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2022-05-11 19:32:37
by Alexa Hornbeck
Baldwin Pushes to Reduce Workplace Violence for Health Care and Social Service Workers

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., attended a press conference on Wednesday where she spoke about the Workplace Violence Prevention... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., attended a press conference on Wednesday where she spoke about the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, which she introduced in the U.S. Senate on May 11.  “[Health care... Read More

US Added 428,000 Jobs in April Despite Surging Inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers added 428,000 jobs in April, extending a streak of solid hiring that has defied punishing... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers added 428,000 jobs in April, extending a streak of solid hiring that has defied punishing inflation, chronic supply shortages, the Russian war against Ukraine and much higher borrowing costs. Friday’s jobs report from the Labor... Read More

Biden to Require US-Made Steel, Iron for Infrastructure

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is taking a key step toward ensuring that federal dollars will support U.S. manufacturing... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is taking a key step toward ensuring that federal dollars will support U.S. manufacturing — issuing requirements for how projects funded by the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package source their construction material. The guidance being issued... Read More

2022-04-06 15:06:51
by Alexa Hornbeck
OSHA Urged to Retain Emergency Temporary Standard for Health Care Workers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard an oral argument Monday from National... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard an oral argument Monday from National Nurses United regarding the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration's emergency temporary standard for protecting health care workers... Read More

US Added 431,000 Jobs in March in Sign of Economic Health

America’s employers extended a streak of robust hiring in March, adding 431,000 jobs in a sign of the economy’s resilience... Read More

America’s employers extended a streak of robust hiring in March, adding 431,000 jobs in a sign of the economy’s resilience in the face of a still-destructive pandemic, Russia's war against Ukraine and the highest inflation in 40 years. The government’s... Read More

US Growth in Q4 Revised Lower to 6.9%, Slower Growth to Come

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy ended 2021 by expanding at a healthy 6.9% annual pace from October through December,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy ended 2021 by expanding at a healthy 6.9% annual pace from October through December, the government reported Wednesday, a slight downgrade from its previous estimates. For all of 2021, the nation’s gross domestic product —... Read More

Fewer Americans File for Jobless Claims Last Week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as layoffs continue to fall amid a strong job... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as layoffs continue to fall amid a strong job market rebound. Jobless claims fell by 15,000 to 214,000 for the week ending March 12, down from the previous week's... Read More

2022-03-10 21:28:28
by Dan McCue
Game On: Major League Baseball, Players’ Union Reach Deal

JUPITER, Fla. — Major League Baseball and the players’ union reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement on Thursday, paving the... Read More

JUPITER, Fla. — Major League Baseball and the players’ union reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement on Thursday, paving the way for the 2022 regular season to begin on April 7. The proposed five-year deal ends the second-longest work stoppage... Read More

2022-03-10 19:04:34
by Dan McCue
Hoyer, Jeffries Secure 21% Increase in MRA as Part of Omnibus Bill

WASHINGTON — The mammoth $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package contains something for everybody,  just about, but on Capitol Hill itself... Read More

WASHINGTON — The mammoth $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package contains something for everybody,  just about, but on Capitol Hill itself perhaps the biggest news is the inclusion of a 21% increase in the Member Representational Allowance, the budget line that... Read More

US Added 678,000 Jobs in February in Sign of Economic Health

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 678,000 jobs in February, another gain that underscored the economy’s solid health... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 678,000 jobs in February, another gain that underscored the economy’s solid health as the omicron wave fades and more Americans venture out to spend at restaurants, shops and hotels despite surging inflation.... Read More

Weekly US Jobless Claims up, But Remain Historically Low

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week but remain near historically low levels, reflecting relatively few... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week but remain near historically low levels, reflecting relatively few layoffs across the economy. Jobless claims rose by 23,000 to 248,000 for the week ending Feb. 12, the Labor Department... Read More

2022-02-11 22:24:55
by Dan McCue
Federal Prosecutors Seek Flexible, Agencywide Remote Work Policy From DOJ

WASHINGTON — As public and private employers grapple with the future of work in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic,... Read More

WASHINGTON — As public and private employers grapple with the future of work in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a group representing federal prosecutors wants the Justice Department to allow for telework and remote work at least two days... Read More

2022-02-09 23:50:17
by Kate Michael
IIJA Implementation Making Way for Upskilling, Union Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON — Jobs reports are looking strong. But today’s workers seem to be looking for fulfilling long-term careers, not just... Read More

WASHINGTON — Jobs reports are looking strong. But today’s workers seem to be looking for fulfilling long-term careers, not just short-term jobs. With the nation’s infrastructure needs also taking center stage, a surge in federal resources from the Infrastructure Investment... Read More

2022-02-09 19:59:45
by Alexa Hornbeck
Pandemic Highlights Ways to Overcome Employment Barriers for Disabled Workers

WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions met this week to discuss how the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions met this week to discuss how the pandemic helped to remove some of the barriers to employment for those living with disabilities and how those gains can... Read More

2022-02-09 17:48:14
by Alexa Hornbeck
AHA and Congress Request Federal Investigation Into Nurse Staffing Agencies

WASHINGTON — The American Hospital Association, health care organizations and nearly 200 members of Congress sent letters to White House... Read More

WASHINGTON — The American Hospital Association, health care organizations and nearly 200 members of Congress sent letters to White House officials in January requesting an investigation of nurse staffing agencies based on claims they’ve been exploiting staffing shortages during the... Read More

Biden Task Force Releases Report to Strengthen Labor Unions

A Biden administration task force on organized labor on Monday issued a set of recommendations that could make it easier... Read More

A Biden administration task force on organized labor on Monday issued a set of recommendations that could make it easier for federal workers and contractors to unionize. The report submitted to President Joe Biden included 70 distinct policy proposals, according to... Read More

US Employers Shrug Off Omicron, Add 467,000 Jobs in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a burst of 467,000 jobs in January despite a wave of omicron inflections that... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a burst of 467,000 jobs in January despite a wave of omicron inflections that sickened millions of workers, kept many consumers at home and left businesses from restaurants to manufacturers short-staffed. The Labor Department's... Read More

US Economy Grew 5.7% in 2021 in Rebound From 2020 Recession

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew last year at the fastest pace since Ronald Reagan's presidency, bouncing back with... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew last year at the fastest pace since Ronald Reagan's presidency, bouncing back with resilience from 2020's brief but devastating coronavirus recession. The nation’s gross domestic product — its total output of goods and... Read More

2022-01-21 21:38:47
by Dan McCue
Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Federal Workers

GALVESTON, Texas — A federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction on Friday blocking the Biden administration from requiring... Read More

GALVESTON, Texas — A federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction on Friday blocking the Biden administration from requiring that federal workers be vaccinated against the coronavirus. But the ruling by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Brown is expected to... Read More

2022-01-21 19:27:53
by Dan McCue
Office of Personnel Management Raises Fed Minimum Wage to $15/Hour

WASHINGTON — Fulfilling a directive President Joe Biden issued on his first day in office, the Office of Personnel Management... Read More

WASHINGTON — Fulfilling a directive President Joe Biden issued on his first day in office, the Office of Personnel Management on Friday formally raised the minimum wage for federal employees to $15 an hour. The change means a raise for... Read More

US Jobless Claims Rise to 286,000, Highest Since October

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in three months as... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in three months as the fast-spreading omicron variant continued to disrupt the job market. Jobless claims rose for the third straight week — by... Read More

2022-01-19 18:37:19
by Dan McCue
New York Governor Seeks to Bolster Entertainment Industry

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s first budget proposal as chief executive includes key tax credit extensions aimed... Read More

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s first budget proposal as chief executive includes key tax credit extensions aimed at bolstering the state’s entertainment industry and revitalizing an economy still struggling with the coronavirus pandemic. Hochul’s proposed budget would... Read More

2022-01-19 16:54:19
by Alexa Hornbeck
CMS Vaccine Mandate Passes With Some Resistance

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court recently gave the green light to a national vaccine mandate for 10 million health care... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court recently gave the green light to a national vaccine mandate for 10 million health care workers who serve Medicaid and Medicare recipients. The mandate says, get vaccinated or lose funding from the U.S. Centers for... Read More

2022-01-13 20:25:21
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Large Businesses; Health Care Worker Mandate Stands

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on businesses that... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on businesses that employ 100 or more workers, but in a separate ruling allowed a mandate on health care workers to proceed. In... Read More

U.S. Jobless Claims Rise by 23,000 to 230,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since mid-November,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since mid-November, but still low by historic standards. U.S. jobless claims climbed by 23,000 last week to 230,000. The four-week moving average,... Read More

2022-01-07 19:17:47
by Dan McCue
Justices Appear Sharply Divided Over Biden Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON — In a rare Friday hearing, the Supreme Court this morning considered to what extent the Biden administration can... Read More

WASHINGTON — In a rare Friday hearing, the Supreme Court this morning considered to what extent the Biden administration can impose COVID-19 vaccine mandates on large employers and health care workers. Throughout the oral arguments on the consolidated cases National... Read More

2022-01-03 18:56:36
by Tom Ramstack
Coaches Sue Washington Nationals After Defying Vaccination Mandate

WASHINGTON — Two coaches from the Washington Nationals baseball team are adding to the lawsuits spun off from mandates by... Read More

WASHINGTON — Two coaches from the Washington Nationals baseball team are adding to the lawsuits spun off from mandates by the federal government and private employers requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The federal mandate announced by President Joe... Read More

2021-12-28 22:11:47
by Brock Blasdell
Labor Dept. Sets Limits on Tipped Employees Performing Non-Tipped Work

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday the Department of Labor set new limits on the amount of time employers can use tipped-employees... Read More

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday the Department of Labor set new limits on the amount of time employers can use tipped-employees to do non-tip-producing work.  The new ruling, implemented at a time of nation-wide labor shortages, comes via a clarification of... Read More

2021-12-22 17:07:01
by Alexa Hornbeck
OSHA Moves Forward on Implementing Vaccine Mandate

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently dissolved the stay of the emergency temporary standard... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently dissolved the stay of the emergency temporary standard mandating all businesses with 100 or more employees require staff to get fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.  “OSHA is... Read More

US Jobless Claims Rise but Still Historically Low at 206,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week despite signs that the U.S. labor... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week despite signs that the U.S. labor market is rebounding from last year's coronavirus recession. Jobless claims rose by 18,000 to a 206,000, still low by historical... Read More

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