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Safeway to hire at least 1,000 military veterans in 2013

BY Staff Writer

Pleasanton, Calif. — Safeway Inc. announced it will expand its support of America’s military veterans by hiring at least 1,000 military veterans in 2013 to add to the 1,300 hired to date in 2012.

The company has created a Junior Military Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer program to train and place veterans in top store and backstage leadership positions. The 41-week intensive training program includes a combination of on-the-job training, mentoring, classroom seminars, job shadowing and independent study, as well as participating in numerous department and key leadership strategy sessions. At the end of the program, participants are qualified to hold a number of leadership positions, including Store Manager and Warehouse Superintendent.

Safeway is raising money this Veterans Day weekend for organizations that help veterans recover from service-related injuries and/or return to the civilian workforce.

“We are honored to assist those who have protected our freedom at home and abroad,” said Larree Renda, Safeway executive VP and chair of The Safeway Foundation. “Likewise, we have tapped into the knowledge and leadership skills of these remarkable professionals to enhance our workforce. We urge other companies to do the same and benefit from the talent that comes with military experience."

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Mar-06-2013 09:55 am

Safeway Inc. has taken its great initiative to include the veterans and hire them. This has been the step taken after Walmart has also decided to provide the same to the American veterans. They will be provided total care and also the training for various posts in the services. New talents will sure emerge from them within and this will be a great venture towards the employment issues after war. virginia personal injury attorneys

R.Costa says:
Mar-06-2013 09:55 am

Safeway Inc. has taken its great initiative to include the veterans and hire them. This has been the step taken after Walmart has also decided to provide the same to the American veterans. They will be provided total care and also the training for various posts in the services. New talents will sure emerge from them within and this will be a great venture towards the employment issues after war. virginia personal injury attorneys

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Williams-Sonoma launches new brand of personalized gifts and accessories

BY Marianne Wilson

San Francisco — Williams-Sonoma said Thursday it has launched a new direct-to-consumer gifts and accessories brand called Mark and Graham. The brand will debut with its own direct mail catalog and website.

At the heart of the new brand, said the retailer, is complimentary monogramming and personalization on its products, with a choice of more than 50 custom monograms and creative type treatments. Every purchase comes with complimentary personalization, and arrives in a signature linen box finished with extra-wide grosgrain ribbon and a customizable gift card.

“I’m extremely proud to launch Mark and Graham, as it is an example of our innovative culture here at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.,” said Laura Alber, president and CEO, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. “One of the things that differentiates our company is our ability to incubate and launch new brands that can grow into substantial businesses. With Mark and Graham, our goal is to create a destination for beautiful, high-quality, thoughtful gifts that are personalized by the artful use of typography.”

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RILA to Obama: Without rules, employer-sponsored health care at risk

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Arlington, Va. – In a letter sent Thursday to President Barack Obama, RILA President Sandy Kennedy argued that the Administration’s failure in a timely manner to provide employers with formal guidance on the most basic of implementation rules for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) jeopardizes employer-sponsored healthcare coverage.

“RILA is extremely concerned that when formal guidance is finally released, employers will not have ample time to plan, budget and implement changes in order to comply with the new law,” said Kennedy.

While the law doesn’t take effect until January 2014, plan years beginning in early 2013 that transverse the ACA’s effective date are obligated to be in compliance. In some cases, the open enrollment period for such plans is under way now.

RILA raised similar concerns in a letter sent to President Obama in July. The association said it has engaged closely with the Administration in an effort to support and inform the complex rulemaking process. However, with no time left to reasonably comply with forthcoming implementation rules, transition relief is needed to allow employers to adapt existing benefits and design future benefits to comply with the law.

“RILA strongly urges the Administration to provide employers with transition relief with respect to the employer requirements under the ACA,” said Kennedy.

The letter included a sample of the many questions that employers need answered in order to ensure their health benefits comply with the new law.

The law is effective on January 1, 2014, yet there are no formal regulations for the employer requirements. How do employers with plan years that transverse January 1, 2014 comply, as 2013 plans are already in effect?

  • How will full-time employees be defined?
  • What is the definition of a seasonal employee?
  • What does it mean to make an “offer” of coverage? How are employers expected to demonstrate that they have “offered coverage?”
  • Who are “dependents?”

Click here to see the whole letter.

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