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Workers near Zion homeless amid housing crunch, tourism bump

Oct. 17, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

VIRGIN , Utah (AP) — A hot wind whipped across the red sand just outside of Zion National Park where a woman and her dogs live in a 1970s camper because she can’t find housing in Springdale, where she works. After four years of working at Springdale’s Bit and Spur...

Amazon to allow employees to work remotely indefinitely

Oct. 11, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon said Monday it will allow many tech and corporate workers to continue working remotely indefinitely, as long as they can commute to the office when necessary. The new policy was announced in a blog post and is a change from Amazon’s previous...

Vaccines are here. School's open. Some parents still agonize

Oct. 05, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Eight days into the school year, all five of Amber Cessac’s daughters, ages 4 to 10, had tested positive for COVID-19. Having them all sick at once and worrying about long-term repercussions as other parents at their school, and even her own mother,...

Trains packed with commuters as Japan fully ends emergency

Oct. 01, 2021 02:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan fully came out of a coronavirus state of emergency for the first time in more than six months as the country starts to gradually ease virus measures to help rejuvenate the pandemic-hit economy as the infections slowed. At Tokyo’s busy Shinagawa...

Florida's state workers feeling COVID impacts on the job

Sep. 27, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Eighteen months into the pandemic, Florida’s state workers are struggling. COVID-19 outbreaks have closed departments and offices. Three state prisons are closing because of the lack of corrections officers. When their colleagues fall ill,...

Liz Weston: Is a new job the right financial move?

Sep. 27, 2021 07:03 AM EDT

Whether you call it “The Great Resignation,” “The Great Reshuffle” or just high time for a change, millions of American workers are looking for new jobs — and some have already quit the ones they have. Better pay isn’t necessarily the motivator, labor experts say. Many people are...

Pandemic shows value of remote work for disabled employees

Sep. 27, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In the early weeks of 2020, when a mysterious new virus began making headlines, South St. Paul resident Steve Romenesko watched the news closely. By early March, with many things still unknown about the rapidly spreading coronavirus, it became...

Remote working fueled by COVID pandemic gaining popularity

Sep. 25, 2021 01:13 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — As was the case for many offices, last year’s sudden move to send many people home to work was a stunner for the Le Sueur County Human Services Department. “When we started (remote), it was like pulling off the Band-Aid. We were forced to do...

Alaska emphasizes state employee telework amid virus worries

Sep. 24, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska plans to emphasize telework for state employees for the next month as the COVID-19 pandemic strains Alaska's health care system. Gov. Mike Dunleavy, in a memo to state department leaders this week, said the state “must take measures to...

Foundations offer cities help convincing workers to relocate

Sep. 24, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

A year ago, Robin Bruce never thought she would be living in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and liking it. That was before she took advantage of a program, largely financed by the Walton Family Foundation, that is offering $10,000 incentives to entice new residents to the Ozarks region. ...