The US Supreme Court has opened up a new front in the battle over corporate rights by ruling that family-owned and other closely held corporations can mount religious objections to government action....More
The Supreme Court places limits on the president's power to appoint high-level judges and officials while Congress is in recess, ruling that Barack Obama violated the Constitution with his 2012 National Labor Relations Board appointments....More
The roots of the labor movement in the United States can be traced at least as far back as the settlement of first British colony in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, when, according to the AFL-CIO's Labor History Timeline,"English planters founded the Jamestown colony and complained about the lack of laborers."
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Italy's government signs a deal with trade unions and representatives of Swedish home appliance maker Electrolux to stave off the threat of closure for one of the company's factories and save 1,200 jobs....More
At first glance, the April jobs report released this morning looks favorable: The economy added 288,000 nonfarm jobs. But the manufacturing sector contributed a meager 12,000 new jobs to that total....More
As well as the dead, more than 2,000 people were injured in a tragedy that highlighted the lax safety standards and often abusive working conditions in the world's second-biggest clothing producer....More
After decades of ignoring manufacturing and production knowledge and skills development, the U.S. is starting to pay attention. National programs to recruit students to consider manufacturing careers and Bureau of Labor Statistics is tracking manufacturing-related skills....More
There are a number of issues manufacturers need to consider when preparing for the Affordable Care Act's employer pay-or-play mandate, such as determining when a new employee is full-time, "variable-hour," part-time or seasonal....More
Consumer spending and business investment should help increase U.S. economic growth in 2014 and 2015, according to the latest quarterly economic forecast from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)....More
Cautiousness among manufacturing leaders continues to persist. While there are many signs that 2014 might finally be the year the economy gains some traction, with annual GDP growth of around 3%, there are still reminders that previous years also started with promise only to have such hopes fail to come to fruition....More
This week, the IRS released final regulations on the Affordable Care Act's employer "shared responsibility" provisions, also known as the "pay-or-play" mandate. The final regulations weigh in at 227 pages....More