UK EXCLUSIVE: Arthur J Gallagher has acquired Surrey-based employee benefits organisation Orb Financial Services.Orb provides employee benefits consultancy and broker services, including group risk and healthcare, flexible benefits, benefit communications, workplace pension schemes, travel and dental protection, as well as key person and partnership protection.The acquisition is aimed at bringing together and strengthening both organisations’ areas of expertise, which includes a particular specialism in the alternative investment and asset management sector, to provide support to employers across a broad spectrum of employee benefits.The acquisition by Arthur J Gallagher, which now operates from 17 offices across the UK, will also provide Orb with the scope for additional capacity and scale.Orb’s 16-strong workforce will continue to serve clients from the organisation’s West Byfleet-based offices.Tim Johnson (pictured), UK chief executive of the employee benefits and wealth management teams at Arthur J Gallagher, said: “Ultimately we saw in [Orb] a kindred spirit. [It is] completely client-focused, [it] believes in quality, and [it is] multi-award winning like we are. And those sorts of things, and the culture that [brings], resonated with us.“It’s about one plus one making three, not two, that’s ultimately what we’re looking for. Can our scale and our other clients help [Orb], and can [its] expertise and their dedication help us? And we believe they can.”
New Jersey has today (1 July 2019) increased its minimum wage to $10 (£7.91) an hour, aligning with legislation that aims to deliver a minimum wage of $15 (£11.87) an hour by 1 January 2024.Today’s pay increase, which was signed into legislation by Governor Phil Murphy in February 2019, raises the state’s minimum wage from $8.85 an hour to $10 an hour for more than one million employees working in New Jersey.The bill, which is sponsored by senate president Steven Sweeney and assembly speaker Craig Coughlin, further allows for the base minimum wage in New Jersey to increase to $11 (£8.70) an hour on 1 January 2020. After this, base pay will rise by $1 (£0.79) an hour every 1 January until it reaches $15 an hour on 1 January 2024.Phil Murphy, governor of New Jersey, said: “For far too long, too many of our fellow New Jerseyans have been struggling to survive on wages that have not kept up with the cost of living. I am incredibly proud to sign legislation that raises the minimum wage to $15 per hour, ensuring that the most vulnerable among us will have the means to put food on the table, while growing our economy and addressing priorities of the small business community.”Seasonal employees and those working at organisations with five or less staff will see their base minimum wage rise to $15 an hour by 1 January 2026 under the legislation, known as A-15. By 1 January 2028, these employees will also receive the minimum wage inclusive of inflation adjustments that take place from 2024 to 2028; this will equalise pay with the main body of New Jersey-based employees.On 1 January 2024, agricultural staff will see their base minimum wage increase to $12.50 an hour. By 31 March 2024, the New Jersey Labor Commission and secretary of agriculture will jointly decide whether to recommend that the minimum wage for agricultural employees be raised to $15 an hour by 1 January 2027. If an agreement is not reached between these parties, a third member will create the decision.Steve Sweeney, senate president, added: “Our goal of reaching a $15 minimum wage will now become a reality. A minimum wage should be a living wage. This is a progressive plan that will provide greater economic fairness for minimum wage [staff], helping to improve their standard of living and their quality of life. We can now achieve greater economic fairness by closing the wealth gap that has separated segments of society.”
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – An elderly man went missing at Miami International Airport while waiting for his connecting flight, Sunday.According to police, 77-year-old Jesus Buena Santos went missing when he became separated from his family at Miami International Airport while waiting for his connecting flight to Chicago.Santos suffers from memory loss and may have been confused at the time.Santos is described as a black, Hispanic male who stands 6 feet 6 inches tall.He was last seen wearing a light blue, long-sleeved shirt with blue jeans, black shoes and a blue baseball cap with a red Nike logo.If you have any information on Santos’ whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of suspects faced a judge after an armed altercation at a Fort Lauderdale hotel.All four of the suspects were charged with kidnapping and armed robbery, Friday morning.They were arrested Thursday with a fifth suspect who is a juvenile.A SWAT team surrounded them at a Hampton Inn in Miramar, after hotel staff reported that the group demanded a hotel room key and were possibly armed.Officials investigated and found out they had several guns, including a rifle.According to police, the group were threatening and tried to confront two juveniles who were staying in a hotel room.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – A bridal store that unexpectedly shut down its locations in July announced, Thursday, that they will no longer fulfill pending dress orders.According to a statement from the Chapter Seven Trustee, Alfred Angelo, which filed for bankruptcy on July 14, will not fulfill orders that have not yet been delivered to customers.“Thus, to the extent any order has not been fully delivered to a customer, it shall have to remain unfilled,” part of the statement read.Before Thursday’s announcement, the bridal chain was successfully obtaining customer records and delivering dresses and accessories for its customers, but, according to the trustee statement, there was a “logistical and financial strain.”Related: Brides-to-be left without dresses as bridal store unexpectedly shuts downFor those who did not get their dress and believe they are owed money, click here to file a claim on the company’s website.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ORLANDO, FLA. (WSVN) – AutoNation and the Orlando Sports Foundation did their part to tackle breast cancer at an event in Orlando, Saturday.Representatives from the auto retailer and the fundraising entity presented a $3.3 million check to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at the 2017 AutoNation Cure Bowl, held at the Camping World Stadium.After the check presentation, AutoNation and Orlando Sports Foundation officials joined cancer survivors in carrying the 20-foot AutoNation DRIVE PINK Quilt onto the field.The ceremony preceded a football game pitting Georgia State University against Western Kentucky University.Prior to the game, multi-platinum singer Andy Grammer performed for the crowd.Now in its third year, the the AutoNation Cure Bowl benefits BCRF, the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide.
MIAMI SHORES, FLA. (WSVN) – Home surveillance video captured a thief rummaging through a parked vehicle and police want to catch him.Police are asking for the public’s help to solve a car crime that took place Sunday night outside of a Miami Shore home.Cameras were rolling as a man went through the compartments of a car near Northwest 93rd Street and Second Avenue.The man took several items before fleeing the scene.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.