Stories by Sam Hananel

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

High court says Florida death penalty unconstitutional

The Supreme Court ruled that Florida's unique system for sentencing people to death is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to judges - and not enough to juries - to decide capital ...
By Sam Hananel

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tobacco firms don't have to say they deceived public, court rules

WASHINGTON - America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a ...
By Sam Hananel

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

High court to examine government's job bias suits

The Supreme Court could put the brakes on the Obama administration's growing crackdown against companies facing claims of discrimination against women, minorities and other protected groups.
By Sam Hananel

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Court rules for Pom Wonderful in dispute with Coke

WASHINGTON - Coca-Cola's version of pomegranate juice is not quite the real thing, and a competitor has another chance to prove it in court.
By Sam Hananel

Friday, April 18, 2014

Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from ...
By Sam Hananel

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Justices consider securities fraud case

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed open to the possibility of making it harder for investors to join together to sue corporations for securities fraud - but maybe not as hard as ...
By Sam Hananel

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

Disabled struggling to find work

WASHINGTON - Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce. Even when they find work, it's often for pay well below the minimum wage.
By Sam Hananel

Friday, July 5, 2013

Employers examine benefits after gay-marriage ruling

The Su­preme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage has private employers scrambling to make sure their employee benefit plans comply with the law.
By Sam Hananel

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Want more time off? Some employers let you buy it

Some companies allow their workers to buy and sell vacation time, a perk that gives workers more flexibility in managing their time off.
By Sam Hananel

Friday, May 10, 2013

Post office had $1.9 billion second-quarter loss

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service said Friday it lost $1.9 billion over the last three months and warned that losses would continue to mount without help from Congress.
By Sam Hananel

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

401(k) rollover information often wrong

Many workers are getting false or misleading information about options for their 401(k) accounts when they change jobs, congressional auditors said Wednesday in a report that urged regulators to ...
By Sam Hananel

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Minimum wage plan renews debate

President Obama's proposal is renewing the age-old debate between advocates who claim boosting the minimum wage pumps more money into the economy and business groups that complain it would ...
By Sam Hananel

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

Union membership falls sharply

Union membership plummeted to the lowest level since the 1930s as cash-strapped governments shed workers and unions had difficulty organizing new members in the private sector.
By Sam Hananel

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Background check guidelines changed

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated the policy on criminal background checks to rein in practices that can limit job opportunities for minorities.
By Sam Hananel

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

SC, 3 others fight federal union law threat

Four states are vowing to fight the federal government in a bid to preserve state measures that guarantee workers the right to secret ballots in union elections.
By Sam Hananel
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