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Weak Recovery Leaves Laid-Off U.S. Workers Struggling to Find New Jobs

Associated Press (08/24/12)

Just 56% of U.S. employees laid off from January 2009 through December 2011 had found new jobs by the beginning of 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. More than half of the new jobs paid less than the employees’ previous jobs. One-third of people who found a new job accepted pay cuts of 20% or more. The DOL report points to the job market’s persistent weakness and reveals that although the economy has added almost three million jobs since the recovery started, many pay less than the ones that were lost.

DOL says the strongest job gains have been in male-dominated fields such as manufacturing and mining. Hiring has been below par in female-dominated fields such as office and administrative support. According to an Associated Press analysis, the economic recovery is the weakest the U.S. has seen since the Great Depression.

Hepatitis-C Infected Exeter Hospital Patients Seek to Sue Staffing Firm

Seacoast (08/25/12) Elizabeth Dinan

Four people claiming they were infected with hepatitis C while patients at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire are asking a judge to allow them to sue the staffing firm that hired a hospital worker charged with spreading the disease. The four patients are asking a Rockingham County Superior Court judge to allow them to add Triage Staffing Inc., of Omaha, NE, as a new defendant. The four patients filed an 11-count lawsuit against Exeter Hospital and, due to new information, now wish to also hold Triage responsible, their attorney reports. Triage has not yet been served with the suit and therefore has not responded.

The infected patients now accuse Triage Staffing of negligent hiring, training, and supervision. They accuse Triage of wanton and reckless conduct by retaining hospital technician David Kwiatkowsi—who allegedly stole anesthetic drugs intended for patients, injected himself, then returned contaminated needles that were then used on patients—when the staffing company knew, or should have known, he was addicted to drugs, had hepatitis C, and had been previously fired from several hospitals for causes including drug diversion. Triage placed Kwiatkowski at Exeter Hospital in April 2011, and hospital officials have said he passed a criminal background check and drug test.

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