Latest U.S. Department of Labor News

Intel to pay $5M to settle pay discrimination allegations

Oct. 15, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Labor Department says it has reached a $5 million settlement with chip maker Intel Corp. over allegations of pay discrimination against its female, African American and Hispanic employees. As part of the agreement, Intel will pay $3.5 million in back wages and interest. It is also...

US consumer prices unchanged in September

Oct. 10, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Overall consumer prices were unchanged in September as a big decline in energy costs offset small gains in other areas. The flat reading in the Consumer Price Index for September followed a tiny 0.1% August increase and left prices over the past 12 months rising at a modest annual rate of...

Labor Dept. rule aims to extend overtime to more US workers

Sep. 24, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has issued a rule that will make overtime pay available to 1.3 million additional workers, though the proposal replaces a more generous one advanced by former President Barack Obama. The Labor Department said Tuesday that it is raising the salary level that...

Senate panel approves Trump's pick to run Labor Department

Sep. 24, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led Senate committee voted along party lines Tuesday to advance the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department. The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved attorney Eugene Scalia's nomination, 12-11, clearing the way for the full...

Labor pick will seek ethics advice on brokers conflict rule

Sep. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for Labor secretary sought to quell concerns among Democrats that he's too close to the corporate world, telling lawmakers Thursday that if confirmed he'll ask ethics officials if he can participate in the crafting of a conflict of interest rule for...

The Latest: Labor nominee Eugene Scalia cites 'public trust'

Sep. 19, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Eugene Scalia, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department (all times local): 9:50 a.m. President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department tells a Senate committee that his years of work as an attorney for corporate clients won't influence his actions...

Trump outpaces Obama, Bush in naming ex-lobbyists to Cabinet

Sep. 17, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they're regulating. The Cabinet choices are...

US productivity climbs 2.3% in second quarter

Sep. 5, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity rose at a healthy pace in the second quarter but dropped at American factories, another sign of trouble for manufacturers. The Labor Department said Thursday that overall productivity — output per hour worked — rose at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of...

Hearing ordered as miners protest by blocking coal trains

Aug. 23, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered an evidentiary hearing within two weeks on a protest involving coal miners who have blocked trains transporting coal. News outlets report lawyers for Blackjewel LLC and the U.S. Labor Department were in court Friday in Charleston. Miners have camped out on train...

US has 501,000 fewer jobs than first reported

Aug. 21, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market isn't quite as strong as originally believed — with revised figures showing that the economy had 501,000 fewer total jobs this March than initially reported. The Labor Department said Wednesday that nearly two-thirds of the downward revision came from the retail...