Contractor, Hispanic worker deaths up in 2013, BLS says

By Talia Buford

The number of contractors and Hispanic workers who died on the job increased in 2013 even as the overall tally of worker deaths declined.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… result of work-related injuries, up from 715 in 2012 and 542 in 2011. The Center for Public Integrity highlighted the plight of temporary workers in a December 2012 article abo …"

Dwindling number of judges burdens workers

By Jim Morris

The number of judges overseeing a federal worker compensation program has fallen, even as worker caseloads rise.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Merit Systems Protection Board":

"… ocate for his former colleagues, representing them in an appeal before the Merit Systems Protection Board challenging the legality of 5½-day furloughs imposed on the judges this y …"

Data shows San Francisco's black students suspended at extremely high rates

By Susan Ferriss

Black students are only 8% of S.F. high schoolers, yet 50% of those suspended for 'willful defiance.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles Unified School District":

"… ore than two-thirds of all suspensions were for willful defiance. The Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest district, was already ordered by its board …"

Deadline for summer internships fast-approaching

By Sarah Whitmire

The Center seeks well-qualified students or recent grads for editorial, computer-assisted reporting and interactive web design internships.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internship":

"… links to recent work. Our Internship job posting follows: Summer 2013 Internships The Center for Public Integrity is looking for ambitious undergraduate a …"

ALEC's decades of 'right-to-work' effort pay off in Michigan

By Paul Abowd

Think tank’s 32-year 'right-to-work' campaign succeeds in union stronghold

Excerpts from this story referencing "Prosperity":

"… it was introduced in the Legislature.The Michigan chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a national organization funded by the conservative billionaire brothers C …"

Education official who focused on school discipline steps down

By Susan Ferriss

Education official Russlynn Ali focused on disparities in school discipline

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education Secretary":

"… t even offer advanced courses students need to qualify for college.Ali and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have often argued that cutting suspensions and keeping kids in …"

Barack Obama

New law gives US companies a break on pensions

By The Associated Press

Companies win cut in pension contributions; critics say saving pensions is even bigger concern

ACCOUNTABILITY: Senators demand answers on behalf of military whistleblowers

By Aaron Mehta

McCain, Levin want more info on report disclosed by the Center.

On-call employment: Good for business, bad for workers

By Joe Eaton

Call-in shifts are good for business but bad for workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York City":

"… f fashion merchandise management at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, sales work at a retail clothing shop seemed like a good option.Taylor was …"

"… often far worse, said Carrie Gleason, director of Retail Action Project, a New York City retail worker advocacy group. The biggest problem with call-in shifts, Gle …"

"… ar contract with Macy’s on behalf of 4,000 workers at four stores in the New York City area. Union spokesman Dan Morris said Macy’s new scheduling system was a …"

FedEx fails to deliver for drivers

By Amy Biegelsen

FedEx drivers are part of the ever-blurring line between employees and contractors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York City":

"… use of independent contractors,” says Richard Reibstein, an attorney in New York City who helps businesses write independent contractor policies that will withs …"

TSA cannot guarantee accuracy of 900,000 airport security badges

By Alexandra Duszak

More than 10 percent of TSA badges have errors

IMPACT: Reform boosts workplace safety even while companies appeal inspectors' conclusions

By Jim Morris and Emma Schwartz

Some employers must fix hazards while challenging regulators' findings

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Antonio":

"… ll determine how the new law is enforced, a process that could take months.San Antonio-based Tesoro faces a potential fine of $2.39 million for 44 alleged violat …"

Battle over corporate whistleblower rules won't end with SEC vote

By Michael Hudson

Battle over corporate whistleblower rules won't end with SEC vote

Excerpts from this story referencing "Whistleblower":

"… rate Whistleblowers to collect cash rewards for reporting financial frauds.Whistleblower advocates’ celebration after the May 25 decision might be short lived as …"

"… d costly penalties by allowing Whistleblowers to go directly to the SEC.”Whistleblower advocates say Grimm’s proposal would force Whistleblowers to “inform c …"

"… ers the opportunity to hide their misconduct from investors.”Year of the WhistleblowerLess than a decade ago, hopes were high that Whistleblowers could turn the …"

"… ron Corp. and other big companies, BusinessWeek hailed 2002 as the Year of Whistleblower. Time named Enron Whistleblower Sherron Watkins one of its persons of …"

In setback for corporate lobbyists, whistleblowers can take tips first to government investigators

By Michael Hudson

SEC rules also award generous bounties to tipsters

Excerpts from this story referencing "lawyer":

"… Chamber of Commerce countered that “the SEC has chosen to put trial lawyer profits ahead of effective compliance and corporate governance. This rule …"

Corporations aim to narrow SEC’s proposed whistleblower protections

By Amy Biegelsen

Midnight is the deadline to weigh in on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s plan to offer whistleblowers a bounty of up to 30 percent o

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lehman Brothers":

"… without a lawyer. Matthew Lee was vice president for financial control at Lehman Brothers until he raised concerns about its accounting practices in 2008. Lee’s l …"

Where are the watchdogs?

By John Solomon

Faced with record deficits and expanding federal responsibilities, politicians from President Barack Obama on down routinely talk about the

Excerpts from this story referencing "Employment":

"… nced his retirement in December.IG openings also persist at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Nationa …"

Anti-whistleblower track record continues

By Nick Schwellenbach

One of two whistleblowers to win even a temporary victory before a government whistleblower review board under a Bush administration appoint

Mandatory one-week vacation legislation lacks congressional support

By Kat Aaron

As Congress leaves town for the July 4th recess, a timely bill is languishing in the House: the Paid Vacation Act. ...

Employment is worse than you think

By Kat Aaron

Everyone knows it’s a tough economy out there. But it may be even tougher than you realize. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 13.

Lawmakers ask Obama for whistleblower protection

By Nick Schwellenbach

After years of executive branch hostility to whistleblowers, will President Barack Obama — himself a former whistleblower attorney — hire so

A failure of whistleblower protection

By The Center for Public Integrity

Whistleblowers are left open to retaliation despite new laws to protect them

A comprehensive look at unemployment figures

By Kat Aaron

Revelations that the nation’s unemployment rate reached its highest level in five years in August helped make the economy issue No. 1 on the