Wal-Mart Charged With Age Discrimination

In 2011, Wal-Mart was the talk of the nation when a gender discrimination case against the huge discount store chain went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The plaintiffs in the case lost for procedural reasons, not for anything having to do with their discrimination claims. The accusations of gender discrimination have never been disproved, and several of the plaintiffs in the original case have filed new lawsuits. Fast forward to March 2014, and Wal-Mart’s in the news …

Workers Say Employers Getting Stingy on Pay, Benefits

If the economy’s improving, why do workers say that their employers are getting stingier with pay or benefits, possibly compromising their financial security now and in retirement? In a survey of 5,070 U.S. workers, 76 percent said their company made one change or another in the last two years that weakened their retirement benefits, reduced pay raises, increased out-of-pocket health care costs or premiums, cut back on hours, laid off workers or involved a major restructuring. The survey, conducted by …

Facebook, Others Scale Back 401(k)s

It’s bad enough that employers are doing away with traditional pensions and adopting 401(k)s that foist all the investing decisions onto workers, leaving them vulnerable to the vagaries of the market. Now, according to an analysis by Bloomberg, it appears that many big companies have gotten stingier with their 401(k) matching contributions and vesting schedules. These include IBM, Hewlett-Packard Co., Oracle Corp., Caesars Entertainment Corp., JP Morgan Chase & Co., Whole Foods Market Inc.  and Facebook. (Facebook, Bloomberg reports, gave …

More Help On The Way for Long-Term Unemployed

More than 300 companies, including  Apple, Walmart, Boeing and eBay, have pledged to help the long-term unemployed find jobs under a new initiative announced by President Barack Obama  today. CEOs of these companies have agreed to review their recruiting practices to make sure they aren’t unfairly screening out those who have been out of work for many months. The commitment comes from more than 80 of the nation’s largest businesses and hundreds of others, including Bank of America, KPMG LLP and …

MyRA – Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

A day after President Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for the Treasury Department to create a “starter” savings account, experts are weighing whether it will be worthwhile or just another ignored investment tool. Critics note, for instance, that the so-called myRA will do little to overcome the huge shortfall in retirement savings among so many workers. The conservatively invested accounts, though they won’t lose money, won’t make much of a return, either. And the myRA is voluntary, so it’s unclear …

Pensions Under Attack, AARP Fights Back

The financial security of many older Americans could be at risk under a proposed law that was the focus of a hearing this week on Capitol Hill. Under the proposed plan, millions of retirees could see cuts to the benefits they’ve earned through a lifetime of hard work. At issue is a proposal by multi-employer pension plans (plans in which many employers contribute to a common fund to cover their mobile workforce) devised to save the plans from insolvency.  That …