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As women return to jobs, remote work could lock in gains

The pandemic “shecession” is fading as more women return to jobs across the country, aided by new workplace flexibility that could lock in future increases in female employment.... Read more»

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DOJ and Labor Dep't collaborate on incarceration to employment plan

The Biden administration is launching a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Department of Justice and the Department of Labor with a $145 million investment to provide job training at selected Bureau of Prisons locations.... Read more»

Workers who legally use cannabis can still lose their jobs

Thirty-seven states now allow adults to use marijuana medically, recreationally or both - but in most of those states, people can be fired or denied a job for using cannabis in their free time.... Read more»

Economy shows resilience in face of Omicron, adding 467,000 jobs

American employers added 467,000 jobs in January, a sign the U.S. economy held steady during a surge in coronavirus infections driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.... Read more»

'Unwavering, staggering' military spouse unemployment could change after pandemic

For military spouses, employers’ acknowledgment that workers can be just as productive, if not more so, from home could put an end to giving up one’s career for a husband or wife’s military service as military spouses emerged as the premier remote workforce during the pandemic.... Read more»

Ex-inmates would face less food insecurity under Az GOP proposal to ease SNAP restrictions

Arizona Republican Rep. Walt Blackman is backing legislation that would expand access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for recently released felons by requiring only that the formerly incarcerated person follow their terms of probation to qualify for food assistance.... Read more»

Remote work has potential to boost employment for those with disabilities

Many people living with disabilities struggle to find professional opportunities, but the increase in remote work, prompted by office closures during the pandemic, has the potential to improve the employment rates for millions of people living with a disability.... Read more»

Nursing homes bleed staff as Amazon lures low-wage workers with prime packages

The nursing home industry has long employed high school graduates to feed, bathe, toilet and tend to dependent and disabled seniors - but facilities that sit near Amazon’s colossal distribution centers are outgunned in the bidding war for employees.... Read more»

Price jumps prompt pocketbook policies in states

Wages are high, jobs are plentiful and more than a third of states cut taxes in the past year as their revenues soared - yet the highest inflation spike in three decades has many policymakers digging for ways to ease the strain on families’ pocketbooks.... Read more»

Strengthening justice system south of border key to success of U.S.-Mexico security deal

The proposed "U.S.-Mexico Bicentennial Framework for Security, Public Health, and Safe Communities," which, like the Mérida Initiative before, approaches the problems of drug trafficking, violence, and abuse on the basis of the countries’ "shared responsibility" for the problems. ... Read more»

A surprise for America’s many career switchers: They need to go back to school

For years, economists have been warning that people hoping to switch careers would need additional education - even in industries that have not previously required it. Now that prophecy is coming true, to the surprise of many of the record number of Americans quitting their jobs.... Read more»

Arizona Datos report predicts a boom in Hispanic homebuying over next two decades

This year’s annual report “Datos: The State of Arizona’s Hispanic Market,” focused on Latinos and housing, predicting that 70% of new homeowners nationwide will be Latino through 2040. Nationally, Hispanic buying power was $1.9 trillion in 2020, up 87% from 2010.... Read more»

Business executives: Path to citizenship a tool to combat labor shortages

Time is running out for Senate Democrats to deliver millions of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship that their families nationwide have been clamoring for years, and business leaders in Arizona are emphasizing the economic benefits of a path to legalization. ... Read more»

Afghans steered to states with 'help wanted' signs, pro-immigrant bent

While a handful of state leaders have raised objections, most states are welcoming families fleeing Afghanistan, and those attitudes are influencing where the U.S. government, working with local nonprofits, resettles the 95,000 Afghan evacuees expected this year and next. ... Read more»

Who’s covered by a vaccine mandate? Here’s a quick guide to America’s patchwork of COVID-19 shot requirements

While it’s unclear how many people in total are covered by the overlapping vaccine mandates, they most likely now affect a significant majority of eligible Americans.... Read more»

FactCheck

Q&A on Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-test rule

FactCheck answers some questions about President Joe Biden’s plan to impose an emergency rule for businesses with 100 or more employees that would require workers to be fully vaccinated or be tested at least once a week.... Read more»

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