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 "Employment":

"… umber remains high,” said Rebecca Smith, deputy director of the National Employment Law Project, a worker advocacy and research group. “In part, that’s a …"

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.

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.'

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.

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 "Oregon":

"… ess to health insurance and weakened pension benefits, wrote University of Oregon professor Gordon Lafer in a report on the potential impact of the law in M …"

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 "KPCC":

"… owing after publication of a report by the Center for Public Integrity and KPCC public radio.  The stories—based on an analysis of school police &n …"

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 "California":

"… d been classified as an employee.Tony Marcellino, a FedEx Ground driver in California, died on the job in a traffic accident. His family couldn’t collect deat …"

"… in a traffic accident. His family couldn’t collect death benefits under California's Workers' Compensation Act that families of employees receive.While foreg …"

"… can buy delivery routes.The Indiana decision also ruled that drivers in a California suit were independent contractors even though a landmark decision in a Cal …"

"… nia suit were independent contractors even though a landmark decision in a California court granted drivers employee benefits from FedEx in 2006.Stickier still, …"

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

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 "House subcommittee":

"… reeze or cut the SEC’s budget.  Rep. Scott Garrett, chairman of the House subcommittee on capital markets, said the agency was bloated and pushed to cut its budg …"

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 "Mary Schapiro":

"… ne advocacy group.The agency’s two Democratic commissioners and Chairman Mary Schapiro, an independent, voted to approve final rules on how the agency will opera …"

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 "investigator":

"… 20 years, but it is woefully under advertised, says Michael Smallberg, an investigator with the non-profit Project on Government Oversight. The current SEC progr …"

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 "Central Intelligence Agency":

"… rsy involving investigations into spending in Iraq and Afghanistan.And the Central Intelligence Agency, often in the limelight with its sweeping spy powers, hasn’t had a presi …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kenneth M. Pedeleose":

"… l, the track record was 2-43). In the original ruling on the whistleblower Kenneth M. Pedeleose’s case, McPhie dissented from the decision that favored Pedeleose and vo …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Patrick Leahy":

"… d that the statute does not cover employees of those subsidiaries. Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, and Senator Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, who …"

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