Wage and pension

Overtime pay a matter of fairness, tough for businesses

Federal rules that would extend overtime pay to mid-level managers would put pressure on Durango businesses to change their practices. “I think it’s going to have a huge impact on a lot of...

DATE: May 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

California, New York enact US-highest $15 minimum wages

LOS ANGELES – California and New York acted Monday to gradually push their statewide minimum wages to $15 an hour – the highest in the nation – as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders again seized on...

DATE: April 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Retirement now moves in slo-mo

BOULDER – The transition from employment to retirement used to be marked by a date on a calendar, along with some sheet cake, and a maybe a gold watch. Those days are long gone for most workers in...

DATE: March 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Ballot proposal filed to raise Colorado minimum wage

DENVER – A ballot proposal to raise the minimum wage in Colorado was filed on Thursday. The effort comes just a day after Republicans in the state Legislature blocked an effort to allow local...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Minimum-wage measure dies at Colorado Legislature

DENVER – Republican state lawmakers on Wednesday killed a measure pushed by Democrats that sought to raise the minimum wage in Colorado. The legislation – which also failed in previous legislative...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Public Employees’ Retirement Association report says unfunded liability reduced by $15 billion

DENVER – Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton remains at odds with members of the state’s retirement benefits board over the stability of the system. Stapleton’s comments come after the Public...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Livable wage elusive for many in Durango area

Most employment sectors in and around Durango do not provide enough income to meet the basic needs of a family of four, forcing renewed discussions about livable wages. Not surprisingly, Durango...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

More jobs, fewer workers may pressure local wages

As the unemployment rate has dropped in La Plata County, the number of people in the labor force has also been on the decline. With fewer people to fill positions, employees may be seeing higher...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant

SEATTLE – Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don’t have to tip at Ivar’s Salmon House on Seattle’s Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage two...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

House approves minimum-wage bills

DENVER – State Rep. J. Paul Brown on Monday said raising the minimum wage in Colorado would violate the principles of America. The Ignacio Republican made his comments from the floor of the House,...

DATE: March 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

How should minimum-wage be increased?

DENVER – A Democratic-controlled House committee Monday backed proposals that aim to raise the minimum wage in Colorado. The hearing by the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee...

DATE: March 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tipped-wage system stirs debate

NEW YORK – In more than a decade slinging drinks, bartender Autumn Alston has depended on tips to earn a living, leading to an often-inconsistent income – from some customers who tip a lot, some...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Nation & World