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From fresh food to a new backyard fence, it's spending season

by Bennett Purser Jun 12, 2019
A look at consumer prices as our listeners get ready for summer.
Kelsey Sprowell of Iowa City, Iowa, chose to build this fence with her family to save money.
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Socially responsible investing is in the crosshairs of the Labor Department

by David Brancaccio May 7, 2018
An official recommendation was made to not put retirement plans at risk by investing in stocks that focus on environmental social governance, or ESG.
The day's numbers are displayed after the closing bell of the Dow Industrial Average at the New York Stock Exchange on May 3, 2018 in New York.
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Private sector wages and benefits are on the upswing, but economists caution celebrating

by Kimberly Adams Jan 31, 2018
We are finally starting to see some signs that the tight labor market is pushing up wages. New numbers out today from the Department of Labor show wages and salaries in the private sector are up 2.8 percent from this…

When the public weighs in on proposed regulation, does it matter?

by Kimberly Adams Jan 22, 2018
The Department of Labor has a new rule it wants to get on the books that would change the way restaurants treat tips. It’s called the tip-pooling rule, and would let workers in the back of the house, like dishwashers…

Your restaurant tips may not go to your server under proposed rule change

by Dan Gorenstein Dec 6, 2017
The Department of Labor has proposed changes to Obama-era rules about tipping. The changes would let employers pool tip money from workers who earn at least minimum wage and share it with non-tipped workers or use it to “make capital…

What happens when the economic census is late

by Kai Ryssdal, Shaheen Ainpour, and Sean McHenry Oct 13, 2017
All of the policy and business decisions that use that census data — and there are a lot — will get pushed back, too.

Labor department's fiduciary rule takes effect

by , and Jun 8, 2017
It simply says that financial advisers must act in your best interest.
The Department of Labor reviewed the fiduciary rule at the behest of President Trump but couldn't find a legal basis to block it.
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Here's what full employment looks like

by , and Mar 1, 2017
Last night in his speech to Congress, President Donald Trump said 94 million people are out of the labor force. But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that figure includes retirees, students, stay-at-home parents and other people who just…

New overtime rule could help millions

by Andy Uhler Jul 6, 2016
The Labor Department said an additional 4 million workers will have overtime protection.
 Customers pay at a cashier station in a JCpenny during Black Friday.
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Does the April employment report show signs of a slowdown?

by Mitchell Hartman May 6, 2016
The economy added 160,000 jobs in April, according to the Labor Department, while unemployment held steady at 5 percent.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at the White House on Friday.
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