Wal-Mart in Maryland must spend more on worker health

first_imgANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland legislators voted Thursday to enact a first-in-the-nation requirement that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spend more on employee health care. The measure, touted as a money-saver for the state-supported Medicaid program, takes effect despite the governor’s veto of the bill. Labor unions have said they are seeking similar legislation this year in at least 30 other states. Supporters of the measure say the retailing giant unfairly takes advantage of taxpayer-funded health care plans because some workers are paid too little for them to afford Wal-Mart’s health insurance. “The taxpayers are giving a health-care subsidy to the largest retailer on earth,” argued Democratic Delegate Kumar Barve. The House and Senate, both controlled by Democrats, both notched the three-fifths margins needed to override a veto last May by Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich. The bill requires companies with more than 10,000 Maryland employees to spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on employee health care or pay the difference into the state’s Medicaid fund. Of the state’s large employers, only Wal-Mart spends less than 8 percent on health care. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The company employs about 17,000 Marylanders at more than 40 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores, and about 1.3 million people nationwide. Critics of the legislation called it a dangerous precedent that ultimately would cost Maryland jobs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hazard would have gone to Real Madrid on one condition, his dad reveals

first_img 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Hazard could have been a Real Madrid player this season if Zidane had stayed Zidane led Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles before shockingly quitting targets Latest Transfer News Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on RANKED targets IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED LATEST Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Keen to appoint an immediate successor, Florentino Perez moved quickly to bring Spain boss Julen Lopetegui to the Bernabeu, but it may have been a mistake not to do more to convince Zidane to stay.In a report published by Spanish publication Marca, Hazard’s dad told a Belgian newspaper his son could quite easily have gone to LaLiga if the Frenchman was still in charge.“It could have been a different story if Zidane had continued as Real Madrid coach,” he told Belgian newspaper Hiet Niewuwsblad.“But he had his reasons to leave.” The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM Beyond that, he was reluctant to go into details though he refused to rule out a move in the future.“I can’t say what happened,” he said.“Maybe Real Madrid have a policy to give chances to youngsters.“Eden has another year on his contract next summer, and it’s possible that he’ll still end up at Real.” Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Eden Hazard would have gone to Real Madrid if Zinedine Zidane had stayed as manager of the club.The Real legend led the club to an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League title at the end of last season, before sensationally quitting just days later. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Most recently, Zidane has been linked with a move to Manchester United as Jose Mourinho’s position beginning to look untenable.Under Maurizio Sarri, Hazard has yet to start a Premier League game after returning later from the World Cup.Chelsea visit St James Park on Sunday to face former boss Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United side.last_img read more