labor department

Obama Bashes the Bashers: Medical Leave for Gay Couples to Apply to ALL States

Obama Bashes the Bashers: Medical Leave for Gay Couples to Apply to ALL States
President Obama has directed the Labor Department to ensure the Family Medical and Leave Act explicitly applies to same-sex couples, as well as everyone else. Now spouses in same-sex marriages can take unpaid medical leave to take care of their loved ones, without fear of reprisal, even in red states.
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Largest Wage Violation in Dept of Labor History: Philly Sports Bar Stole Tips, Refused Overtime

Largest Wage Violation in Dept of Labor History: Philly Sports Bar Stole Tips, Refused Overtime
In what amounts to the largest wage violation settlement in the Department of Labor's history, sports bar chain Chickie's and Pete's will shell out $8.5 million to their shorted employees. The sports bar failed to pay overtime and out-and-out stole tips from the servers.
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Job Growth: Nothin' To See Here Edition

Job Growth: Nothin' To See Here Edition
Though slow, economic indicators including job growth are trending upwards. Fewer are applying for unemployment benefits, and employers have been adding on average 200,000 jobs a month.
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Ruthless Insurers Taking Advantage of Suffering Laborers, Depleted Labor Dept Judgement System

Ruthless Insurers Taking Advantage of Suffering Laborers, Depleted Labor Dept Judgement System
An uptick in worker voice, combined with a depleted crew of judges, has created a backlog of workers compensation cases and put huge financial burdens on sick workers. With limited time as the main inhibition, workers now must accept any deal they can get in hopes of recovery.
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White House Pleads for Unemployment Extension, Says Jobless Rate 'Unacceptably High'

White House Pleads for Unemployment Extension, Says Jobless Rate 'Unacceptably High'
The White House is asking members of congress to extend unemployment benefits for the approximately four million Americans who've been unable to find gainful employment post-recession. Republican reports that benefits keep wages 'too high' for employers to hire more workers are flawed, says the Council of Economic Advisers.
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