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...
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...