A memo tells officials to hold back on news releases about enforcement decisions, saying they can linger unfairly online if citations are overturned.
Critics say the agency has applied scant oversight and negligible penalties despite virus outbreaks at many plants in the spring.
With the president’s re-election in doubt, cabinet departments are scrambling to finish dozens of new rules affecting millions of Americans.
Hopes for a rebound of the American economy have been clouded by layoffs, a surge in virus cases and a lack of fresh federal aid.
A U.S. Department of Labor review of staff wages from 2012 to 2014 found disparities between male and female professors.
Four weeks before the election, the Trump administration has announced stricter rules for the H-1B visa program, which U.S. companies have long valued.
Payrolls grew last month, but permanent layoffs are rising, the labor force is contracting, and fewer women are employed.
Pandemic programs have lowered the barriers to collecting benefits, and the usual security methods haven’t kept up.
New filings for unemployment benefits rose last week, signaling continued layoffs even before autumn chills outdoor business.
The Labor Department proposal would most likely treat drivers and other gig workers as contractors, not employees.
Weekly tallies of jobless claims were not meant to be treated as an economic indicator. The pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of doing so.
An emergency federal program faces growing issues with spurious claims, and the flood of applicants may have led to overcounting the unemployed.
Filings for benefits reflect continued layoffs and a sluggish recovery. “The numbers are going in the wrong direction,” one economist said.
A judge rebuffed a Labor Department move that made it harder for employees to win judgments against parent companies over pay violations.
Unemployment fell to 8.4% in August, but the gain of 1.4 million jobs was the weakest in months. The end of federal aid programs is casting a shadow.
Progress in restoring lost jobs has become more challenging. “It’s pretty bad at this stage in the crisis,” one economist said.
With the labor market showing new fragility, most states have yet to seek funds under President Trump’s stopgap plan to supplement weekly jobless pay.
A litigator asserts that she faced reprisal after saying Secretary Eugene Scalia was set to settle a discrimination suit for a sum she found too low.
Nearly 1.2 million filed for state benefits last week, the lowest total since March, as economic readings offer only limited encouragement.
A new standard established by the Securities and Exchange Commission may sound better than it actually is, consumer advocates say.
While traditional unemployment insurance usually leaves out students, they may be eligible for federal pandemic aid. But some states don’t make it easy to get.
Some 4.8 million positions were added last month, but renewed shutdowns could accelerate the continuing layoffs.
As coronavirus hot spots flare across the U.S., adding to economic worries, new jobless claims surpassed one million for the 14th week.
With new state unemployment claims topping one million for the 13th week, the coronavirus crisis seems to be reaching deeper into the labor market.
More than 1.5 million sought state unemployment benefits last week as layoffs spread to more job categories even as businesses reopened.
The pandemic has complicated the usual methods and models for compiling employment data. But uncertainty has been offset by transparency.
State jobless rolls increased last week as some workers were newly laid off and others belatedly started to receive benefits.
Unemployment claims exceed 40 million since the start of the pandemic, with 2.1 million added last week, but a backlog may be leaving many uncounted.
With over 38 million U.S. unemployment claims in nine weeks, one economist says the situation is “grimmer than we thought.”
Nearly three million new unemployment claims brought the two-month total to more than 36 million, even with some still frustrated in seeking benefits.
Contrary to misunderstandings, the actions fall short of ordering meatpacking facilities to reopen despite Covid-19 outbreaks among workers.
Critics say the federal agency charged with protecting worker safety has played a conspicuously small role during the pandemic.
The $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program is intended to help small employers weather the pandemic. But whether it does isn’t clear.
After the initial impact of shutdowns on a few industries, the coronavirus pandemic is leaving a much broader swath of unemployment.
The weekly figure is among the first data on the economic toll of the vast disruption of normal life and commerce caused by the coronavirus pandemic.