The return of tourists to Maine takes a toll on restaurant workers

Aug 23, 2021
Some restaurants in the state are boosting wages and benefits to bring workers back.
Bartender Hayley Wilson prepares a drink at the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club in Portland, Maine.
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New report says 12 million jobless workers are about to lose unemployment benefits

Nov 18, 2020
In just 38 days, 12 million jobless workers will lose their benefits. Talks on another relief bill have stalled in Congress.
The restaurant and hospitality industries have experienced plenty of turnover.
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America's lack of sick leave is a problem in COVID-19 outbreak

Feb 26, 2020
About a third of workers in the U.S. don't have sick days, and many that do don't use them.
A woman wears a medical mask while waiting at Los Angeles International Airport on Feb. 2.
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Millions more white-collar workers could get overtime

May 16, 2016
The Labor Department wants to close the wage gap for nearly 5 million employees.
Workers currently don't get overtime if they're managers or administrative workers making at least $23,660 a year.
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What $5 more an hour could buy a low-wage worker

Dec 11, 2012
Fast food employees picketed in New York for a raise to $15 an hour. What difference would that make?