Labor economy

Specialist David Haubner works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street as traders welcome news that China's top trade official will head to Washington next week to sign a preliminary trade deal with the U.S. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
January 09, 2020 - 7:53 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Friday as worries receded the United States and Iran might be stepping closer to the edge of war, and U.S. indexes hit records. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.2% in morning trading to 23,776.09. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.7% to 6,923.50. South Korea's...
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FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2019, file photo Dan Villegas stocks items in preparation for a holiday sale at a Walmart Supercenter in Las Vegas. On Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for December. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
January 07, 2020 - 8:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies grew more quickly in December than the previous month, a sign that the economy's steady expansion should continue. The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its service-sector index rose to 55, from 53.9 in November. Any reading above 50 signals...
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A woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Shares are climbing in Asia following modest gains on Wall Street despite caution over rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
January 07, 2020 - 12:56 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Global stocks rebounded Tuesday following modest gains on Wall Street, despite caution over rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran. U.S. officials were bracing for Iran's response to the killing by a U.S. drone of its most powerful general, Qassem Soleimani. Noting heightened...
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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 file photo, the Wall St. street sign is framed by American flags flying outside the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Global stock markets are falling Monday, Jan. 6 while oil and gold prices are rising as tensions escalate between the U.S. and Iran. Markets have been roiled since Friday after the U.S. killed Iran's top general. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
January 06, 2020 - 1:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gold touched its highest price in nearly seven years Monday as investors sought safety amid worries that rising U.S.-Iran tensions could lead to war. Stocks in Asia and Europe retreated as dollars flowed out of riskier investments, but the U.S. market shook off its morning losses to...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2019, file photo speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joins fellow Democrats and activists seeking better pay as the House approved legislation to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade _ to $15 an hour, at the Capitol in Washington. As of Jan. 1, 2020, there are higher minimum wages in a quarter of the states, and new federal overtime rules. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
January 02, 2020 - 9:28 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners have plenty of changes to deal with as 2020 begins — higher labor costs for many companies, and some owners will discover that they have to comply with new laws that aren’t on the books in their own states. As of Jan. 1, there are higher minimum wages in a...
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December 31, 2019 - 5:53 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a new California labor law from impacting more than 70,000 independent truckers. The law makes it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees, who are entitled to minimum wage and...
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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, dozens of supporters of a measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors circle the Capitol during a rally in Sacramento, Calif. Ride-share company Uber and on-demand meal delivery service Postmates sued Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, to block a broad new California law aimed at giving wage and benefit protections to people who work as independent contractors. The lawsuit filed in U.S. court in Los Angeles argues that the law set to take effect Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, violates federal and state constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
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December 30, 2019 - 8:43 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ride-share company Uber and on-demand meal delivery service Postmates sued Monday to block a broad new California law aimed at giving wage and benefit protections to people who work as independent contractors. The lawsuit filed in U.S. court in Los Angeles argues that the...
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FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo Uber and Lyft drivers carry signs during a demonstration outside of Uber headquarters in San Francisco. A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
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December 26, 2019 - 4:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing. The law puts tough restrictions on who can be independent contractors or freelancers...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo shoppers carry bags as they cross a street in San Francisco. Black Friday kicks off the start of the holiday shopping season. On Friday, Dec. 20, the Commerce Department issues its November report on consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 20, 2019 - 2:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending in November at the fastest pace in four months, and income growth rebounded to its strongest gain since August. The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending rose at a 0.4% annual rate last month, led by a jump in spending on durable...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
December 19, 2019 - 8:00 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 10:40 p.m. An onstage moment from Thursday night's Democratic debate has sparked a Twitter back-and-forth between President Donald Trump's former spokeswoman and Joe Biden. The former vice president imitated a...
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