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The challenges of the pandemic — including high rates of student absenteeism and disengagement — have prompted more interest in these conversations.

After the disruption of the pandemic, people in the education field are more open to rethinking traditional ways of teaching, and one idea is to break down barriers between high school, college and career to create a system that bridges all three. Read more»

Near-record low jobless rates have left employers scrambling to fill job vacancies, which has Arizona businesses welcoming the federal government’s decision to add another 35,000 H-2B visas for temporary guest workers this year, after the initial allotment were snapped up. Here, construction crews work on a building in downtown Phoenix in this 2018 file photo.

Arizona businesses welcomed the federal government’s release this week of another 35,000 H-2B visas for temporary guest workers, as a tight U.S. labor market has left companies scrambling to fill vacancies. Read more»

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»

Migrant workers weed a field of peppers on Rick and Robyn Purdum's farm in Fruitland, Idaho.

Handing summary judgment to the nation’s largest farmworkers union, a federal judge ruled a federal wage freeze for migrant farm laborers instituted by the Trump administration was unlawful, writing the wage freeze violates the Immigration and Nationality Act. Read more»

Guest workers are often employed to process seafood and crawfish in the United States.

From 2005 to 2020, U.S. employers around the country were ordered to pay more than $42.5 million in back wages to 69,000 workers who perform seasonal low-wage jobs on H-2A and H-2B visas - but labor advocates are worried that many more workers are being cheated. Read more»

Netalie Mercado, military spouse, speaks with Holly Nusom in July at the Spouse Employment Center at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. A permanent change of station, or PCS, is something most spouses will experience during their time married to a service member. Photo by

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»

The federal government has emphasized that the mandate does not require people to vaccinate by providing the option of frequent testing to those who are opposed to immunization.

Senate Republicans, with the support of Democratic Senators Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted to scrap President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate that would require vaccinations at private businesses with 100 or more employees. Read more»

President Biden signs executive actions in the Oval Office on Jan. 28, 2021.

Reimbursements for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, tougher testing requirements for international travelers and more emergency response teams to aid states combating infection spikes are the latest steps to fight COVID-19 that President Joe Biden will be announcing Thursday. Read more»

A flurry of lawsuits challenging the vaccine mandate – which applies to businesses with 100 or more workers – were filed across the country in recent weeks.

The Biden administration urged an appeals court on Tuesday to lift a stay of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for big companies on the basis that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has the authority to protect citizens from "grave dangers in the workplace." Read more»

During the pandemic, fraudsters stole $4.4 billion in federal COVID CARES Act unemployment money from the Arizona Department of Economic Security, and experts say it is bound to happen again. Read more»

For years, economists have been warning that more and more people hoping to switch careers would need to get additional education to go from one workplace to another.

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»

This form of scam is surging at a moment when millions of Americans are quitting jobs and looking for new ones.

From Facebook to LinkedIn to Indeed, ads are popping up that promise well-paying jobs — if applicants provide their Social Security numbers and other details up front - and scammers then use the information to apply for unemployment benefits. Read more»

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in a poultry processing plant in Canton, Mississippi, during an August 2019 worksite enforcement raid. Such raids will stop under a new Department of Homeland Security policy that will focus on worker and workplace rights instead.

Reversing a Trump-era policy, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that it will stop raiding workplaces to search for undocumented immigrants and will focus instead on “unscrupulous employers who exploit the vulnerability” of undocumented labor. Read more»

Consumers are still finding bare store shelves.

Shortages of virtually every type of product – from toilet paper and sneakers to pickup trucks and chicken – are still showing up across the country - and unfortunately for many, they won’t be resolved by the holidays. Read more»

U.S. wage laws cover all employees, so labor officials don’t inquire about workers’ immigration or visa status.

Since January alone, the U.S. Department of Labor has reached back-wage agreements with two San Diego companies that underpaid Mexican nationals, in pesos, for work done at warehouses on the U.S. side of the border. Read more»

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