Employment

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

Wyden and Schumer Work to Avert Looming Financial Disaster for Millions of Workers
Employment
Wyden and Schumer Work to Avert Looming Financial Disaster for Millions of Workers
2020-12-08 16:59:54
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — This week, the American Worker Holiday Relief Act was introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. “With the economy backsliding as COVID-19... Read More

NewDEAL Forum Releases Policy Proposals on Education and Jobs Mismatch in COVID Era
Education
NewDEAL Forum Releases Policy Proposals on Education and Jobs Mismatch in COVID Era
2020-12-04 14:47:03
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - As part of the 10th Annual NewDEAL Leaders Conference held this week, the NewDEAL Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, released a new education report detailing policy solutions for providing high quality college and career pathways for students... Read More

US Employers Add a Modest 245,000 Jobs as Virus Intensifies
Economy
US Employers Add a Modest 245,000 Jobs as Virus Intensifies

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers scaled back their hiring last month as the viral pandemic accelerated across the country, adding 245,000 jobs, the fewest since April and the fifth straight monthly slowdown. At the same time, the unemployment rate to... Read More

Federal Workers Can Press Back Pay Case Over 2019 Shut Down
Employment
Federal Workers Can Press Back Pay Case Over 2019 Shut Down
2020-12-03 15:10:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Thousands of federal employees can proceed with a class act in which they claim they were forced to work without pay during the 35-day partial government shutdown that extended from late 2018 to early 2019. “The claims brought... Read More

Can States Fire Employees Who Leave for Military Duty? Supreme Court May Decide
Employment
Can States Fire Employees Who Leave for Military Duty? Supreme Court May Decide

WASHINGTON — Should a federal law that protects National Guard members and reservists from being fired from their private sector jobs while they are deployed also apply to state government jobs? Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court hinted it might weigh in on the issue.... Read More

Wind Energy Labor Pact Viewed as Sign of What Biden Economy Will Look Like
Economy
Wind Energy Labor Pact Viewed as Sign of What Biden Economy Will Look Like
2020-11-20 15:08:27
by Dan McCue

Ørsted, the Danish renewable energy group, and the North America's Building Trades Unions have entered into a pact to train an offshore wind construction workforce as the firm eyes construction of a series of wind farm projects up and down... Read More

Telework for Government Employees Becoming Viable After the Pandemic
Employment
Telework for Government Employees Becoming Viable After the Pandemic
2020-11-19 14:24:26
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Federal agency executives and senators at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday showed strong support for continuing telework among government employees even after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. They said telework is bringing down their costs and improving the quality... Read More

Elevator Mechanics Hold Out Against COVID-19 Pandemic
Labor
Elevator Mechanics Hold Out Against COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-11-17 16:40:05
by Reece Nations

Of all the classes of workers who have come to be highlighted as “essential” during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one group that is often, unfairly overlooked are those who keep the infrastructure of high rise offices and residential buildings functioning... Read More

Run-It-Hot Wins Argument Over How to Get Americans Back to Work
Employment
Run-It-Hot Wins Argument Over How to Get Americans Back to Work

Behind President-elect Joe Biden's plans to drive the U.S. back to full employment after the coronavirus slump lies a long-lost idea: The unemployed need jobs, not skills. That "run it hot" recipe for recovery is back in favor among policymakers — including, crucially, at... Read More

Census Report Reveals Post-9/11 Vets Earn More, Work More Than Non-Vets
Employment
Census Report Reveals Post-9/11 Vets Earn More, Work More Than Non-Vets
2020-11-11 21:10:24
by Sara Wilkerson

A new report from the U.S Census Bureau details the employment patterns of the 3 million post 9/11 veterans in the country from 2014 to 2018. The report shows that this growing veteran population is earning more and working longer... Read More

House Dems: New Jobless Numbers Underscore Need for More COVID Relief
Economy
House Dems: New Jobless Numbers Underscore Need for More COVID Relief
2020-11-06 19:16:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Employers added 638,000 jobs in the month of October, pushing the national unemployment rate down to 6.9%, the Labor Department reported Friday. But Congressional Democrats noted the pace of renewed hiring isn't nearly enough to quickly get the... Read More

US Jobless Claims Surge to Highest Number Since August
Employment
US Jobless Claims Surge to Highest Number Since August

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits unexpectedly jumped last week to the highest since August and Americans increasingly moved to longer-term jobless aid. Both are troubling signs for a labor market whose recovery from the pandemic was already slowing. Initial jobless claims... Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown Advocates for Worker Protection Landmark Legislation
Employment
Sen. Sherrod Brown Advocates for Worker Protection Landmark Legislation
2020-10-12 12:55:48
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, hosted a news conference call to discuss landmark legislation he introduced this fall to protect workers as corporations increasingly classify them as independent contractors and use sub-contractors, temporary (temp) agencies, and corporate franchises... Read More

Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
Congress
Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
2020-10-09 14:40:59
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - This week the Blue Dog Coalition hosted a roundtable discussion with experts in the K-12, higher and tribal education fields on rural education and workforce development. Blue Dog member Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., moderated the roundtable discussion on... Read More

New Bill Seeks to Safeguard Federal Workers’ Annual Leave
Employment
New Bill Seeks to Safeguard Federal Workers’ Annual Leave
2020-10-05 20:20:18
by Sara Wilkerson

Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and his House colleagues recently introduced the Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act of 2020, legislation that will allow all federal workers to carry over their earned annual leave received during the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately 2 million... Read More

US Jobless Claims Remain Elevated in Sign of Gradual Recovery
Employment
US Jobless Claims Remain Elevated in Sign of Gradual Recovery

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits were little changed last week, contrasting with estimates for a decline and highlighting an economic recovery that’s coming in fits and starts. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs increased by 4,000 to 870,000 in... Read More

Report Highlights Series of Proposals to Reverse Capitol Hill Brain Drain
Congress
Report Highlights Series of Proposals to Reverse Capitol Hill Brain Drain
2020-09-24 20:39:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In their recent report of Capitol Hill staffing issues, authors Alexandra Furnas and Timothy LaPira paint a harrowing picture of a culture that basically pushes its best resource -- its people -- to the private sector and away... Read More

Report: Bad Pay, Long Hours, Lure of Greener Grass, Leads to Capitol Hill Exodus
Congress
Report: Bad Pay, Long Hours, Lure of Greener Grass, Leads to Capitol Hill Exodus
2020-09-24 20:15:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Thanks to its woefully low pay and long hours, Capitol Hill is proving to be a "funnel" to lucrative jobs in lobbying, leaving congressional offices in a perpetual state of brain drain, a new report has found. Published... Read More

Fixing Unemployment Insurance for Better Economic Recovery
Economy
Fixing Unemployment Insurance for Better Economic Recovery
2020-09-18 19:05:44
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Emergency expansions to Unemployment Insurance provided critical support to workers across the country during the early months of the pandemic. But the major component of these expansions, an additional $600 in weekly benefits, expired at the end of... Read More

The Concord Coalition Argues the Case for Longer Work Lives
Employment
The Concord Coalition Argues the Case for Longer Work Lives
2020-09-16 20:27:56
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- A panel of experts, recently convened by The Concord Coalition, a bipartisan political advocacy group, contend that near-term economic and fiscal damage caused by the current health crisis will make living standards more important than ever. They contend... Read More

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Passes Committee, Vote in House Expected
Employment
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Passes Committee, Vote in House Expected
2020-09-15 19:33:45
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A vote is expected in the House this week on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill that would require employers to provide “reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are... Read More

Black Mechanics Sue Mitsubishi Electric for Harassment, Discrimination in Workplace
Employment
Black Mechanics Sue Mitsubishi Electric for Harassment, Discrimination in Workplace
2020-09-11 18:20:09
by Reece Nations

OAKLAND, Calif.– Four plaintiffs in a recently-filed California lawsuit allege they endured verbal harassment and discrimination by their supervisors at Mitsubishi Electric U.S., Inc. LeiRoi Bowie, Gabriel Ross, Lavell Roberson and Craig Martin, all plaintiffs in the suit, were consistently... Read More

US Jobless Claims Failed to Decline as Expected Last Week
Employment
US Jobless Claims Failed to Decline as Expected Last Week

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits failed to decline as expected last week, a sign extensive job losses are persisting as the nation continues to struggle to control the coronavirus. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs were unchanged at... Read More

No Stimulus Checks for Americans in Slimmed-down GOP Coronavirus Relief Package
Economy
No Stimulus Checks for Americans in Slimmed-down GOP Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans plan to vote later this week on another economic relief package for Americans dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, but the slimmed-down plan — which does not include new checks for individuals — is already a deal-breaker... Read More

US Jobless Claims Give Mixed Picture With Shift in Adjustments
Employment
US Jobless Claims Give Mixed Picture With Shift in Adjustments

U.S. unemployment claims figures gave a mixed picture of the labor market amid government changes to seasonal adjustments to account for distortions from the pandemic. Initial jobless claims in state programs totaled 881,000 in the week ended Aug. 29, according... Read More

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