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Republicans And Business Push To Expand Guest Worker Programs

Republicans And Business Push To Expand Guest Worker Programs

By LAURA CLAWSON, For Daily Kos Labor— Guest worker visas are resurfacing as one of the most contentious parts of immigration reform negotiations. Despite the compromise deal between the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO that went into the bipartisan Senate proposal, there are a number of Republican efforts to increase numbers of guest worker visas or weaken […]

Startup Act 3.0 Aims To Attract Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Students

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Startup Act 3.0 Aims To Attract Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Students

Aiming to attract immigrant entrepreneurs and science and technology students, a group of lawmakers has reintroduced, Startup Act 3.0, a new high-skilled visa scheme. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Feb. 13, 2013, introduced the Startup Act 3.0, a bill giving as many as 75,000 immigration visas each year to immigrant startup entrepreneurs and 50,000 […]

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Minimum Wage Laws: A Brief History

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Minimum Wage Laws: A Brief History

Minimum wage laws prohibit employers from hiring employees or workers for less than a given hourly, daily or monthly minimum wage. More than 90% of all countries have some kind of minimum wage legislation. Although minimum wage laws are in effect in many jurisdictions, differences of opinion exist about the benefits and drawbacks of a […]

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Workplace Safety: House Bill Targets Deadly Combustible Dust Explosions

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Workplace Safety: House Bill Targets Deadly Combustible Dust Explosions

By CHRIS HAMBY, Center for Public Integrity— A group of House Democrats has introduced legislation that aims to protect workers from combustible dust – a fire and explosion threat that has killed or injured hundreds in recent decades. Last year, the Center for Public Integrity examined the toll triggered by recent preventable tragedies – and the political and bureaucratic […]

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Union Membership in the U.S. Takes Another Big Hit In 2012, At 76-Year Low

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Union Membership in the U.S. Takes Another Big Hit In 2012, At 76-Year Low

Opponents of labor union membership in the United States had a very successful couple of years during 2011 and 2012. Union membership nationwide reached a 76-year record low, during 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Jan. 23, 2013. In 2012, the union membership rate — the percentage of wage and salary workers who […]

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ALEC’s Decades Of ‘Right-To-Work’ Effort Pay Off In Michigan

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ALEC’s Decades Of ‘Right-To-Work’ Effort Pay Off In Michigan

By PAUL ABOWD, Center for Public Integrity—Amid protests by labor unions, and objections from the stateʼs congressional delegation and even the president, Michiganʼs Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed a “right-to-work” bill into law in December 11, 2012, drawn word-for-word from a 32-year-old “model bill” pushed by a corporate-funded, conservative think tank. The legislation deals a […]

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Elder Care Crisis Is Everyone’s Business When Employees Double As Caregivers

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Elder Care Crisis Is Everyone’s Business When Employees Double As Caregivers

By R.W. Greene — The United States is in the midst an elderly population explosion that is creating a brewing elder care crisis. Two years ago, those aged 60 and older, made up slightly more than 18% of the population. That was only a couple of percentage points higher than 30 years earlier. But by […]

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Elder Care Caregiver Stress Goes To Work As Employers Ignore Issue

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Elder Care Caregiver Stress Goes To Work As Employers Ignore Issue

By R.W. Greene — Employers are facing a massive elder care health crisis in coming years — but even if they are aware of the problem, few are doing anything about it. The crisis is the toll that elder care — looking after one’s aging parents — is placing on the nation’s workforce. The U.S. is […]

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Facts About Caregivers And Work

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Facts About Caregivers And Work

Caregivers and Work: More working people provide full- or part-time caregiver duties for a loved one than ever before. Here’s a look at some facts about this major life responsibility and the realities of the working world. Facts About Caregivers o Two-thirds are women. o Studies show female caregivers are more likely than males to […]

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Caregiver Protection Laws And State Employer Polices Need Improvement: AARP

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Caregiver Protection Laws And State Employer Polices Need Improvement: AARP

Caregiver protection laws are rare. As of 2012, only four states—Alaska, Connecticut, New Jersey and Oregon, plus the District of Columbia—have laws over and above federal laws protecting family caregivers and those proving elder care. The AARP report says additions to workplace discrimination laws are necessary to help family caregivers. The AARP recommends the following changes […]

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