Webinar on Raising the Minimum Wage, 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 13

Don’t miss “Why We Should Raise the Minimum Wage and How We Can Do it in 2014,” a webinar with Senator Tom Harkin.

Thursday, February 13

11:00 AM AK time 

Register now

From the Coalition on Human Needs:

The minimum wage has only been raised 3 times in the last 30 years. And the minimum wage for workers with earnings from tips has been stuck at the impossibly low $2.13/hour since 1991. It is well past time for a raise. Senator Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) are sponsoring The Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage in 3 steps to $10.10/hour. 

A large coalition of groups is coming together to make 2014 a year of action to raise the minimum wage. If you’re like us, you are longing to work towards real improvements in people’s lives – a refreshing alternative to constantly playing defense. Raising the minimum wage offers that opportunity – and this webinar will get you started (or give you new tools to work with).

Our distinguished presenters:

Senator Tom Harkin: Senator Harkin is Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the lead Senate sponsor of legislation to raise the minimum wage. He is in his fifth term in the Senate, and has announced his retirement at the end of this term. He is a tireless champion for workers and low-income people.

Christine Owens: Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project, Chris is a national spokesperson and expert on worker rights, including the minimum wage and unemployment insurance.

Moderator: Ellen Teller: Director of Government Relations, Food Research and Action Center and Chair of the Coalition on Human Needs’ Board of Directors.

Register now for this 60 minute webinar, to learn the latest facts about how the minimum wage increase will help workers, families, and the economy, how to dispel myths spread by opponents, and how to join in actions from local events to social media campaigns. You can ask questions and will get resource materials you’ll need.

Co-sponsored by the Coalition on Human Needs and the National Employment Law Project.

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In case you missed it: Webinar on the upcoming eBook “Defined Contribution: A Playbook for Employers”

Offering the defined contribution perspective, bswift and Employee Benefit News (EBN) co-produced a web seminar called “Defined Contribution: A Playbook for Employers.” The panel discussion was well-attended, and featured three experts in the area of private exchanges: Don Garlitz, Executive Director, bswift; Craig Hasday, Chief Operations Officer, Frenkel Benefits, an employee benefits broker and consulting firm; and John Hohman, Managing Director, NFP, a provider of benefits, insurance and wealth management services.

The hour-long webinar included these topics:

  • What private exchanges will look like and how they will operate
  • Insured plans vs. self-insured plans
  • Group vs. Individual insurance product
  • Single carrier vs. multi-carrier solutions
  • Employee choice of multiple health plan options
  • The role of Wellness programs and incentives
  • Tax considerations and implications
  • Defining the optimal defined contribution for your employees

Click here to access the webinar and listen to it in its entirety.

Note: Excerpted from http://www.bswift.com/?/public/industry-insights.

The Increasingly Unequal States of America: Friday, January 31 webinar on forthcoming paper

Economic Analysis Research Network (EARN) will hold a webinar this Friday, January 31, at 10:00 AM AKST to discuss highlights from their latest research on inequality in the United States. 

“Economic inequality is, at long last, commanding attention from policymakers, the media, and everyday citizens. There is growing recognition that we need an inclusive economy that works for everyone-not just for those at the top. While there are plentiful data examining the fortunes of the top 1 percent at the national level, this report examines how the top 1 percent in each state have fared over 1928-2011. In so doing, this analysis finds that all 50 states have experienced widening income inequality in recent years.”

Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8737989686336894465.

Affordable Care Act of 2010: Creating Job Opportunities for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations

From the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies:

The health care industry has been an engine of job growth, and the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) is expected to stimulate further growth. Over the next decade, the health care sector could add 4.6 million jobs, representing a 31% increase from current employment. New job opportunities from entry-level positions to highly trained professions are expected to emerge in the industry.

In this report, we present an inventory of health care jobs occupied by people of color, and the changes in occupation mix over time. We then estimate job growth in the health care industry and present potential job opportunities for people of color. If we assume the current racial and ethnic distribution of the health care workforce persists, we would expect that in the future at least one-third of the total health care workforce will comprise people of color. This estimate is almost certainly lower than what will occur, because many people of color — especially Blacks and Hispanics — are in occupations that are among the fastest growing in the U.S.

The goal of this report is to provide knowledge that can help foster and enhance racial/ethnic diversity of the health care workforce.

Download the full report.

Patient-centered medical home model- a local health care revolution?

Check out this great article on Alaska Dispatch!