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US Jobless Claims Hit 52-Year Low After Seasonal Adjustments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits plummeted last week to the lowest level in more... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits plummeted last week to the lowest level in more than half a century, another sign that the U.S. job market is rebounding rapidly from last year's coronavirus recession. Jobless... Read More

2021-11-24 00:18:21
by Dan McCue
Study Finds Significant Bipartisan Support for Corporate Social Responsibility

WASHINGTON — A new, groundbreaking study suggests not only is there strong bipartisan support for corporate efforts to address environmental,... Read More

WASHINGTON — A new, groundbreaking study suggests not only is there strong bipartisan support for corporate efforts to address environmental, social and governance challenges, but that the bipartisan appeal of these initiatives dramatically increases among Americans under the age of... Read More

2021-11-17 22:21:21
by Dan McCue
Biden Administration Suspends Enforcement of Vaccine Mandate

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday suspended enforcement of a vaccine mandate on private companies with 100 or more... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday suspended enforcement of a vaccine mandate on private companies with 100 or more employees. The decision, which was carried out through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, comes less than a week after... Read More

2021-11-17 18:49:23
by Alexa Hornbeck
FDA Issues New Guidance For Use Of AI In Health Care

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently partnered with Health Canada and the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently partnered with Health Canada and the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to issue guiding principles to align efforts and standards for artificial intelligence and machine learning medical device development... Read More

2021-11-16 23:02:44
by Dan McCue
6th Circuit to Oversee Lawsuits of Employer Vaccination Mandate

WASHINGTON — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will preside over all litigation stemming from the Biden administration’s decision... Read More

WASHINGTON — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will preside over all litigation stemming from the Biden administration’s decision to require companies with at least 100 employees to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing, the U.S. Judicial Panel on... Read More

2021-11-16 21:31:06
by Tom Ramstack
Sexually Harassed Employees Urge Congress to End Arbitration Clauses

WASHINGTON — Sexual assault victims told a congressional panel Tuesday that arbitration clauses required by many employers in employment contracts... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sexual assault victims told a congressional panel Tuesday that arbitration clauses required by many employers in employment contracts create an incentive for more workers to be victimized. The victims prefer that sexual harassment and assault claims be adjudicated... Read More

2021-11-12 20:47:41
by Victoria Turner
Feds to Launch Inter-Agency Initiative to End Workplace Retaliation

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor will launch an inter-agency initiative on Nov. 17 to end rising workplace retaliation,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor will launch an inter-agency initiative on Nov. 17 to end rising workplace retaliation, according to a press release on Wednesday. Advancing the Memorandums of Understanding between the department and the National Labor Relations... Read More

2021-11-07 14:18:15
by Dan McCue
Fifth Circuit Imposes Temporary Stay on Business Vaccine Mandate

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Saturday temporarily blocked a mandate from the Biden administration... Read More

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Saturday temporarily blocked a mandate from the Biden administration that businesses with more than 100 employees require them to be vaccinated against the coronavirus by early January. The White... Read More

2021-11-04 14:15:22
by Dan McCue
Biden Administration Publishes Vaccine Mandate for Large Businesses

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration rolled out a new COVID-19 vaccine mandate Thursday morning, giving large companies until Jan. 4... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration rolled out a new COVID-19 vaccine mandate Thursday morning, giving large companies until Jan. 4 to ensure that their workforces are fully vaccinated. In a conference call with reporters Wednesday night, a senior administration official... Read More

Unemployment Claims Drop to 269,000, Another Pandemic Low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to a fresh pandemic low last week, another... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to a fresh pandemic low last week, another sign the job market is healing after last year's coronavirus recession. Jobless claims dropped by 14,000 to 269,000 last week.... Read More

2021-11-03 20:45:12
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Confronts Challenges of Robotics for US Workforce

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating a workforce trend toward robotics that kept a congressional panel guessing Wednesday about... Read More

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating a workforce trend toward robotics that kept a congressional panel guessing Wednesday about how to meet the challenges it represents. While some long-time jobs are replaced with machines, others that keep the machinery... Read More

2021-11-03 17:59:00
by Reece Nations
After Capitol Rally, Paid Leave Back in Social Spending Bill

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday in a Dear Colleague letter that she is requesting paid family and... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday in a Dear Colleague letter that she is requesting paid family and medical leave be added back into Democrats’ proposed Build Back Better framework. After weeks of back-and-forth priority shifting and despite... Read More

2021-10-29 21:04:18
by TWN Staff
Report: Pandemic Pushed Local Officials to Rewrite Rules for Home Businesses

WASHINGTON — Though it wasn’t the only factor in decision-making, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have sped up the rate... Read More

WASHINGTON — Though it wasn’t the only factor in decision-making, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have sped up the rate at which local officials rewrote long-standing zoning and permitting rules to allow for home businesses, a new report from the... Read More

2021-10-29 21:02:28
by Victoria Turner
Pandemic Created Learning Opportunities for Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeship programs across the globe felt the challenges brought on by the pandemic, but panelists today echoed optimism that the... Read More

Apprenticeship programs across the globe felt the challenges brought on by the pandemic, but panelists today echoed optimism that the lessons learned will leave a better system for apprenticeships than their pre-pandemic versions.  “Untapped talent is everywhere,” and as the... Read More

2021-10-21 17:55:51
by Dan McCue
Renewable Energy Jobs Reach 12 Million Worldwide, Report Says

The number of people working in the renewable energy sector worldwide reached 12 million last year, up from 11.3 million... Read More

The number of people working in the renewable energy sector worldwide reached 12 million last year, up from 11.3 million in 2019, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. The eighth edition of “Renewable Energy and... Read More

US Jobless Claims Fall to New Pandemic Low of 290,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to a new low point since... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to a new low point since the pandemic erupted, evidence that layoffs are declining as companies hold onto workers. Unemployment claims dropped 6,000 to 290,000 last... Read More

Businesses Nervously Await Fine Print of Vax-or-Test Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than six weeks after promising a new vaccination-or-testing rule covering the millions of Americans at companies... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than six weeks after promising a new vaccination-or-testing rule covering the millions of Americans at companies with 100 or more workers, President Joe Biden's most aggressive move yet to combat the COVID-19 pandemic is almost ready... Read More

Commerce Head Out to Save US Jobs, 1 Computer Chip at a Time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gina Raimondo only wears watches made by Bulova — a company that laid off her scientist father,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gina Raimondo only wears watches made by Bulova — a company that laid off her scientist father, closed its Rhode Island factory and moved production to China in 1983. The watches give Raimondo, the U.S. commerce secretary,... Read More

Nursing Schools See Applications Rise, Despite COVID Burnout

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Nurses around the U.S. are getting burned out by the COVID-19 crisis and quitting, yet applications... Read More

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Nurses around the U.S. are getting burned out by the COVID-19 crisis and quitting, yet applications to nursing schools are rising, driven by what educators say are young people who see the global emergency as an... Read More

Americans Quit Their Jobs at a Record Pace in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — One reason America's employers are having trouble filling jobs was starkly illustrated in a report Tuesday: Americans... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — One reason America's employers are having trouble filling jobs was starkly illustrated in a report Tuesday: Americans are quitting in droves.  The Labor Department said that quits jumped to 4.3 million in August, the highest on records... Read More

US Employers Add a Weak 194,000 Jobs as Delta Maintains Hold

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added just 194,000 jobs in September, a second straight tepid gain and evidence that the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added just 194,000 jobs in September, a second straight tepid gain and evidence that the pandemic still has a grip on the economy with many companies struggling to fill millions of open jobs.  Friday's report... Read More

2021-10-06 21:02:34
by Alexa Hornbeck
Mental Health Practices Are Changing in Work Places

A new report from Mind Share Partners, a non-profit changing the culture of workplace mental health, finds that there has... Read More

A new report from Mind Share Partners, a non-profit changing the culture of workplace mental health, finds that there has been an increase in employees leaving jobs for mental health reasons, and companies are taking new steps to address employee's... Read More

US Unemployment Claims Rise Third Straight Week to 362,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose for the third straight week, a sign that... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose for the third straight week, a sign that the highly contagious delta variant may be slowing the job market's recovery. Claims rose by 11,000 last week to 362,000,... Read More

2021-09-28 15:03:38
by Tom Ramstack
House Seeks More Job Protections for Nursing Mothers and Older Applicants

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel on Monday considered whether changes are needed to two proposals for expanding workplace rights of... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel on Monday considered whether changes are needed to two proposals for expanding workplace rights of nursing mothers and older job applicants before submitting them to final votes by lawmakers. The holdup on the bills is... Read More

US Jobless Claims Tick Up From Near a Pandemic Low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week for a second straight week to... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week for a second straight week to 351,000, a sign that the delta variant of the coronavirus may be disrupting the job market's recovery, at least temporarily.... Read More

2021-09-22 20:51:59
by Alexa Hornbeck
OSHA Will Issue Federal Heat Standard for U.S. Workplaces 

WASHINGTON -- Extreme heat has played a role in worsening health outcomes, especially for minority communities and for construction and... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Extreme heat has played a role in worsening health outcomes, especially for minority communities and for construction and farm workers at risk of heat stroke.  In response to rising temperatures due to climate change, the Occupational Safety and... Read More

US Unemployment Claims Rise After Hitting Pandemic Low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that worsening COVID infections may have slightly increased layoffs. Applications for jobless aid rose from 312,000 the week... Read More

2021-09-15 19:56:47
by TWN Staff
Biden Touts Job Creation, Climate at National Renewable Energy Laboratory

GOLDEN, Colo. -- “Yes, we face a crisis, but we face a crisis with an unprecedented opportunity to create good... Read More

GOLDEN, Colo. -- “Yes, we face a crisis, but we face a crisis with an unprecedented opportunity to create good jobs of the future, to create industries of the future, to win the future, to save the planet.” That was... Read More

2021-09-08 19:51:27
by Alexa Hornbeck
The Impact of COVID-19 on Construction Workers

The results of a recent survey from the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk underscore how the coronavirus pandemic... Read More

The results of a recent survey from the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk underscore how the coronavirus pandemic has created constraints on the demand for work even as it limits the number of workers available to hire. AGC... Read More

Jobless Americans Will Have Few Options as Benefits Expire

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of jobless Americans lost their unemployment benefits on Monday, leaving only a handful of economic... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of jobless Americans lost their unemployment benefits on Monday, leaving only a handful of economic support programs for those who are still being hit financially by the year-and-a-half-old coronavirus pandemic. Two critical programs expired on... Read More

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