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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (PRWEB) February 19, 2015
The Cherokee Nation has adopted a more family-friendly policy to provide eight weeks of fully paid maternity leave for female employees of the tribal government.
Seventy percent of Cherokee Nation government employees are women. The new policy promotes healthier Cherokee families and helps the tribe better recruit and retain workers. Before the change, employees were forced to exhaust their accrued sick and annual leave. After that, employees were paid just 60 percent of their salary while on maternity leave.
This places the Cherokee Nation in the forefront of a much-needed evolution in workforce policies, Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. We need modern policies for a modern workforce, and this progressive change will be good for business, for the regional economy, for community health and, most importantly, for Cherokee families. It's time for the Cherokee Nation to once again be a leader and show our state, other tribal governments and the country our commitment to providing for our talented workforce. This new policy puts us far ahead of Oklahoma government and business entities, and we will be one of the few tribes nationally offering this benefit to employees.
The new policy went into effect Jan. 1. For mothers to qualify, they must be covered by the Cherokee Nations medical insurance and be employed by the tribe for at least a year.
Administrative assistant Candace Garcia is expecting in July. She works in the tribes Human Services department and says the new policy will help her focus more on her babys health in those first critical weeks of infancy.
A huge financial burden is now lifted. Instead of getting most of my paycheck, Ill get all of it, said the 29-year-old, who is expecting her second child. I wont have to save for all those new expenses that come with a baby now and can concentrate on my family, since my pay is fully going to be there.
Other progressive workplace and health care policies enacted in the last three years include increasing the Cherokee Nation minimum wage and providing more money than ever to health care, funded directly from casino profits.
Im proud weve raised the minimum wage to $ 9.50 per hour and invested $ 100 million of tribal casino profits for new health centers in Jay and Ochelata, more facilities at W.W. Hastings Hospital, and expansions of the Sallisaw and Stilwell health centers, Chief Baker said.
The tribe was also recently awarded an Indian Health Service Joint Venture Construction project. It will provide at least $ 20 million in federal funds for health staffing and operation costs, for at least 20 years.
About Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 300,000 citizens, 9,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and the largest tribal nation in the United States.
To learn more, please visit http://www.cherokee.org.
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San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 12, 2015
Mortgage rates had been losing ground for 8 straight days - every business day in February up till this point. But mortgage rates finally caught a break today with slightly improved levels after European headlines and a weaker than expected retail sales report nudged things in the right direction. But will this new direction for mortgage rates gain momentum and bring back lower levels? California full-service mortgage company, Blue Home Loans, Inc., has been helping clients to gain the maximum amount of savings on their home loans for many years and now takes a look at the recent mortgage rate trends and gives some advice for those who have home loan plans for the near future.
The California mortgage company takes a look at the report from real estate news website, Mortgage News Daily, posted this February 12th, 2015, which says, Markets hadn't shown rates any love for 8 straight business days--every day in February. That finally changed today, albeit only slightly. European headlines left bond markets (which guide mortgage rates indirectly) in limbo overnight and weak economic data this morning helped trading levels to improve. That, in turn, allowed most lenders to improve rate sheets by a small amount compared to yesterday's latest offerings. 3.75% and 3.875% remain the two most prevalently quoted conventional 30yr fixed rates for top tier scenarios.
Blue Home Loans explains that while it is definitely a good thing that things have stopped moving up for mortgage rates, the jury is still out as to whether this positivity will be here to stay. Markets will be looking to Europe early next week and headlines from that front will likely decide the fate of domestic mortgage rates. The MND article explains,
Yesterday's meeting with Greece and its Eurozone creditors failed to produce any change in Greece's current collision course. Officials noted that they'd be working on "something" on Monday, but were clear to say that markets shouldn't get their hopes up. Markets likely won't be too eager to move too far in either direction until there's more clarity out of Europe. That decreases both the risk and reward associated with floating in the short term, though the risks should always be respected if you can't afford to lose any ground if the market moves against you.
The California mortgage company also explains that with Monday being a holiday, there will be a long wait for those who are holding their breath to see what will happen with mortgage rates now that February is finally showing rates some love. Blue Home Loans advises that anyone who has not applied for a home loan yet should definitely consider doing so soon, since that will put them in the best position to lock in any gains that may be apparent in the weeks to come or, in the worst case scenario, lock in to prevent further losses if rates start to rise again. In either case, California borrowers who want the best chances of finding the best mortgage rates in California can put their trust in the mortgage experts at Blue Home Loans, Inc.
Co-owner of Blue Home Loans, Brandon Blue, says, I love the personal satisfaction that I receive when I am able to save my clients both time and money--getting them the best deal I possibly can on their home loan. Whether you are looking to purchase your dream home, or want to save money on your existing home, feel free to give me a friendly phone call. I promise that you will not be given some cheesy sales pitch, and that I will listen to your mortgage needs without utilizing any high pressure sales tactics.
For more information on how Blue Home Loans can help California home loan borrowers get approved for their home purchase loan or refinance quickly, please visit BlueHomeLoans.com or call 1-888-929-BLUE (2583) to speak with an experienced mortgage professional.
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