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...
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...