Labor & Economic News Blog


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Shifting the risk

Shifting the risk

The dark side to the “sharing economy”. Flexible hours. Being your own boss. The glories and self-bootstrapping pride of entrepreneurship.

 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

America’s Family-Leave Disgrace

America’s Family-Leave Disgrace



If Republicans oppose Obama’s new proposals, they will have to explain why workers must struggle on without such basic protections.  

 

Six Weeks’ Paid Leave Opposed By People With Thirty-Three Weeks’ Paid Leave

Six Weeks’ Paid Leave Opposed By People With Thirty-Three Weeks’ Paid Leave



Opponents heard the President’s proposal on Tuesday night, one of the few nights of the year when they are required to report to their workplace.

 

Now we know how many drivers Uber has — and have a better idea of what they’re making​


Now we know how many drivers Uber has — and have a better idea of what they’re making​
Uber hired Obama's chief economist to study the economics of its business. Here's what he found.


Read: Uber’s new study of the demographics, earnings and employment decisions of its workers
The full document.

 

Talk of Wealth Gap Prods G.O.P. to Refocus

 

Fired McDonald’s workers say they were dismissed for being minorities

Fired McDonald’s workers say they were dismissed for being minorities
Former workers say they were told by supervisors that there were “too many black people” working at three Virginia franchises.

 

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Judge rules Illinois pension reform bill as unconstitutional

Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz ruled Illinois Senate Bill 1, more commonly known as Illinois’ pension reform bill, to be in violation of the state’s constitution on Nov. 21. The pension reform bill was passed on Dec. 3, 2013.

 

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard

Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard
While Harvard professors oppose changes that will raise their health care costs, the university says the increases are in part a result of the ...

 

Friday, January 02, 2015

To Rescue Economy, Japan Turns to Supermom

To Rescue Economy, Japan Turns to Supermom
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to make it easier for women who have children to continue careers, rather than leaving the work force.

 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Economic Recovery Spreads to the Middle Class

Economic Recovery Spreads to the Middle Class

Many economists are convinced that falling unemployment and increased hiring are finally about to start paying off in terms of wage gains for a broader swath of workers.

 

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