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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2018 file photo, state Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, looks over a newspaper during a break in the Senate session, in Sacramento, Calif. Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, announced Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 that she has introduced legislation exempting freelance writers and newspaper carriers from a broad new California law requiring that many be treated as employees rather than independent contractors. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Bills may exempt freelancers, newspapers from California law

Jan. 23, 2020 4:03 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Freelance writers and newspaper carriers would be exempted from a broad new California labor law requiring that many be treated as employees rather than independent contractors, under legislation announced Thursday by a state senator. The measures face an uphill battle in part...

Bill asks for proclamation marking 1st labor strike by women

Jan. 18, 2020 12:49 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A state lawmaker has introduced a bill asking for a yearly proclamation commemorating the first labor strike in the United States by women, which was in Dover, New Hampshire. On Dec. 30, 1828, about 400 women walked out for three days in protest of harsh, dangerous working...

Union bucks proposed 3% pay boost for state workers

Jan. 17, 2020 11:10 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders of the second-largest labor union for New Mexico state employees are bristling at a proposed 3% pay increase from the governor and are promising to lobby legislators for more compensation in an election year for House and Senate members. Dan Secrist, executive vice president...

Labor lawyer ends campaign for US Senate

Jan. 17, 2020 11:27 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Workers' rights attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan announced Friday that she is ending her primary challenge to Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey. “Unfortunately, sometimes some obstacles are too great to overcome, and that is the situation my candidacy for Senate finds itself in," she...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2009, file photo a caravan of trucks from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., drive around Los Angeles City Hall during a protest against container fees being assessed against independent truckers. A federal judge on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, indefinitely blocked a new California labor law from applying to more than 70,000 independent truckers, ruling that it is preempted by federal rules on interstate commerce. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Judge halts California labor law as it relates to truckers

Jan. 16, 2020 8:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday indefinitely blocked a new California labor law from applying to more than 70,000 independent truckers, deciding that it is preempted by federal rules on interstate commerce. The state law that took effect Jan. 1 makes it harder for companies to...

UN body welcomes 'milestone' in Qatar labor reforms

Jan. 16, 2020 6:46 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar abolished exit visa requirements for virtually all migrant workers on Thursday in a move the U.N. labor organization said was a “milestone” in reform efforts ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The ministerial decree allows nearly all migrant workers in...

Alaska lawmakers push to drop labor regulatory change

Jan. 15, 2020 9:28 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some Alaska lawmakers want the state to drop a proposed regulatory change they believe undermines plumber and electrician workforce development. A group of 18 legislators sent a letter Monday opposing a state Department of Labor proposal to end a requirement for 8,000...

Legislature tables bills on school start dates

Jan. 12, 2020 2:10 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are staying out of the debate over whether schools should start before or after Labor Day, for now. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, a strong proponent of later start dates, created a “Save Our Summers” study commission in 2018 to examine how a...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2018 file photo, State Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, looks over a newspaper during a break in the Senate session, in Sacramento, Calif. A federal judge will not temporarily exempt freelance journalists and photographers from a broad new California labor law, saying they waited too long to challenge restrictions that they fear could put some of them out of business. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Federal judge holds freelancers to new California labor law

Jan. 6, 2020 4:04 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge will not temporarily exempt freelance journalists and photographers from a broad new California labor law, saying they waited too long to challenge restrictions that they fear could put some of them out of business. U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez in Los...

Families fight against new labor regulations for au pairs

Jan. 6, 2020 12:27 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A group of families in Massachusetts is fighting a recent court ruling that found that au pairs should be treated as employees entitled to minimum wage. An organization called Au Pair Families of Massachusetts is planning to lobby for legislation in the Statehouse on Wednesday, the Boston...