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Is American Capitalism Becoming More Human?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Suddenly, capitalism American-style looks a little more human and a little more fair, if recent developments on the business front become a trend.

Goldilocks and the Bear Market

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The economy grew at an impressive rate of four percent in the second quarter of this year, according to a government report released on Wednesday. But the stock market promptly tanked. The Dow lost more than 317 points Thursday and another 70 points Friday. What gives? Financial markets like it when the economy grows fast enough to signal that the recovery is continuing -- but not so fast that labor markets might tighten and workers get more bargaining power to get raises. Markets also worry that if the economy grows too fast, the Federal Reserve might pull back from its policy of low interest rates.

Think Welfare Recipients Abuse The System? You Should See This Chart

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact

Public assistance recipients haven't gone without criticism. They've been compared to "wild animals" by political candidates, scrutinized for simp...

Women's History is Our History: Part Two

Carl Fillichio | Posted 05.20.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Last week, in honor of Women's History Month, I suggested five titles worth reading from the U.S. Department of Labor's Books that Shaped Work in America list. This week, I'm suggesting four more because, as we seek to improve the future for working women, it's so important to reflect on where we've been.

The Dignity of Work: Katherine Hackett's Story

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 01.07.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

If we don't extend emergency unemployment benefits, we're not holding up our end of the bargain with hardworking Americans like Katherine Hackett.

Are Headhunters Chowing Down on Boomers?

Arlene Schindler | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Schindler

A site will compare my resume side-by-side with a half-dozen other candidates who went to better schools, worked at greater companies and possibly had better careers than I did. It's so depressing; I'd rather watch my own colonoscopy -- polyps and all -- again.

Arnie Becker, Meet Atticus Finch

Carl Fillichio | Posted 01.27.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Ask any lawyer that ever read To Kill a Mockingbird if the book influenced their decision to attend law school. More than likely, they will think about it for a few moments, smile with pride and say yes.

A Labor Day Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.

The Family and Medical Leave Act: 20 Years of Working for Working Families

Mary Beth Maxwell | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Mary Beth Maxwell

Twenty years ago, Congress enacted into law a simple and fundamental principle: workers should not have to choose between the job they need, and the family members they love and who need their care. But what happens to workers when employers do not comply with the FMLA?

O Labor, Where Art Thou?

David Macaray | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
David Macaray

These stubborn worshippers of "checks and balances" insist that labor unions are not only an anachronism, but a curse.

Unemployment: Why Still So High?

Harlan Green | Posted 03.08.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

What will bring U.S. back to full employment is a big question among economists. The problem is that the 155,000 new jobs per month in 2012 isn't enough to either absorb new entrants, or those that have lost jobs. Only the investment of more money grows a sluggish economy.

Facts, Polls and Job Stats, Oh My!

Andy Ostroy | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

First it was the assault on facts. Then came fact-checker-bashing followed by the vast left-wing poll conspiracy. And now the Republican War on Reality has opened another front: the U.S. Labor Department and its monthly employment statistics.

Commentary On Minimum Wage For Home Care Workers

Rita Zeidner | Posted 06.17.2012 | Fifty
Rita Zeidner

As the nation focuses on health reform, a debate over the pay of workers providing in-home care to the elderly and sick brews below the surface.

Dave Jamieson

FedEx To Pay $3 Million Over Hiring Discrimination Charges

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.22.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Shipping giant FedEx has agreed to pay $3 million to settle federal charges that the company had a widespread pattern of discriminating ...

WATCH: HuffPost Unemployment Reporter Arthur Delaney Discusses Jobs Report

Sara Kenigsberg | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics

On Friday, the U.S. Labor Department announced the economy added 277,000 workers in February and that the unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent...

U.S. Labor Secy. Hilda Solis Discusses Jobs Bill With Latinos

Posted 11.29.2011 | Denver

Yesterday, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was joined in Denver by Gov. John Hickenlooper, congresswoman Diana DeGette and others for a roundtable di...

Mikulski: New Rules Affecting Md. Crab-Picker Wages Will Be Delayed

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.22.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- New federal foreign-worker wage regulations that some say would destroy Maryland's crab-picking industry have been delayed by 60 days. A...

Cities With The Most Job Postings

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business

Terrible as the job crisis might be, not all job markets are created equal. And certain cities have seen particularly notable improvement. The num...

Snowstorms Take Big Toll On Unemployment Claims

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. claims for jobless benefits surged last week as snowstorms in some parts of the country kept workers at home, but the ...

Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone?

Brent Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brent Green

Let's pretend you're 55 with a pedigree resume -- in financial services, marketing, management, information technology -- whatever. You're laid off fr...

Gov't Report Slams Labor Dept's Whistleblower Program

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ProPublica

The federal agency responsible for worker safety isn't adequately protecting whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers, according to a report (PDF) released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

Tempel Grain Charged $1.6 Million For Youth's Death

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division has fined Tempel Grain Elevators more than $1.6 m...

July Job Losses Down Significantly. Republicans Accuse Nation's Employers of Conspiring to Make Obama Look Good

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andy Ostroy

Like other leading economic indicators that have shown consistent improvement this year, the jobs market is nearing a bottom. Do you think Republicans are giving the president any credit for this marked improvement?

$500M In Grants Available For Green Job Training

greenbiz.com | Leslie Guevarra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Grant competitions opened today for $500 million in Recovery Act funds for training programs that will help retool the U.S. workfor...

A Mindless Meld of "Star Trek" and the New Unemployment Rate

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

The U.S. Labor Department announced Friday that 539,000 people lost their jobs last month -- a dreadful total, but not as high as the 600,000-plus axed in March. Here are three reasons why the unemployment increase got slightly less awful...