11 Companies Offering Health Care Benefits To Part-time Workers

PHOTO: Pedestrians pictured outside the Trader Joes on 14th Street in in Union Squre, New York, March 17, 2006.

Starbucks Since 1988, Starbucks, based in Seattle, has offered “a comprehensive compensation program” that recognizes and rewards employees, or “partners,” the company says. This benefits package includes “competitive” base pay, health care for eligible full and part-time partners, with an average of 20 hours per week, and equity in the company in the form of Bean Stock. Last year, Starbucks store and non-executive employees received over $234 million in pre-tax gains from Bean Stock, a spokeswoman said. Starbucks also offers a 401(k) savings plan with employer match, tuition reimbursement, short-term disability, paid vacation time, and a 30 percent in-store discount. The spokeswoman says that the premiums that employees pay are lower than those they would pay at 80 percent of other retailers. Starbucks funds approximately 70 percent of the premium costs and covers 100 percent of preventive care services, including full coverage of women’s preventive health, she said. Apparel 3. Land’s End This year, Lands’ End will hire approximately 2,000 employees to work in its call center and distribution centers, with many part-time workers receiving benefits such as the employee discount, access to the on-site medical clinic and use of the on-site fitness center and child care center. Lands’ End, based in Dodgeville, Wis., was acquired by Sears Holdings in 2002. Lands’ End offers ongoing part-time employees dental, vision and life insurance benefits in addition to the employee discount, on-site medical clinic and fitness center options, according to Hawkins, though on-going part-time and seasonal hourly requirements are dependent upon each department. Seasonal employees who commit to returning the following holiday peak season receive extended benefits for the entire year. Home improvement 4. Home Depot Stephen Holmes, spokesman for Home Depot, said the company offers dental, vision, critical illness and disability coverage to employees who have worked at least 90 days. Home Depot, based in Cobb County, Ga., calls itself the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,263 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, among other countries.

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Hagel ‘deeply concerned’ about health of U.S. nuclear forces

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian conduct a joint news conference after their meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Girls in grades 6-8 participated in a number of hands-on activities to give them an idea of what doctors, first responders, and researchers deal with on a daily basis. One group was learning how to extract DNA from peas. “We got to learn how to make the DNA come apart from all the peas, and then we had to like, blend it,” explained 6th grader Jordyn Stammeyer. For fellow 6th grader Katie Stoddard, stuff like this is what makes it fun to learn about science, technology, engineering and math. “It’s really cool how they’re letting kids like us learn about science before we’re in high school or college so we know if we want to do it or not,” Stoddard said. Event speaker and 4th-year medical student Rachelle Naridze said that’s what it’s all about: giving young girls something tangible to capture their interest. “I didn’t have the opportunity to do something like this when I was the ages of these girls, and I wish I had, because I think they really pique interests and show that science and math and technology and medicine can be really fun,” said Naridze. Naridze said events like this will help, but it’s also on teachers and parents to encourage young women to get involved in STEM careers. “They’re fully capable of doing these things. We just need to give them the opportunities to see that it’s possible,” Naridze explained. “Yeah, it can be challenging, but I think it’s exciting in many ways and people don’t get exposed to how much fun they can have with it.”

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Mini Medical School Drives Young Women Toward STEM

nuclear forces By David Alexander and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:06pm EST Email Print 1 of 2. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian conduct a joint news conference after their meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, January 24, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas U.S. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Friday he was “deeply concerned,” over the health of U.S. nuclear forces after the drug and cheating scandals this month, and that some nuclear officers felt their mission was taken for granted during 13 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Hagel, who ordered a high-level review of nuclear forces on Thursday, told a news conference that the problems affecting missile launch officers were caused by a range of factors. “There’s no one issue here … this is cultural,” Hagel told reporters, pointing to the physical isolation of the force, the pressure to meet exacting standards through regular testing and an incentive structure that may need improvement. Over the past three weeks, an investigation has uncovered illegal drug possession among some missile launch officers as well as cheating on a proficiency exam that resulted in the suspension of 34 people and the retesting of the entire force. The investigation came just months after the head of the intercontinental ballistic missile force was fired for drunkenness and other inappropriate behavior during an official nuclear security visit to Moscow. Hagel, in a swearing-in ceremony for Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, insisted that U.S. nuclear arms are safe.

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