A bipartisan measure that provides for automatic sealing of criminal records for minor offenses that had been scheduled for a vote in Harrisburg on Wednesday will likely come up for a vote next week. The "Clean Slate" legislation has the potential to be the first of its kind in the nation and has support on both sides of the aisle.
Outside the Delaware County Courthouse Wednesday, nurses from Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Delaware County Memorial Hospital will protest conditions at their hospitals, now owned by Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. Inside, there's a different battle, with the hospital's former owners arguing in court that Prospect reneged on the deal it made when it bought the Crozer-Keystone Health System last year. Not so, Prospect says.
The owners of two Reading Terminal businesses - Iovine Brothers Produce and the bar, Molly Malloy, have agreed to pay $660,117 in back wages and damages to 140 present and past workers, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday. Instead of paying their workers overtime, the owners paid them cash at straight time rates.
Ivy Johnson spent 18 years in prison for killing someone in a fight and every day that death weighs on her. "To make amends I have to save another life," she said. It wasn't long ago that Johnson graduated from a 10-week program, Women Working for A Change," that teaches women who have been in prison about self-esteem, active listening, healthy relationships and job preparation. Johnson stopped to encourage the group's most recent graduates, who celebrated their achievement on Tuesday.
What a Twizzler licorice factory near Lancaster taught executives of a $12.2 billion global high-tech engineering and manufacturing company. Hint: It's all about cables - cables of candy, and cables that house wiring submerged deep below the ocean's surface.
Can Philly's workers afford to retire? Maybe not. Only 55 percent have access to retirement savings plans at work. Philadelphia may be the first city in the nation to have a solution - a multi-employer plan run by the city. There are obstacles and a chief one is mistrust of any publicly-sponsored programs, according to a report by city controller Alan Butkovitz. Now, he said, the ball is City Council's court to see whether setting up such a plan is feasible.
Union carpenters plan to sign a new pact with trade show industry contractors Tuesday that will include customer service training, safety training and the establishment of drug-free workplaces, the union and contractors announced Monday. It won't change the situation at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where carpenters have not been allowed to do trade show work since May, 2014.
What's the biggest barrier to employment - particularly for Philadelphians below the poverty line? It's not criminal history. It's not child care. They just can't get a ride to the burbs, where the jobs are. But, they say, there is an answer.
Jane M. Von Bergen writes about the workplace — employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.