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Do equitable principles apply to ERISA plans?

When an accident victim’s medical expenses are covered by an ERISA plan, and the victim goes on to win a tort suit for his injuries, who foots the attorney’s bill? That question was at the heart of oral arguments on ...

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‘Green’ program set for western NY GM plant

LOCKPORT — General Motors executives will give the media a tour of one of the company’s western New York plants to unveil a new environmental program. The GM Components Holdings executives are holding a news conference Thursday morning at the ...

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US pushes to keep entrepreneur jobs here

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Obama administration’s top immigration official says his agency is working to attract and keep more foreign-born high-tech entrepreneurs who are seeking to start a company in the U.S. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director Alejandro Mayorkas ...

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Stance on at-will clauses modified

After stirring up the employment bar with two cases finding that at-will employment clauses in non-union workplaces violated federal labor laws by potentially stifling concerted activity, the National Labor Relations Board has issued two guidance memos that offer some relief ...

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Judge asks Hostess to mediate with union

Twinkies won’t die that easily after all. Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union will go into mediation to try and resolve their differences, meaning the company won’t go out of business just yet. The news came Monday after ...

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Weekly US jobless claims fall to 355K last week

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 355,000, a possible sign of a healing job market. But officials cautioned that the figures were distorted by Superstorm Sandy. The Labor ...

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US employers post fewest jobs in 5 months

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. The report suggests hiring will likely remain modest in the coming months. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings dropped by ...

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US consumer confidence highest since Feb. 2008

WASHINGTON — Americans’ confidence in the economy surged last month to the highest level in nearly five years, as many were encouraged by an improving job market. The Conference Board said Thursday that its consumer confidence index increased in October ...

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Are seasonal workers covered by wage freeze?

Seasonal sanitation workers in Buffalo are trying to recover wages they believe they should have received during a three-year wage freeze that ended more than five years ago. Led by Marlino Gress, the four workers claim they were not part ...

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Manufacturing executives meet

The Buffalo chapter of the Metals Service Center Institute recently had its 2012 Manufacturing Summit, “Closing the Divide Between Job, Policy and Growth,” at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The event, attended by 125 members and their customers, was moderated ...

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