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Answering Emails After Hours? You May Be Entitled To Overtime

Answering Emails After Hours? You May Be Entitled To Overtime

By Donna Ballman What did we ever do before cell phones? Well, for one thing, we probably worked a lot less. In a recent study by The Pew Research Center, 62 percent of us have smartphones and 33 percent have tablets. In the past three years, we've gone from spending an average of 22 minutes per day on our... Read More »

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop, Suggesting Improved Labor Market

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop, Suggesting Improved Labor Market

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing jobless claims fell more than expected last week, suggesting some traction in the labor market recovery. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's claims... Read More »

Weekly Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected, Blizzard Cited

Weekly Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected, Blizzard Cited

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but still remained at levels consistent with a steady improvement in labor market conditions. Initial jobless claims increased 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, the Labor Department said... Read More »

Jobless Claims At Their Lowest Since Mid-2008

Jobless Claims At Their Lowest Since Mid-2008

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid fell last week to nearly its lowest level in 4½ years, a sign that the labor market is healing. Read More »

Employers On A Crusade To Hire Post-9/11 Veterans

Employers On A Crusade To Hire Post-9/11 Veterans

Sometimes in meetings at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Ryan Enriquez is tempted to bark at his employees to "lock it up" when conference calls lose focus. And when he's managing projects in the mortgage division, he sometimes finds himself adopting the Marine Corps' 5-Paragraph Order to introduce order to the... Read More »

Firm That Held Foreclosure Costume Party Closing

Firm That Held Foreclosure Costume Party Closing

By Carolyn Thompson BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York law firm that specializes in foreclosures and was criticized for a Halloween party that mocked the homeless will close, a spokesman said Monday. Steven J. Baum P.C., one of the largest-volume mortgage foreclosure firms in New York, filed notice of mass... Read More »

It's Official: Older White Guys Still Make More Than Most

It's Official: Older White Guys Still Make More Than Most

Just when you think America has become a true racial melting pot with genders and races starting to melt into equality, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases numbers that will make you start to simmer -- unless you're an older white male. Most of them earn almost 20 percent more than anyone else. But they're... Read More »

Unemployment Numbers: What You Should Know

Unemployment Numbers: What You Should Know

If there's an economic recovery going on, someone forgot to tell the US workforce. There were 471,000 new claims for unemployment benefits last week -- that's 25,000 more than the week before. That's also the highest number of new unemployment claims in three months, according to the US Labor Department. The... Read More »

Plenty of Labor Opportunities at the Labor Dept.

Plenty of Labor Opportunities at the Labor Dept.

These days, the term "humble civil servant" can be a bit of a misnomer. The U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) currently has more than 100 job openings -- and some of them, like the Information Technology Specialist in Washington, D.C., and the Mine Safety and Health Specialist in Arlington, VA, come with six-figure... Read More »

$225 Million Available Now to Help You Get a Job

$225 Million Available Now to Help You Get a Job

The U.S. Department of Labor has more than $225 million in health care and high growth training grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Read More »

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