Employment

Virus's Impact: More Relaxing and Thinking, Less Socializing
Research
Virus's Impact: More Relaxing and Thinking, Less Socializing

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The eruption of COVID-19 last year caused the proportion of people working from home in the U.S. to nearly double, with the shift most pronounced among college graduates and workers in such fields as finance and... Read More

Congress Searches for Way to Make Supply Chains Resilient
Economy
Congress Searches for Way to Make Supply Chains Resilient
2021-07-15 20:29:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Senate continued its search Thursday for ways to prevent the kind of devastation brought to U.S. supply chains by COVID-19. Industry executives told a Senate panel the pandemic exposed U.S. dependence on foreign suppliers to keep the... Read More

Explainer: Where are America’s Workers?
Employment
Explainer: Where are America’s Workers?
2021-07-12 16:05:13
by Brock Blasdell

As the American economic engines churn back to life, one major hurdle stands in the way of our market renaissance - labor. Businesses, especially low wage, low skill businesses, are having a difficult time finding people to work for them. ... Read More

As Employers Struggle to Fill Jobs, Teens Come to the Rescue
Employment
As Employers Struggle to Fill Jobs, Teens Come to the Rescue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The owners of restaurants, amusement parks and retail shops, many of them desperate for workers, are sounding an unusual note of gratitude this summer: Thank goodness for teenagers. As the U.S. economy bounds back with unexpected speed... Read More

DOJ Employees Want Some Telework to Be Permanent
Future of Work
DOJ Employees Want Some Telework to Be Permanent
2021-07-06 20:00:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- As a deadline approaches for federal departments and agencies to solidify their post-COVID re-entry programs, a group of Justice Department employees is encouraging its bosses to keep at least some telework and other flexibility measures in place permanently.... Read More

US Adds a Solid 850,000 Jobs as Economy Extends Its Gains
Employment
US Adds a Solid 850,000 Jobs as Economy Extends Its Gains

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an encouraging burst of hiring, America's employers added 850,000 jobs in June, well above the average of the previous three months and a sign that companies may be having an easier time finding enough workers to... Read More

National Press Club Discusses Best Practices for COVID-Safe Workplaces
Business
National Press Club Discusses Best Practices for COVID-Safe Workplaces
2021-06-30 20:26:19
by Alexa Hornbeck

The National Press Club held an event this week to explore some of the key factors relating to safety and security as more employees head back to the workplace. “The new world post pandemic is all about flexibility, but now... Read More

$1.5M in Grants Available to Empower Women Workers on Labor Rights
Employment
$1.5M in Grants Available to Empower Women Workers on Labor Rights
2021-06-28 19:25:48
by Victoria Turner

The Labor Department has made $1.5 million available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to develop partnerships with community-based organizations and other non-profits seeking to empower women workers by strengthening their... Read More

Consistently Teaching Employees New Skills Enhances Loyalty, New Report Shows
Future of Work
Consistently Teaching Employees New Skills Enhances Loyalty, New Report Shows
2021-06-28 15:01:39
by Dan McCue

Programs that teach employees a new skill - whether it's something additional to better perform a current role, or a new set of capabilities to prepare someone for a different role, will be a key component in competing for the... Read More

SBA Chief Says Ensuring Equity Critical to Success of COVID Relief Program
Business
SBA Chief Says Ensuring Equity Critical to Success of COVID Relief Program
2021-06-22 21:27:29
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — While much good came from the COVID relief funds doled out by the Small Business Administration as the pandemic ran its course time has shown that certain businesses -- particularly those owned by women and minorities -- went... Read More

Companies Must be Flexible, ‘Intentional’ in Future of Work Decisions According to Asana Head of EMEA
Future of Work
Companies Must be Flexible, ‘Intentional’ in Future of Work Decisions According to Asana Head of EMEA
2021-06-21 18:34:03
by Dan McCue

As companies large and small grapple with what the future of their workplaces will look like as the COVID-19 pandemic slowly recedes into the past, an employee management expert is advising employers to be flexible and “intentional” as they make... Read More

Researchers: More Voices Needed to Shape Future of Work
In The News
Researchers: More Voices Needed to Shape Future of Work
2021-06-07 17:04:32
by Dan McCue

A quartet of researchers in the United Kingdom say while the COVID-19 pandemic forced employers and employees alike into a “mass experiment” of workplace adjustments, the real work on what the future of work will look like is only just... Read More

US Jobs Edging Back to Normalcy as Pandemic Recedes
Employment
US Jobs Edging Back to Normalcy as Pandemic Recedes
2021-06-04 19:40:22
by Victoria Turner

The U.S. employment situation seems to be edging closer to normalcy with the recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing a 1.7% decline in teleworking employees. This indicates more people are returning to the office, but it remains uncertain whether... Read More

New Dems Outline Infrastructure Priorities for American Jobs Plan
Congress
New Dems Outline Infrastructure Priorities for American Jobs Plan
2021-06-04 15:18:42
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The House New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday endorsed several bills its members say will modernize the nation’s infrastructure, create jobs and grow the economy. The coalition, led by Infrastructure task force co-chairs Carolyn Bourdeaux, of Georgia, and Norma... Read More

US Jobless Claims Fall to 406,000, a New Pandemic Low
Employment
US Jobless Claims Fall to 406,000, a New Pandemic Low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week to 406,000, a new pandemic low and more evidence that the job market is strengthening as the virus wanes and economy further reopens. Thursday's report from the... Read More

Granholm Says Green Jobs a Matter of ‘Economic Patriotism’
Employment
Granholm Says Green Jobs a Matter of ‘Economic Patriotism’
2021-05-17 15:32:16
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s push to tackle several crises at once has reenergized the push for green jobs or those jobs which contribute to preserving or restoring the environment, including those in traditional sectors, like manufacturing.  His American Jobs... Read More

Employee Input Critical for Digital Workplace Success
Employment
Employee Input Critical for Digital Workplace Success
2021-05-14 19:00:08
by Victoria Turner

The transition to remote work this past year happened a lot more quickly than many expected, which suggests organizations were “already working in a digital environment, we just had not realized it,” said Tatyana Mamut, senior vice president of new... Read More

Desperate for Workers, US Restaurants and Stores Raise Pay
Employment
Desperate for Workers, US Restaurants and Stores Raise Pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. restaurants and stores are rapidly raising pay in an urgent effort to attract more applicants and keep up with a flood of customers as the pandemic eases. McDonald's, Sheetz and Chipotle  are just some of the... Read More

Working From Home Will Stick Post-Pandemic, Experts Say
Employment
Working From Home Will Stick Post-Pandemic, Experts Say
2021-05-13 20:21:55
by Reece Nations

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research contends that working from home may be here to stay after the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided. The paper — authored jointly by Steven Davis of the... Read More

Missouri to End All Federal Pandemic-Related Unemployment Benefits
Employment
Missouri to End All Federal Pandemic-Related Unemployment Benefits
2021-05-11 19:27:04
by TWN Staff

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Tuesday he is ending participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs to address workforce shortages across the state. Parson, a Republican, said they will end at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. "From conversations... Read More

States Push Jobless From Virus Recession to Return to Work
In The States
States Push Jobless From Virus Recession to Return to Work

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — Eduardo Rovetto is hoping the state of Vermont's reinstated requirement that people who are collecting unemployment benefits must seek work to qualify will help him hire enough staff for his restaurant in the resort town of... Read More

US Employment Situation Improves Slowly but Surely
Employment
US Employment Situation Improves Slowly but Surely
2021-05-07 16:10:19
by Victoria Turner

With the US unemployment rate essentially unchanged from March to April from 6.0% to 6.1% respectively, the American state of employment seems to continue on its positive track, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics latest report.  Employment in nonfarm... Read More

House Panel Discusses VA Diversification Efforts
Employment
House Panel Discusses VA Diversification Efforts
2021-05-06 21:42:03
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - By late 2020 over 2800 formal Equal Employment Opportunity complaints of discrimination - by race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and more - were submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The fact that there are that... Read More

Republicans Claim $15 Minimum Wage Would Hurt U.S. Jobs and Businesses
Congress
Republicans Claim $15 Minimum Wage Would Hurt U.S. Jobs and Businesses
2021-05-03 20:47:27
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration’s pledge to up the wages and fair labor standards of low-income workers hit a roadblock among Republicans during a congressional hearing Monday. The intentions are good but the economics are bad, according to critics who... Read More

Biden to Sign $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers
White House
Biden to Sign $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to sign an executive order to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour for federal contractors, providing a pay bump to hundreds of thousands of workers.Biden administration officials said ahead of... Read More

Help Wanted: In Pandemic, Worry About Finding Summer Workers
Employment
Help Wanted: In Pandemic, Worry About Finding Summer Workers

BOSTON (AP) — The owner of seafood restaurants on Cape Cod has eliminated lunch service and delayed the opening of some locations because his summertime influx of foreign workers hasn't arrived yet.  More than a thousand miles away, a Jamaican... Read More

What Does the PRO Act Really Mean for Freelancers?
In The News
What Does the PRO Act Really Mean for Freelancers?
2021-04-22 12:33:35
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Protecting the Right to Organize Act is a landmark labor rights bill that could transform the way the United States classifies workers. The PRO Act is intended to modernize the National Labor Relations Act but is controversial,... Read More

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

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