Two weeks ago the Federal Jobs Report showed our economy to be in an unusual sweet spot, with steady growth and widespread improvement in the labor market. But how good are the numbers? An Op-Ed contributor to the New York Times wrote that the biggest question in evaluating the May jobs numbers...
Washington State hopes to keep tolls as low as possible to avoid a mass diversion of cars through congested downtown Seattle streets, but still looks to raise enough money to cover the project's $200 million debt and operating costs. The leading proposal so far involves charging four different ra...
Like many people in their 20s, New Orleans Saints cheerleader Bailey Davis has an Instagram account. And according to NFL rules, she always made sure to keep her page private so only approved visitors could view her posts. But when she posted a photo in a one-piece bodysuit 3 months ago, the Sain...
Last fall the hospitality union Unite Here ran demonstrations in 40 cities, explaining that the U.S. "needs protections for the workers who drive this industry.” The hospitality workers union Unite Here had its sights set on Donald Trump long before he became president. While Trump was running ...
Research has consistently shown that when employees feel empowered, they have higher job performance, job satisfaction, and commitment to the organization. Many leaders seek to empower their employees by delegating authority and decision-making, sharing information, and asking for their input. ...
Insecurity? Flexibility? Uncertainty? Freedom? These are some buzzwords you hear when contract workers describe their jobs. These impermanent positions have now become a mainstay of America's working life. NPR has run an investigative series on the gig economy and recently interviewed dozens of cont...
A recent survey shows that 94 percent of U.S. workers — across all industries — are confident that their jobs will NOT be replaced by automation. This optimism was one of the most surprising findings in the new NPR/Marist poll. Typical among the responses was the assured mood of  Chris Beat...
In a world full of anxiety about the loss of jobs to automation, Sweden has positioned itself to embrace the new technology without threatening its workers. Sweden’s famous social welfare system makes this a place where few people are fretting about automation — or much else, for that matter....
The Labor Department is considering an end to Obama-era regulations that restricted the scenarios in which employers could compel workers to share tips. In a proposed rule released earlier this month, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division calls for abolishing the 2011 regulation that prohibited re...
The most popular explanation for the steep rise in inequality over the last four decades is developments in technology. As the story goes, technology increased demand for sophisticated skills while diminishing the need for manual labor. This explanation has the advantage over competing views -- l...