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AI Wants Your Job: Avoiding The Robot Job-Killing Apocalypse

AI Wants Your Job: Avoiding The Robot Job-Killing Apocalypse

AI: Automation is currently displacing millions of workers. By John Feffer Originally in Tom Dispatch My…

Private Equity – Rein It In Before It Destroys More Jobs

Private Equity – Rein It In Before It Destroys More Jobs

The Hufcor plant in Janesville, Wisconsin was profitable before investors gobbled it up. Now it’s…

News

  • Google and Facebook will require U.S. workers to be vaccinated to return to the office
  • Alden Closes a Newspaper After Buying Its Owner, Tribune
  • Activision, Facing Internal Turmoil, Grapples With #MeToo Reckoning
  • Scarlett Johansson suing Disney over Black Widow streaming release
  • ASGN revenue up 17% in Q2 with strength in commercial segment
  • Impellam Group revenue up 8% in constant currency, business recovering
  • CTG revenue up 3.4% in Q2; solutions revenue rises 10%
  • Department of Labor announces final rule to rescind Trump-era joint-employment regulation
  • GDP grows at annual rate of 6.5% in Q2, but falls short of expectations

“We’re Not Allowed to Hang Up”: The Harsh Reality Of Working In Customer Service

By Ariana Tobin, Ken Armstrong and Justin Elliott, illustrations by Laila Milevski Last year ProPublica wrote about the world of work-at-home customer service, spotlighting a largely unseen industry that helps brand-name companies shed labor costs by outsourcing the task of mollifying unhappy customers. As we reported on the industry, we invited current and former customer…

“We’re Not Allowed to Hang Up”: The Harsh Reality Of Working In Customer Service

Minimum Wage Lost 21% Of Its Value Since Congress Last Raised It In 2009

By Ben Zipperer, Working Economics Blog, Economic Policy Institute After the longest period in history without an increase, the federal minimum wage today is worth 21% less than 12 years ago — and 34% less than in 1968. Saturday marked 12 years since the last federal minimum wage increase on July 24, 2009, the longest…

Minimum Wage Lost 21% Of Its Value Since Congress Last Raised It In 2009

Activision, Facing Internal Turmoil, Grapples With #MeToo Reckoning

More than 1,500 employees for the video game giant, which is facing an explosive state lawsuit, have called for executives to take sexual harassment seriously.…

Activision, Facing Internal Turmoil, Grapples With #MeToo Reckoning

As the COVID pandemic ravaged the nation in 2020, hires and turnover reach record highs

Data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) highlight the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the results of efforts to mitigate its spread in 2020. With the challenges of the pandemic, many of the JOLTS data elements experienced shocks early in the year before returning to previous trends. Data…

As the COVID pandemic ravaged the nation in 2020, hires and turnover reach record highs

Facebook reports fastest quarterly growth in five years

Facebook Facebook reports fastest quarterly growth in five years Social media company beats forecasts and hits $29bn revenue Network condemned for allowing vaccine misinformation Kari Paul in San Francisco Wed 28 Jul 2021 17.07 EDT Last modified on Wed 28 Jul 2021 17.25 EDT Facebook saw its fastest growth this quarter since 2016, the company…

Facebook reports fastest quarterly growth in five years

Labor

Scarlett Johansson suing Disney over Black Widow streaming release

Scarlett Johansson suing Disney over Black Widow streaming release

Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson suing Disney over Black Widow streaming release The actor claims that the studio breached her contract by releasing her standalone Marvel adventure on Disney+ Benjamin Lee Thu 29 Jul 2021 14.24 EDT Last modified on Thu…

US economy returns to pre-pandemic level but misses growth forecasts

US economy returns to pre-pandemic level but misses growth forecasts

US economy US economy returns to pre-pandemic level but misses growth forecasts US GDP grew 6.5% in the second quarter of 2021, but fears of a slowing recovery persist Richard Partington Economics correspondent @RJPartington Thu 29 Jul 2021 13.50 EDT…

Shell boss says no plans to change strategy despite emissions ruling

Shell boss says no plans to change strategy despite emissions ruling

Royal Dutch Shell Shell boss says no plans to change strategy despite emissions ruling ‘Unreasonable’ court ruling does not need new strategy, Van Beurden says as firm reveals multibillion dollar shareholder windfall Jillian Ambrose Thu 29 Jul 2021 11.47 EDT…

Johnson & Johnson vaccine production cleared to restart in Baltimore but still not authorized for distribution

Johnson & Johnson vaccine production cleared to restart in Baltimore but still not authorized for distribution

Emergent BioSolutions says the FDA allowed it to restart production after a lengthy suspension, an…

Today’s News & Commentary — July 29, 2021

Today’s News & Commentary — July 29, 2021

Employee are fighting back against Activision Blizzard, one of the largest companies in the world,…

Held in place by opposing forces, mortgage rates take a pause

Held in place by opposing forces, mortgage rates take a pause

The 30-year fixed average, which has remained below 3 percent the past five weeks, moved…

Sucker Punch has unfinished business with ‘Ghost of Tsushima’

Sucker Punch has unfinished business with ‘Ghost of Tsushima’

Jin’s story will expand on the “anthology” of his new adventures.This post was originally published…

U.S. economy grew annual 6.5 percent between April and June, marking full recovery from the pandemic

U.S. economy grew annual 6.5 percent between April and June, marking full recovery from the pandemic

The economy is officially recovered from the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time since covid…

US economic growth disappoints; European shares rise on strong company results – live

US economic growth disappoints; European shares rise on strong company results – live

Key events Show 8.37am EDT 08:37 US economy grows less than expected in Q2 8.32am…

The Economy

Consumer Spending Was a Big Factor in G.D.P. Expansion

Consumer Spending Was a Big Factor in G.D.P. Expansion

A 2.8 percent rise in spending on services helped offset declines in other areas of…

$1 Trillion Infrastructure Deal Scales Senate Hurdle With Bipartisan Vote

$1 Trillion Infrastructure Deal Scales Senate Hurdle With Bipartisan Vote

The vote was a breakthrough after weeks of wrangling among White House officials and senators…

Covid Aid Programs Spur Record Drop in Poverty

Covid Aid Programs Spur Record Drop in Poverty

The most comprehensive study yet of the federal response to the pandemic shows huge but…

Who Discriminates in Hiring? A New Study Can Tell

Who Discriminates in Hiring? A New Study Can Tell

Applications seemingly from Black candidates got fewer replies than those evidently from white candidates. The method could point to specific companies.This post was originally published on this site…

Growth Is Strong, but the Obstacles to Full Recovery Are Big

Growth Is Strong, but the Obstacles to Full Recovery Are Big

The new G.D.P. numbers paint a vivid picture of a nation still struggling to complete an economic readjustment.This post was originally published on this site…