Tag Archives: employment

MADE IN AMERICA WEEK: Trump Officials Order 15,000 New Visas For Low-Wage Seasonal Workers

The Chicago Tribune reports: The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage, seasonal workers for the remainder of this fiscal year, a seeming about-face from President Trump’s “Hire American” rhetoric, following heavy lobbying from the fisheries, hospitality and other industries that rely on temporary foreign workers. The increase represents a 45 ...

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LOS ANGELES: Straight Sanitation Worker Awarded $17M In Anti-Gay Harassment Suit, City May Appeal

The Los Angeles Times reports: A Los Angeles jury has awarded a former city sanitation worker $17.4 million after finding that he endured repeated harassment by his supervisors, who falsely perceived that he was gay. Jurors deliberated for about two hours Wednesday before unanimously deciding that James Pearl of L.A. was subjected to verbal abuse, hazing and a bullying campaign ...

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Sec. Alex Acosta Recognizes Pride Month: The Labor Department Honors The Contributions Of All Americans

Via press release from Labor Secretary Alex Acosta: This June, we recognize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Pride Month at the Department of Labor. The department honors the impactful contributions of all Americans, no matter their ethnic background, gender, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation. Pride at DOL, the Department’s Affinity Group for LGBTQ Employees and Allies, helps educate ...

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April Jobs Report: Unemployment Hits 10-Year Low

MarketWatch reports: Some 211,000 people found new jobs in April as hiring rebounded from a wobbly showing in early spring, offering fresh evidence the U.S. economy is still growing at healthy pace after a slow start to the year. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, dipped to 4.4% from 4.5% to set a postrecession low. The last time the rate was so ...

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CHICAGO: Obamas To Personally Donate $2 Million To Summer Jobs Program For Young People [VIDEO]

The Washington Examiner reports: Former President Barack Obama revealed Wednesday his intention to donate $2 million to a summer jobs program for young people in Chicago. He made the announcement while at a roundtable about his soon-to-be-built presidential center and library in Chicago. The completion of that project is “about four years” away, Obama said. However, the programming of this ...

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Tourism Industry Firm Forecasts $18 Billion Annual Decline And Loss Of 107,000 Jobs Because Trump

CNN Money reports: President Trump says he wants to keep out people who threaten the security of the United States. But his policies are discouraging tourists and threatening the American travel business, experts say. One study forecasts a 10.6 million decline in visitors this year and next. The drop — nearly 7% of expected travelers — will cost the U.S. ...

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Feds Issue Worst Jobs Report In Nearly A Year

Stand by for Sean Spicer to declare that federal jobs data is fake once again. The New York Times reports: Hiring in March was expected to drop after the monthly gains of more than 200,000 in the two previous months, but this marks the weakest showing for the economy in nearly a year. Just 98,000 jobs were added last month. ...

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BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Rules Civil Rights Act Protects LGBT Employees From Workplace Bias

HUGE. The Associated Press reports: A federal appeals court in Chicago on Tuesday ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act also protects LGBT employees from workplace discrimination, the first time a federal appellate court has come to that conclusion. The decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes after it threw out a July finding by three of ...

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MAINE: Lack Of Oxford Comma In Wage Law Could Cost Company Millions In Class Action Overtime Lawsuit

The New York Times reports: A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers hinged entirely on a debate that has bitterly divided friends, families and foes: The dreaded — or totally necessary — Oxford comma, perhaps the most polarizing of punctuation marks. What ensued in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and in a 29-page ...

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Chris Wallace To Trump Advisor: Why Should We Believe Jobs Numbers Trump Once Called “Phony”? [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite: On Fox News Sunday today, Chris Wallace asked White House Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn about President Trump‘s past dismissals of jobs numbers. The White House touted the numbers out this past Friday, but as Wallace pointed out, during the campaign Trump called similar reports “phony.” Sean Spicer quoted Trump as explaining, “They may have been phony in ...

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Spicer Quotes Trump On Jobs: The Numbers Were Phony Before, But They’re “Very Real Now” [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: When asked about President Donald Trump’s reaction to the stellar jobs report on Friday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had this to say: “I talked to the President prior to this [briefing], and he said to quote him for this, ‘[The jobs reports] may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.'” In the ...

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Trump Celebrates Drudge Item On Jobs Report (Which Trump Previously Claimed Is A “Totally Phony Hoax”)

The Washington Post reports: America is great again. Why? Because, in Donald Trump’s first full month as president, the economy added 235,000 jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Boom. And so the Drudge Report went ahead and declared Trump’s hat’s mission accomplished. Trump retweeted Drudge’s enthusiasm. It’s worth pointing out, though, that the 235,000 jobs added — a ...

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Today In Creepy Robots [VIDEO]

Holy crap. Wait for it to jump. From the clip description: Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically. ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. ​​​Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance ...

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OKLAHOMA: Senate Panel Advances Republican Bill To Ban Local LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinances

NPR Tulsa reports: An Oklahoma senate panel approved a bill Monday to prevent city and county governments from outdoing state laws on employment and public accommodations. The bill initially prevented local governments from going further than any state law. A committee substitute focused it on employment and public accommodations laws. Senate Bill 694 author Sen. Joshua Brecheen [photo] sparred with ...

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MISSOURI: Cop Files Lawsuit Alleging Superior Told Him To “Tone Down His Gayness” To Earn Promotion

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: A 22-year St. Louis County police veteran who was once picked to become the department’s liaison to the gay community is now suing the department for discrimination. In a lawsuit filed Jan. 10, Sgt. Keith Wildhaber claims a former St. Louis County Police Board member told him to “tone down your gayness” if he ever ...

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White House: Trump Will Keep Obama’s Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees Of Federal Contractors

Perhaps obviously, this doesn’t rule out other actions reportedly under consideration. The New York Times reports: The White House said on Monday that President Trump would leave in place a 2014 Obama administration order that created new workplace protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. In a statement issued in response to growing questions about whether Mr. Trump would ...

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MARYLAND: Gay State Rep. Luke Clippinger Discloses Leukemia Diagnosis At Rally For His Paid Sick Leave Bill

The Washington Post reports: A Maryland delegate spoke in personal terms on Monday night as he joined advocates and supporters of a bill that would require companies to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Del. Luke H. Clippinger (D-Baltimore) shared for the first time publicly that he was diagnosed in June with a rare form of leukemia. Two weeks ...

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Obama’s Final Jobs Report: 75th Month Of Growth

The Washington Post reports: The U.S. economy added 156,000 new jobs in December, according to government data issued Friday. The final issued by the Labor Department during President Obama’s administration showed the unemployment rate at 4.7 percent, slightly up from 4.6 percent the previous month. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected American companies to add 180,000 jobs in the month. ...

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VIRGINIA: Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe Signs LGBT Rights Executive Order, Vows To Veto “Bathroom Bill”

The Washington Blade reports: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday signed an executive order that bans anti-LGBT discrimination among state employees, contractors and subcontractors. “Today’s executive order is a huge leap forward in our goal toward becoming a state that is a safe, welcoming and equal place for all Virginians,” said Equality Virginia Executive Director James Parrish in a press ...

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GOP Rep: Trump’s Team Has Assured Me He’ll Allow Christian Contractors To Discriminate Against LGBTs

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: Rep. Steve Russell was disappointed that his religious freedom amendment was stripped from a federal defense-spending bill the House passed on Friday. But the Oklahoma Republican is encouraged he will prevail in the long-term, telling BuzzFeed News that the incoming Trump administration has given him “very good assurances” it would address the issue upon taking ...

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