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A Resource Kit Shows How Wage Theft Recovery Moves Forward in State

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An I-News analysis of federal wage law enforcement data found that $31 million had been illegally withheld from Colorado employees since 2005, while the figure nationally for that period was $1.4 billion. The state Department of Labor and Employment receives about 5,000 complaints and recovers about $1 million annually. A resource guide shows how it works. Continue Reading →

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Web Extra: Extended Wage Theft Conversation on Colorado State of Mind

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I-News finds that since 2005, $31 million has been recovered by the US Dept of Labor, money illegally withheld from Colo employees. But as much as $750 million may still be owed. Rocky Mountain PBS I-News journalists Anna Boiko-Weyrauch and Cynthia Hessin talk to Nina DiSalvo, executive director of Towards Justice -- a worker's rights group, and director of litigation Alex Hood. Continue Reading →

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Stake in the Game: Oil and Gas Retirement Account Investments

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While consumers continue to feel relief at the gas pump due to falling oil prices, the story is more complicated for another piece of their financial picture. Nearly all U.S. retirement accounts are solidly invested in oil and gas companies, many of which have seen their stock prices slide alongside crude oil. Continue Reading →

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Food Stamp Assistance in Colorado Has Doubled Since Great Recession

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More Coloradans are receiving food assistance today than even during the worst months of the Great Recession. Since 2007 the number of people receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program — formerly known as food stamps — has more than doubled. An average of 508,200 residents qualified for SNAP dollars each month during 2013, according to the Colorado Department of Human Services. This year the state predicts that an additional 44,000 Coloradans will sign up to receive help putting food on the table. However, the assistance available is limited. Continue Reading →

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