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$3M judgment against Gerber Products Co. upheld

A sharply divided Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday said a baby food manufacturer must pay more than $3 million to workers for the time they spent dressing and undressing into …


New poll shows strong support for paid family leave programs

Time off from work to care for a child or relative is codified in federal law. Now, an overwhelming majority of Americans 40 and older want that time away from …


Fewer people sought jobless benefits last week

The number of people seeking U.S. jobless aid fell sharply last week, partially reversing two weeks of big gains that had raised concerns about rising layoffs.


U.S. poultry workers forced to wear diapers on job, report says

A report from international advocacy group Oxfam says poultry workers in the United States labor in a “climate of fear,” with some forced to wear diapers on the job.


Unemployment aid claims reach highest level since early 2015

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since February 2015, more sobering news for the labor market after a disappointing April jobs …


Two more Hanford workers report smelling vapors

Two more workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have reported smelling vapors at the former nuclear weapons production site.


UPDATED: Fri., May 6, 2016, 1:02 p.m.

Indicted Washington auditor fires key staffers

Indicted Washington Auditor Troy Kelley has fired two staffers and ordered another to stop working, just a week after his federal fraud trial ended with a hung jury.


U.S. hiring slowed in April amid tepid growth

U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in April, adding 160,000 jobs, the fewest in seven months, after a streak of robust monthly gains. The unemployment rate remained at a low …


Most work-related deaths in Washington caused by falls

Falls are the leading cause of work-related deaths in Washington state.


Official: Idaho is seeing rapid growth in tourism

Idaho is on track to surpass the $10 million mark in revenue from a 2 percent lodging tax for the fiscal year that ends June 30.


Applications for jobless aid climb, but still near lows

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the totals stayed near historic lows in a sign that the recent slowdown in growth has yet to spark layoffs.


Saudi Labor Minister vows Binladin workers to be paid soon

Saudi Arabia’s Labor Minister says some employees of the Saudi Binladin Group will receive their salaries this month and others soon thereafter.


Supreme Court reject franchises’ appeal over $15 Seattle wage

The Supreme Court is turning away a challenge to Seattle’s $15 an hour minimum wage from franchise business owners who say the law discriminates against them.


20 Hanford workers checked for vapor exposure

More workers sought medical evaluations Friday because of potential exposure to chemical vapors at Hanford a day earlier, bringing the total to 20 people.


May Day march planned to support workers, immigrant rights

Thousands of people are expected to turn out for Sunday’s march in Seattle in support of workers and immigrant rights.


Lawsuit: Tampa strip club owes dancers $3.7 million

Dancers and “door girls” have filed a class action lawsuit against a Tampa, Florida, strip club, claiming they’re owed some $3.7 million in unpaid wages.


Eleven Hanford workers checked for chemical vapor exposure

Eleven workers at a nuclear facility who reported headaches were sent for medical evaluations Thursday after working near an area where waste from a leaking tank was being transferred, U.S. …


Priceline CEO resigns after inquiry into employee relationship

Online travel booking company Priceline said Thursday that its CEO resigned after he had a personal relationship with an employee.


E-commerce driving rise in retail layoffs, report says

The latest spate of layoffs in the retail sector isn’t just a short-term slump, according to a new report by a Credit Suisse analyst.


13 dead, 18 missing after Mexico petrochemical plant blast

An explosion killed at least 13 people and injured dozens at a petrochemical plant on Mexico’s southern Gulf coast, forcing evacuations as a fire billowed a toxin-filled cloud, officials said …


White House to distribute $90 million for apprenticeships

The Obama administration says it’ll distribute $90 million this year to help states expand apprenticeship programs, particularly to minorities and new industries.


Oil plant explosion injures 3 workers on Gulf Coast

A powerful explosion ripped through an oil plant on the southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, injuring three workers, authorities said.


Seattle-area tech firms make list of highest-paying companies

Three Seattle-area companies are among the 25 highest-paying firms in the U.S., according to a list released Wednesday by employer-review site Glassdoor.


Nordstrom to cut from 350 to 400 jobs

Nordstrom Inc. says it will be cutting about 350 to 400 jobs as it looks to be more nimble at a time where shoppers are shifting their spending more online.


Kentucky jury awards $5.3M in UPS discrimination lawsuit

Eight black men won a $5.3 million jury award Thursday in a lawsuit over claims that they endured a hostile work environment at UPS in Lexington, Kentucky, and that an …


McDonald’s stores targeted by protests for $15/hour, union

Protesters calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union will be at McDonald’s restaurants around the country and overseas Thursday as part of an ongoing push targeting the …


Symantec resumes layoffs due to corporate restructuring

Software security firm Symantec has resumed layoffs at its Springfield office amid a corporate restructuring.


Eight states ask retailers about ‘unfair’ on-call scheduling

Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia have written letters to several national retailers expressing concern about on-call scheduling, which allows companies to assign shifts to workers …


Court strikes down Wisconsin right-to-work law

Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker as he was mounting his run for president, was struck down Friday as violating the state constitution.


ISIS abducts 300 workers near Damascus, fighting worsens

In a brazen assault near the Syrian capital, Islamic State militants abducted 300 cement workers and contractors from their workplace northeast of Damascus on Thursday, as fighting against the extremist …