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US unemployment claims fall to new pandemic low of 290,000

Oct. 21, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to a new low point since the pandemic erupted, evidence that layoffs are declining as companies hold onto workers. Unemployment claims dropped 6,000 to 290,000 last week, the...

US Labor Department warns 3 GOP states over COVID rules

Oct. 19, 2021 23:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Biden administration threatened Tuesday to revoke the authority for three Republican-controlled states to handle their own workplace safety enforcement because they have refused to adopt rules to protect health care workers from COVID-19. The threats...

Ruling: Agency must identify workers to be used as witnesses

Oct. 19, 2021 23:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An appellate court has ruled that federal officials don't have to identify all the employees of an Arizona company who provided information in a Fair Labor Standards Act case but must identify those who will be trial witnesses for the government. A 9th...

Wage theft hits immigrants — hard

Oct. 14, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

Audelia Molina, a Mexican immigrant, was earning 10 cents for every garment she trimmed at a factory in Los Angeles, America’s clothing-assembly capital. Her wage was so meager that she started putting in 11-hour days to drive up production. When she asked for a raise, a supervisor denied...

Asian shares mixed after muddled day of trading on Wall St

Oct. 13, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

Shares were mixed in Asia on Wednesday after an up-and-down day on Wall Street ended with most benchmarks lower as traders waited for updates on inflation and corporate earnings. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.3% to 28,158.28 and the S&P/ASX 200 edged 0.1% lower to...

Some Floridians struggling with unemployment "overpayments"

Oct. 07, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state’s Department of Economic Opportunity is trying to claw back possibly billions of dollars in non-fraudulent unemployment claims distributed during the first 18 months of the pandemic. Thousands of Floridians have received stern letters warning them that...

Tootsie Roll facing fine for gruesome finger mishap at plant

Oct. 05, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal agency has recommended that Tootsie Roll Industries pay more than $136,000 in fines after a machine at its Chicago plant cut off part of an employee's finger this year. The U.S. Department of Labor said in a news release Tuesday that its...

UNH, tree care group get safety workplace safety grants

Oct. 02, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire and a tree care association have received grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to educate workers and employers on workplace safety and health. UNH was awarded nearly $178,000 to provide the training to small...

Scammers got nearly 30% of Arizona virus unemployment pay

Sep. 30, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Scammers were able to pocket nearly 30% of the $16 billion in unemployment insurance payments sent out by Arizona since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the director of the state agency overseeing the program said Thursday. Most of the fraud...

US unemployment claims rise third straight week to 362,000

Sep. 30, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose for the third straight week, a sign that the highly contagious delta variant may be slowing a recovery in the job market. Claims rose unexpectedly by 11,000 last week to 362,000, the Labor...