U.S. Department of Labor

States and cities eye stronger protections for gig economy workers

BY: - September 20, 2023

Joshua Wood remembers days during the COVID-19 lockdown when New York City’s streets were practically empty, save for workers like him. That experience convinced the 25-year-old Brooklynite — who makes deliveries for both Uber Eats and a package delivery service — that the gig economy needed some urgent changes. Roughly 1 in 6 American adults […]

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States seek to let teens as young as 14 serve booze in restaurants

BY: - August 8, 2023

WASHINGTON — As a former bartender and current tipped worker, Trupti Patel knows that customers tend to get grabby when there is alcohol involved. After working in the food service industry for more than a decade, she is accustomed to dealing with drunk customers who get out of hand, especially if they become belligerent or […]

Miner cutting coal with a large machine at coal seem in deep mine.

Proposed silica dust rule could protect miners from black lung, federal officials say 

BY: - July 11, 2023

A proposed federal rule change aims to protect miners’ health by limiting exposure to respirable crystalline silica, or silica dust. Exposure to mixed coal mine dust that contains silica — a carcinogen — can lead to the development of pneumoconiosis, commonly known as black lung disease.  Black lung cases have been on the rise, and […]