At a recent stop in San Francisco in their visit to the U.S., Social Security System (SSS) President, Chief Executive officer Emilio de Quiros Jr., Senior Vice President of Account Management Group, International Operations Division Judy Frances See and other top officials exhorted Filipino members in the U.S. to re-activate their membership to be entitled to pension and other benefits. “This is why we are re-opening our San Francisco office, the 22nd SSS foreign office on...

SAN FRANCISCO -- Immigration advocates among the Asian Pacific Islanders and other ethnic groups were not fazed by the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. The fifth Circuit had ruled that President Obama’s immigration initiative on extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) did not follow proper administrative procedures and went beyond Congress’ authority.   Thi...

State Assembly Health Committee Chairman and Assembly member Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) recently reminded everyone to enroll in healthcare coverage, regardless of immigration status and language spoken. He said, “I believe that affordable, accessible, and high quality health care coverage is a right, not a privilege. Having true access to a doctor when you need one can improve, extend, and even save one’s life.” He said that the State’s implementation of the Affordable Care ...

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Agape Cottages misclassified its employees as “care partners” or business partners, rather than employees. They were treated as though they had none of the legal rights afforded to them under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other labor laws. They were denied pay and benefits to which they are lawfully entitled. An investigation of six of the company’s residen...

Two organizations bearing almost the same name but with different directions have confused many in the homecare industry. 6 Beds, Inc. (with an on-line presence at www.6BedsProvider.org, www.6Beds.org and www.facebook.com/6Beds ) is a large non-profit advocacy group run voluntarily by some carehome owners that in 2014 launched free educational sessions to get carehome owners to be compliant with the minimum wage and other labor laws. Sixbedpartners.com is a consultancy ...

BASRA-After a Filipino company poured in $130 million to develop Iraq’s largest port, the governor of this oil-rich southern province wants the Philippines to seriously consider sending in more investments. “We want more investments from the Philippines,” Governor Majid Al-Nasrawi said during a recent courtesy call by Chargé d’Affaires Elmer Cato of the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad. “There are numerous investment opportunities here for Filipino companies.” During their m...

By MARICAR CP HAMPTON Commitment to service, hard work and critical thinking skills are what propelled Anna Lopez Brosche to becoming the first Filipino American woman to serve as City Councilor for Jacksonville, Florida. “I am proud to be the first Filipino-American and Asian American elected to the Jacksonville City Council, particularly in light of Jacksonville having double the population percentage of Filipino-Americans of all Florida counties. This is a tremendous h...

Families and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community have attended so many weddings that teetered precariously on nullification as challenge after challenge confronted the legality of same-sex marriage. Until June 26. Perfectly timed on the Friday of Pride weekend, the nation’s high court ruled that marriage is a nationwide right for all couples in this country. Tears of joy mingled with triumphant whoops as proponents of sam...