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  • IZA World of Labor author joins Council of Economic Advisors

    President Donald Trump has named Richard Burkhauser as the final member of his Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), joining economists Kevin Hassett and Tomas Philipson.

    President Donald Trump has named Richard Burkhauser as the final member of his Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), joining economists Kevin Hassett and Tomas Philipson.

  • September 15, 2017

    Google accused of gender-based pay discrimination in California lawsuit

    The complaint against Google, filed on Thursday, includes three named plaintiffs who offer specific stories of the company “assigning and keeping female employees in lower compensation levels than male employees with similar skills, experience, and duties.”
    The complaint against Google, filed on Thursday, includes three named plaintiffs who offer specific stories of the company “assigning and keeping female employees in lower compensation levels than male employees with similar skills, experience, and duties.”
  • Drugs behind 1 in 5 cases of men dropping out of the US labor force

    The labor force participation rate for working-aged American men dropped by 3 percentage points between 1999 and 2014, and new research indicates that 20% of this decline can be attributed to the so-called “opioid crisis” in the US.
    The labor force participation rate for working-aged American men dropped by 3 percentage points between 1999 and 2014, and new research indicates that 20% of this decline can be attributed to the so-called “opioid crisis” in the US.
  • September 12, 2017

    “Pepper” the robot Buddhist priest is now available for hire

    It seems that almost no job is safe from automation these days with a new robot programmed to perform Buddhist funeral rituals.

    It seems that almost no job is safe from automation these days with a new robot programmed to perform Buddhist funeral rituals.

  • September 11, 2017

    Rise in companies donating expertise to social causes

    The number of work hours donated to social causes rose from just under 500,000 in 2013 to over one million in 2016, according to a survey of 270 companies by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP).
    The number of work hours donated to social causes rose from just under 500,000 in 2013 to over one million in 2016, according to a survey of 270 companies by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP).
  • September 08, 2017

    Japan’s “hardworking housewives” targeted to combat the nation’s labor shortage

    McDonald’s Japan is to target housewives, promising new hires both flexibility and good growth prospects.
    McDonald’s Japan is to target housewives, promising new hires both flexibility and good growth prospects.
  • An act of “economic self-harm”: UK businesses respond to leaked government immigration proposals

    Senior figures from a range of UK industries have condemned draft government proposals that would seek to drastically drive down the number of EU workers in the UK following Brexit, with some describing them as having potentially “catastrophic” consequences.
    Senior figures from a range of UK industries have condemned draft government proposals that would seek to drastically drive down the number of EU workers in the UK following Brexit, with some describing them as having potentially “catastrophic” consequences.
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