Joe Biden promised more family and medical leave for US workers during his presidential campaign. Now Democrats are stripping the benefits from his signature social spending package.

Biden's big social-spending bill keeps getting smaller as centrists Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema block most ways of paying for it. President Joe Biden. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Democrats are removing paid family and medical leave from the social spending package, according to Politico. It's yet another big cut to the bill, which is getting whittled down as negotiations with moderates continue. However, lawmakers and advocates say the fight to implement paid leave isn't over. Senate Democrats have decided to strip paid family and medical leave benefits from Biden's social spending package, Politico reporter Eleanor Mueller said on Wednesday. Sources told Mueller that attempts to water down the bill didn't work out. In recent weeks, Democrats have scrambled for new revenue sources to pay for the "Build Back Better" bill, which was initially targeted at $4 trillion and may end up at $1.5 trillion or smaller. Key centrist Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have variously opposed most of the new tax proposals that Democrats have suggested."It is still a little inconceivable to me that after the last 18 months - and everything we saw during the course of the pandemic - that we are hearing that Congress is going to leave paid leave for another day," Laura Narefsky, counsel on education and workplace justice at the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), told Insider.The family and medical leave benefits were a central focus of President Joe Biden during his 2020 campaign and, even if enacted, would leave Americans with some of the stingiest leave benefits in all the developed world, The New York Times' Upshot reported. The US is already an outlier when it comes to benefits. A report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that, out of 41 countries, the US was the only one not to mandate paid leave. The US also has no federal sick leave mandates."If the news reports are true, this is a devastating and incomprehensible blow to American families," Vicki Shabo, a paid leave expert at think tank New America, told Insider.She added: "This was a once in a generation opportunity to build on the Family and Medical Leave Act to finally bring the promise of paid leave to the US, to end its outlier status, and to make good on promises that the president ran on."Advocates for paid leave argue that it bolsters the economy, with an analysis from the University of Massachusetts Amherst finding that paid leave would increase Americans' incomes by $28.5 billion every year.Paid leave is among the latest of many cuts Democrats have reportedly made to appease Joe Manchin, including tuition-free community college and an expanded five-year child tax credit. But some lawmakers have been clear that they will keep fighting for all of their priorities until they see the final version of the bill."Until the bill is printed, I will continue working to include paid leave in the Build Back Better plan," New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has been a leading advocate for paid leave, said in a statement on Wednesday.Other lawmakers have been making similar statements with regards to wanting to see the final bill text. Michigan Rep. Andy Levin, for example, told Insider during a Tuesday interview that he will keep fighting to get free community college in the bill "right up to the closing whistle."Democrats were hoping to pass the "Build Back Better" bill - along with a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill - this week."We cannot recover holistically unless you provide the full range of supports that working families need," Narefsky said. "It is so short-sighted to think that because we are trimming down some abstract top-line number, that that is the end goal. Paid family and medical leave is a benefit that touches everyone."This story is developing. Please check back for updates. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 27th, 2021

AOC slams Biden for prematurely celebrating his infrastructure win: "Messaging it as a solution alone is going to get us into trouble"

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was one of six Democrats who voted against the infrastructure bill, but Biden says it's a "gamechanger." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in June. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo After she voted against Biden's infrastructure bill, AOC criticized him for celebrating it. She said the reconciliation bill also needs to be passed to deliver critical benefits to Americans. Biden calls it a "gamechanger in half a dozen ways" but AOC says "messaging it as a solution alone is going to get us into trouble." After months of negotiations, the House passed President Joe Biden's bipartisan infrastructure framework (BIF) on Friday, and although his social-spending package is still pending in Congress, the president was quick to tout his infrastructure achievement.But Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - one of the six House Democrats who voted against the infrastructure bill - said it's not something to celebrate on its own, and that Biden shouldn't be."We can and should message BIF as a step, but messaging it as a solution alone is going to get us into trouble," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. "BBB [Build Back Better] contains the majority of the president[']s agenda. We must keep going and ensure the promises are delivered."Ocasio-Cortez emphasized that without Democrats' reconciliation bill, the benefits of the infrastructure bill won't come to fruition, and she particularly called out Biden's claim that the infrastructure bill will allow the US to get rid of dangerous lead pipes, saying the majority of that funding would actually come from Build Back Better, which hasn't passed yet.-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 7, 2021In remarks after its passage, Biden called the bill "a gamechanger in a half a dozen ways."As Insider reported, the $550 billion infrastructure bill contains funding for roads, bridges and electric vehicles, among other things, but does not have significant investments for the climate, universal pre-K, or paid family and medical leave that Democrats are looking to pass in their reconciliation bill. And although the infrastructure bill gained the support of 13 Republicans, and the majority of House Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez and five of her colleagues, including Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of New York, remained firm in their stance they would not support the infrastructure bill unless it was passed alongside the reconciliation bill.In a statement on Saturday, Pressley said that in rejecting the bipartisan bill, she was choosing not to "pit community member against community member.""I refuse to choose between the livelihoods of the union workers who build our highways and bridges, and the childcare and healthcare workers who care for our children, elderly, and disabled loved ones. I refuse to choose between our crumbling roads, bridges public transit system, and our crumbling housing stock," she said.The progressive lawmakers have also been critical of the extent to which their social-spending bill has been cut down. What started as a $3.5 trillion proposal is now a $1.75 trillion plan, thanks to opposition from centrist holdouts Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, and Ocasio-Cortez has made her thoughts clear on the progressive priorities, like free community college, being cut from the plan.On her Instagram story last week, she said there are are "so many people making decisions who literally have to imagine what normal life is like ... because they've never had to choose between paying for rent and medicine or papers etc."The infrastructure bill is headed to Biden's desk for a signature, and Democrats are hoping to get reconciliation passed before Thanksgiving.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 8th, 2021

Biden just abandoned his pledge to American families by nixing paid leave. It"s still a "truly historic" agenda but leaves the US with "so much left to do."

When he ran for president, Biden repeatedly stressed the need for paid leave. Just 23% of the labor force outside the military currently has it. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden kisses a baby's hand during a campaign event Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Dubuque, Iowa. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez On Thursday, the White House released a framework for its social spending plan without paid family and medical leave. Biden ran on it, and just 23% of the labor force has it, but the US is set to remain the only developed economy without paid leave. Advocates say the fight for paid leave isn't over, and Biden's bill will still be historic. The White House released a $1.75 trillion social spending framework on Thursday morning, outlining the proposals that have made it into the latest, whittled-down version of President Joe Biden's cornerstone economic package.The framework includes $400 billion for universal preschool and funding to make childcare more affordable. However, one key provision is nowhere to be found: Paid family and medical leave."It is outrageous that we are here in the midst of a global pandemic - and shecession - with Senate leaders and the White House having put forward this preliminary legislative deal without paid family and medical leave," Molly Day, the executive director of advocacy group PL+US: Paid Leave for the United States, told Insider.Currently, the US is the only country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that does not have any paid leave on the books. One analysis from the University of Massachusetts found that enacting paid leave could boost the incomes of Americans by $28.5 billion annually; in California, which instituted a paid family leave policy in 2002, employment for new mothers went up as labor costs went down."Congress has really left behind millions of people in this country who are going to need time to care for themselves and for their loved ones," Laura Narefsky, the counsel on education and workplace justice at the National Women's Law Center, told Insider.Even so, advocates say that the new proposed funding will still help bolster families - just not to the same extent it could have. Narefsky said it is still a "truly historic" investment in working families, although it also reflects that "this country has so much left to do.""The childcare investments will make high quality affordable childcare available to many more families," Vicki Shabo, a paid leave expert at think tank New America, told Insider. "The investments in pre-K make high quality preschool available to more than 6 million children. The one additional year of the child tax credit creates more to build on with respect to making that permanent going forward."But Shabo says the omission of paid leave means that people may not be able to take time to care for their children and loved ones in the case of family or medical emergencies.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2021, just 23% of civilian workers had access to paid family leave. (The BLS classification of "civilian worker" essentially refers to all workers except the uniformed military.)Advocates say the fight isn't overAdvocates and politicians immediately began to push back following reports that paid leave was out of the package.-Kate Riga (@Kate_Riga24) October 27, 2021 "I think there is a general understanding that this is a short-term setback, but certainly not the end of the road," Narefsky said. "There are advocates and there are lawmakers and there are working families who are fired up and who are really ready to hold our lawmakers accountable to enact this policy."Day said advocates will fight until the bill is signed, and said "this deal has clearly come together based on opposition from one male senator - Senator Manchin."While the current framework is the result of much back and forth between Democrats, Shabo said she thinks it's important to take a broader look at the current legislative situation - and at the fact that one party isn't not even discussing paid leave in Congress."The whole reason that we're in this reconciliation bill context, fighting for scarce dollars in the first place," she said, "is that Republicans have completely abdicated responsibility for being part of these discussions and trying to find solutions forward on economic and family policies."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 28th, 2021

Biden sounds like he"s ready to sign whatever Manchin and Sinema decide on the social-spending bill

Even if Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema cut paid leave from his spending package, Biden told reporters on Friday: "I'm going to sign it, period!" Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona following a vote at the US Capitol on November 3, 2021.Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Biden told a reporter he will sign Democrats' social-spending bill, even if it excludes paid leave. The bill passed the House on Friday, and it heads to the Senate where it faces likely challenges. Manchin and Sinema have voiced opposition to measures in the House version, like tax hikes and paid leave. President Joe Biden's economic agenda cleared a potentially major hurdle Friday morning when his $2 trillion social-spending package passed the House.And although it now heads to the Senate, where it will likely face additional cuts due to opposition from centrist Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, the president seems ready to take whatever the evenly-split Senate produces and sign it into law."I'm going to sign it, period!" Biden told Nancy Cordes of CBS News when asked if he would still sign a bill without paid family and medical leave.All 50 Senate Democrats must stick together for the plan to clear the chamber over unified GOP resistance. Manchin and Sinema both haven't explicitly backed Biden's social spending bill, and objections from either could either stall or sink the centerpiece of the Democratic agenda.Four weeks of paid national family and medical leave, along with a $555 billion investment in the climate, made it into the Build Back Better framework that passed through the House. But as Insider reported, the framework is likely to change once it reaches the Senate — especially when on issues like paid leave, to which Manchin has repeatedly voiced opposition."I've been very clear where I stand on that," Manchin told reporters on Wednesday, referring to his comments last month that he didn't think the measure belonged in a party-line package, and he has also indicated he wants workers to assume part of the cost to access the benefits with a new tax on their wages.Along with Manchin's opposition to paid leave and the overall size of the package, Sinema — the other Democratic holdout — has balked at raising tax rates on high-earning individuals and corporations.While Manchin and Sinema may try to cut elements from the House package, though, other Democrats want to see it grow even more. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a statement on Monday that while he is glad the House passed a key element of Biden's agenda, he still wants to see it "strengthened" through lower prescription drug prices and a Medicare expansion that would cover vision, dental, and hearing aids.The House legislation only includes an expansion of Medicare to provide hearing benefits.Biden indicated on Friday he wants to get the bill signed into law "as soon as possible," and it seems likely the final version of the bill rests in the hands of Sinema and Manchin."Senator Manchin: We're looking at you," Missouri Rep. Cori Bush wrote on Twitter. "The people must win."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytNov 19th, 2021

AOC calls out Democratic holdouts trying to limit benefits like paid leave in Biden"s agenda: They "literally have to imagine what normal life is like"

"STOP trying to make a mountain of paperwork and hoops to jump through so people can access basic things," AOC wrote on Instagram. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (L) (D-NY). Win McNamee/Getty Images AOC called out lawmakers for suggesting limits to who would get benefits like paid leave. She said many people making decisions "literally have to imagine what normal life is like." Manchin has suggested having workers pay in to a paid leave program Pelosi just added back into Democrats' plan. Thanks to opposition from centrist holdouts Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, Democrats' initial $3.5 trillion social-spending proposal has gotten scaled down to $1.75 trillion, with many progressive priorities, like free community college, left behind.Democrats are still negotiating with those two lawmakers, given they have yet to sign off on their party's economic agenda. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has had enough.On her Instagram story on Wednesday, she posted a photo of herself walking own the Capitol steps. She described her facial expression as her "f- a means test for PARENTAL LEAVE and matter of fact please STOP trying to make a mountain of paperwork and hoops to jump through so people can access basic things face." She added that there are "so many people making decisions who literally have to imagine what normal life is like... because they've never had to choose between paying for rent and medicine or papers etc."Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced on Wednesday that four weeks of paid family and medical leave is back in Democrats' bill after being originally nixed from Biden's framework. But Manchin made clear he was not on board with the proposal, telling Insider he believed workers should "absolutely" be paying into a paid leave program."I think it should be participation. I always felt that. I think that basically employer and employees should participate," he said, adding that both states and countries have used that models."It seems to work very well and does not put a burden on anybody," Manchin said. As Insider's Joseph Zeballos-Roig reported, Manchin is backing what amounts to a payroll tax that's levied on both employers and workers to fund the benefit. Biden initially sought 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave as part of his spending package, funded with no payroll taxes levied on workers, but the $500 billion measure was nixed after Manchin objected to its price tag.Democrats are hoping to pass both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and their Build Back Better (BBB) agenda before Thanksgiving, but it's unclear if they can accomplish that given Manchin's firm stance that he needs more time to analyze the budgetary impacts of the Democrats' legislation.This is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has taken to Instagram to express frustration with centrist stalling of the progressive agenda. Last week, she called on Americans to "bring the heat on Biden" to cancel student debt now that the BBB agenda is "slashed.""He doesn't need Manchin's permission for that and now that his agenda is thinly sliced he needs to step up his executive action game and show his commitment to deliver for people," she said. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 4th, 2021

15 questions to ask about perks and benefits before accepting a job offer

Besides the basics like health insurance, ask your potential new employer if they offer mentorship programs or tuition reimbursement. Job seekers should always understand perks and benefits before accepting a job. Getty Images When you're interviewing for a new job, be sure to learn what perks and benefits the company offers. Ask about healthcare coverage, dental and vision insurance, and remote work flexibility. Some employers offer on-the-job training, while others even offer tuition reimbursement for continuing education. See more stories on Insider's business page. Once you've found a job and company that you're really excited about, salary might top your list of priorities. But while salary is important, it's only part of the overall offer. To get the full scope of what you'll really earn at a job, you need to factor in the perks and benefits that a company offers, too."Look at it as more of a package than just a job with a paycheck," said Leslie Slay, senior vice president of employee benefits services at Woodruff Sawyer, an insurance brokerage and consulting firm.Compensation traditionally includes non-salary benefits like health insurance and retirement plans. And many companies also offer perks - including flexible schedules, educational opportunities, and wellness programs - to support employees in other ways. "More and more, perks and benefits are becoming integrated together" to support employees in a more holistic way, said Bobbi Kloss, director of human capital management services at Benefit Advisors Network.On average, a benefits package makes up about 30% of an employee's total compensation in the US. So it's definitely worth paying attention to the perks and benefits a company offers as you're looking for a job in addition to the salary.Employee benefits and perks can be confusing, though. In fact, about a third of all workers and 54% of millennials said they don't understand the employee benefits they signed up for, according to a 2020 survey by Voya Financial. So as a job seeker it's often up to you to ask a prospective employer plenty of questions to make sure the benefits they're offering meet your needs.Better understanding the benefits and perks you're offered will help you make the best choice about which job offer to accept. To help guide you, here's an overview of 15 common employee perks and benefits you might come across as you look for your next job:1. Health insuranceHealth insurance pays (or helps pay) for your medical expenses as they come up in exchange for a premium, or money paid - by you and/or your employer - to the insurance provider each month. Health insurance plans typically cover doctor visits, prescription drugs, emergency care, and certain medical procedures.Health insurance plans vary from company to company and you'll likely have a few to choose from. Some companies pay the full premium on their employee's behalf, but usually, you have to contribute to the cost with a certain amount that comes out of your paycheck before taxes. You may have some other out-of-pocket expenses, too, such as copays when you visit your doctor. Many insurance plans also have a deductible, which is an amount of money you're responsible for paying before your health coverage kicks in. Make sure you're aware of these costs before you choose a plan to enroll in.And to ensure a company plan meets your needs, Kloss suggests checking that it covers treatments for any medical conditions you have or prescription medications you take and that your preferred doctors are in the plan's network.If you have dependents (most commonly children or a partner you support financially) or plan to soon, you should also check that the plan will cover everyone and how much it will cost you. For example, a company may pay 100% of your health insurance premium but you may be stuck paying the full premium for everyone else in your family (which can add up fast). Read more about what all those health insurance terms mean here.Find jobs at companies that offer health insurance2. Dental and vision insuranceDental and vision insurance cover your dental and eye-care needs. Dental insurance typically covers routine exams, cleanings, x-rays, and some portion of procedures like root canals and fillings. Vision insurance generally covers eye exams and prescription lenses.Many employers offer dental and vision insurance, either as part of health insurance or as separate benefits. But whereas some employers cover a portion or all of the costs of health insurance, most companies require you to pay in full for dental and vision insurance, Slay said.Just as you would with health insurance, check if the plans will let you keep your dentist and eye doctor (if you'd rather not switch) and cover any pre-existing conditions or treatments that you need.Find jobs at companies that offer dental insurance, vision insurance, or both3. Flexible spending accountA flexible spending account (FSA) allows you to put pre-tax money aside to pay for the year's out-of-pocket healthcare costs, like over-the-counter medications, copays for doctor visits, medical devices like crutches or blood sugar tests, or vision and dental care needs like glasses or contacts.Your employer may also contribute up to $500 to your FSA without you contributing anything (they can match you dollar for dollar on top of the $500), so be sure to check if a company will pay into your account before determining your own contributions. Total FSA contributions are capped at a certain amount each year (for example, they were capped at $2,750 for 2021).Find jobs at companies that offer FSA accounts4. Life insuranceLife insurance is an insurance policy that pays a set amount of money to your chosen beneficiary (or beneficiaries) when you die. If you're just starting your career and don't have any children or others who depend on you financially, life insurance may not seem necessary. But it's still something you should consider, Slay said - especially if your company covers your full premium.You decide who you want to leave the money to, such as your parents or another family member, to help cover funeral costs, for example. You could even name your favorite charity as the beneficiary.Find jobs at companies that offer life insurance5. Disability insuranceDisability insurance offers compensation or income replacement when you're unable to work because of an injury or illness that's not job-related. "I can't tell you how critical disability insurance is; it protects your paycheck," Slay said. Disability insurance is usually optional, but worth looking into, she said - just find out what your employer offers and what it will cost you. Some policies are fully paid by an employer and others require you to pay some of the costs in the form of a paycheck deduction, Slay said.There are two types of disability insurance: short term and long term. Short-term disability insurance varies according to your plan, but typically covers you if you're out of work for less than six months and on average pays about 60% of your regular salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most long-term disability insurance lasts for 10 years or less (but some policies last until you reach retirement age) and covers about 60% of your annual earnings.Find jobs at companies that offer short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, or both6. 401(k)sA 401(k) is a retirement-savings plan that's commonly sponsored by your employer. Plans can vary, but generally, you contribute to the fund as a pre-tax paycheck deduction and pay taxes on the money when you withdraw it during retirement. Many companies match employees' 401(k) contributions, either dollar for dollar, where they put in what you put in, or with a partial match - for example, adding 50 cents for every dollar you contribute, up to a certain percentage of your salary. Yearly employee 401(k) contributions are capped (the limit is $19,500 for 2021), but the employer match doesn't count toward the limit.Retirement may seem like a long time away. But Slay urges early-career employees to contribute as much as they can to their 401(k), especially if there's an employer match. The match can help you grow your savings faster and if you're not taking advantage of it, you're essentially leaving money on the table that your employer is offering to give you. Plus, in an emergency, you may be able to pull money out of your 401(k) before retirement (and without paying a tax penalty) for certain expenses, like buying a home or paying medical bills.Some companies have taken a new approach to employee retirement benefits recently to meet their workers' current needs, Slay said. For example, some help employees pay down student loan debt by making direct payments to their lender, while others make a larger 401(k) contribution to employees currently paying off student debt.Find jobs at companies that offer 401(k)s or 401(k)s with company match7. Paid time offPaid time off (PTO) can include paid holidays, sick leave, federal and state holidays, personal days, and vacation days.Typically, the amount of PTO offered by your company is based on how long you've worked for them, and you accrue more PTO over time (for example, if you get 15 days of PTO per year, that means you accrue about 0.058 hours of PTO for every hour you work, or roughly 10.5 hours of PTO per month). If, say, you're looking to start a new job right before a holiday or planned trip, you might want to ask the company if it has a policy about using PTO before you've technically accrued it.How a company offers PTO varies, too. For example, some designate a separate number of personal, sick, or vacation days, which is sometimes required by state law. But, Slay said, more employers are lumping all PTO in together to make taking off easier for employees. Some companies even offer unlimited PTO.Time off is an important factor in your overall compensation, so make sure to ask about how many PTO days you get. Often, you can negotiate your PTO, Slay said, particularly since the pandemic has shown more companies the benefits of giving their workers more time off. "PTO is one of those areas where you can ask for things that are a little different and you might get them." Also, be sure to check if you can carry over unused PTO into a new year and whether you'll be paid for any unused days when you leave the company.Find jobs at companies that offer paid holidays, paid vacation, personal and sick days, or unlimited vacation8. Family and medical leaveThe Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a US law that enables employees to take unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. Employees can take up to 12 weeks off for the birth or adoption of a child, a family member with a medical condition who needs care, their own health condition that prevents them from performing job functions, and other reasons.Under this law, your job is protected and your health insurance continues during this leave. Companies with more than 50 employees are required to comply with the law and you're eligible if you've worked for the company for at least 12 months and meet other requirements. If you're considering going to work for a smaller company, be sure to find out their policies for family and medical leave.Find jobs at companies with more than 50 employees9. Parental leaveParental leave enables employees to take off following the birth of a child, an adoption, or the arrival of a newly placed foster child, or for a child otherwise needing parental care, according to the US Department of Labor. Though the FMLA requires some employers to offer unpaid leave in these instances, there's no broad guarantee of parental leave in the US - which means it comes down to the employer.More than half of US employers offer paid new child leave to women, and 45% offer paid new child leave to men, according to a 2020 study by the Society for Human Resource Management and Oxford Economics. However, specific policies vary for the companies that do offer parental leave, so find out about a prospective employer's rules if you plan to start a family soon, Slay said. Ask whether the leave is paid or unpaid, whether your job will be there waiting for you when you return, and how much time off you're allowed.Find jobs at companies that offer maternity leave, paternity leave, or both10. Remote work optionsRemote work gives employees the freedom to work from home or anywhere else outside of a traditional office setting, either full-time or part-time in a hybrid schedule. The COVID-19 pandemic made remote work a necessity, and it was such a hit with workers that many have said they'll quit their jobs rather than go back to the office. Employers realize that remote work has benefits for them, too, such as opening up a much broader, more diverse talent pool to hire from, so many organizations plan to allow remote work in some fashion post-pandemic.While more employers will be offering fully or partially remote positions after the pandemic off the bat, the ability to work from home is something you can likely negotiate, Kloss said. "I think employers are recognizing after COVID that they can be more flexible in those areas than they ever thought possible." So find out whether you'll be able to work remotely some or all of the time and what the company's policies are for remote work schedules, virtual meetings, and communication. Also ask whether they provide equipment or stipends for internet, phone, or other expenses for remote workers.Find jobs at companies that offer remote work opportunities11. Flexible schedulesA flexible schedule is when your employer allows you to work hours and days outside of the traditional nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday schedule. For instance, you might work 10 hours a day, four days a week or set core hours when you're available, such as 9 a.m to 1 p.m, and have flexibility the rest of the day to complete your work whenever you'd like. Like with remote work, the pandemic led more companies to offer flexible schedules to accommodate different work styles and time zones as well as employees who have children or other caretaking responsibilities. Flexible schedules are another perk that you can likely negotiate - just make sure you and your employer both come away with a clear idea of which days and times you'll work.Find jobs at companies that offer flexible work hours12. Wellness programsWorkplace wellness programs aim to improve an employee's mental and physical health and offer more resources beyond health insurance. Wellness programs have traditionally included health screenings and tools to help people lose weight or stop smoking, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.But organizations have taken a broader, more holistic approach to their wellness programs in recent years by offering individualized supports that take into account an employee's emotional, social, physical, and financial needs, Kloss said. Wellness-based perks-such as fitness subsidies, meals, and access to mental wellness apps and counseling - are becoming more common.Even more so than with other perks and benefits, wellness program offerings vary widely, so find out the specifics of what a company offers and consider how it meets your needs.Find jobs at companies that offer wellness programs, fitness subsidies, on-site gym, and meals13. Education benefitsMost companies offer some type of education benefit, including access to online courses, on-the-job training, tuition reimbursement for continuing education, and learning and development stipends to cover educational expenses.If you're just starting your career, these programs can help you succeed long term by keeping your skills fresh, which could increase your chances for promotions or raises, Slay said. Education benefits and perks also signal that a company values and invests in its employees and their growth. So be sure to ask what a company you're planning to work for offers if education is important to you.Find jobs at companies that offer access to online courses, tuition reimbursement, or learning and development stipends14. Mentor programsMentor programs pair you with someone at your company who's more experienced and can answer questions and offer guidance to help you advance in your career. "Mentorship is huge," Slay said. Mentors can serve as advocates to help you navigate the technical and political parts of a job as well as you build and expand your network.Mentorship programs help employees feel valued, create a culture of learning and increase job satisfaction and productivity, Slay said. So find out whether a company provides formal or informal mentoring and what their programs entail.Find jobs at companies that offer mentor programs15. Diversity, equity, and inclusion programsDiversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs and initiatives encourage the representation and participation of different and often underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. The programs may include mentorship opportunities, targeted recruitment efforts, and employee resource groups (ERGs).As with many employee benefits and perks, some DEI programs are more robust than others. So it's a good idea to find out the specifics of what a company offers and how it aligns with your values and needs, rather than just noting that they've ticked the box in offering a DEI program.Find jobs at companies that offer diversity and inclusion programsBefore you accept a job offer, make sure you have a good grasp of the company's benefits and perks and how they fit into your overall compensation structure. Ask plenty of questions to get all the details of how each benefit and perk aligns with your needs and negotiate to get what you want. Keep in mind, too, that when you're searching for open jobs on The Muse, you can set filters so you'll only see open positions at companies that offer the benefits and perks that matter most to you.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 6th, 2021

Democrats can"t win elections and can"t govern, so stop supporting them and send your money somewhere that will actually help

Stop giving your time, money, and energy to a party that doesn't follow through and keeps shifting to the right. President Biden and the Democrats are more unpopular than ever.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Americans keep supporting Democrats, who keep capitulating to conservatives. The party will only change when Democrats realize their base won't support them. Giving up on mainstream Democrats frees up money for more effective political work. P.E. Moskowitz is an author, runs the capitalism and psychology newsletter Mental Hellth, and is a contributing opinion writer for Insider. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.  The Democrats are a mess. The moderate and conservative wings of the party have waffled in their support for major bills, the progressives feel unheard, the base is dissatisfied, and the Republicans are encroaching. The most recent elections were a disaster for the Democrats: They lost the Virginia governorship, they nearly lost New Jersey, and they lost many down-ballot races that analysts say are an omen for a terrible midterm election ahead.It's no wonder people are dissatisfied with the party — their messaging is all over the place.  They keep promising semi-progressive policies and then failing to deliver. Take the Build Back Better bill as an example: Had the Democrats been able to actually pass the most progressive parts of the legislation, they most likely would be popular and winning elections; a majority of voters support the substance of the BBB plan, like universal Pre-K, tuition-free community college, and allowing the government to negotiate cheaper drug prices. Though some of these measures made it into the House-passed bill, Democratic infighting in the Senate between conservative Democrats like Senators Krysten Sinema and Joe Manchin and the progressive wing of the party will likely result in the most progressive policies being trimmed down or cut completely.Unsurprisingly, Joe Biden's approval rating has hit an all-time low of less than 43%.Pundits in the mainstream news and most political analysts have offered predictable advice: The Democrats must become more conservative, abandon their progressive policies (even though they're popular with voters), and court swing voters who care about overhyped culture war issues like Critical Race Theory — even though those voters have proven themselves disloyal to Democrats over and over again. Democrats have won some elections by capitulating to the right and center — that is, after all, how Biden won in 2020. But relying on these voters is not an effective strategy. These latest elections, and the loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016, are proof that moderates, even ones who have supported Democrats recently, are quick to turn their backs on Democrats and realign with RepublicansBut if the Democrats fail to pass significant policies and keep lurching further to the right on social issues, they leave voters who care about progressive issues with no choice but to give up. And those who keep voting for Democrats no matter what they do end up enabling the party to ratchet the country further and further into conservatism. If Americans stop spending their time, money, and energy on Democrats now, it will force the party to listen to their progressive base, and, more importantly, it will free up vast resources for politics that actually matter.Think of it like a boycottThe Virginia gubernatorial race was the most expensive election in recent state history — former Governor Terry McAuliffe raised about $57 million from voters. Hard-working Americans gave their hard-earned cash to a losing campaign that was more focused on winning over conservatives than on providing anything to the people who donated to the campaign. The race wasn't an outlier; the 2020 elections cost more than $14 billion, double the total cost of the 2016 presidential election. Withdrawing money from Democrats sends a strong message: They must actually fight for progressive politics or be left in the dust. Holding the line and not allowing Democrats to capitulate to the right is not simply a matter of morals — it's a political strategy. Repeatedly, progressives have allowed Democrats to whittle down important legislation and think that courting moderate and conservative voters is more effective than courting a progressive base, even though that strategy — whether it was Obama's 2008 capitulation to big banks, or Biden's current capitulation to conservatives like Manchin — inevitably leads to electoral cataclysm. The media often chastises young people, people of color, and other more progressive voting blocs for not showing up at the polls — but only by withholding our support (money, votes, time, and energy), will Democrats realize who their base actually is. We must not keep running after failing Democrats; we must make them come to us. We're already building back betterIn addition to holding Democrats' feet to the fire, withdrawing support from Democrats also allows Americans to focus on politics that are already successful. The recent Democratic losses were an excuse for the mainstream media to brush off progressive and leftist politics as unpopular  — The New York Times wasted no time in claiming the elections were a referendum on the party going too far to the left — while, in reality, progressive policies are more popular than they have been in decades. In local elections, progressives and socialists won important seats at the table, like the election of Michelle Wu as mayor of Boston. Candidates backed by the Democratic Socialists of America won elections in Massachusetts, Minnesota, and elsewhere. And more critically, a wave of non-electoral radicalism is sweeping the country: Tens of thousands of workers, from machinists at John Deere to film production workers in Hollywood, have gone on strike and demanded higher wages and better benefits. Even the much-maligned nationwide labor shortage can be viewed as a progressive win: It's an unofficial general strike. Americans have decided they would rather not work than give in to appalling working conditions and low pay. Polls show Americans support progressive policies and support for unions is higher than it's been in 50 years.These are all signs of a swelling progressive movement in this country. But for this movement to continue, the average Democrat has to completely reconfigure their own priorities: How much bigger could each strike be if the billions of dollars committed to failing electoral campaigns were instead committed to strike funds and local labor organizations? How many more local candidates who really have a chance of enacting significant change could win elections were Democrats' attention spans not filled up with ineffective national politics? Democrats are currently operating according to the sunk cost fallacy — like a gambler who thinks just one more hand will get him out of debt. The only option now is to simply walk out of the casino.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 28th, 2021

5 things in Biden"s $2 trillion spending plan that could get stripped out by the Senate, ranging from tax cuts to paid leave

Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema haven't approved Build Back Better yet, jeopardizing measures like Medicare expansion or a price cap on insulin. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.Drew Angerer/Getty Images Biden's $2 trillion social spending bill faces a possible overhaul in the Senate. Manchin has expressed opposition to provisions including four weeks of paid leave. Other Democrats want to scale back a program providing tax breaks to wealthy Americans in high-tax states. House Democrats passed a $2 trillion social spending plan on Friday morning, advancing a key part of President Joe Biden's agenda.But it sets up another showdown in the 50-50 Senate, where the centrist Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are influential swing votes who haven't yet given a thumbs up to the House bill.Here are five provisions that could fall out of the House bill in the next few weeks.Four weeks of paid parental and medical leaveA key part of the House bill would set up four weeks of paid leave for new parents to take care of a newborn child, along with sick leave starting in 2024.But it faces strong resistance from Manchin. He's argued that it could grow the national debt and a deal could be struck with Republicans on an alternative version instead. The West Virginia Democrat told Insider last month that he backs a payroll tax on workers and employers to fund the benefit.Lifting state and local tax deductions to $80,000A group of House Democrats want to raise the total amount of state and local taxes that people can shave off their federal taxes to $80,000 from $10,000. The program would run through 2030 and expire soon afterward.Some Senate Democrats including James Bennet, Jon Tester, and Bernie Sanders are balking since it largely benefits wealthier Americans in high-tax states like New York and California, handing them a hefty tax break instead of a tax hike. Sanders of Vermont is negotiating an alternate plan that may establish income thresholds.Manchin hasn't publicly commented on the SALT deduction. But a past vote may offer a clue to his approach: He was the lone Democrat who backed a GOP proposal to establish the cap in late 2017.Cap on insulin pricesAnother provision at risk of falling out of the Democratic plan is a $35 monthly cap on insulin costs, designed to help Americans cut rising healthcare costs and fulfill a Democratic campaign promise."We are halting Big Pharma's outrageous price hikes and, in addition to that, we are dramatically lowering health care costs," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a floor speech on Friday.But Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested Sunday that the Senate parliamentarian could advise Democrats to drop it from the bill if it doesn't comply with strict budgetary rules.Medicare expansion Sanders is the leading Democrat spearheading a push for an expansion of Medicare so it would provide dental, vision, and hearing benefits. Schumer backs it as well."The American people overwhelmingly demand that we expand Medicare to cover dental, eyeglasses and hearing aids," Sanders said in a statement on Friday.But it faces a roadblock from Manchin, who argues that enlarging Medicare could further burden its finances and render it insolvent within years. "If we're not being fiscally responsible, that's a concern," he told reporters last month.ImmigrationThere is a measure within the House bill to provide up to 6.5 million unauthorized immigrants with provisional work permits.Yet the parliamentarian may strike it down and say it doesn't abide with the rules governing reconciliation, the party-line process that Democrats are employing for this legislation. The official has already shot down two past Senate Democratic measures aimed at establishing a path to citizenship.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 22nd, 2021

Joe Manchin is throwing cold water on paid leave again, threatening to leave the US as the world"s only developed economy without mandated time off for workers

Many American mothers aren't guaranteed paid family leave. Right now, one male senator seems to be standing in the way of changing that. Sen. Joe Manchin seen at the US Capitol on June 8, 2021 in Washington, DC.Samuel Corum/Getty Images Democrats are still hashing out their party-line social spending package, and what will be included. Paid leave was omitted from President Joe Biden's initial framework, but got added back in. But Sen. Joe Manchin — who didn't support the proposal before — is doubling down in his opposition. Democrats have already made deep cuts to their party-line social-spending bill — and key centrist Sen. Joe Manchin is suggesting that paid leave may still not make the final cut.When President Joe Biden announced his $1.75 trillion social spending framework, paid leave provisions — which would be the first federal mandates that all employers give some time off to workers — were axed completely. Democrats' initial $3.5 trillion proposal included 12 weeks of paid leave. Manchin, one of two pivotal centrist votes, had pushed back against it."This deal has clearly come together based on opposition from one male senator — Senator Manchin," Molly Day, the executive director of advocacy group PL+US: Paid Leave for the United States, told Insider at the time.Then, paid leave came back, but significantly scaled back: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi requested that four weeks of paid leave be added back, essentially daring Manchin to sink the proposal. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said that paid leave is "personal to the president." Now, Manchin is hinting that he might still prove to be an obstacle."I've been very clear where I stand on that," he told reporters on Wednesday.It's a fresh sign that the conservative Democrat hasn't budged on the measure. Last month, he objected to its inclusion in a party-line spending package. "I just think it's the wrong place to put it because it's a social expansion," he said. He also wants workers to assume part of the cost to access the benefits with a new tax on their wages.Manchin's opposition would sink the measure, since Democrats can't afford any defections in the 50-50 Senate. But that's not stopping some from pitching him on it. "I have talked a lot with him," Sen. Patty Murray of Washington told Insider."Let's see how we can get 50 votes here," Murray, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, said. "That's what we're working on."Currently, the US has no federally mandated paid leave — making it an outlier amongst all other Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries. As of March 2021, only 23% of civilian workers had access to paid family leave, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number is worse for the lowest-earning workers, where only 8% have access to paid family leave.Insider's Ben Winck recently spoke to a West Virginia couple, Edmund and JoAnna Vance, who said that Edmund had to leave his job at a coal mine for a two-week treatment program, and since he didn't have paid leave, he had to find a new job afterward. He ended up finding one that pays less than half of his prior earnings.JoAnna addressed Manchin's positions, specifically, saying, "all of the time, he's talking about how he doesn't want to give government handouts, and that he wants people to work.""Paid leave keeps people working. It's not just a handout."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 17th, 2021

Meet the West Virginia family that lost half their income because the parents couldn"t get 2 weeks of paid leave: "There were times I had to wait until payday to get my kids their prescriptions"

Two weeks of paid leave would've allowed Edmund Vance to keep his mining job. It took four years for him and his wife, JoAnna, to financially recover. Advocate JoAnna Vance joins families, parents, and caregivers as they bring their stories and voices to Capitol Hill to call on Congress to include paid family and medical leave in the ‘Build Back Better' legislative package. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for PL+US Two weeks of paid leave from his mining job would've given Edmund Vance time to get substance abuse treatment. Instead he had to take a job with less than half the pay and struggled to stave off a pile of debt. Sen. Joe Manchin's opposition to paid leave doesn't add up, his wife JoAnna said. "Paid leave keeps people working." Two weeks of paid leave would have bought Edmund Vance enough time to seek treatment without losing his job. He didn't get it.Instead, Edmund was forced to leave his job at a coal mine for a two-week treatment program.He's now more than four years sober, but when he came back from treatment, a host of new challenges were waiting for him. He took a job at a landscaping firm that paid less than half of what he earned in the mines. Medical costs for his three kids mounted, and child-care needs kept his wife JoAnna from working. The Vances had emerged from substance abuse disorder, but entered a years-long struggle to regain their financial footing."Had he been able to go to treatment on paid leave and come back with that job security, regardless of it being in the coal mines, that's just extra stability that people in recovery need," JoAnna told Insider.The Vances are one of roughly 32 million Americans without access to paid leave, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The US is the only advanced economy to lack a federal paid leave program. A proposal in Democrats' social-spending plan could change that, yet the Vances' home-state senator, Joe Manchin, could keep paid leave from becoming a reality.Manchin's opposition to including paid leave in President Biden's Build Back Better plan goes against what many West Virginians clearly need, JoAnna said. The state is "fighting an epidemic upon a pandemic with COVID and with addiction," and giving afflicted workers paid leave is key to keeping them in their jobs."All of the time, he's talking about how he doesn't want to give government handouts, and that he wants people to work," she added. "Paid leave keeps people working. It's not just a handout."She continued: "I don't understand how it doesn't make sense to him when that's his whole goal: to keep people working."Paid leave is not just about payJoAnna and her husband are still working to reach the financial strength they enjoyed before Edmund sought treatment. He was making at least $28 an hour in his coal mining job along with significant overtime pay. The landscaping job marked a major downgrade, paying between $12 and $14 an hour. The job was also seasonal, meaning the Vance family had to stretch their dollars even further in the off-season.Edmund now works at a fabrication company making $17 an hour after being on unemployment insurance and getting laid off from another coal mining job.The drop in pay is only half of the story, JoAnna said. She stayed at home with her kids while Edmund received treatment, but bills quickly stacked up. Financial support from Edmund's family helped them stay afloat, but the going got tough, JoAnna said."There were times I had to wait until payday to even get my kids their prescriptions," she added.The Democrats' social spending plan includes four weeks of paid leave. The proposal falls short of many advanced countries' programs, but could still make a world of difference, JoAnna said."That's a whole month's worth of security that you don't have to worry about," she added. "You don't have to worry about bills. You don't have to worry about daycare. You don't have to worry about rent or how you're going to survive."JoAnna joined other paid-leave advocates on Capitol Hill in November to push for a paid leave program in the $1.75 trillion social-spending bill. Her three children accompanied her, but Edmund was absent. He couldn't get off work.The family is in a better position now, but JoAnna still thinks about how two weeks of paid leave would have affected her last four years."I'm really happy with where we are now with our finances, with our work, and especially with our recoveries. But it took a long time," JoAnna said.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 14th, 2021

Meet a West Virginian who overcome addiction with paid leave and wants the rest of the country to get it. "If I wouldn"t have had that time off ... I don"t believe that I"d be here today."

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has pushed against including paid leave in Democrats' spending plan. It "breaks my heart," Khrista Messinger said. Advocate Khrista Messinger joins families, parents, and caregivers as they bring their stories and voices to Capitol Hill to call on Congress to include paid family and medical leave in the 'Build Back Better' legislative package during an all day vigil spotlighting the human cost of not having a national paid leave policy on November 2, 2021 in Washington, DC. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for PL+US Taking paid leave helped Khrista Messinger get sober. The program "did save my life," she said. Democrats aim to pass a paid leave program in their social spending plan, but Messinger's representative, Sen. Joe Manchin, opposes it. Messinger is urging Manchin to reconsider. The program would save lives and help the economy, she said. When Khrista Messinger asked her human resources department for paid leave, she was "scared to death."In September 2020, Messinger was working as a human officer with the Charleston Police Department in West Virginia, investigating animal abuse, helping homeless people with their pets, and handling similar matters. In her mid-40s, she had been struggling with addiction for years and had finally saved up enough vacation and sick days to pursue rehabilitation. Asking to take time off was "one of the hardest conversations I've had in my life," but she said getting paid leave was a lifeline."I just was at the end and it did save my life," Messinger told Insider. "If I wouldn't have had that time off, I never would have went to treatment and I don't believe that I'd be here today."Getting that support convinced Messinger that she wants to retire in Charleston. The police force "did give me a new life," she said.But President Joe Biden's plans to expand that benefit nationwide are at risk. He cut the program from his Build Back Better plan in late October amid pushback from centrists including Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. House Democrats added paid leave to their version of the plan on Wednesday, but Manchin still isn't convinced it should be included.Messinger said that the pushback from the senator who represents her state "breaks my heart.""Sen. Joe Manchin has said that addressing the opioid addiction crisis in West Virginia is one of his top priorities," she continued. "You can open a million treatment centers but if working people don't have access to it, what's the plan to help save West Virginia addicts?"'You don't realize how many people could benefit from this'The issue is a personal one for Messinger. She and a group of advocates called on centrist Senate Democrats to pass a federal paid leave program at the US Capitol on Tuesday. Messinger said it was her first time sharing her story of addiction and how paid leave saved her.Manchin has been one of the biggest players in negotiations over the Build Back Better plan and has repeatedly delayed its passage. Yet it's clear West Virginia has plenty to gain from paid leave, Messinger said."It's going to aid the economy. More people are going to go to work. More people are going to do a better job. So I really don't understand why [Manchin] is not considering this," she added. Khrista Messinger, 46, advocating for paid leave in front of the US Capitol Building. Ben Winck/Insider The US is the only advanced economy in the world without a federal paid leave program. Yet a May poll commissioned by advocacy group Paid Leave for All Action found 84% of likely voters in eight battleground states supported paid leave programs.Sixty-nine percent of respondents, including 55% of Republicans, backed a federal paid leave program even if they had to pay higher taxes for it. "People look at the cost of family paid leave, but they don't look at the results," Messinger said. "In the grand scheme of it all, what are our lives worth?"Messinger said beneficiaries of a paid leave program would go well beyond new parents and sick workers."You don't realize how many people could benefit from this," she said. "It's not just about childbirth. It's not just about being sick and taking care of your family. It's also about taking care of yourself."The economic case for it makes sense, too, Messinger added. And there is something of a recent precedent.The UK rolled out a worker furlough program in March 2020 that paid laid-off workers' wages up to $3,088 a month. At its peak, the program was paying nearly 9 million workers as they stayed home during lockdown. While imperfect, the policy was a "great success" that staved off "catastrophic rises in unemployment," think tank Resolution Foundation said in September.While the UK furlough scheme wasn't identical to the paid-leave proposals making their way through Congress - since it was a temporary response to the COVID-19 pandemic - Messinger said there are still valuable lessons to learn from it.It shows that allowing people a few paid weeks off can cut down on costly worker turnover for businesses, she argued. By denying the US a paid leave program, lawmakers are prioritizing the economic status quo "above people's lives," she added."I chose to tell my story in hopes that Washington would listen," she said. "Sen. Manchin is aware of this issue but sits undecided. This would give the working poor access to treatment!"Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 6th, 2021

Joe Manchin says the US is "not a center-left country" and laments "a hostile work environment" in the Senate

"You wanna know what's wrong with the place? I go to work in a hostile work environment every day," Manchin told CNN's "New Day." Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., pauses while speaking with reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Washington AP Photo/Alex Brandon Sen. Joe Manchin told CNN on Thursday that the US "is not a center-left country." The West Virginia Democrat hasn't fully gotten behind Biden's $1.75 trillion social spending bill. Manchin also bemoaned that he goes to work "in a hostile working environment every day." Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Thursday said the US is "not a center-left country" in justifying not yet getting behind the framework for President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion social spending package. In an interview with CNN's "New Day," he also bemoaned working in "a hostile work environment."Manchin has played a major role in putting the kibosh on the inclusion of tuition-free community college, a fee on methane emissions to crack down on climate change, and comprehensive paid family leave in the massive social spending package, rankling many of his colleagues. The US is the only developed nation in the world without guaranteed paid parental and family leave. "We have to work together, we can't go too far left. This is not a center-left or a left country. We are a center, if anything, a center-right country, that's being shown, and we ought to be able to recognize that," Manchin told "New Day" anchor John Berman on Thursday. "And all my friends on the left are progressives, or liberals, or whatever. I've said I'm not. I always say that I'm a responsible West Virginia Democrat. I'm fiscally responsible and socially compassionate, and I think most people in the middle feel that way. And I empathize with the people on the far-left and the far-right, that's aspirational," Manchin added. Manchin, known for his close working partnerships and friendships with senators on the other side of the aisle, also lamented the partisanship in the Senate and cast himself as the victim of the atmosphere in the Congress. "You wanna know what's wrong with the place? I go to work in a hostile working environment every day," he said."If you're a Democrat and a Republican's up for election, you're supposed to be against that person. If Donald Duck's running against that person, you're supposed to give money from your PAC to help the other person beat the person they've been working with," Manchin added. "And even sometimes they'll say, 'Can you campaign against so-and-so?' And then we come back on Monday, and here's the person we've given money against, and here's a person we're supposed to go out and work against saying, 'Hey, can you sign onto this amendment for me?'" -The Recount (@therecount) November 4, 2021Democrats are facing increased urgency to pass both components of Biden's economic agenda after the party's devastating trio of election losses in Virginia - but Manchin still holds most of the cards in the Senate. "I will not support a bill that is this consequential without thoroughly understanding the impact it will have on our national debt, our economy, and the American people," Manchin told reporters in a news conference on Monday, calling for an end to "political games." In the coming days, the US House may vote on both the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which passed the US Senate in August, and the $1.75 trillion economic and social spending plan.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that she'd added four weeks of paid leave into the House's version of the $1.75 trillion package, which Manchin said would be "a challenge" to support. The West Virginia senator, who is concerned about a paid family leave program not being properly funded, told Insider's Joseph Zeballos-Roig that he wants paid leave to be funded with a new payroll tax on employers and workers. In addition to the open questions about paid leave, Manchin also wants the entire package to be evaluated and given a score for its impact on the deficit by the Congressional Budget Office before voting on it, a process that could take days or weeks. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 4th, 2021

10 Things in Politics: Dems scramble after Virginia

And there is only one Black juror in the trial for Ahmaud Arbery's killing. Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android. Send tips to's what we're talking about:An electoral wipeout in Virginia has Democrats scrambling to deliver on Biden's $3 trillion economic agendaBlack Peloton employees are questioning the company about low payThere is only one Black juror in the trial for Ahmaud Arbery's killing President Joe Biden. Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images 1. VIRGINIA FALLOUT: Democrats are anxious to get to work. President Joe Biden and other top leaders responded to the party's drubbing in Virginia by renewing efforts to pass trillions of dollars in new spending, hoping that voters will reward them next November. But Democrats don't fully agree on why they struggled so much in Virginia, New Jersey, and parts of New York. And there is still disagreement over the party's massive social-spending plan.Key quote: "We got majorities in both houses, so people want us to deliver," Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia told Insider, urging his colleagues to pass Biden's economic agenda, which has stalled in two separate pieces of legislation: a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan and a roughly $1.75 trillion package of social and climate initiatives.Here's where things stand:House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed swift passage: House Democrats began procedural steps toward passing the social-spending plan last night. Pelosi, who has long vowed to pass only a bill that could make it to Biden's desk, also moved to reinstate a four-week paid-family-leave proposal and a costly and controversial tax break that would overwhelmingly benefit higher-earning Americans.Not everyone is on board: Sen. Joe Manchin, a key swing vote, has long expressed skepticism about including paid leave in the social-spending plan. Pelosi's move essentially dares Manchin to block the popular provision, which still might get axed from the final bill.Democrats even disagree on why they are struggling: "Nobody elected him to be F.D.R. - they elected him to be normal and stop the chaos," Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia told The New York Times of voters' apparent frustration with Biden. His approval rating has dropped nationally and cratered in places like Virginia in recent months.Biden himself wasn't convinced that passing his agenda would've stopped the bleeding: "I'm not sure that I would be able to have changed the number of very conservative folks who turned out in the red districts who were Trump voters," the president told reporters. Biden added that voters "want us to get things done," reiterating his call for lawmakers to pass both parts of his economic agenda.Meanwhile, Republicans are salivating about 2022: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy boldly predicted his party would flip more than 63 seats, the number Republicans reached during the 2010 tea-party wave. Democrats have (at least) five reasons to be worried about the midterms.2. Gov. Phil Murphy eeks out a reelection victory: Murphy narrowly defeated the Republican Jack Ciattarelli, becoming the first Democratic governor to win reelection in the state since 1977. See the full results here.The other election stories you should be watching:A truck driver may beat the most powerful New Jersey state senator: Sen. Steve Sweeney, who has led the New Jersey Senate for over a decade, continues to trail the Republican Edward Durr, who reportedly spent just $153 on his campaign. More on what would be a massive shake-up.Republicans flipped control of Virginia's House of Delegates: Democrats are still not conceding that their narrow majority was toppled amid a terrible night for the party. But Republicans appear to now have a 52-48 advantage.Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's hometown voted for a $15-an-hour minimum wage: Tucson voters passed a measure that would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025.3. There is only one Black juror in the trial for Ahmaud Arbery's killing: Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley denied a motion to change the racial makeup of the jury in the murder trial of three men over the killing of Arbery in 2020, the Associated Press reports. Walmsley found "there appears to be intentional discrimination in the panel" but ruled the trial should go forward since defense attorneys could cite reasons beyond race for striking eight Black jury candidates. More on the news.4. Fed plans to start reining in its economic aid this month: After deploying unprecedented economic support for 20 months, the Federal Reserve plans to start putting its tools back in the toolbox. The Fed said in a statement that since the US economy had made "substantial further progress" toward key recovery goals, it would start reversing course and shrinking its asset purchases. Here's what the Fed decision means for its outlook on monitoring inflation.5. SCOTUS appears ready to expand gun rights: Justices heard arguments about a New York gun-permit law in a major case whose outcome could dramatically expand Second Amendment rights. The conservative members of the court, who hold a 6-3 majority, appeared receptive to the argument that carrying a gun outside the home "is a fundamental constitutional right" that shouldn't require any special reason. More on what justices said about the biggest Second Amendment case at the Supreme Court in over a decade.6. Republicans mount near-unanimous opposition to voting-rights bill: Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the sole Republican senator who voted to advance to debate on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a major item of voting-rights legislation that would've restored some provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 struck down by the Supreme Court. The measure failed to get the necessary 60 votes needed to open debate under the Senate's filibuster rules. Here's what's next for Democrats in their push for federal voting-rights legislation. Peloton; Alyssa Powell/Insider 7. Black Peloton employees are questioning the company about low pay: Peloton has been promising pay equity since 2019. Now a group of employees known as "Black@Peloton" has been sharing salaries and raising questions. Four Black current and former employees described personal experiences at Peloton that they said showed a pattern of underpaying certain workers.8. Legal experts detail how Dominion could take over MyPillow: Dominion filed a $1.3 billion defamation suit against MyPillow and CEO Mike Lindell in February over Lindell's spreading of widely debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. The litigation has led to people joking that Dominion will soon own the pillow company. But there are two real ways legal experts say Dominion could end up owning MyPillow if it won in court.9. Pentagon watchdog finds no misconduct in Kabul drone strike: Lt. Gen. Sami Said, the inspector general of the Air Force, told reporters the strike in Afghanistan's capital was a consequence of "execution errors combined with confirmation bias and communication breakdowns." The August strike killed 10 civilians, including seven children. The full report on the strike, which includes several recommendations on how to avoid similar incidents in the future, is classified. More on why a watchdog found the strike didn't violate the laws of war.10. Exiled Papa John's founder cannot stop eating the chain's pizza: "Papa John" Schnatter told Bloomberg he had tried somewhere in the realm of 800 pizzas over the past 18 months. He isn't consuming the whole pies but "sampling" them instead - a kind of anecdotal quality assurance that he said was returning lackluster results. More on the former founder's turn against Papa John's.Today's trivia question: Who was the first sitting president to have his picture taken? Email your answer and a suggested question to me at's answer: Eight presidents have been born in Virginia, the most of any state. The most recent was Woodrow Wilson.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 4th, 2021

Joe Manchin says he could be on board with paid leave, but wants a new payroll tax on workers to access the social benefit

"I think that basically employers and employees should participate," Manchin told Insider, endorsing what appeared to be a payroll tax. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Manchin is backing what appears to be a new payroll tax on workers and businesses to fund paid leave. "I think that basically employers and employees should participate," he told Insider. He threw cold water on Pelosi's move to add four weeks of paid leave back into the $1.75 trillion social spending bill. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he believes both workers and employers should pay up to kickstart a national paid leave program.The West Virginia Democrat emphasized that he could be on board with a paid leave program, but didn't believe that it belonged in the current package because Democrats are employing a party-line reconciliation process. He further argued that both workers and employers should pay into the measure."I think that basically employers and employees should participate," he told Insider. "We have states around this country doing it now. We have countries around the world doing it and it seems to work very well and does not put a burden on anybody."Manchin went on: "But a person knows what they have and what they can use and how they can use it when they want it."The West Virginia Democrat is backing what appears to be a payroll tax that's levied on both employers and workers to fund the benefit. Modest payroll taxes were part of an earlier proposal put forward by other Democrats like Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Sen. Kyrsten Gillibrand of New York to create a 12 week leave initiative.President Joe Biden initially sought 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave as part of his economic spending package. But the $500 billion measure recently fell out of the plan after Manchin objected to its sizable price tag. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Wednesday that four weeks of paid leave was being added back into the $1.75 trillion social spending framework, a development Manchin said caught him off guard. He didn't seem any likelier to back it on Wednesday."That's a challenge," he told reporters. "Very much of a challenge and they know how I feel about that." All 50 Senate Democrats must back the bill so it clears the upper chamber in the face of expected unified Republican opposition and reaches Biden's desk.Experts say that a new payroll tax could help fund the benefit, but eat up a sizable chunk of wages, particularly among lower-paid workers."A shared payroll contribution model is one way to approach paid leave," Vicki Shabo, a paid leave expert at the New America Foundation, told Insider. "But it isn't the only way, especially when the country's tax structure is so heavily weighted against working people."Shabo argued it was an "earned benefit" with positive effects for workers, families, businesses and the economy.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 3rd, 2021

Pelosi says paid leave is back in the social spending bill, daring Manchin to tank the popular provision

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote to Democrats on Monday that she's asked for 4 weeks of paid leave to be included as negotiations continue. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a media availability at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 24, 2021. Alex Brandon/AP Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday that four weeks of paid leave is back in Democrats' social-spending bill. Paid leave was not included in Biden's initial $1.75 trillion framework released last week. Democrats nixed it, along with tuition-free community college, to appease centrist holdouts Sens. Manchin and Sinema. President Joe Biden unveiled a $1.75 trillion social-spending framework last week, and it was significantly scaled-down, leaving many progressive priorities like free community college and paid family and medical leave out.But Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and some other Democrats, made clear the framework was not final. On Wednesday, Pelosi informed her colleagues she is requesting four weeks of paid leave be added back into the bill, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to Insider."As we are reviewing priorities and at the urging of many Members of the Caucus, I have asked the Ways and Means Committee for its legislation for Paid Family and Medical Leave to be included in this morning's hearing," Pelosi wrote in a Dear Colleague letter. "Chairman Richie Neal and the Committee staff have worked on this priority for a long time and were ready."In Democrats' initial $3.5 trillion proposal, they sought to include 12 weeks of the popular paid leave measure. However, due to opposition from centrist holdouts Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, it was cut from Biden's framework. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand - a Democratic lawmaker that has advocated for paid leave - wrote in a statement after the unveiling of the plan: "Until the bill is printed, I will continue working to include paid leave in the Build Back Better plan."Pelosi also indicated last week that she still wanted to see paid leave in the final version of the bill. Now, paid leave is back in, according to Pelosi. In a statement, Gillibrand said she "strongly supports" Pelosi's proposal to include four weeks of paid leave. "I couldn't be happier and I couldn't be more convinced that this is the right path for the country," Vicki Shabo, a paid-leave expert at the think tank New America, told Insider. She said that a four week plan "will mean that tens of millions of people that don't have access to paid family or medical leave right now will have access to it."As of March 2021, only 23% of civilian workers had access to paid leave, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The US is an outlier among peer countries, and is the only country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) without paid leave."With paid leave, we will finally recognize that workers have responsibilities outside of their jobs and unlock their full potential," House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said in a statement.Shabo emphasized that the inclusion of the measure will have broader economic benefits beyond allowing workers to take time off."This will have implications on women's labor force participation and earnings, on the ability of people caring for loved ones to be able to remain in the workforce, and to improve their financial security, both in the short term and for retirement," Shabo said. When asked by Insider if workers should be paying into a paid leave program, Manchin said "absolutely.""I think it should be participation. I always felt that. I think that basically employer and employees should participate," he said, adding that both states and countries have used that models."It seems to work very well and does not put a burden on anybody," Manchin said, "but a person knows what they have and what they can use - and how they can use it - when they want it."Gillibrand, one of the measure's most outspoken legislative advocates, said in a statement that the policy will make America "more competitive in the global market and end our reign as the only industrialized country without a paid leave program." She added: "I will keep fighting until the ink is dry and President Biden has signed paid leave into law."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 3rd, 2021

Manchin said paid-leave programs could entice fraud, inquired about work requirements: report

The Mountain State senator remains a holdout among congressional Democrats for paid-leave programs, citing what he says are the potential for fraud and a drag on some small businesses. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Manchin pointed to potential fraud as one of his concerns about paid leave, per The Washington Post. Manchin's opposition to federal paid leave has caused consternation among many of his colleagues. Sen. Patty Murray said last week that she objected to "one man" denying US women paid leave. For months, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has served as a moderate Democratic bulwark against the most ambitious elements of the "Build Back Better agenda" championed by President Joe Biden, which ranged from two years of tuition-free community college to a broad expansion of Medicare to cover dental and vision benefits, among other proposals.However, one of the most sought-after proposals among Democrats was the implementation of paid family and medical leave for the millions of Americans who currently aren't able to access such benefits.The White House earlier this year sought to subsidize 12 weeks of paid sick and parental leave, costing $500 billion over a decade, in what would have been a larger $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill - which had already come down from the $6 trillion figure that Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders of Vermont had envisioned.With the reconciliation bill being pared down from $3.5 trillion to roughly $1.75 trillion, the proposal for paid leave, which had been at 12 weeks, was reduced to 4 weeks - but by week's end, the entire paid-leave plan was seemingly cut from the framework being crafted by Biden and congressional Democratic leaders.Manchin has stood firm against paid leave, citing its cost and potential strain on the federal budget.However, according to a Washington Post report that detailed the push by Democratic women to save the family leave last week, Manchin has a series of "evolving concerns" about the benefit program, based on the statements of five individuals who spoke anonymously.Manchin was reportedly concerned that a paid-leave program could generate fraud, comparing such malfeasance to people who were able to illegally obtain unemployment benefits, per The Post.The Mountain State senator also reportedly brought up work requirements, despite employment already being a key tenet of eligibility for paid-leave, according to several of the sources who spoke with The Post.In stating his opposition, Manchin has also emphasized the logistical burden that small businesses might face due to federal paid-leave legislation and expressed concerns about the "solvency" of a new social spending program."To expand social programs when you have trust funds that aren't solvent, that are going insolvent - I can't explain that, it doesn't make sense to me," the senator said earlier this month. "I want to work with everyone as long as we can start paying for things. That's all. I can't put this burden on my grandchildren." Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has lobbied Manchin to support paid leave. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images According to Pew Research, the US is a notable outlier when it comes to paid parental leave. Across 41 countries, America is the only that does not mandate paid leave. The US similarly lags behind peers in paid sick leave, with no federal sick leave mandates.Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, a fellow moderate who has also stymied Democratic leadership over the size of the reconciliation bill, introduced bipartisan family leave legislation in 2019 that would have given the families the option of advancing up to $5,000 of child tax credits to parents in the first year of a child's life or the first year of adopting a child. However, the bill stalled in Congress.The senator was reportedly one of several female Democratic senators who called Manchin to lobby his support for paid leave, according to a source who spoke to The Post.Numerous studies have found that paid leave has a positive effect on the economy and workers. Paid leave may lead to higher earnings for women, healthier children, and stronger economic growth, according to a study by the think tank, New America. An analysis from the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that paid leave would increase Americans' incomes by $28.5 billion every year.Among the Democratic caucus, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Patty Murray of Washington have been extremely vocal about the need for paid leave.Gillibrand, who has championed the issue for years, worked the phones on Friday in an attempt to move Manchin on the issue, telling him she'd "meet him in DC or anywhere in the country" to discuss the issue, as she described to The Post in an interview.However, the senior senator from was not phased by her personal appeal to him.Murray, who has served in the Senate since 1993 and has also long sought a paid-leave program, was unrelenting in continuing her fight."We're not going to let one man tell all the women in this country that they can't have paid leave," she said on Capitol Hill last week.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytOct 31st, 2021

10 Things in Politics: Kamalaworld frets about 2024

And President Joe Biden releases a slimmed-down $1.75 trillion spending plan. Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android. Send tips to's what we're talking about:Kamalaworld is worried about a difficult, messy Democratic primary if it's Harris versus Pete Buttigieg in 2024Senators worry about who else an unnamed senator may have sexually abusedBiden releases slimmed-down $1.75 trillion spending planWith Phil Rosen. Vice President Kamala Harris and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Win McNamee/Getty Images; AP Photo/Evan Vucci 1. 2024 VISION: The KHive is expecting a messy 2024 primary if President Joe Biden opts against running for reelection. People in Vice President Kamala Harris' orbit have taken note of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg's rise, especially as Buttigieg supporters begin to plot their own 2024 plans.Here's what else former Harris staffers, fundraisers, and Democratic insiders are saying about 2024:"I don't know if Secretary Buttigieg wants that smoke": Democratic strategists and Harris supporters are issuing a brushback pitch to Buttigieg after Insider reported that some of his top fundraisers were musing that he'd be a better presidential candidate than Harris. People close to Buttigieg stress that he has nothing to do with the 2024 talk. People close to him and the vice president also stress that the two have become friendly colleagues.The full quote: "It would be messy, and honestly I don't know if Secretary Buttigieg wants that smoke, given what ultimately limited his campaign in 2020 - that it was viewed to be not diverse, not representative of a changing country, that it was essentially viewed as a way station for disaffected white liberals," a Democratic strategist who has worked on presidential campaigns told my colleagues.Many don't think Harris would clear the field: "I don't think she's got a stranglehold on the party," a former Harris staffer told my colleagues. "I don't think it's like Al Gore for Bill Clinton."Others to look out for: Insiders also think the 2020 hopefuls Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren could run again if Biden bows out. (Biden has said he intends to run again.) Terry McAuliffe is also mentioned, but he's engaged in a tight battle to reclaim his old job as Virginia governor.Read more about what Harris loyalists are saying about 2024 and why Democrats say they're gearing up for another "messy" fight.2. Democrats have a framework for their massive spending plan: The White House unveiled a $1.75 trillion social-spending plan, dramatically curtailing Biden's economic ambitions in an effort to appease centrist holdouts like Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. There's still no final bill text. Some Democrats have also pledged to push for changes after the outline confirmed major areas like paid family leave and lowering prescription-drug prices were not included, making it unclear how much longer talks will continue. Here's a look at what else made the cut.A historic climate investment: Biden's plan calls for $555 billion in spending to address the climate crisis by incentivizing Americans to install solar panels and buy electric vehicles, spurring the creation of green energy jobs, and building a new Civilian Climate Corps that'd seek to provide more than 300,000 union jobs. Per The Washington Post, it'd be the biggest clean-energy investment in US history. | The details.3. Biden's infrastructure plan remains stalled: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once again pulled a vote after progressives threatened to torpedo the $1 trillion bipartisan proposal over concerns about the much-larger budget deal. Biden delayed his foreign trip to visit with House Democrats directly and told them, "I don't think it's hyperbole to say that the House and Senate majorities and my presidency will be determined by what happens in the next week." Here's where things stand. Huma Abedin on Capitol Hill in 2015. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 4. Senators worry about who else an unnamed senator may have sexually abused: Sitting senators are concerned after the longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin wrote in a book that an unnamed senator forcibly kissed her in 2005. Abedin did not disclose the senator's party or whether he's still serving in the chamber. More on senators' reactions to the bombshell allegation.5. Biden administration considers $450,000 settlements to families separated at the border under Trump: The sums under discussion are $1 million payouts per family, or $450,000 per individual, potentially totaling $1 billion, but the figures are subject to change, The Wall Street Journal reports. Lawyers representing the families are requesting at least $3.4 million a family. Most of the lawsuits allege that the children separated from their parents suffered both short-term and long-term trauma from their experiences. More on what the Biden administration is considering after Trump's widely panned zero-tolerance immigration policy. Sen. Richard Burr. Samuel Corum/Getty Images 6. Feds are still investigating a GOP lawmaker over possible insider trading: Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina's dumping of more than $1.6 million in stock just a week before the market tanked in February 2020 amid coronavirus fears continues to draw the interest of federal regulators, ProPublica reports. The Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that Burr called his brother-in-law, Gerald Fauth, after unloading his own stocks. Fauth then quickly sold off up to $280,000 worth of stock. The SEC says Burr had access to nonpublic information about how the coronavirus would affect the economy because of his status at the time as the leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Here's what else the feds are revealing about their lengthy investigation.7. Facebook rebrands as Meta: "From now on, we'll be metaverse first, not Facebook first," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at a company event. Zuckerberg later scoffed at the notion that Facebook was changing its name because of the increased federal scrutiny and litany of bad press stemming from a whistleblower's revelations about the social network. More on the future of Facebook and why Zuckerberg is so focused on the metaverse.8. New York is bracing for staffing issues over its vaccine mandates: City officials are making contingency plans while bracing for the possibility that thousands of city workers could be placed on unpaid leave starting Monday once the first phase of the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate takes effect, The New York Times reports. As of Thursday morning, a third of the workers in the fire and sanitation departments - and a fourth of the police force - had not yet shown proof of their vaccination. More on New York City's mandate and the defiant streak some workers are taking.9. Andrew Cuomo faces a criminal charge over groping allegation: A criminal complaint has been filed against the former New York governor over an allegation of forcible touching at the governor's mansion, The Times reports. Cuomo resigned in August in the wake of a state attorney general's report that documented scores of claims of sexual harassment by Cuomo. Cuomo has repeatedly denied forcibly touching anyone. Everything else we know about the charge Cuomo is facing. Getty/Spicy Lingerie 10. Take a look at how Halloween costumes have changed over the years: Classic getups like clown costumes used to look friendly but are now terrifying. People used to wear actual nurse outfits when dressing up for Halloween, but now equivalent costumes are skimpy and scandalous. Here's how 10 classic costumes have changed.Today's trivia question: Who was the first US president to fly on a plane specially designed for the commander in chief? Email your answer and a suggested question to me at's answer: Then-Sen. Barack Obama made his first - and so far only - "SNL" appearance during a cold-open sketch in which he wore a mask of himself to a Halloween party hosted by the Clintons. "I'm not going to change who I am just because it's Halloween," Obama joked.That's all for this week. Happy Halloween!Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytOct 29th, 2021

Biden Finally Admits Dems Don"t Have The Votes To Raise Corporate Taxes For "Build Back Better" Agenda

Biden Finally Admits Dems Don't Have The Votes To Raise Corporate Taxes For 'Build Back Better' Agenda After weeks of negotiations at the White House and on Capitol Hill, it appears the Democrats are hardly any closer to passing President Biden's "Build Back Better" agenda (which, remember, has been split into two bills, a "bipartisan" infrastructure bill and another to finance a massive expansion of the social safety net). To make matters worse (for America, not the Democrats), the Washington Press Corp reported last night that Democratic moderate Kyrsten Sinema, who has helped to plunge Biden's agenda deeper into chaos, won't support tax increases on corporations, wealthy individuals or capitol gains. Remember, President Biden and the Democratic leadership promised that their multi-trillion plan for what is effectively a state-managed redistribution of wealth in the economy is supposed to be paid for (for the most part, at least) with tax hikes. Republicans have unanimously opposed this. We have long suspected that this "commitment" to offset increased spending with tax hikes would ultimately ring hollow, and the other day, Biden seemed to imply that they had abandoned plans to raise taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals. When asked about a corporate tax hike, Sen. Joe Manchin said this week that "they're going to pay their fair share'. Goldman's top political analyst shared his latest thoughts on how the plan might be funded - or not - in a note to clients yesterday. But for the first time, President Biden faced the American public and effectively admitted as much, saying during a CNN town hall meeting in Baltimore that he doesn’t think there are enough Democratic votes to raise tax rates as part of his deal - whether those tax hikes be on wealthy individuals, or corporations. As Axios put it, Biden's comment that the Dems are effectively jettisoning their hopes to hike corporate taxes was "the most important headline" of the night. Does that mean the Dems will simply give up, or try for a much more modest plan that might win some GOP support? Of course not: Biden said last night that he believes they'll reach a deal on the overall legislative package anyway - they'll just need to also commit to trillions of dollars in additional spending, debt and money printing. "I don’t think we’re going to be able to get the vote," Biden said in response to a question about individual and corporate rates. "Look, when you’re in the United States Senate and you’re president of the United States and you have 50 Democrats, everyone is the president." Many have scoffed that Sen. Joe Manchin, due to his status as a key swing vote, is effectively as powerful as the president. Now, Biden is admitting it in a joke. And you know what they say about jokes. A White House official later told Bloomberg that Biden was only referring to corporate tax-rate increases, not potential hikes on the wealthy, or financial transactions, or whatever else. At this point, there have been reports that Sen. Sinema has committed to a broad tax hike outline, but what exactly these tax hikes look like is unclear. As BBG put it, "the specifics of what she would support weren’t immediately clear." Despite progressives' attempts to push back, the headline number for the Dems' social safety net expansion bill has reportedly shrunk to $2 trillion, from $3.5 trillion. Biden also acknowledged that two provisions of his agenda have been vastly curtailed or eliminated: one is an initiative to provide paid family leave, which would be slashed to just four weeks from 12, and a proposal to make community college free. Biden said he would push for increasing Pell grants for lower-income college students instead. Thanks to the trillions in post-COVID spending, inflation in the US is already accelerating at its fastest rate in decades, and it's not just the US: prices are rising around the world. But what's the danger of the Dems' passing another massive spending package without enough tax hikes to offset it? Well, as Paul Tudor Jones said the other day, inflation is already "the single biggest threat to our society". In all likelihood, the Dems already understand this: but if they don't pass some kind of spending package, what will they have to campaign on ahead of next November's midterms? Tyler Durden Fri, 10/22/2021 - 10:20.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytOct 22nd, 2021

These are the 25 large companies offering the best compensation

Microsoft has the best compensation package according to Comparably's 2021 ranking of the companies with over 500 employees, or large companies. Lucas Jackson/Reuters Comparably published its annual ranking of the top companies for compensation. Companies like Microsoft and Adobe offer packages that employees are happy with, per the ranking. Here are the large companies with the best compensation, according to Comparably. See more stories on Insider's business page. 25. Intel Corporation Courtesy of Comparably Location: Santa Clara, CaliforniaIndustry: Semiconductor chip manufacturerEmployee quote about the compensation: "I am compensated in a manner so that when the company does really well, so do I, and when the company doesn't do well, I am still compensated fairly on a market basis." 24. Smartsheet Courtesy of Comparably Location: Bellevue, WashingtonIndustry: SaaS/enterprise softwareEmployee quote about the compensation: "We are compensated with a good base, healthy bonus, RSU's which allows us to either retain or liquidate which gives us a nice income." 23. ADP Courtesy of Comparably Location: Roseland, New Jersey Industry: HR management softwareEmployee quote about the compensation: "The amount of my regular compensation is great. The ability to get an annual bonus is even better." 22. GoDaddy Courtesy of Comparably Location: Scottsdale, ArizonaIndustry: Website hosting platformEmployee quote about the compensation: "The end of the year bonus and stock option offerings are great added benefit to the compensation package." 21. Medallia Courtesy of Comparably Location: San Francisco, CaliforniaIndustry: Customer service and employee SaaS softwareEmployee quote about the compensation: "To me, the best part about the compensation package is the 10% bonus that is dependent on company-wide performance." 20. Appian Courtesy of Comparably Location: McLean, VirginiaIndustry: Enterprise cloud-computing softwareEmployee quote about the compensation: "I love the lifestyle spending account that I can use for fitness reimbursements — critical to my mental health and ability to blow off steam after work!" 19. IBM Courtesy of Comparably Location: Armonk, New YorkIndustry: Computer enterprise softwareEmployee quote about the compensation: "Excellent benefits and competitive pay to allow for a wonderful work-life balance!" 18. VMware Courtesy of Comparably Location: Palo Alto, CaliforniaIndustry: Computer software/cloud infrastructureEmployee quote about the compensation: "One of the best pay masters. If you deserve it and are ambitious, this is the company you would want to work for and realize your dreams." 17. Experian Courtesy of Comparably Location: Costa Mesa, CaliforniaIndustry: Financial servicesEmployee quote about the compensation: "The pay is fair, competitive and they give great benefits. The benefits are improved each year with new items to choose/add to your plan." 16. Palo Alto Networks Courtesy of Comparably Location: Santa Clara, CaliforniaIndustry: CybersecurityEmployee quote about the compensation: "Overall the compensation package is great and the Flexbenefits quarterly bonus is a great treat!" 15. Bell Courtesy of Comparably Location: Fort Worth, TexasIndustry: Aviation and aerospaceEmployee quote about the compensation: "The best part about my compensation package is the combination of benefits, wages, vacation, health insurance, tuition reimbursement, etc." 14. nCino Courtesy of Comparably Location: Wilmington, North CarolinaIndustry: Financial servicesEmployee quote about the compensation: "Insurance is paid for by the company. Combine that with great salary, all our perks, and an outstanding work environment, I never want to leave!" 13. ZoomInfo Courtesy of Comparably Location: Vancouver, WashingtonIndustry: SaaS/enterprise softwareEmployee quote about the compensation: "ZoomInfo was willing to negotiate with me to ensure I received a competitive base salary for my market and tenure." 12. SentinelOne Courtesy of Comparably Location: Mountain View, CaliforniaIndustry: CybersecurityEmployee quote about the compensation: "The compensation package is very competitive and it's clear that the leadership team is interested in building and retaining talents." 11. SAP Courtesy of Comparably Location: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania Industry: Enterprise softwareEmployee quote about the compensation: "I appreciate the ability to earn more income through the incentives plan, and the outstanding match to employee stock purchasing." 10. UiPath Courtesy of Comparably Location: New York, New YorkIndustry: AI softwareEmployee quote about the compensation: "Every year I've received some type of above and beyond recognition financially outside of my core comp plan." 9. Zoom Video Communications Courtesy of Comparably Location: San Jose, CaliforniaIndustry: Video conferencing softwareEmployee quote about the compensation: "Benefits are stellar: wellness benefits are incredible, health package is excellent, you name it." 8. Credit Karma Courtesy of Comparably Location: Oakland, CaliforniaIndustry: FintechEmployee quote about the compensation: "We have pay equity here at Credit Karma, which is huge. I'm unbelievably grateful for how generous our compensation packages are here." 7. Google Courtesy of Comparably Location: Mountain View, CaliforniaIndustry: Internet cloud computingEmployee quote about the compensation: "The continuation of equity grants year-over-year is incredibly impactful to my financial freedom and long-term investment strategy." 6. Peloton Courtesy of Comparably Location: New York, New YorkIndustry: Health and fitnessEmployee quote about the compensation: "The best part of my compensation package is the ESPP stock plan with the discount and extended look back period. World class." 5. Boston Consulting Group Courtesy of Comparably Location: Boston, Massachusetts Industry: Management consultingEmployee quote about the compensation: "Our health care package is unbelievably good. Not a dime comes out of my paycheck and my whole family is covered." 4. Facebook Courtesy of Comparably Location: Menlo Park, CaliforniaIndustry: Online social networkingEmployee quote about the compensation: "The best part of my compensation package is to know that I and my family can live decently with the salary I get for my work, that I can give my son a decent home and a quality education." 3. RingCentral Courtesy of Comparably Location: Belmont, CaliforniaIndustry: SaaS/enterprise softwareEmployee quote about the compensation: "I love the medical benefits, it helps take care of my family as a whole, and because I am paid well I can afford to do that." 2. Adobe Courtesy of Comparably Location: San Jose, CaliforniaIndustry: Enterprise softwareEmployee quote about the compensation: "Strong base salary and cash bonus target along with consistent RSU awards. Can't beat it." 1. Microsoft Courtesy of Comparably Location: Redmond, WashingtonIndustry: Computer software and consumer electronicsEmployee quote about the compensation: "The bonus and additional compensation based on performance over your above average base drives you to excellence." Here's the full list of large companies: Courtesy of Comparably How Comparably came up with this ranking Not only are things like career growth opportunities and strong company leadership important aspects of finding a job and working at a company you love, but so is getting paid what you deserve and being offered a solid compensation package. "Employees from the top-notch companies on our annual Best Compensation list say they feel valued and more motivated to do a great job because their organizations are invested in them to help drive the business forward," Comparably CEO Jason Nazar said in a press release shared with Insider.To find the top large companies, or companies with over 500 employees, Comparably used anonymous ratings from employees regarding company compensation. Questions included things "Do you believe you're paid fairly?" as well as other questions about other components of compensation packages. Ratings were collected over 12 months, starting with September 17, 2020.All information, including industry categories and anonymous employee quotes, were shared with Insider from Comparably. The full list, as well as the ranking for small and midsize companies, can be found on Comparably here. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 5th, 2021

Progressives are furious at Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, whose reasons for opposing Biden"s $3.5 trillion agenda are mystifying

Sinema, who represents a state Biden won, has refused to lay out what she'd like to see in the legislation. Senate Aviation and Space Subcommittee ranking member Sen. Kyrsten Sinema questions witnesses during a hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on May 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. In the wake of President Donald Trump's orders to create a military Space Force, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine testified about "The Emerging Space Environment: Operational, Technical, and Policy Challenges." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Progressives are increasingly frustrated by Sen. Sinema's refusal to support the "Build Back Better" bill. Some argue there are no political reasons for Sinema to obstruct or shrink the legislation. Sinema has refused to lay out what she'd like to see in the social-spending bill Biden is pushing. See more stories on Insider's business page. Progressive lawmakers and pundits are increasingly enraged by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's refusal to support President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion "Build Back Better" bill, and some argue there's simply no reason for Sinema to obstruct her party's signature legislation. While the Arizona Democrat has expressed opposition to the size of the bill and it's tax provisions, she's refused to lay out what she'd like to see in the legislation, which features universal pre-K, paid family leave, tax increases on the rich, and climate priorities, among other major Democratic agenda items. She hasn't been forthcoming about her position with her colleagues or the public and has only made vague comments concerning her multiple discussions with the president. When asked by a reporter where she stood on the bill on Wednesday, Sinema mocked the question, replying that she's "in the Senate" and "right in front of the elevator."Many Democrats insist there's little political logic behind Sinema's opaque opposition. Pollster Nate Silver called Sinema's obstruction "pretty irrational" as it damages her relationship with Arizona's Democratic voters. Tom Perriello, a former Democratic congressman from Virginia who lost his seat after voting for the Affordable Care Act in 2010, argued in a Washington Post op-ed on Wednesday that even purple state Democrats like Sinema can safely vote for the social-spending bill. He pointed to polling that shows the legislation enjoys popular support, and noted that the opposition effort from lobbyists and Republicans isn't particularly strong. He wrote that both Democratic and independent voters will punish the party if they don't pass the sweeping social policy reform Biden promised."The middle and working classes want to see the agenda of the president they elected become law, and will remember if it fails," Perriello wrote. While Sinema barely eked out a win in 2018 with just over 50% of the vote, she's now facing bleak favorability numbers among Arizona Democrats over her moderate policy stances. Rep. Katie Porter, a California progressive from a swing district, argued on Wednesday that Sinema is failing her constituents by refusing to make clear what she wants to see in the bill. "Until Senator Sinema stops being cute, and starts doing her job and leading for the people of Arizona, we're simply not going to be able to move the president's agenda forward," Porter said, adding, "I was not elected to read the mind of Kyrsten Sinema. Thank goodness, because I have no idea what she's thinking."Progressives have expressed somewhat more confidence in West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who's also negotiating with the White House but appears dedicated to passing a smaller version of the bill. Unlike Manchin, who represents a very conservative state, Sinema could be replaced by a more progressive Democrat as Arizona moves to the left. Indeed, her fellow Arizona senator, Democrat Mark Kelly, is publicly supportive of the bill, and progressive activists and donors are already organizing to primary Sinema in 2024.Frustration mounted this week when news broke that Sinema would hold a fundraiser for business lobbyists who oppose much of the bill. Rep. Ro Khanna, a California progressive, on Wednesday called Sinema "an enigma" and said her obstruction of the legislation's passage is "unconscionable." Khanna wouldn't speculate about Sinema's motivations for opposing the legislation, but said Sinema's fundraiser at least amounted to bad "optics." "It is just remarkable to me that we have let the situation get to this point that a single first-term senator from a state that the president carried ... is holding up the entire Democratic agenda, holding up benefits for the working class and middle class," Khanna told MSNBC. Liberal pundits are also ratcheting up the pressure on Sinema. "I have never seen a Democratic senator behave anything like that. Not once. Not ever," MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell said Wednesday night. "There is no playbook for how to negotiate with a senator who talks like that."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 30th, 2021

5 battles to watch as Democrats gear up for the biggest week of Biden"s presidency

Democrats plan to spend trillions, tax the wealthy, and dodge a potentially catastrophic recession this week. Failing at any could doom the party. Vice President Kamala Harris, President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) host a press conference on the stimulus law in the White House. Alex Wong/Getty Images Democrats face several battles this week that will shape the Biden presidency and the US economy. The party aims to approve a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, an even larger families plan, and measures to tax the wealthy. Congress also faces deadlines to avoid a government shutdown and a debt-default recession. See more stories on Insider's business page. Forget infrastructure week. It's economy week in America.As September comes to a close, Democrats have an extraordinary policy agenda to get through. It includes roughly $4.5 trillion in fresh spending, new measures to tax the wealthy, and a last-minute effort to dodge a recession. Democrats aim to approve the measures before the week is out, setting Congress up for one of the busiest legislative weeks in recent memory.Opposition is fierce. Democrats hold fragile majorities in both the House and Senate, and Republican leadership has vowed not to support most of their spending plans, assuring that Democrats will use budget reconciliation to pass most of President Joe Biden's agenda. The week's legislative agenda includes much of the policy championed by Biden during his campaign and first nine months in office. With Democrats controlling Congress and the White House, failure to enact any of the proposals could be ruinous for the party, setting it up for failure in the 2022 midterm elections.Included in legislative fights this week is funding the government, which has a concrete deadline requiring immediate action. Others, like Democrats' spending packages, have deadlines set by party leadership. While those cutoffs are looser, delaying votes any longer could endanger weeks of delicate negotiations within the party.Here are the battles Democrats face as Congress enters a critical legislative week.(1) A massive upgrade to America's roads and bridgesOf Biden's spending proposals, his infrastructure plan is the most likely to reach the Resolute desk for his signature. In June, a bipartisan group of lawmakers agreed on a $1 trillion infrastructure package that includes improvements to roads and bridges, clean water projects, broadband access, and electric-vehicle infrastructure.But progressive Democrats are adamant they won't back the plan unless it's bundled with Biden's larger social spending plan. If the Democratic left wing can't convince moderates to spend big on revolutionary measures like expanded childcare, universal pre-K and paid family leave, those roads and bridges will continue to decay without fresh investment. (2) A historic investment in climate change and family careThe bulk of the White House's proposals are in a $3.5 trillion social spending package, set to be passed via reconciliation. The plan includes funding for childcare, paid family leave, universal pre-K, expansions to Medicare, and investments in affordable housing projects.Using the reconciliation process means that every single Democratic party member must vote yes. That threatens to shrink the entire plan, as moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have balked at the current price tag. Leadership has already hinted at a smaller proposal, with Pelosi saying Sunday that the final package will cost less than the initial $3.5 trillion figure.Failing to pass the package would doom the US economy to substandard growth for several years, Oxford Economics said in a September note, while approving it would help the economy grow faster than its pre-pandemic trend. Fumbling the plan would also scar Democrats in the midterms, as they'd have little to show for themselves when campaigning ramps up next year.(3) Raising taxes on the wealthy and corporationsDemocrats are also split over how they should pay for the ambitious social-safety-net programs.House Democrats revealed the first details of their pay-fors on September 13, confirming sweeping plans to tax the country's richest people and corporations. Proposals include higher income tax rates for top earners, a higher corporate tax rate, and a 3% surtax on people making $5 million or more.To be sure, the House framework is less ambitious than the White House's. It leaves intact the step-up basis loophole that allows wealthy Americans to pass on assets without any tax liabilities. It also fails to close the gap between the top income tax rate and capital gains tax rate, meaning rich Americans can pay less in taxes by living off their investment gains.Pelosi and Schumer said Thursday they have a framework for covering the costs of the reconciliation bill, but didn't disclose details.(4) A last-minute sprint to avoid government shutdownThe government is set to run out of money by September 30, giving lawmakers just days to approve new funding.The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on a short-term bill already approved in the House that would fund the government through December 3. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said his caucus won't allow it to pass, balking at a rule that raises the debt limit and arguing Democrats can do it on their own.At the same time, McConnell has warned the Democrats against playing "Russian roulette" with the economy, as he effectively does the same thing.(5) Democrats' effort to avoid a self-inflicted recessionA government shutdown would be very bad, as Insider's Juliana Kaplan and Ayelet Sheffey reported, and a default on the national debt would be even worse. Janet Yellen said this month it would be a "catastrophe."The US defaulting would lead funding for key support programs to freeze. The country would slide into a self-imposed recession. Millions would lose their jobs and trillions of dollars would be wiped out as stocks tumble.The stakes are high. This week is go-time for Democrats. The game of Russian Roulette has already begun.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 27th, 2021