When was the last time you went to a shopping mall? For many Americans, it’s been years — and in many communities, they’ve been shuttered for good. But don’t rush to declare the death of retail. Americans have started shopping more — in old-school stores. From the garden section at Walm...
Last month, Bloomberg reported that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has amassed a fortune worth $150 billion. That is the largest amount in modern history, and mind-boggling however you look at it. Bezos is the only hecto-billionaire on the planet. He is worth two million times more than the average Ameri...
In total dollars, what group steals the most from their fellow Americans each year? The answer may come as a surprise: it's employers, many of whom are committing systematic wage theft. And this isn't just a matter of underpaying workers. Many are actually refusing to pay workers what they're...
A recent law in California now requires businesses and their subcontractors to pay fines involving labor law violations Thanks to ruling last month by the California Labor Commissioner, The Cheesecake Factory and its janitorial subcontractor must pay 559 janitors up to $4.5 million in lost wage...
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...