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Feds fine McDonald's franchisees with workers as young as 10

Two 10-year-olds are among 300 children who worked at McDonald's restaurants illegally, a Labor Department investigation of franchisees in Kentucky found. Agency investigators found the 10-year-olds …

As schools across the country struggle to find teachers to hire, more governors are pushing for pay increases, bonuses and other perks for the beleaguered profession — with some vowing to beat out …

Pilots at American, Southwest, ratchet up strike threats

Pilots at American Airlines have voted to authorize a strike, and Southwest Airlines pilots are preparing to join them, as unions put more pressure on the airlines to approve new contracts with hefty …

Are robot waiters the future? Some restaurants think so

You may have already seen them in restaurants: waist-high machines that can greet guests, lead them to their tables, deliver food and drinks and ferry dirty dishes to the kitchen. Some have cat-like …

Colorado becomes 1st to pass 'right to repair' for farmers

Sitting in front of a hulking red tractor, Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill Tuesday making Colorado the first state to ensure farmers can fix their own tractors and combines with a "right to …

Supreme Court case tests religious tolerance on Sunday work

The Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled with the case of a Christian mail carrier who refused to work on Sundays when he was required to deliver Amazon packages.While the court seemed in broad …

Iowa's Senate advances bill to loosen child labor laws

Lawmakers in Iowa's Senate passed a controversial bill Tuesday that would allow minors to work longer hours and work in currently banned roles, like serving alcohol at restaurants, the Des Moines …

NBA, players reach deal for a new labor agreement

The most financially successful era in NBA history will continue uninterrupted for at least six more years, after the league and its players came to a tentative agreement on a new Collective …

Push in states for $20 minimum wage as inflation persists

Just years after labor activists persuaded a handful of states to raise their minimum wage to $15 per hour, workers initially thrilled with the pay bump are finding their hard-won gains erased by …

Union Pacific drops push for one-person crews

Union Pacific has become the second major freight railroad in recent weeks to back away from the industry's longstanding push to cut train crews down to one person as lawmakers and regulators …

Public pension plan losses from bank failures seen as minor

When two tech-linked U.S. banks failed this month, among the investors who lost millions were public-sector pension funds responsible for ensuring the retirements of teachers, firefighters and other …

Do-not-eat listing draws lawsuit from Maine lobster industry

A coalition representing the Maine lobster industry is suing an aquarium on the other side of the country for recommending that seafood customers avoid buying a variety of lobster mostly harvested in …

California court rules for Uber, Lyft in ride-hailing case

App-based ride hailing and delivery companies like Uber and Lyft can continue to treat their California drivers as independent contractors, a state appeals court ruled Monday, allowing the tech …

Shoe polish stands begin to vanish, lose their shine

On a recent winter weekday at Penn Station Shoe Repair and Shoe Shine, men hop onto shoeshine chairs and pull out newspapers and phones to read while shoe shiners get to work applying polish and …

11 states consider 'right to repair' for farming equipment

On Colorado's northeastern plains, where the pencil-straight horizon divides golden fields and blue sky, a farmer named Danny Wood scrambles to plant and harvest proso millet, dryland corn and winter …

NEWS IN BRIEF

U.K. Shorter hours = happier workers Dozens of companies with more than 3,000 employees in Britain took part in the largest ever trial of working a four-day work week and the results, released this …

NEWS IN BRIEF

IOWABill would put children to workA bill by Republican lawmakers in Iowa would amend the state’s existing child labor laws to allow teenagers as young as 14 to work in jobs and industries …

An unexpected job surge confounds the Fed's economic models

Does the Federal Reserve have it wrong?For months, the Fed has been warily watching the U.S. economy's robust job gains out of concern that employers, desperate to hire, would keep boosting pay and, …

Route to Super Bowl dangerous for Mexico's avocado haulers

It is a long and sometimes dangerous journey for truckers transporting the avocados destined for guacamole on tables and tailgates in the United States during the Super Bowl.It starts in villages …

In New York, 'Amtrak Joe' Biden touts Hudson tunnel project

President Joe Biden on Tuesday showcased a $292 million mega grant that will be used to help build a new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, a construction project …

Is tipping getting out of control? Many consumers say yes

Across the country, there's a silent frustration brewing about an age-old practice that many say is getting out of hand: tipping.Some fed-up consumers are posting rants on social media complaining …

Union membership rate hits all-time low despite campaigns

The country's union membership rate reached an all-time low last year despite high-profile unionization campaigns at Starbucks, Amazon, Apple and other companies. Union members fell to 10.1 percent …

Job cuts in tech sector spread, Microsoft lays off 10,000

Microsoft is cutting 10,000 workers, almost 5 percent of its workforce, joining other tech companies that have scaled back their pandemic-era expansions. The company said in a regulatory filing …

Can we avoid a recession? As inflation eases, optimism rises

For months, the outlook for the U.S. economy has been a mostly bleak one: Inflation hitting a four-decade high, consumer spending weakening, interest rates surging. Most economists penciled in a …

Drugstores make slow headway on staffing problems

A rush of vaccines, virus tests and a busy flu season started overwhelming pharmacies more than a year ago, forcing many to temporarily close when workers weren't available. Major drugstore chains …

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