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Study reveals hourly workforce carries burden during recession

September 3rd, 2010

The United States workforce, battered by an economic slowdown, now includes a record number of workers who are involuntarily working part-time due to reduced hours or the inability to find a full-time job.
Hourly workers — the majority of the wage and salary workforce — are especially susceptible to reduced, irregular and fluctuating hours, and the [Read more...]


In town hall briefing, Rep. Gutierrez pledges to pass bill through committee restricting employers’ use of credit checks

September 3rd, 2010

Speaking at a Congressional briefing/town hall meeting, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, and a cosponsor of the Equal Opportunity for All Act (H.R. 3149), pledged he would move the bill out of the House Financial Services Committee when he returns to Washington this [Read more...]


Newly enacted Construction Industry Fair Play Act targets employee misclassification

September 2nd, 2010

New York Governor David A. Paterson signed into law the New York State Construction Industry Fair Play Act (Senate Bill 5847), which creates a clear litmus test to distinguish the difference between a worker and an independent contractor among construction industry workers. It also provides a method to clearly define which business on a construction [Read more...]


Amid economic woes, Americans still seriously concerned about work/life balance

September 2nd, 2010

Often overlooked amid talk about job figures and financial data, the issue of disrupted work/life balance is another way that the economic downturn has taken a toll on the American public, with families bearing the brunt of the suffering from this problem. With the economy experiencing its worst struggles since the Great Depression, it may [Read more...]


Workers rate safety most important workplace issue in new Labor Day study

September 1st, 2010

More than eight of ten workers (85 percent) rank workplace safety first in importance among labor standards, even ahead of family and maternity leave, minimum wage, paid sick days, overtime pay and the right to join a union, according to a new study from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
Despite widespread [Read more...]