive. People who make more money devote a higher share of their income to federal income taxes than people who make less money. That allows for a redistribution of wealth that lowers inequality. …

Social Security Q&A: What Are the Different Parts of Medicare?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Question: I will rely on Medicare when I retire. Can you explain the different parts of Medicare? Answer: The different parts of Medicare cover your specific needs. There are four parts, all of which work in tandem to deliver health care services. Part A (hospital insurance): Hospital insurance …

At the Hospitals: July 26, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

VA Medical Center Surgeons Receive Career Development Awards White River Junction — Two surgeons from the VA Outcomes Group, based at White River Junction VA Medical Center, have received Veterans Administration New England Career Development Awards. “In addition to the honor bestowed by these highly competitive regional grants, …

Social Robots Want to Help at Home

Sunday, July 26, 2015

When most people think of robots, they either think of hulking Terminators or the types of dumb industrial robots taking part in a future robot uprising. But there’s another class of robot that’s also gaining traction — social …

People in Business: July 26, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Forrest Powers, of Unity, an ASE certified master technician at Newport Chevrolet, has earned a silver medal in the recent SkillsUSA national competition. Formerly known as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing …

Local Youths Win Awards at Dairy Show

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tunbridge — Several local youths took home awards from the Central and Southeast Region 4-H Dairy Show, held July 14 at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. Keenan Thygesen, of Tunbridge, received the Dick Dodge Memorial Award for being named the …

Rainy Golf Vacation Inspires Weather App

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Philadelphia — How many times have you cursed the weather as it spoiled a vacation, wedding or freshly waxed car? Top among Jay Ciccarone’s weather disappointments was a soggy golf trip to California’s legendary Pebble Beach with his father 21 years ago. “I booked the trip and did …

Fresh-Foods Era Has Campbell Soup Cooking Up New Products

Sunday, July 26, 2015

To understand the ideas driving the overhaul of Campbell Soup Co., it helps to consider how the packaged food giant describes the products it makes. Instead of “formulas and processing,” company leaders now talk about “recipes and cooking.” It is a subtle verbal cue that reflects what the …

Franchisees Fighting $15 Wage in N.Y.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

New York — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to have it his way with New York’s fast-food industry — and restaurant owners aren’t loving it. Franchise owners say they’re considering a lawsuit against Cuomo’s plan to raise the minimum …

Google Car Being Tested for Weird Situations

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Detroit — Google is concentrating its autonomous car testing on the more difficult and unpredictable scenarios that crop up on surface streets more often than on freeways. Speaking at the Automated Vehicle Symposium Wednesday in Ypsilanti, about 30 miles west of Detroit, Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving …