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  • Shelton Resident Graduates from FEMA’s EMI

    burbridge gradChief Bob Burbridge, Mason Fire District #4, graduated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Emergency Management Basic Academy at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) on September 18, 2014. EMI has created the National Emergency Basic Academy to produce… Read More +

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  • Seattle Sends Warning Letters To Medical Pot Shops

    MJ med3The city of Seattle is warning its more than 300 medical marijuana businesses that their days could be numbered. Officials this week have sent letters to 330 medical marijuana growers, processors and dispensaries reminding them they need to either shut… Read More +

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  • Baldwin Optimistic About Seahawks Moving Forward

    baldwinDoug Baldwin was about to board the charter bus last Friday when he got word Seattle had traded Percy Harvin. Two days later, he sat in a St. Louis locker room after one of the best games in his career answering questions about whether he was involved in a preseason scuffle with Harvin. Baldwin and the Seahawks are ready to put the Harvin conversation in the past.

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Forever 21 Under Fire for Cutting Hours, Insurance

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_3293288f10.jpgOliver Morris/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Forever 21 is experiencing some adverse reactions through social media after telling its employees in a letter that the clothing retailer would be cutting hours for some full-time employees to avoid any obligation to provide health plans for them under the Affordable Care Act. Critics are reacting to the employee memo that was reportedly leaked online. 

The document informed employees that it would cut "a number of full-time non-managment positions," including "full-time Stock Associates, Store Maintenance Associates, Accessory Specialists and Cashiers."  According to the letter, these employees, having been demoted to part-time, would be limited to working no more than 29.5 hours. The Affordable Care Act requires employers with at least 50 employees in the company to provide coverage for those who work 30 or more hours each week.

The employee memo, posted last week on Facebook, also told employees that, as of Aug. 31, Forever 21 will no longer provide medical, dental, vision or other voluntary plan coverage, and that the former full-time workers will not accrue paid time off.

Critics have flocked to the company's Facebook page in the last week with comments scolding them for shifting its full-time employees to part-time.  According to MarketWatch, Forever 21 has responded to the backlash saying that less than 1 percent of its U.S. employees will be impacted by the shift.  It also denied making the decision based on the controversial health care law.

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