- Long wait times plague Social Security disability process Updated: Nov-28-15 4:12 pm
MIAMI - Diabetes, arthritis and open-heart surgery have kept Sherice Bennett from working, but she can't afford her medicine and became homeless while waiting more than two years for a chance to convince a judge that she qualifies for federal disability benefits.
- Lawmakers see budget savings opportunity with contract talks Updated: Nov-28-15 9:34 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - With labor contracts for 12 of 13 Connecticut state employee unions set to expire at the end of June, some elected officials see opportunity for budget savings as they grapple with projected deficits this year and in the future.
- Lawmakers work on public safety pension system overhaul plan Updated: Nov-26-15 10:40 am
PHOENIX - A plan to overhaul the state's woefully underfunded pension plan for public safety workers is nearing completion after months of meetings between lawmakers, pension officials, firefighter and police unions and cities, towns and other public agencies that pay into the system.
- Ohioan accused of stealing $940K in benefits over 23 years Updated: Nov-26-15 6:11 am
CLEVELAND - The attorney general's office says a Cleveland-area woman accused of stealing more than $940,000 in public pension and Social Security benefits over more than two decades has been indicted on felony charges.
- CalPERS raises question about private equity returns Updated: Nov-25-15 3:45 pm
LOS ANGELES - Questions of risk and expense have been raised by the revelation that the California Public Employees' Retirement System paid private equity managers $3.4 billion in bonuses since 1990, including $700 million in performance fees for the last fiscal year, a newspaper reported.
- 5 charged in $580M Southern California kickback scheme Updated: Nov-24-15 7:25 pm
LOS ANGELES - Five people, including a former hospital executive and two surgeons, are charged with a massive kickback scheme that resulted in billing $580 million to the government and insurance companies, authorities announced Tuesday.
- Judge allows hearings on status of disability checks Updated: Nov-21-15 3:36 pm
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - A judge has turned down a request to block hearings on whether hundreds of eastern Kentucky residents will keep federal disability benefits.
- Audit says Workers' Comp Commission not tracking payments Updated: Nov-21-15 1:52 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A state audit of the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission indicates the agency has not been tracking some mandatory assessments.
- Ducey tells tax group that 2015 cuts 1st step to yearly cuts Updated: Nov-20-15 4:51 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona - Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday that a law he signed earlier this year indexing income tax rates for inflation was an important first step to his goal of cutting incomes taxes every year he's in office.
- Applications for US jobless aid fall to low level of 271,000 Updated: Nov-19-15 9:21 am
WASHINGTON - The Labor Department reported Thursday that fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, fresh evidence that companies are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their workers.
- Public safety secretary doesn't back off on donor's comments Updated: Nov-18-15 9:10 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Two Cabinet-level executives in Gov. Pat McCrory's administration went before lawmakers Wednesday and defended their actions surrounding the extension of three prison maintenance contracts held by a McCrory political donor and friend.
- Correction: Nuclear Plant-Industrial Accident story Updated: Nov-18-15 1:54 pm
RUSSELLVILLE, Arkansas - In a story Nov. 17 about a dispute over who employed a worker who was killed at a nuclear power plant, The Associated Press erroneously reported the worker's last name. He was Wade Walters, not Wade Walker.
- Agency to hold more hearings on public employee benefit cuts Updated: Nov-09-15 2:02 am
WHEELING, West Virginia - The West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency will hold three public hearings this week on proposed cuts to state employees' health benefits.
- Officials predict 2.7 percent cut in La. worker's comp rates Updated: Oct-31-15 12:12 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - State officials say workers' compensation insurance rates in Louisiana are likely to drop next year by 2.7 percent.