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Lunch & Learn Offered Oct. 25 on New Employee Compensation Laws

  Fairfield Chamber of Commerce presents New Laws Effecting Employee Compensation and How to Avoid Payroll Pitfalls on October 25, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the LaQuinta hotel in Fairfield. Guest speaker is Rosemary Jones who will discuss the following topics: –New Compensation Rules (Effective 12/1/16) –Minimum Wage Issues –Overtime Pay and Management –Salaried vs. Hourly Employees –Overtime – Exempt vs. Non-exempt Employees Event is sponsored by the City of Fairfield and Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. RSVP to...

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Tyson Foods to pay $1.6M to settle charges of systemic hiring discrimination

  Company will pay back wages, interest and benefits to more than 5,700 applicants The U.S. Department of Labor has settled allegations of systemic hiring discrimination by one of the world’s largest food processing companies at six of its locations in Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico after an investigation by the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. While not admitting liability, Tyson Foods, Inc., has agreed to pay $1.6 million in back wages, interest and benefits to 5,716 applicants rejected for laborer jobs from 2007 to 2010 at its facilities in Amarillo, Houston and Sherman, Texas; Rogers and Russellville, Arkansas; and Santa Theresa, New Mexico. The company has also agreed to extend job offers to 474 of the affected workers as positions become available, and to revise its hiring and training practices. The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that Tyson’s hiring processes and selection procedures at the six facilities violated Executive Order 11246 by discriminating on the bases of sex, race and/or ethnicity. “Federal contractors are obligated to give every applicant a fair and equal shot at competing for good jobs,” said OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu. “Tyson has agreed to fully cooperate to remedy past violations and ensure its selection practices at these facilities are in full compliance with the law. Together, we can achieve the common goal of equal employment opportunities for all employees...

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Parent Company for Luminant and TXU Energy, Emerges from Chapter 11

  Restructuring Eliminates More Than $33 Billion in Debt TCEH Corp. today announced that it and certain of its subsidiaries, including operating businesses Luminant and TXU Energy, have emerged from Chapter 11 as a standalone company effected through a tax-free spinoff from Energy Future Holdings Corp. The emergence follows satisfaction of all necessary conditions, including regulatory approvals required by EFH’s Third Amended Plan of Reorganization, which was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on August 29, 2016. EFH and Energy Future Intermediate Holding Company LLC, which own an indirect 80 percent equity interest in Oncor, remain in Chapter 11 and are proceeding toward confirmation and emergence on a separate, standalone schedule. Concurrent with emergence, TCEH Corp. has issued 427.5 million shares of its common stock, as well as other proceeds, to the pre-emergence first-lien creditors of Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Company LLC (“Former TCEH”). Beginning today, this common stock is publicly traded on the OTCQX market under the ticker symbol THHH. New, Experienced Leadership TCEH Corp. has also appointed a new board of directors consisting of Gavin Baiera, Jennifer Box, Jeff Hunter, Michael Liebelson, Cyrus Madon, Curt Morgan and Geoffrey Strong. Curt Morgan will assume responsibilities as chief executive officer of TCEH Corp., effective immediately. During his 35-year career, Mr. Morgan has held leadership responsibilities in nearly every major U.S. power market. Most recently,...

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Peanut harvests expected to be average

  Texas Weather & Crop Report    Peanut harvesting is underway, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts expect average yields and low prices for producers. Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock, said digging on early planted peanuts and mature varieties have specialists and producers expecting an average year for the crop. Irrigated peanuts looked good after pivots struggled to keep up with water demands during June and July, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Producers are harvesting early season peanuts now with runner and Virginia peanuts soon to follow. (Photograph provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) Trostle said peanut producers in Terry, Yoakum and Gaines counties, where more than 80 percent of West Texas’ peanut acres are normally planted, were concerned about their fields in mid-summer. Conditions were hot and dry from June through July, and irrigation was having trouble keeping up with plants’ daily water requirements. On a windy 93-degree day with low humidity, peanuts could easily use 0.4 of an inch of water each day, which pushes weekly water requirements to around 3 inches, Trostle said. “Peanuts have a higher water requirement than most crops in the area,” he said. “There was some significant concern among producers until the rains arrived in August and September.” Trostle heard of no insect issues in peanut fields this year. But diseases, such as pod...

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It Seems to Me: Apologia

We live in ominous, exciting, interesting, foreboding, worrisome, awesome, and frightening times.  May I remind you that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power?  May I remind you that God has commanded us not to worry but rather to pray?  No matter what new immorality is championed as right and desirable, Christians still have access to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.  No matter what recreational drug is legalized, Christians are still allied with the Sovereign God.  No matter which self-identified “Christian” groups falter and submit under the torrential onslaught of “the wisdom of man” (political correctness), Bible believing Christians can take comfort from the knowledge that even though the tares will be with us until the end, those same tares will be uprooted and cast out at the end. However, Bible-believing Christians must remember that we have been left here for a purpose.  We are to seek the good of the city, state, and nation where God has placed us. The gospel message is the only remedy for what ails the lost and dying world at our doorstep.  Because the gospel is under attack, Paul’s words in Philippians chapter one are very appropriate and relevant for us.  Two times (v.7, 16) Paul speaks of his “apologia” of the gospel. “Apologia” is translated several ways in the New Testament but “answer and defense” seems...

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