[caption id="attachment_6425" align="alignright" width="300"] Carol Houlder, a substance abuse counselor, waited a year for surgery on her injured ankle to be approved. “I was in so much pain and felt so hopeless for so long,” she said.[/caption] Last week, following investigative reports about...
Millions of overworked, middle-class employees are about to get some relief – and maybe even a salary boost – due to a proposed federal rule that many workers haven’t even heard about. Under this rule, employees earning less than $50,400 a year would automatically be eligible for overtime com...
Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new rule mandating that employers notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or is hospitalized due to a work-related injury, amputation or loss of an eye. The requirement, which ...
[caption id="attachment_4340" align="alignright" width="300"] Richard Mattos, 59, looks for jobs at a state-run employment center in Salem, Ore., on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Mattos is one of more than 1 million Americans who will lose federal unemployment benefits at year's end. Photo: Jonathan J. C...
The Department of Labor recently announced it will be awarding over $30 million in grants to a dozen community-based organizations offering employment training, education and other services to formerly incarcerated women and juveniles. Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris released a statement explaini...
Today’s labor report brought mostly good news for workers. First, private sector jobs grew by 215,000 from November to December. Second, U.S. companies reported a dramatic fall in the number of layoffs during December, a new report signals. Even more promising, the rate of layoffs in 2012 was the ...
[caption id="attachment_2303" align="alignright" width="240"] Applicants line up for a recent job fair in New York City.[/caption] According to a report in July from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.6 million jobs are currently open and ready to be filled, provided that the right candidates apply....
A handful of Mexican guest workers walked off the job at CJ’s Seafood in Louisiana and filed a complaint with the U.S. Labor Department, alleging that the seafood processing plant forced them to work 24 hours at a time picking crawfish, while withholding breaks or any overtime pay. The letter c...
More American youth under the age of 18 die in farming accidents each year than in all other occupations combined. Kids employed on farms also suffer a disproportionate number of work injuries.  Yet following endless criticism from Republicans, the Obama White House has withdrawn proposals for new ...