Labor Department Curbs Announcements of Company Violations

A memo tells officials to hold back on news releases about enforcement decisions, saying they can linger unfairly online if citations are overturned.

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OSHA Under Fire Over Regulation of Meatpacking in Pandemic

Critics say the agency has applied scant oversight and negligible penalties despite virus outbreaks at many plants in the spring.

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A Regulatory Rush by Federal Agencies to Secure Trump’s Legacy

With the president’s re-election in doubt, cabinet departments are scrambling to finish dozens of new rules affecting millions of Americans.

#air-pollution, #dudley-susan-e, #environmental-protection-agency, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #murray-patty, #nessel-dana, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #schaitberger-harold-a, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation, #transportation-department-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Unemployment Claims Rise Anew in Latest Sign of Economic Distress

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Princeton to Pay Nearly $1.2 Million to Female Professors to Address Inequity

A U.S. Department of Labor review of staff wages from 2012 to 2014 found disparities between male and female professors.

#colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #labor-department-us, #princeton-university, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls

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Trump Moves to Tighten Visa Access for High-Skilled Foreign Workers

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.

#foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas, #wages-and-salaries

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Jobs Report Shows Further Slowdown in U.S. Economic Recovery

Payrolls grew last month, but permanent layoffs are rising, the labor force is contracting, and fewer women are employed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #law-and-legislation, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #women-and-girls

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Unemployment Claims Fraud Exploits Weak Spots in System

Pandemic programs have lowered the barriers to collecting benefits, and the usual security methods haven’t kept up.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #frauds-and-swindling, #identity-theft, #labor-department-us, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

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Unemployment Claims Rise as Job Rebound Loses Momentum

New filings for unemployment benefits rose last week, signaling continued layoffs even before autumn chills outdoor business.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Uber and Lyft Could Gain From U.S. Rule Defining Employment

The Labor Department proposal would most likely treat drivers and other gig workers as contractors, not employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #overtime, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Why Unemployment Claims May Be Overcounted by Millions

Weekly tallies of jobless claims were not meant to be treated as an economic indicator. The pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of doing so.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #states-us, #statistics, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Unemployment Benefits Program Has Issues With Fraud and Math

An emergency federal program faces growing issues with spurious claims, and the flood of applicants may have led to overcounting the unemployed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #frauds-and-swindling, #identity-theft, #labor-department-us, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Unemployment Claims Send Another Worrisome Note

Filings for benefits reflect continued layoffs and a sluggish recovery. “The numbers are going in the wrong direction,” one economist said.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frauds-and-swindling, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Franchise Workers Win Victory Over U.S. Effort to Curb Lawsuits

A judge rebuffed a Labor Department move that made it harder for employees to win judgments against parent companies over pay violations.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #fast-food-industry, #franchises, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #minimum-wage, #overtime, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Job Growth Slackens, Signaling Vulnerability of Recovery

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #recession-and-depression, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

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Unemployment Claims Show Layoffs Continue to Batter Economy

Progress in restoring lost jobs has become more challenging. “It’s pretty bad at this stage in the crisis,” one economist said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Unemployment Claims Rise as Rollout of $300 Benefit Lags

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Labor Dept. Lawyer Says Trump Appointee Intervened in Oracle Case

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.

#catz-safra, #discrimination, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #oracle-corporation, #scalia-eugene, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #whistle-blowers

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New Unemployment Claims Decline, but Remain ‘Alarmingly High’

Nearly 1.2 million filed for state benefits last week, the lowest total since March, as economic readings offer only limited encouragement.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Financial Brokers Must Now Act in Your ‘Best Interest.’ What Does That Mean?

A new standard established by the Securities and Exchange Commission may sound better than it actually is, consumer advocates say.

#consumer-federation-of-america, #consumer-protection, #content-type-service, #financial-brokers, #labor-department-us, #personal-finances, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #securities-and-exchange-commission

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Why College Students May Qualify for Special Covid Pandemic Aid

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #internships, #labor-department-us, #national-employment-law-project, #personal-finances, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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4.8 Million Jobs Added in June, but Clouds Grow Over Economy

Some 4.8 million positions were added last month, but renewed shutdowns could accelerate the continuing layoffs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Unemployment: 1.5 Million New State Claims in Weekly Tally

As coronavirus hot spots flare across the U.S., adding to economic worries, new jobless claims surpassed one million for the 14th week.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-reopenings, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Unemployment Claims: 1.5 Million New State Filings in a 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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-reopenings, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

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1.5 Million Filed State Unemployment Claims Last Week

More than 1.5 million sought state unemployment benefits last week as layoffs spread to more job categories even as businesses reopened.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-reopenings, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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No, the Jobs Report Wasn’t Rigged. Here’s What Happened.

The pandemic has complicated the usual methods and models for compiling employment data. But uncertainty has been offset by transparency.

#bureau-of-labor-statistics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Unemployment Claims Remain High as Businesses Reopen

State jobless rolls increased last week as some workers were newly laid off and others belatedly started to receive benefits.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-reopenings, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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2.1 Million Unemployment Claims Push Total Past 40 Million

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-reopenings, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Many Jobs May Vanish Forever as Layoffs Mount

With over 38 million U.S. unemployment claims in nine weeks, one economist says the situation is “grimmer than we thought.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-reopenings, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Unemployment Claims Above 36 Million in Coronavirus Pandemic

Nearly three million new unemployment claims brought the two-month total to more than 36 million, even with some still frustrated in seeking benefits.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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The Trump Administration’s Legal Moves to Prevent a Meat Shortage, Explained

Contrary to misunderstandings, the actions fall short of ordering meatpacking facilities to reopen despite Covid-19 outbreaks among workers.

#agriculture-department, #baker-james-e, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #factories-and-manufacturing, #labor-department-us, #meat-packers-and-butchers, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #perdue-sonny, #quarantines, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Protecting Workers From Coronavirus: OSHA Leaves It to Employers

Critics say the federal agency charged with protecting worker safety has played a conspicuously small role during the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #target-corporation, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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For Small Businesses, Paycheck Protection Program Means Hard Choices

The $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program is intended to help small employers weather the pandemic. But whether it does isn’t clear.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #paycheck-protection-program, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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A Widening Toll on Jobs: ‘This Thing Is Going to Come for Us All’

After the initial impact of shutdowns on a few industries, the coronavirus pandemic is leaving a much broader swath of unemployment.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #recession-and-depression, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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‘It’s a Wreck’: 3.3 Million File Unemployment Claims as Economy Comes Apart

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #quarantines, #recession-and-depression, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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