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

US Firms Add Fewer Jobs Than Forecast in August, ADP Data Show
Employment
US Firms Add Fewer Jobs Than Forecast in August, ADP Data Show

U.S. companies added fewer jobs than expected in August, suggesting the labor market rebound remains gradual, with employment well below pre-pandemic levels. Businesses’ payrolls increased by 428,000 after an upwardly revised 212,000 in July, according to ADP Research Institute data... Read More

Restaurant Groups Renew Push for Coronavirus Relief Aid
Economy
Restaurant Groups Renew Push for Coronavirus Relief Aid
2020-07-16 13:34:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A week before Congress turns its attention to the next coronavirus relief bill, advocates for the nation's restaurants are urging lawmakers to include a number of provisions to specifically bolster the struggling industry. “In just the past two... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Job Discrimination Laws Don’t Protect Church-School Teachers
Employment
Supreme Court Rules Job Discrimination Laws Don’t Protect Church-School Teachers

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday banned teachers who work at church-run schools from filing discrimination lawsuits against their employers, ruling that the Constitution’s protection for religious liberty exempts church schools from state and federal anti-discrimination laws. The justices,... Read More

College Grads Face Uphill Employment Battle Even as Unemployment Rate Declines
Employment
College Grads Face Uphill Employment Battle Even as Unemployment Rate Declines
2020-07-06 14:18:26
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - June is always an anxious time for new graduates, but there’s never been a summer in memory as stark for new job seekers as this one. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 40 million have lost... Read More

Employers Added Nearly 5 Million Jobs in June, Unemployment Eases
Employment
Employers Added Nearly 5 Million Jobs in June, Unemployment Eases
2020-07-02 13:40:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Employers added 4.8 million jobs in June, pushing the nation's unemployment rate down to 11.1%, down from a peak of 14.7% in April, the Labor Department said Thursday. June was the second month in a row of payroll... Read More

Local Health Departments Face the Threat of Budget Cuts During Pandemic
Health
Local Health Departments Face the Threat of Budget Cuts During Pandemic
2020-06-29 15:57:52
by Jacob Pederson

The economic fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak is worsening the strain on city and county health departments that have been tasked with doing more with less resources since the 2008 recession, an updated report from the National Association of County... Read More

Unemployment Rate Falls to 13.3%, Economy Adds 2.5 Million Jobs in May
Employment
Unemployment Rate Falls to 13.3%, Economy Adds 2.5 Million Jobs in May
2020-06-05 13:56:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added 2.5 million jobs in May as businesses began to reopen following months of closures ordered at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. The uptick in hiring dropped the unemployment rate to 13.3%, the Labor Department... Read More

New Poll Finds More Than 1-in-3 Willing to Sue Employer Over COVID-19
Opinion Polls
New Poll Finds More Than 1-in-3 Willing to Sue Employer Over COVID-19
2020-06-02 18:50:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A new survey has found that 36% of American workers would sue their employers if one of their co-workers contracted COVID-19 upon their return to work, and soon after contracted it themselves. Additionally, the latest "Back-to-Normal Barometer" survey... Read More

Surging Unemployment In Travel Sector Likely to Make for Memorial Day Like No Other
Economy
Surging Unemployment In Travel Sector Likely to Make for Memorial Day Like No Other
2020-05-20 17:18:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Unemployment among the nation's travel sector workers has reached 51% heading into the Memorial Day weekend, as Americans continue to refrain from resuming their normal lives in the face of the slowly easing coronavirus pandemic, according to data... Read More

Supreme Court Appears Split on Rights for Catholic School Teachers
Employment
Supreme Court Appears Split on Rights for Catholic School Teachers

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court justices sounded split Monday on whether to broadly deny civil rights protections to hundreds of thousands of teachers in religious schools, as they heard cases involving two who were fired from Catholic schools in Los... Read More

Economy Lost 701K Jobs After Coronavirus Bite Took Hold
Employment
Economy Lost 701K Jobs After Coronavirus Bite Took Hold
2020-04-03 16:46:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy lost 701,000 jobs in March as the coronavirus outbreak spread, ending more than a decade of uninterrupted employment growth, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. The bureau's monthly employment situation report attributed the shedding... Read More

Rice Leads Bipartisan Effort to Address Shortage of Support Professionals
Employment
Rice Leads Bipartisan Effort to Address Shortage of Support Professionals
2020-03-19 14:56:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., is one of the leaders in a bipartisan effort to address an oft-overlooked area of jobs development -- the dramatic shortage of support professionals to work with the disabled. Rice, along with Reps. Peter... Read More

Hiring Slows in December As Employers Add Just 145,000 Jobs
Employment
Hiring Slows in December As Employers Add Just 145,000 Jobs
2020-01-10 18:06:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Employers slowed their hiring in December, adding just 145,000 jobs, the Labor Department said Friday. Though the unemployment rate held at 3.5%, matching a 50-year low for the second straight month, Friday's report suggests continued weakness in the... Read More

Los Angeles Times Reaches Historic Agreement With Newsroom Union
Employment
Los Angeles Times Reaches Historic Agreement With Newsroom Union

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday reached a tentative labor agreement with the guild that represents about 475 members of its newsroom, a milestone for a newspaper that for generations was known as a bastion of anti-unionism.... Read More

Supreme Court to Consider State Role in Prosecuting Immigrants
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Consider State Role in Prosecuting Immigrants
2019-10-15 19:08:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments about whether states can prosecute immigrants who use other people's Social Security numbers to get a job. The case not only has implications for the balance of power between the... Read More

Supreme Court Debates Whether Discrimination by 'Sex' Includes Gay and Transgender Workers
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Debates Whether Discrimination by 'Sex' Includes Gay and Transgender Workers
2019-10-08 22:33:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The cases came from New York, Georgia and Michigan. In one, Donald Zarda, a Long Island man who taught skydiving for 15 years, was fired by his employer, Altitude Express, when a female customer complained that he had... Read More

GM Strike May Stretch Out Awaiting UAW Workers’ Vote On Tentative Deal
Employment
GM Strike May Stretch Out Awaiting UAW Workers’ Vote On Tentative Deal

DETROIT — The UAW is considering staying on strike against General Motors until rank-and-file members approve a tentative agreement, a process that could add more than a week to the length of the work stoppage, the Free Press has learned.... Read More

Unemployment Uptick May Signal State Recessions
State News
Unemployment Uptick May Signal State Recessions

National recession fears have intensified this month amid growing concerns about the U.S.-China trade war and the appearance of a normally reliable recession warning in the bond market that sent stocks tumbling. A significant spike in the national unemployment rate... Read More

Chicago Lagging Other Big Cities in Job Growth, Report Says
Employment
Chicago Lagging Other Big Cities in Job Growth, Report Says

CHICAGO — Chicago could experience weak job growth and substantial job displacement over the next decade if it doesn’t boost its profile in the tech industry and train workers, according to a new study. The analysis, published recently by the... Read More

Freshman Rep. Haaland Introduces Bill to Incentivize Family-Friendly Workplaces
Employment
Freshman Rep. Haaland Introduces Bill to Incentivize Family-Friendly Workplaces
2019-08-23 21:05:16
by Sean Trambley

In July, freshman Representative Deb Haaland, D-N.M., was joined by a dozen colleagues to introduce important legislation aimed at supporting family-friendly workplaces and incentivizing businesses to implement family-friendly policies for their workers.  H.R. 3838, the Honoring Family Friendly Workplaces Act,... Read More

Trump Proposal Would Allow Government Contractors To Fire LGBTQ On Religious Grounds, Critics Say
Employment
Trump Proposal Would Allow Government Contractors To Fire LGBTQ On Religious Grounds, Critics Say

A new rule proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration would allow businesses that receive federal contracts to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals according to employers’ religious beliefs, critics say. According to the Department of Labor, the role of the proposal, which... Read More

Newsroom Employment Continues to Decline, Led by Newspapers, Study Finds
Media
Newsroom Employment Continues to Decline, Led by Newspapers, Study Finds
2019-07-17 20:22:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Newsroom employment continues to decline across the United States, driven primarily by job losses at newspapers, a new study says. For a report released Wednesday, the Pew Research Center analyzed 10 years of occupational employment data compiled by... Read More

US Employers Added 224,000 Jobs in June, Surpassing Expectations
Economy
US Employers Added 224,000 Jobs in June, Surpassing Expectations
2019-07-05 15:38:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers dramatically ramped up their hiring in June, adding 224,000 jobs and far surpassing economists' expectations that were closer to 165,000 jobs would be added, the Labor Department reported Friday. The new numbers are particularly good news... Read More

Plummeting New Job Numbers in May
Economy
Plummeting New Job Numbers in May
2019-06-07 21:19:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Employers added just 75,000 new jobs in May, the Labor Department said Friday, a stunning development that took many economists by surprise. In a recent survey by Dow Jones, the consensus among economists was that the job gain... Read More

US Adds Robust 263,000 Jobs; Unemployment Hits 49-Year Low
Economy
US Adds Robust 263,000 Jobs; Unemployment Hits 49-Year Low
2019-05-03 14:45:21
by Dan McCue

U.S. employers added a robust 263,000 jobs in April, helping to push the unemployment rate to a five-decade low of 3.6 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. The latest report from the government suggests that continued economic growth is encouraging... Read More

Supreme Court to Take Up LGBT Job Discrimination Cases
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Take Up LGBT Job Discrimination Cases
2019-04-22 20:20:31
by Dan McCue

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up the question of whether provisions of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting employment discrimination applies to LGBT individuals. The justices said they would hear Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia,... Read More

Job Market Rebounded in March As Employers Added 196K to Payrolls
Economy
Job Market Rebounded in March As Employers Added 196K to Payrolls
2019-04-05 20:49:52
by Dan McCue

It may not have been March madness, but the job market rebounded strongly last month, solidly trouncing economists' expectations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that nonfarm payrolls grew by 196,000 jobs in March, well above the 165,000 jobs... Read More

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