03/13/14 05:45 PM
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of illegal practices to avoid paying them what they're owed. The suits in California, Michigan and New York come amid growing attention on the...
By Jared Meyer | 03/13/14 04:50 PM
Once again, congressional leaders are telling Americans to do as they say, not as they do.
03/13/14 03:30 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland State University faculty voted to authorize their union leaders to call a strike, the union said Thursday. The vote does not guarantee the first professorial strike in the history of the Oregon University System, but it was a required move for one to occur as...
03/13/14 03:30 PM
BOSTON (AP) — The state's minimum wage would rise to $10.50 per hour over three years but would not be automatically adjusted for inflation under a proposal unveiled Thursday by a top Massachusetts lawmaker. In a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, House Speaker Robert DeLeo,...
By Meghashyam Mali | 03/13/14 03:05 PM
President Obama on Thursday unveiled his latest initiative to boost workers' pay, saying he wanted to “restore the common-sense principle behind overtime.”
By Steve Doty | 03/13/14 02:37 PM
President Obama signed a memorandum Thursday afternoon directing the Labor Department to adjust its regulations for who qualifies for overtime pay. Currently, salaried employees who make over $455 per week are not required to receive overtime.
By Joseph Lawler | 03/13/14 11:09 AM
Retail sales rose 0.3 percent in January, ending a two-month slide and beating expectations. The Census Bureau reported Thursday that U.S. consumers spent $427.2 billion on goods and services in February, in its first estimate of retail spending. The Census also revised down its estimates...
By Christopher S. Rugaber | 03/13/14 09:19 AM
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, a sign the job market is picking up after a winter slump.
03/12/14 06:47 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millions more workers for the extra time they put in on the job. The rules, which would not likely take effect until 2015, are aimed at workers...
By Paul Bedard | 03/12/14 06:41 PM
The Democratic chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee declared Wednesday that cabinet secretaries do not have to answer questions at hearings if they don’t feel like it, the latest breakdown in collegiality. In a politically-charged atmosphere during a...
03/12/14 04:15 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, many Americans followed a simple career path: Land an entry-level job. Accept a modest wage. Gain skills. Leave eventually for a better-paying job. The workers benefited, and so did lower-wage retailers such as Wal-Mart: When its staffers left for better-paying...
By Paul Bedard | 03/12/14 12:13 PM
Five hundred economists, including three Nobel laureates, on Wednesday urged Congress to junk President Obama’s proposal to boost the minimum wage to $10.10, claiming it will cut jobs and raises prices.
By Julie Pace | 03/12/14 09:48 AM
President Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers, a White House official said.
By Tim Talley | 03/12/14 09:08 AM
Many new state workers would have 401(k)-style retirement plans rather than traditional public employee pension plans under a measure the Oklahoma House passed on Tuesday.
By Tom Raum | 03/12/14 09:06 AM
The Labor Department on Tuesday proposed a new rule that would make it easier for those with 401(k) retirement plans and their employers to locate just what fees and expenses are attached.
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