What do changes to workers compensation mean for injured workers? Last week ProPublica and NPR released the second extensive report in their investigative series on the dismantling of the American Workers Compensation system. As they explain, corporate lawyers like Bill Minick in Dallas have liter...
Those who study workplace injuries in the U.S. had both good and bad news to report this past week. There are fewer occupational injuries today; but the bad news is those who are hurt now get far less help. This data comes from an important report just released on how the system is failing to provi...
In a major report on U.S. labor conditions just published by ProPublica and NPR, researchers sledgehammer the workers' compensation system, specifically insurers, state regulators and the business community. No matter what industry you work for or how you feel about the issue, if you have a job in A...
What does the flu pandemic of 1918 have to do with the current Ebola crisis and the U.S. worker’s compensation system? A lot, unfortunately. When a pandemic of influenza swept across the world in 1918, just as World War I was coming to a close, more deaths occurred than in any single event in worl...
Earlier this week, Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill raising Michigan’s minimum wage by 25% over the next four years to $9.25 an hour. Meanwhile, Republicans controlling the state government moved to block a November ballot measure that would have increased the wage rate even more. Michigan’s c...
[caption id="attachment_3565" align="alignright" width="300"] A natural gas derrick rises from the countryside near family homes in North Dakota.[/caption] The American (GDP) increased by 2.5% in 2012, a full point improvement over the 1.6% rate in 2011, and the greatest rate of economic grown sinc...
Today is Labor Day, the day we celebrate workers in the U.S. by giving them some time off, and remembering the struggles and accomplishments of labor movements that have brought us the 40-hour work week, regulations on child labor, safer working conditions, health and retirement benefits, and a host...
This past February, Walmart worker Janet Sparks was called in for a meeting with her boss in Baker, Louisiana, where she works as a non-salaried customer service supervisor. Weeks earlier Sparks had spoken up to complain about mistreatment of her co-workers. Yet the management was now accusing her o...
How does the “average” American spend his or her money? And how have spending patterns changed over time? This infographic from Planet Money offers a tidy breakdown of what everyday American households purchase, drawing on government data (PDF) from the past year. While the researches couldn...
December’s Journal of Health and Social Behavior just published a report indicating that women who work full-time following the birth of a child enjoy better physical health than those who don’t go right back to work full time. This study is based on 30 years of data from over 2,500 mothers. Uni...