Employment

US Jobless Claims Plunge to 576,000, Lowest Since Pandemic
Employment
US Jobless Claims Plunge to 576,000, Lowest Since Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to 576,000, a post-COVID low and a hopeful sign that layoffs are easing as the economy recovers from the pandemic recession.  The Labor Department said Thursday... Read More

Amazon Survives Drive to Unionize Plant in Alabama
Labor
Amazon Survives Drive to Unionize Plant in Alabama
2021-04-09 20:27:00
by Dan McCue

Amazon appears to have enough votes to thwart an effort to unionize its warehouse in Bessemer, Ala.  By Friday afternoon, the company had crossed the threshold to secure a majority of votes, with 1,700 warehouse workers voting against the union... Read More

States Likely to Determine COVID-Related Workers’ Comp
Employment
States Likely to Determine COVID-Related Workers’ Comp
2021-04-08 14:57:28
by Victoria Turner

When James Reidy worked at the Labor Department in the 1980s, processing worker compensation claims from asbestos exposure in shipyards, he found that many of the cases stalled over the question of causation. The workers had been exposed to asbestos... Read More

US Employment Picture Brightens
In The News
US Employment Picture Brightens
2021-04-06 19:16:41
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - With 7.4 million job openings and 5.7 million new hires across the U.S. in February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover report paints a brighter picture for the country’s employment situation more than a... Read More

Jobs Surge As Employers Add 916,000 Workers
Employment
Jobs Surge As Employers Add 916,000 Workers
2021-04-02 13:24:18
by TWN Staff

The U.S. added a solid 916,000 jobs last month -- far surpassing an expected increase of 675,000 jobs -- and the unemployment rate fell to 6 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday. The new numbers come after the economy added... Read More

How COVID-19 is Changing Biologic Workspaces
Health
How COVID-19 is Changing Biologic Workspaces
2021-04-01 16:51:44
by Alexa Hornbeck

SAN DIEGO – The past four days, hundreds of keynote speakers in academia, biotech, and pharma virtually gathered for the Festival of Biologics.   Unlike other years, many of the top-producers in the biopharma and life sciences industries discussed how work... Read More

Veterans Needed in Registered Apprenticeships
Veterans
Veterans Needed in Registered Apprenticeships
2021-03-31 14:47:20
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - If 94% of individuals completing a Registered Apprenticeship program through the Department of Labor are retained by their employers, U.S. Navy Officer Michael Pruitt asked yesterday, why are there not more veterans or transitioning military service members taking... Read More

AARP Endorses Bipartisan Bill Protecting Older Workers
Employment
AARP Endorses Bipartisan Bill Protecting Older Workers
2021-03-22 15:53:32
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - AARP has endorsed bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would strengthen protections against age discrimination in the workplace. The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act is intended to reverse a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision... Read More

LGBTQ Workers Win State-Level Protection in Texas
In The States
LGBTQ Workers Win State-Level Protection in Texas
2021-03-15 21:00:15
by Reece Nations

DALLAS — Texas’ Fifth District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in favor of a former Tarrant County College District employee who claimed she was fired from her job after disclosing her sexual orientation to a supervisor. Amanda Sims alleged in... Read More

Push for Minimum Wage Hike Persists
Congress
Push for Minimum Wage Hike Persists
2021-03-03 21:22:26
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough quashed Democrats’ plans to add a $15 per hour federal minimum wage increase to President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, but some members are not giving up. Democrats are planning to pass the... Read More

Apprenticeships Benefit Individuals and Employers
Employment
Apprenticeships Benefit Individuals and Employers
2021-03-02 16:23:22
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The Department of Labor’s apprenticeship programs benefit individuals seeking to master skills while gainfully employed, and provides employers with the talent needed to fill the current workforce shortage, according to two Congressmen yesterday. Apprenticeships differ from paid internships... Read More

US Jobless Claims Fall to 730,000 But Layoffs Remain High
Economy
US Jobless Claims Fall to 730,000 But Layoffs Remain High

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week but remained high by historical standards.  Applications for benefits declined 111,000 from the previous week to a seasonally adjusted 730,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It... Read More

Biden Picks Ahuja to Head OPM
Employment
Biden Picks Ahuja to Head OPM
2021-02-23 21:16:04
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced he's picked Kiran Ahuja to be his director of the Office of Personnel Management. If confirmed, Ahuja would be the first South Asian and first Asian American woman to lead the agency.... Read More

Congress Wants to Restore Its Workforce to Well-Being After Tumultuous Year
Mental Health
Congress Wants to Restore Its Workforce to Well-Being After Tumultuous Year
2021-02-19 15:01:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional subcommittee tried to assess the well-being and mental health of its own workforce Thursday after a year that one of its members described as “like drinking from a firehose while in freefall.” Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-N.Y.,... Read More

Restaurants Urge Congress to Forgo Minimum Wage Hike
Employment
Restaurants Urge Congress to Forgo Minimum Wage Hike
2021-02-16 21:18:10
by TWN Staff

The National Restaurant Association is urging Congress not to increase the federal minimum wage as part of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. The association said in a letter sent to congressional leaders Tuesday that fast-tracking a minimum... Read More

Vaccine Delays Leave Grocery Workers Feeling Expendable
Health
Vaccine Delays Leave Grocery Workers Feeling Expendable

As panicked Americans cleared supermarkets of toilet paper and food last spring, grocery employees gained recognition as among the most indispensable of the pandemic's front-line workers.A year later, most of those workers are waiting their turn to receive COVID-19 vaccines,... Read More

Bipartisan Bill to Protect Miners from COVID-19 Exposure
Health
Bipartisan Bill to Protect Miners from COVID-19 Exposure
2021-02-12 21:23:22
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., Mark Warner, D-Va., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Bob Casey, D-Pa., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., introduced the bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection... Read More

Public/Private Plans for ‘Upskilling’ the Workforce
Business
Public/Private Plans for ‘Upskilling’ the Workforce
2021-02-12 20:51:42
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The work environment during COVID has demonstrated an increased need for technical expertise in the workforce. A report from the World Economic Forum offers that by 2022 — just next year — half of employees will require significant... Read More

New Bill in Congress Would Eliminate Employee Arbitration Requirements
Employment
New Bill in Congress Would Eliminate Employee Arbitration Requirements
2021-02-12 15:17:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Former Fox News television host Gretchen Carlson advocated during a congressional hearing Thursday against employment arbitration contracts that limit workers’ rights to sue their employers. She said they often force employees into silence about misdeeds of their bosses,... Read More

Schools Struggle with Teachers Over Return to In-Class Learning
Education
Schools Struggle with Teachers Over Return to In-Class Learning
2021-02-09 15:44:20
by Tom Ramstack

Public school classes are resuming this week but some teachers in cities nationwide say they might not be there. They are threatening sickouts or strikes because of the risk of COVID-19 infection if they return to in-class education. The United... Read More

Surprise Tax Forms Reveal Extent of Unemployment Fraud in US
Employment
Surprise Tax Forms Reveal Extent of Unemployment Fraud in US

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Unemployment agencies across the country were bombarded with so many claims during the pandemic that many struggled to distinguish the correct from the criminal. Now, simple tax forms — barely enough to fill a half-sheet of... Read More

Federal Reserve Bank Presidents Call for 'Rethinking' of Job Flexibility
Future of Work
Federal Reserve Bank Presidents Call for 'Rethinking' of Job Flexibility
2021-02-02 16:00:02
by Victoria Turner

The pandemic has exacerbated deep-rooted issues in the structure of jobs. The need to “rethink” the future-of-work to incorporate flexibility and employee needs came to the limelight during a fireside chat between the presidents of two Federal Reserve Banks on... Read More

SpaceX Accused of Discrimination Against Foreign Job Applicants
Litigation
SpaceX Accused of Discrimination Against Foreign Job Applicants
2021-02-02 15:54:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is accusing SpaceX of stonewalling for information after a job applicant filed a complaint saying the rocket company discriminates against foreign citizens. U.S. attorneys said in a court filing last week that they subpoenaed documents... Read More

Reps. Spanberger and Castro Reintroduce Apprenticeship Program Initiative
Congress
Reps. Spanberger and Castro Reintroduce Apprenticeship Program Initiative
2021-02-01 21:04:13
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON – As part of the first session in the 117th Congress, Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D- Va., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, reintroduced legislation to support youth apprenticeship programs in Central Virginia and across the country.  The Strengthening Youth Apprenticeships Act... Read More

Blinken, Now Secretary of State, Faces Challenges at Home and Abroad
Congress
Blinken, Now Secretary of State, Faces Challenges at Home and Abroad
2021-01-26 21:15:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Antony Blinken, confirmed as America's top diplomat by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, now faces a myriad of problems both within the agency he will now lead and abroad. Confirmed by a 78-22 vote Tuesday afternoon, Blinken is... Read More

900K Unemployment Claims Show US Economy Still Reeling From Pandemic
Economy
900K Unemployment Claims Show US Economy Still Reeling From Pandemic
2021-01-21 20:22:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The number of unemployment claims filed last week fell to 900,000, a number that remains historically high and suggests the economy still has a long way to go before it fully recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The Labor... Read More

US Loses 140,000 Jobs, First Monthly Loss Since Spring
Employment
US Loses 140,000 Jobs, First Monthly Loss Since Spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers shed jobs last month for the first time since April, cutting 140,00 positions, clear evidence that the economy is faltering as the viral pandemic tightens its grip on consumers and businesses. At the same time,... Read More

Google Workers Form New Labor Union, a Tech Industry Rarity
Labor
Google Workers Form New Labor Union, a Tech Industry Rarity

A group of Google engineers and other workers announced Monday they have formed a union, creating a rare foothold for the labor movement in the tech industry. About 225 employees at Google and its parent company Alphabet are the first... Read More

The Future of Labor Law in the Post-COVID Economy
Employment
The Future of Labor Law in the Post-COVID Economy
2020-12-23 17:08:34
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Labor law is constantly evolving. Early 2020 alone saw changes to federal overtime rules, 21 states increasing their minimum wage provisions, and the Department of Labor finally allowing H-2B job opportunities to be posted to its website. And... Read More

US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Jump to Highest in Three Months
Economy
US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Jump to Highest in Three Months

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits unexpectedly jumped to the highest level in three months, suggesting the labor market’s recovery is faltering amid the surge in COVID-19 cases and widening business restrictions. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs rose... Read More

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