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October 10th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — October 10th, 2017

Published October 10th, 2017 -

French public sector workers across the nation’s 9  main unions have engaged in another strike against President Macron’s economic policies.  The strikes have affected schools and flights, grounding at least 450,000 travelers across Europe. Today, ... More »

September 21st, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — September 21, 2017

Published September 21st, 2017 -

Yesterday, Washington’s State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group, operator of one of the largest private immigration detention centers for paying thousands of detainees $1 per day instead of the minimum wage.  The GEO Group claims the cente... More »

September 7th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — September 7, 2017

Published September 7th, 2017 -

In the wake of the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would be ending DACA in 6 months, protests have occurred nationwide.  NPR breaks down the myths and facts behind Attorney General Sessions’ claim that Dreamers are taking jobs away from... More »

September 3rd, 2017

Weekend News & Commentary — September 2-3, 2017

Published September 3rd, 2017 -

Earlier this week, the Office of Management and Budget announced that it was issuing a review and stay on President Obama’s EEO-1 pay data collection rule, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act.  The rule  would have required all employers, not ... More »

August 24th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — August 24, 2017

Published August 24th, 2017 -

This week, U.S. joblessness claims rose by 2,000, which was less than expected, to 234,000.  This may reflect a tightening in labor market conditions.  Joblessness claims — a close indication of layoffs — have come in below 300,000 for 129 weeks in a row.  Cen... More »

July 27th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — July 27, 2017

Published July 27th, 2017 -

Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics supplier for Apple and other tech giants, said yesterday that it would build its first major American factory in Wisconsin.  For building the factory, which would produce flat-panel display screens for televisions and other c... More »

July 9th, 2017

Weekend News & Commentary — July 8-9, 2017

Published July 9th, 2017 -

According to the June jobs report released on Friday, the labor participation rate increased slightly from 62.7% in May to 62.8% in June.  The labor participation rate, or the share of American civilians over the age of 16 who are working or looking for a job,... More »

June 29th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — June 29, 2017

Published June 29th, 2017 -

The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it granted certiorari in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust, Inc., to decide whether whistleblowers who report misconduct internally, and not externally to the SEC, are entitled to anti-retaliation protecti... More »

June 15th, 2017

Daily News & Commentary — June 15, 2017

Published June 15th, 2017 -

The number of Americans filing for unemployment dropped 8,000 to 237,000 last week, which was 5,000 more than economists had expected. For 119 straight weeks, claims have been below 300,000, which is the threshold associated with a healthy labor market. The Ne... More »

June 1st, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — June 1, 2017

Published June 1st, 2017 -

Employment changes continue at Uber, who reported yesterday that its Finance Head, Gautam Gupta, will be leaving in July.  This comes after the company fired Anthony Levandowski, as reported previously on the blog, and after Josh Mohrer, general manager of Ube... More »