| Jan 18, 2013
| 5:29 PM
Maryland gained about 22,000 jobs in 2012, the smallest annual increase since the recession, underscoring the challenges facing the state in a year dominated by the federal budget and the collapse of a major employer.
U.S. Department of Labor estimates...
| Feb 20, 2013
Raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 should be a no-brainer.
Republicans say it will cause employers to shed jobs, but that's baloney. Employers won't outsource the jobs abroad or substitute machines for them, because jobs at this low level of...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 6:45 PM
Some members of the Rev. David Carl Olson's congregation are homeless. A few work minimum-wage jobs, he said, but they still cannot afford to leave shelters.
His faith calls him to live in a world with "profoundly more justice," said Olson, who...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 3:30 PM
Citing a severe and chronic backlog, advocacy groups have filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the state of failing low-income and disabled Marylanders by regularly taking nearly a year to approve medical assistance applications.
The lawsuit, filed last...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 11:44 AM
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act. The 1993 act is a federal law requiring employers to provide employees 12 weeks of unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons, including pregnancy. On this...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 5:05 PM
To work for Fireworks Extravaganza, a job applicant needs a clean record and the ability to pass a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives background check.
That's one reason Wells Berni, a local representative of the New Jersey-based...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 9:30 AM
In all of the clamor about deficit reduction and fiscal cliffs, the assumption is that the U.S. economy is basically fine. The "jobs slump" is just that — a slump — so with proper government intervention (or lack thereof), the happy days of...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 6:17 AM
The recent article by Jamie Smith Hopkins was right on the mark ("Greater Md. focus on federal agencies," Feb. 8). Baltimore City is fortunate to be located close to many federal agencies and contractors which, as a result of the Base Realignment and...
| Feb 13, 2013
We are in the most anemic recovery in modern history. The president is talking about boosting the economy and rebuilding the middle class, but Washington isn't doing squat.
In fact, apart from the Fed -- which continues to hold down interest rates in...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 12:16 PM
Baltimore City Solicitor George Nilson appears to have shot down a proposal to require businesses that receive large city contracts or tax breaks from City Hall to hire local residents for 51 percent of new jobs they create. Last week, Mr. Nilson said the...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 1:24 PM
The town of Bel Air has hired Michael Krantz as its new director of human resources and administration.
Krantz, who has more than 25 years of experience in the human resources field, replaces Joyce Oliver, who retired last month after 28 years of service...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 9:18 AM
The new year may be a done deal as far as flipping the calendar goes, but the countdown to the July 1 start of the Harford County government's budget year is once again accompanied by a fanfare all its own, courtesy of the leadership of the local teachers...