Tag: General Labor Issues

Court upholds Houston hospital’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy — workers can refuse vaccine, but ‘will simply need to work somewhere else’

A Texas hospital system’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees can stand after a federal judge on Saturday dismissed a closely watched lawsuit from workers...

How tech companies are bringing workers back to the office: Slowly and with ‘social’ incentives

As they return to work, employees of website platform Contentful Inc. are getting an eyeful of their new offices in Berlin and Denver and a...

More workers negotiate a return to the office — but working from home is a privilege open to precious few Americans

As white-collar workplaces debate the future of hybrid work with more than half of U.S. adults fully vaccinated, a new analysis provides a reminder that...

Here’s one financial reason why employees want to work from home — and employers had a hand in it

Markers showing people how to stand six feet apart on the floors of stores and sidewalks may soon be relics of the pandemic as more...

Opinion: What happens to government workers who don’t receive Social Security?

About one-quarter of state and local government employees — approximately 6.5 million workers — are not covered by Social Security on their current job. These...

‘Everything seems to go smoother when we’re together’: Companies dangle spa weekends and free meals to lure workers back to the office

Thomas Jepsen, founder of Passion Plans, a company that helps connect home buyers with architects and designers, is among the cohort of employers that are...

A million new jobs? That’s how many Wall Street thinks the U.S. created in April

The U.S. might have created a million-plus jobs in April as the economic recovery spread across the country and reached businesses that suffered the most...

Unlike previous downturns, women are bearing the brunt of the COVID recession — here’s why

It’s not just in the U.S. — across the world, the pandemic-induced recession has had a disproportionately negative impact on women in terms of employment. ...

Most people couldn’t correctly answer this pandemic-related tax quiz. Can you do better?

The pandemic’s economic fallout is putting people’s tax knowledge to the test, and they’re not passing with flying colors. A new survey indicates that many...

PwC lets U.K.-based staff choose start times — and clock off early in the summer

PwC has told its U.K. based staff they can spend around half their working hours at home after the COVID-19 pandemic ends — and clock...

The new stimulus bill will help shore up some shaky pension plans

Good news on the retirement-income front. Some 1.5 million workers and retirees faced the real risk that their pension incomes would be slashed over the...

Marco Rubio backs Amazon union push, cites company’s ‘culture wars’

Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama got a surprise ally in US Sen. Marco Rubio, with the conservative lawmaker revealing on Friday that he supports their...

PRO Act, called ‘most important labor legislation in several generations,’ passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the PRO Act, which supporters called the most significant labor legislation in decades and opponents characterized as...

Senior House Democrat says using filibuster to stop minimum-wage hike is akin to using it to block civil rights

The third-ranking House Democrat, Rep. Jim Clyburn, tore into Republicans for opposing a minimum-wage boost, saying their threatened used of the filibuster in the Senate...

Opinion: Raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour

Democrats want to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour to address inequality, but that might not be the best way to fix that problem. Conservative—and...

$1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package set to clear House late tonight

House Democrats hope to clear President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion economic package late Friday and send it on to the Senate, where it will face...

Philanthropy is a ‘PR scam,’ says CEO who raised his workers’ minimum pay to $70,000

He’s not buying what America’s billionaires are selling. The CEO known for increasing his employees’ base pay to $70,000 says wealthy people donating their money...

Some 730,000 Walmart employees won’t be getting $15 an hour pay — they’re hardly alone

Walmart WMT, +0.49% has joined a growing list of retailers boosting employees’ wages to $15 an hour, but unlike rivals such as Target TGT, -1.35%,...

Philadelphia relies on a commuter tax to balance its budget. What does that mean in a work-from-home world?

Jon Dumont has walked through Philadelphia’s Center City district to and from his office for years, passing familiar businesses and friendly faces. But the experience...

Fewer older workers file employee compensation claims in states where marijuana is legalized

In the ongoing debate over marijuana’s full legalization, a new study offers proponents this potential payoff: cheaper workers’ compensation claims for injured workers. In states...

‘One job is no longer enough to survive’: Dolly Parton’s Super Bowl ad glosses over the reality for millions of gig workers, critics say

Dolly Parton’s “5 to 9” Superbowl ad is just as catchy and upbeat as her original hit song “9 to 5”. But the reality of...

Microsoft hits $40 billion in quarterly sales for first time, reports record earnings

Microsoft Corp. blew away earnings expectations Tuesday as it surpassed $40 billion in sales and $15 billion in profit in a quarter for the first...

Yellen says raising minimum wage to $15 would have ‘minimal’ impact on jobs, but nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office disagrees

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour from $7.25 would help the U.S. economy more than it would harm it, Janet Yellen, President Joe...

Strong U.S. economic rebound will surprise markets and the Federal Reserve, says the best forecaster of 2020

The U.S. economy is at risk of contracting again in the next few months but should see a strong rebound beginning in the spring, says...

Lawsuit seeks to throw out California measure that protects ‘gig economy’ business model

Ride-hailing drivers and the Service Employees International Union filed a lawsuit against California on Tuesday that asks the state Supreme Court to invalidate Proposition 22...