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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | December 13, 2012
The Berkeley County Council on Thursday agreed in a 4-0 vote to settle a lawsuit by a county employee, who claimed she was wrongfully terminated in October 2011. Sharon Chaffee, who filed the lawsuit in April, was reinstated as an at-will employee in the Berkeley County assessor's office in June 2012. Chaffee will be paid a total of $58,000 for back wages, repayment of unemployment benefits, general damages and attorney fees and costs, according to settlement terms released Thursday by Berkeley County Council attorney Norwood Bentley III. Chaffee is to receive $23,070 in back wages and unemployment benefits, which will be paid from the Berkeley County assessor's budget, said Bentley in an email response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed Thursday by The Herald-Mail.
NEWS
July 22, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has signed an extension of unemployment benefits for millions of long-term unemployed people, capping a hard-fought political fight with Republicans. The president acted swiftly to turn the legislation into law after the House approved it Thursday; the Senate approved it Wednesday in a near party-line vote. The measure restores unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for six months or more. That ends a a seven-week interruption that caused 2.5 million people to lose unemployment help averaging $300 a week.
NEWS
July 21, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has passed a bill restoring unemployment benefits to millions of Americans who have been out of work for six months or more. President Barack Obama is poised to sign the measure into law after a final House vote on Thursday. It's a welcome relief to 2 1/2 million people who have seen their benefits expire. The measure had once been considered routine but got caught up in a monthslong battle between Democrats and Republicans over whether jobless benefits should be financed with additional federal debt or with cuts to other programs.
NEWS
May 28, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House on Friday approved legislation extending unemployment benefits to people mired in joblessness, but only after dumping programs from last year's economic stimulus bill to save tens of billions of dollars. The 215-204 vote to approve the measure capped a turbulent week for Democratic leaders, who were forced by party moderates and conservatives unhappy with continued deficit spending to kill $24 billion in aid to cash-starved states and $7 billion for health insurance subsidies for laid-off workers.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 27, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Clarence Franklin Meyers was sentenced Tuesday to two consecutive life sentences -- one for each girl who died in a Hancock fire he set in February. Meyers, 38, pleaded guilty in August to two counts of felony murder. He admitted to setting his Old Route 40 home on fire Feb. 16 to gain sympathy and money from the community. He had lost his job and his unemployment benefits had run out, public defender Eric Reed said in court. Nicole Gross, 15, and Mary Gross, 12, died in the fire.
NEWS
November 27, 2002
Week of Nov. 24, 1952 Just 27 years ago this month the first play by what was to develop into the Potomac Playmakers was staged in Hagerstown. The play, "Come Out of the Kitchen," was presented by the Dramatic Section of the Women's Club. The city's cost of providing pensions for retired policemen next year is estimated at $13,000; the cost of providing pensions for retired firemen, $2,670. The 1953 cost of providing pensions for all other city workers is $53,000, an increase of $2,000 over the cost this year.
OPINION
February 19, 2011
Reich was right about the economy To the editor: I do not often take much notice of what columnist Jay Ambrose says in his column as he is pro-business and considers anything else wrong. His article in The Herald-Mail on Jan. 29 caught my attention because of his opposition to Mr. Robert Reich’s position on the economy, which aired on PBS. Well, I was lucky to listen to what Mr. Reich had to say and I was in agreement on every issue he discussed. Mr. Ambrose dismissed outsourcing, shaving payrolls, using technology to get rid of jobs, pressuring unions for wage and benefit concessions.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | September 23, 2012
Certainly, there are people out there who have learned how to job the system. I guess. I don't know any of them personally, but my ability to insulate myself from greater humanity is legend. But it stands to reason that there are women out there who do indeed have extra kids to fatten their welfare checks and men who have parlayed a minor irritant into full-time disability. The elevated unemployment rate may well serve the Democrats right; unemployment benefits that seemingly stretch out into forever do not exactly light a fire under people in search of work.
NEWS
December 22, 2008
Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail. Last week there were three poll questions. The first question was: Do you think you will lose your job in the next six months? o "I didn't vote because I am retired, but I am far from certain that I won't lose my benefits.
OPINION
September 22, 2011
 “About Gov. Perry and those fires that are outside his state capital, about, maybe, to enter the state capital, I really think it behooves Gov. Perry to be down in the state of Texas leading his prayer sessions, instead of running all over the nation, from California to Maine, doing his prayer sessions, which are most inappropriate in a straight-up-and-down democracy. In any case, Gov. Perry doesn't seem to get it, that his people are in trouble.” - Hagerstown “I also agree and think it's contradictory to use bonanzas and wine benefits and things like that, for nonprofit groups such as Girls Inc. and CASA.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | December 13, 2012
The Berkeley County Council on Thursday agreed in a 4-0 vote to settle a lawsuit by a county employee, who claimed she was wrongfully terminated in October 2011. Sharon Chaffee, who filed the lawsuit in April, was reinstated as an at-will employee in the Berkeley County assessor's office in June 2012. Chaffee will be paid a total of $58,000 for back wages, repayment of unemployment benefits, general damages and attorney fees and costs, according to settlement terms released Thursday by Berkeley County Council attorney Norwood Bentley III. Chaffee is to receive $23,070 in back wages and unemployment benefits, which will be paid from the Berkeley County assessor's budget, said Bentley in an email response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed Thursday by The Herald-Mail.
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OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | September 23, 2012
Certainly, there are people out there who have learned how to job the system. I guess. I don't know any of them personally, but my ability to insulate myself from greater humanity is legend. But it stands to reason that there are women out there who do indeed have extra kids to fatten their welfare checks and men who have parlayed a minor irritant into full-time disability. The elevated unemployment rate may well serve the Democrats right; unemployment benefits that seemingly stretch out into forever do not exactly light a fire under people in search of work.
OPINION
December 26, 2011
“A reduced federal budget would be easy to achieve. Find the right percentage amount and cut everyone that amount. The Republicans, however, are pursuing the route of using their hit list. Do you like clean air and water? They don't. Do you think certain business elements require oversight? They don't. Their financing overlords are playing the tune they dance to. The party of Richard Nixon lives.” - Boonsboro “What is with all these Christmas lights this year? Don't get me wrong, I really like to see them, but since they were put up at Halloween, I'm kind of tired of looking at them now. The ones at City Park are beautiful.
OPINION
February 19, 2011
Reich was right about the economy To the editor: I do not often take much notice of what columnist Jay Ambrose says in his column as he is pro-business and considers anything else wrong. His article in The Herald-Mail on Jan. 29 caught my attention because of his opposition to Mr. Robert Reich’s position on the economy, which aired on PBS. Well, I was lucky to listen to what Mr. Reich had to say and I was in agreement on every issue he discussed. Mr. Ambrose dismissed outsourcing, shaving payrolls, using technology to get rid of jobs, pressuring unions for wage and benefit concessions.
NEWS
July 22, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has signed an extension of unemployment benefits for millions of long-term unemployed people, capping a hard-fought political fight with Republicans. The president acted swiftly to turn the legislation into law after the House approved it Thursday; the Senate approved it Wednesday in a near party-line vote. The measure restores unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for six months or more. That ends a a seven-week interruption that caused 2.5 million people to lose unemployment help averaging $300 a week.
NEWS
July 21, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has passed a bill restoring unemployment benefits to millions of Americans who have been out of work for six months or more. President Barack Obama is poised to sign the measure into law after a final House vote on Thursday. It's a welcome relief to 2 1/2 million people who have seen their benefits expire. The measure had once been considered routine but got caught up in a monthslong battle between Democrats and Republicans over whether jobless benefits should be financed with additional federal debt or with cuts to other programs.
NEWS
July 19, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama took aim at Republican lawmakers Monday, accusing them of holding the public hostage to Washington politics by blocking extended unemployment benefits for millions of out of work Americans. "It's time to do what's right, not for the next election, but for the middle class," Obama said in a presidential jawboning statement in the Rose Garden Monday morning. Lawmakers have battled for weeks over legislation extending unemployment benefits to workers who have been out of a job for long stretches of time.
NEWS
July 7, 2010
"If you read The Herald-Mail on Thursday, the 1st of July, 2010, you will see that all the Republicans has once again stuck it to the working man. Every one of them voted against extending unemployment benefits to the millions of the unemployed. They have done this for ... they would have all voted for it. I know that a great many of you are Republicans. If you continue to vote for these people, you are getting what you deserve. " - Halfway "I think it's a pretty sad day for our country when the federal government of our country decides to, intends to sue Arizona over this immigration law and side with Mexico.
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