Latest Labor policy News

House Republicans approve anti-vaccine mandate legislation

Nov. 18, 2021 16:45 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Private companies and public entities would be banned from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter a facility or conduct business, under anti-vaccine legislation passed by House Republicans on Thursday that would cover everything from privately run theaters to...

MLB owners meet amid labor negotiations with players' union

Nov. 17, 2021 18:28 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said he voted for Major League Baseball’s proposal to lower the luxury tax threshold, a plan opposed by the players’ union with the sport on the brink of its first work stoppage on 26 years. The luxury tax,...

Agency head: No blanket waiver for unemployment overpayments

Nov. 01, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

The interim Department of Labor commissioner informed Connecticut legislators Monday that her agency is barred by state and federal law from granting a blanket waiver to thousands of workers who are now being billed for overpayment of their unemployment compensation benefits during the...

Australian prime minister will take net zero target to COP26

Oct. 25, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will commit to a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 but will not increase its goal for 2030 at an upcoming U.N. climate summit in Scotland, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday. Morrison’s conservative Liberal...

Analysis: Equal pay efforts reviving in Mississippi in 2022

Oct. 03, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is the only state without a law requiring equal pay for equal work by women and men, after Alabama enacted one in 2019. Efforts have fallen short in Mississippi in recent years, but Senate Labor Committee Chairman John Hohrn, a Democrat...

Top Dems leave door open to trimming Biden's $3.5T price tag

Sep. 08, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' two top Democrats seemed to leave the door open Wednesday to ultimately reducing the $3.5 trillion price tag of President Joe Biden's plan to boost social and environment programs, illustrating party divisions they will spend weeks trying to resolve. ...

4 vaccinated front-line workers cope with pandemic's toll

Sep. 07, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The early months of the coronavirus pandemic shined a spotlight on essential workers. As cities shutdown, thank you signs went up on windows and applause rang out each evening for the workers still out there. At the time, there was hope the pandemic...