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Jan 10, 2022

U.S. Labor Department says company lacked good cents

Today is Monday, the 40th anniversary of “The Catch,” among the most iconic moments in National Football League history. Here are some other news items. — The U.S. Labor Department sues company that paid departing employee in pennies. — National Conference of Bar Examiners plans to test redesigned bar exam. — Recently filed lawsuit challenges […]

Oct 5, 2018

US unemployment rate falls to 49-year low of 3.7 percent

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in September — the lowest level since December 1969 — signaling how the longest streak of hiring on record has put millions of Americans back to work.

Aug 3, 2018

US employers add 157,000 jobs, jobless rate hits 3.9 pct.

U.S. employers slowed their hiring in July, adding 157,000 jobs, a solid gain but below the healthy pace in the first half of this year.

Jul 16, 2015

U.S. Labor Department updates position on contract workers

The Department of Labor has weighed in on when to classify workers as employees and independent contractors, issuing a 15-page memo with new interpretations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Mar 18, 2015

Labor secretary says new overtime rules coming soon

Labor Secretary Tom Perez says his agency is still working on President Barack Obama's directive a year ago to come up with new overtime rules so more workers would be eligible for higher pay for working beyond their scheduled hours.

Aug 4, 2014

LinkedIn to pay $6M in unpaid wages, damages

The Labor Department says the professional networking service LinkedIn has agreed to pay nearly $6 million in unpaid wages and damages to 359 current and former employees.

Mar 12, 2014

Obama to expand overtime pay for salaried workers

President Barack Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers, a White House official said.

Feb 13, 2014

Applications for jobless benefits rise to 339K

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 8,000 last week to 339,000, evidence that layoffs ticked up. Still, the increase wasn't enough to suggest the job market is worsening.

Dec 20, 2013

Md. adds 8,900 jobs, unemployment down to 6.4 percent

Maryland added 8,900 jobs in November, bringing the state unemployment rate down to 6.4 percent, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. The private sector created 6,600 of those jobs, while the public sector added 2,300. Maryland has seen a year-over-year increase in jobs of 1.3 percent. Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the latest employment numbers from […]

Dec 16, 2013

U.S. worker output rises at best pace in 4 years

WASHINGTON — U.S. workers boosted their productivity from July through September at the fastest pace since the end of 2009, adding to signs of stronger economic growth. The Labor Department said Monday that productivity increased at a 3 percent annual rate in the third quarter. That’s up from an initial estimate of 1.9 percent and […]

Oct 3, 2013

Weekly jobless aid applications tick up to 308K

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose just 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 308,000, hovering near six-year lows. Companies are still cutting very few jobs, however the decline in layoffs has not been accompanied by a pickup in hiring. The less volatile four-week average for applications fell to 305,000, the […]

Oct 2, 2013

U.S. companies add 166,000 jobs in September

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses added just 166,000 jobs in September, only slightly more than the previous two months. The lack of improvement in hiring, along with the threat of a prolonged government shutdown, could help persuade the Federal Reserve to delay scaling back its stimulus. Payroll company ADP said Wednesday that private employers added just […]

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