Now in its third year of implementation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to evolve. Even as healthcare costs nationwide have fallen overall in recent years, and nearly 10 million individuals have purchased health insurance through the ACA as of last June (with another 1.1 million signing up during this fall’s open-enrollment period), the ACA is not without its challenges.
Even though jobs have been more plentiful in the last year or two, many companies are still feeling the pinch and are tight with their budgets. So, while productive employees may be denied a pay raise, they can be recognized for their achievements in other ways that don’t take a big bite out of employers’ budgets. So reports Fox Business.
Amid the clamor for more generous maternity/paternity leave and more opportunities for new parents to have greater flexibility in their jobs, employees who plan to (or might) adopt children appear to fare more poorly than their “traditional family” counterparts. So reports the Huffington Post.
It’s no secret that wages for millions of Americans have been stagnant, or growing slowly at best. Some economists see it as a continuation of a decades-long widening in income equality due to changes in the global economy, innovation brought on by technology, or even the decline of unionized labor. So reports The Wall Street Journal.