Labor & Economic News Blog


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stanford study finds blacks and Hispanics typically need ...

Stanford study finds blacks and Hispanics typically need ...

Researchers at Stanford Graduate School of Education have found that black and Hispanic families effectively need much higher incomes than white families to live in comparably affluent neighborhoods. As a result, middle-income black and Hispanic households are much more likely to live in poor neighborhoods – which tend to have weaker schools, more crime and bigger social problems – than whites or Asians who earn the same amount of money. This segregation may be constraining the upward mobility of black and Hispanic children compared with their white and Asian peers.

 

Start-Ups Finding the Best Employees Are Actually Employed

Start-Ups Finding the Best Employees Are Actually Employed

Some on-demand companies are rejecting the practice of using independent contractors, like Uber drivers, and are hiring people they can train and hold accountable.

 

House Approves Trade Bill’s Expansion of Worker Aid

The measure extends assistance like retraining and health care to workers displaced by global competition.

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A quarter of Americans are one emergency away from financial ruin

A quarter of Americans are one emergency away from financial ruin

Despite feeling better about their jobs, workers are still struggling to keep extra money in the bank, studies show.

 

Fewer Poor Uninsured, Study Finds in Health Law

Fewer Poor Uninsured, Study Finds in Health Law

Significant declines in the proportion of uninsured Americans are documented as the Supreme Court nears a ruling on Affordable Care Act subsidies.

 

Friday, June 19, 2015

California labor regulators blast a big hole in Uber's 'sharing economy' dodge

California labor regulators blast a big hole in Uber's 'sharing economy' dodge

 Sharing economy" firms like the car services Uber and Lyft have always been based on something of a sham: the idea that the drivers are working for themselves, not for the bosses.

 

Sharing economy gets a wake-up call with Uber ruling

Sharing economy gets a wake-up call with Uber ruling

Silicon Valley has created a new breed of American worker: neither employee nor contractor, indispensable to the company but free to work as much or as little as they please — with no real boss.

 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Right-to-Work Takes Us in the Wrong Direction

Illinois

Right-to-Work Takes Us in the Wrong Direction


State and local governments are moving to enact right-to-work laws that harm all workers, regardless of union status, and do not result in the job growth promised by proponents. Policymakers can help working families by pursuing policies to uphold workers’ ability to join together in unions.

 

11 stunning facts about how Kansas treats the poor

11 stunning facts about how Kansas treats the poor

11 stunning facts about how Kansas treats the poor
This is what a “real-live experiment” in red-state governance looks like in Kansas.

 

Colo. court: Workers can be fired for using medical marijuana in off-hours

Colo. court: Workers can be fired for using medical marijuana in off-hours

Colo. court: Workers can be fired for using medical marijuana in off-hours

 

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