| Apr 7, 2015
| 7:31 PM
Last fall, Pennsylvania congressman Glenn Thompson received an unusual inquiry: A constituent who runs a sandstone quarry wanted to know why his Amish workers were being told they must wear hard hats.
A long-standing exemption to federal safety rules...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 6:35 PM
Raising the minimum wage is one thing, but enforcing it is another.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez stressed that point at a pair of events coinciding with Cesar Chavez Day.
The two politicians visited a...
| Mar 17, 2015
| 5:14 PM
Lawmakers from Maryland and the Obama administration are scrambling to fight a federal court order that has shut down the guest worker program that connects foreigners with crab-picking jobs on the Eastern Shore and other low-paying, seasonal work...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 2:56 PM
U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez said plans for a new light rail line in Baltimore should move forward during a visit to the city Monday to promote the Obama administration's economic agenda.
Perez said investment in mass transit, such as the two...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 8:50 AM
Soon after Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski announced Monday she wouldn't seek a sixth term in office, comment began rolling in from across the country.
President Barack Obama
"Senator Mikulski is more than just a legendary senator for the people of Maryland,...
| Feb 24, 2015
| 4:48 PM
George Zimmerman will not face federal civil-rights charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday, citing a lack of evidence.
In a prepared statement, U.S. Attorney General...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 6:35 PM
California political leaders voiced growing exasperation Thursday with a labor standoff that has clogged West Coast ports, as word spread that the main sticking point in negotiations has been the fate of a single, low-level official who rules on...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Laurie Chisum works as a manager for a small office-equipment company in Orange County. She puts in about 30 hours a week on the job and spends much of her time at home caring for her mother, who is afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.
| Dec 2, 2014
| 7:00 PM
New Jersey members of Congress appealed Tuesday to U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to support a $29 million National Emergency Grant request to help workers left unemployed by recent casino closings in Atlantic City.
In a letter sent by Republican U....
| Nov 24, 2014
| 11:00 AM
Business groups are fighting an executive order signed by President Barack Obama to crack down on federal contractors with histories of labor-law violations.
They say the measure signed by Obama in July is unfair, and will drive up costs for industry...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 1:28 PM
Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler has told the White House to take her off the list of potential nominees for attorney general, eliminating a leading, but likely politically divisive, contender for the post.
President Obama had asked her to...