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...
Bloomberg analyst Samuel Estreicher recently argued that guest-worker programs put low-skilled Americans at a disadvantage. As he points out, one of the more confusing facts in the U.S. labor market is why, even with unemployment hovering at 4%, wages and salaries remain flat. Economists have propos...
In a new report titled “Pointing Out: How Walmart Unlawfully Punishes Workers for Medical Absences,” the organization A Better Balance reveals how Walmart’s absence control program not only treats workers unfairly, but may actually be illegal. A few cases include the following: Ashana* got ...
Andrew Puzder – President Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department -- withdrew his name from the Cabinet nomination on Wednesday, ending weeks of bitter accusations and negative stories about the fast food tycoon. Stories about Puzder’s domestic abuse and divorce, his employment of undocumented...
The first week in the new Trump White House kicked off with a breakfast "listening session" including major American business executives. For the most part President Trump promised traditional Republican incentives of lower taxes and less regulation. But the conversation also included threats to im...
You may have heard this week that Amazon.com will open a brick-and-mortar grocery store early in 2017 called Amazon Go. If successful, the  formerly online-only retailer would corner even more of our shopping dollars by siphoning business from traditional supermarkets and big-box stores. But why...
After Donald Trump’s election last week, a number of U.S. business owners breathed a sigh of relief, believing that the December 1st deadline for implementing the new overtime threshold required by the Department of Labor had just been postponed — if not cancelled entirely. In a statement dur...
Good news for American workers: new federal overtime rules are going into effect at the end of the year. Back in 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to draft now overtime regulations that would live up to the original intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act, while simplifying rules ...
Uber has been ordered to pay $100 million to drivers seeking to be classified as employees, finally settling lawsuits threatening the company’s on-demand business model, which has historically depended on independent contractors. Just yesterday the popular ride-hailing company announced it will b...
In a recent NYT article about work meetings, contributor Virginia Heffernan describes the only meeting ever led by Octavian Costache, the chief technology officer and co-founder Spring, a tech start-up in Manhattan. That incident occurred about a year ago, and instead of meeting to talk about the us...