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January 11, 2018

...and boosts maternity and paternity leave

 

"Walmart is boosting the minimum hourly wage for its U.S. employees to $11 and dishing out bonuses of up to $1,000, crediting President Trump's tax cut for enabling the move," Nathan Bomey reports for USA Today. The corporate tax rate will drop from 35 percent to 21 percent under the new law. Walmart is the nation's largest private employer with more than 1 million hourly employees in the U.S., and has a heavy presence in rural America.

Walmart's U.S. employees to $11 and dishing out bonuses of up to $1,000, crediting President Trump's tax cut for enabling the move," Nathan Bomey reports for USA Today.Walmart's U.S. employees to $11 and dishing out bonuses of up to $1,000, crediting President Trump's tax cut for enabling the move," Nathan Bomey reports for USA Today.

Big changes are also coming for Walmart employees who are welcoming a new baby. "The company is also boosting its paid maternity leave policy for full-time hourly workers to 10 weeks at full pay. Previously, birthing mothers got six to eight weeks at half pay," Bomey reports. "Walmart is also increasing its paid leave policy for new fathers and non-birthing mothers to six weeks at full pay for full-time hourly workers. Previously, the company didn't offer any paid leave for them."

The company will benefit from looking more attractive to workers, since unemployment is at a 17-year low, meaning other companies could woo away dissatisfied or potential Walmart employees. University of Michigan business professor Erik Gordon told Bomey that "Walmart would have had to go to at least $11 in many markets in order to retain reliable employees [but] the tax cut made it easier for the company to swallow."

The move shows that Walmart is betting on solid economic growth for the next few years, according to Charles Fishman, author of The Wal-Mart Effect. He also told Bomey that it meant that Walmart recognized that it needed to treat their employees better because "they can't take them for granted anymore."

The minimum-wage hike will take effect in February. The one-time bonuses will cost the company $400 million and will be based on the length of service. Most will get up to a few hundred dollars, but employees who have worked for at least 20 years will get the full $1,000.

 

Written by Heather Chapman (Posted at 1/11/2018 11:57:00 AM)

 

Local Wal-Mart manager Marty Bishop did not comment on raises or bonuses at the Louisa store.

 

January 9, 2018

I'M A NEW WOMAN!

USPS employee receives ‘Today’ makeover



Liberty Road Station Manager Lori Marcum returned to work in Lexington, KY, last week after receiving a makeover on TV.

Liberty Road Station Manager Lori Marcum returned to work in Lexington, KY, last week after receiving a makeover on TV. MARCUM WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MARTIN COUNTY.Liberty Road Station Manager Lori Marcum returned to work in Lexington, KY, last week after receiving a makeover on TV. MARCUM WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MARTIN COUNTY.

A Kentucky Postal Service employee is starting the new year with a new look — courtesy of the “Today” show.

Lori Marcum, who manages Liberty Road Station in Lexington, and some family members were vacationing in New York City during the holidays when they joined the crowd that gathers each morning outside the NBC program’s studio.

Marcum and her relatives, who hail from Lovely, KY, were hoping to be chosen for the show’s “Ambush Makeover” segment. One cousin held a homemade sign that read, “Please send us back to Lovely looking lovely!”

It worked.

Marcum was chosen to receive a makeover, a whirlwind process that involved getting a haircut and color job while another stylist did her makeup.

Marcum — who recently lost 75 pounds, crediting her grandchildren as her inspiration — also tried on eight different outfits, continually going down in clothing sizes until she found one that fit.

Producers didn’t allow Marcum to see her new look until “Today” hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb brought her onto the set for the unveiling.

“My husband’s gonna die!” she said when Gifford and Kotb finally allowed her to look at herself in a mirror. “I’m a new woman!”

Since returning home last week, Marcum has been fielding congratulatory messages from her co-workers (“I feel like a superstar,” she said) and telling them about meeting Gifford (“very friendly”) and Kotb (“makes you feel like she has known you your whole life”).

She’s also been answering the one question that everyone has: What was her husband’s reaction when he saw her new look?

“He said, ‘Everyone gets to see what I already know … that you are beautiful.’”

 

From LINK magazine, New York, NY

 

January 9, 2018

 

A puppy, border crossings, love on the run:

 

ERIC CONN'S WILD ACCOUNT OF HIS ESCAPE

 

To the saga of Eric C. Conn’s journey from wealthy Eastern Kentucky attorney to fugitive felon captured at a Pizza Hut in Central America, add this nugget:

Conn says he used a puppy to cross the border from Mexico into Guatemala, thinking it would help him get past security officers.

“The little guy was not exactly Rin Tin Tin, but I thought almost everyone loves puppies,” Conn said.

In his first communication with the media since being captured, Conn, 57, sent the Herald-Leader a 42-page, two-part, hand-written letter with his account of why he decided to flee sentencing in a massive Social Security fraud case, and information on his six months on the run.

Eric Conn's now infamous billboard near his offices in Allen, Ky. Eric Conn's now infamous billboard near his offices in Allen, Ky.

Conn, who in solitary confinement in the Grayson County Detention Center while awaiting trial on escape and other charges, also called the newspaper from jail.

It’s a tale worthy of Conn’s larger-than-life persona, including how he pretended to be engaged to a woman so authorities wouldn’t check his identification while on a bus, and how he says police in Honduras, where he was captured on Dec. 2, offered to let him go in return for a bribe he couldn’t cover.

Conn said having to look over his shoulder while a fugitive was miserable.

Eric C. Conn said having to look over his shoulder while a fugitive was miserable.  “Honestly, honestly, it was horrible,” he said. “I never got one true minute of relaxation.”Eric C. Conn said having to look over his shoulder while a fugitive was miserable. “Honestly, honestly, it was horrible,” he said. “I never got one true minute of relaxation.”“Honestly, honestly, it was horrible,” he said. “I never got one true minute of relaxation.”

Conn was scheduled to be sentenced to 12 years in prison last July after admitting he included fake medical evidence in claims for hundreds of clients seeking Social Security disability benefits.

Conn said in his letter that before he pleaded guilty, he had suffered “painful guilt” over his illegal acts.

“The actions I took to ensure that my clients would receive their disability benefits were unjustifiable,” Conn wrote.

Conn was on home detention awaiting sentencing, but while in Lexington June 2 for an approved meeting with his attorney and prosecutors, he cut the electronic monitor from his ankle and fled.

A man who had worked for Conn at his law office in Floyd County, Curtis Lee Wyatt, allegedly supplied Conn with a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck to use in escaping.

 

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By Bill Estep
Lexington Herald Leader