Justice Department accuses Facebook of favoring visa workers for some positions

Dec. 3 (UPI) — The Justice Department on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Facebook, alleging the company discriminated against U.S. workers by creating a separate recruiting process favoring temporary visa holders.

In a statement, the Department of Justice accuses Facebook of refusing to recruit, consider or hire U.S. workers for more than 2,600 positions with an average salary of about $156,000. The suit said the company instead reserved the jobs for temporary visa holders, such as those with H-1B visas.

“The Department of Justice’s lawsuit alleges that Facebook engaged in intentional and widespread violations of the law, by setting aside positions for temporary visa holders instead of considering interested and qualified U.S. workers,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division said.

The suit is based on an investigation spanning from Jan. 1, 2018 to Sept. 18, 2019.

During this time, the Justice Department said Facebook

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This Renewable Energy Stock Keeps Adding Power to its Dividend Growth Engine

Clearway Energy (NYSE:CWEN)(NYSE:CWEN-A) has been a dividend growth juggernaut this year. The renewable energy producer increased its payout three times, boosting it by an eye-popping 59% overall. That surging payout has helped push its yield above 4.3%. 

That upward trend in the dividend seems likely to continue, given Clearway’s increasingly visible growth pipeline. Because of that, income investors won’t want to miss what’s ahead for this high-yielding stock.

A field of solar panels with wind turbines in the background at dawn.

Image source: Getty Images.

Enhancing an already fully powered growth plan

Clearway Energy has had an active year. The company had secured $450 million of new growth investments through the end of the third quarter. Overall, it expects these to add an incremental $50.1 million of average annual cash available for distribution (CAFD). After adjusting for financing and timing, the company anticipates that its CAFD will grow from $310 million, or $1.54 per share, in 2020 to $325 million, or $1.61

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Deer Park resident’s business offers kids a virtual visit from Santa

Some children won’t miss the Christmas tradition of a one-on-one meeting with Santa Claus this year, thanks to the virtual know-how of Deer Park resident Alec White.

The 23-year-old recently created Personalized Santa Videos as an online service. It draws on his experience as an actor at Deer Park High School and a budding filmmaker at the University of Houston, where he graduated in May with a bachelor of arts in media production.

White, who honed his approach to the St. Nick role — including a hearty laugh — when he entertained kids as Santa in 2018 at Moody Gardens in Galveston, had been wrestling how to offer a safe Santa service amid the pandemic.

“I came up with the idea, thinking that with the holiday season just around the corner and COVID-19 still hindering celebrations, everyone needs a little visit from Santa,” White said.

“However, I knew there would

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7 Cheap Stocks to Buy for 2021 That Deserve Recognition

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Investing in cheap stocks can seem fail-proof. And to be sure, the underlying logic is sound.

Early investors should seek out equities that are fundamentally undervalued, and others will follow as the strength of said equities becomes more apparent. Then the underlying equity rises in price concurrently with demand and investors benefit via price appreciation. 

But the world doesn’t work in such easily identifiable patterns. If it — or at least,  the investment world as a microcosm of the larger world — did, then Benjamin Graham would be all the rage on Wall Street. Further, many of the growth stocks that dominate our daily media headlines wouldn’t receive much investment interest, because these stocks are anything but “cheap”. 

Which leads me to my next point, or rather a question: how can investors objectively define a subjective term like cheap? After

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Still Standing: Tom Dreesen shares classic show business tales and more in new book

Comedian Tom Dreesen’s illustrious show business career spans decades. He has done it all from appearing multiple times on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’ to Opening for Frank Sinatra for years, and he has delighted generations of audiences with his terrific and original standup comedy.

He has chronicled it all in his new book: “Still Standing: My Journey from Streets & Saloons to the Stage & Sinatra” which is available now and makes a great Holiday gift. This morning on ‘The Rhode Show’ we aired Part One of Brendan Kirby’s engaging chat with this master of the stage. Join us tomorrow for Part 2!

To purchase Tom’s book head to: https://www.amazon.com/Still-Standing-Journey-Streets-Saloons/dp/1642933600/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=to+dreesen&qid=1606963457&sr=8-1

To learn more about his fascinating show business career, visit: http://tomdreesen.com

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Whitmer may extend partial shutdown of schools, businesses

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that her administration may extend portions of a three-week partial shutdown of schools and businesses next week because of the “sheer volume” of coronavirus cases in Michigan.

The Democratic governor said no decision had been made, but that hospitals can’t be overrun with COVID-19 patients. Although the infection curve has leveled off, it is a “dangerous moment” for the state, she said.

“As we get a few more days of information under our belts, we’ll be in a much stronger position to really assess if there are some things that maybe are safer to do,” Whitmer said during a news conference in which she reported continued progress addressing virus-related racial disparities. “But if we have to make some extensions of the current pause in some realms, that is sadly possible because of just the sheer volume of COVID” cases.

The state

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Unemployment Claims Drop, but Holiday Week May Be a Factor

New claims for unemployment benefits dropped for the first time in three weeks, the government reported Thursday, but the economy remains under pressure as Covid-19 cases surge and fresh restrictions on businesses loom in some states.

The Thanksgiving holiday is likely to have delayed the filing of claims, and economists warn there will be more job losses ahead if the pandemic worsens.

“It’s still bad,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at the accounting firm Grant Thornton in Chicago, noting that recent job losses were broad and concentrated in industries that were hit hard early in the pandemic: food services, health care, retail establishments and hotels.

Nearly 714,000 people filed initial claims for state unemployment insurance last week, compared with 836,000 the week before, the Labor Department reported. With seasonal swings factored in, last week’s total was 712,000.

“People don’t apply as much when there are holidays,” Ms. Swonk added. “There

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Quebec cancels plan to allow holiday gatherings

MONTZREAL — The Quebec government is cancelling its plan to allow gatherings over four days of the Christmas holidays.

Premier Francois Legault announced Thursday that the province will no longer permit multi-household gatherings of up to 10 people from Dec. 24 through Dec. 27 as had been planned.

Legault first announced the Christmas plan on Nov. 19, saying people could get together as long as they quarantined for a week before and a week after the holiday period. But coronavirus infections, COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise and the province’s health system is deemed fragile due to a lack of staffing.

Legault says it’s not realistic to think the numbers will go down sufficiently by Christmas.


The French-speaking Canadian province reported 1,470 coronavirus cases Thursday.

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THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— U.S. reaches daily records with more than 3,100 deaths and 100,000 hospitalizations; tops 200,000 daily cases

— Russia

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Having a business plan can help advisors boost their top line

Stacy Brooks, National Practice Management Consultant at Financial Horizons Group.


Let’s jump right in today and talk about Business Planning.

Specifically, we’re going to go over the importance of creating and documenting a vision statement and defining your customer experience.

As a financial advisor, you’re pulled in two directions—looking after your business, as the owner of the business, and looking after your clients’ needs.

This can be a constant struggle to balance your time “on” the business and “in” the business.

Investing time on a documented business plan can actually save you time in the long run—allowing you to keep your focus on your clients.

You and your team get a clear vision of where you want to go—helping with making decisions along the way.

You can define your experience, which helps you to increase your positive reputation.

This may seem like it could be a lot of work, but

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Metuchen Moves Online, To Conduct All Official Business Virtually

METUCHEN, NJ – Owing to the growing number of coronavirus cases in the state and town, Metuchen recently announced it was moving all official business online.

“For the first time since mid-June, the Borough is moving back to a virtual operations schedule,” town officials said in statement.

The change though is temporary. Beginning this week, all in-person Borough meetings are suspended. Council members will now meet virtually.

Here’s what will change for all borough residents:

  • Municipal offices: No in-office visits are permitted for the duration without a scheduled appointment. All offices are open and Staff will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer questions and concerns from the public via telephone and email.
  • Health Department: Health inspections will continue by appointment only by calling 732-632-8504 or emailing at [email protected] Emergency and critical inspections will also continue.
  • Metuchen Municipal Court: The Metuchen Municipal Court sessions will continue to
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