Department of Labor

Government, Business, Safety

Carriers, Contractors Voice Support for Keeping DOL Rule

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Motor carriers and independent contractors in written comments expressed objection to a U.S. Department of Labor proposal to withdraw a rule designed to clarify the federal standard for determining if a truck driver is a contractor or employee.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 28, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Trump Administration Independent Contractor Actions Face Uncertainty

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The U.S. Department of Labor is backing off a pair of actions issued in the waning days of the Trump administration that were widely perceived to be favorable to motor carriers’ use of independent contractors.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 4, 2021
Government, Business

Biden Selects Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for Labor Secretary

Marty Walsh Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in 2016. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

President-elect Joe Biden has selected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to serve as secretary of the Department of Labor.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 7, 2021
Government, Business

Trucking Sheds 88,300 Jobs in April

Trucks on highway in New Mexico Two trucks travel on Interstate 40 in New Mexico. The trucking industry lost more jobs in April than it did in all of 2008, according to ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. (Getty Images)

The Labor Department said 88,300 trucking and warehouse positions were lost in April as unemployment nationwide reached 14.7%.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 8, 2020
Government, Business

Senate Confirms Eugene Scalia to Become Next Labor Secretary

Eugene Scalia Scalia by Cliff Owen/AP

The U.S. Senate on Sept. 26 confirmed Eugene Scalia to become the country’s next Secretary of Labor.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 27, 2019
Government, Business

Senate Committee Advances Labor Nominee Scalia to Chamber Floor

Secretary of Labor nominee Eugene Scalia Secretary of Labor nominee Eugene Scalia speaks during his nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Sept. 19, 2019. (Associated Press/Cliff Owen)

Eugene Scalia’s nomination to become the next Secretary of Labor in the Trump administration was advanced by a U.S. Senate committee Sept. 24.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 24, 2019

Senate Committee to Vote on Labor Nominee Eugene Scalia Sept. 24

Eugene Scalia Secretary of Labor nominee Eugene Scalia speaks during his nomination hearing on Sept. 19. (Cliff Owen/AP)

A Senate panel on Sept. 24 will consider the nomination of Eugene Scalia to become Secretary of Labor in the Trump administration.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 20, 2019
Government, Business

Employment Costs Rise Less Than Expected in Second Quarter

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Employment costs rose less than estimated in the second quarter as worker pay raises held steady while benefit gains decelerated, suggesting inflation pressures remain muted.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
July 31, 2019
Government, Business

Labor Participation at Full Employment, Study Shows

Employees at Best Buy Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The U.S. labor market doesn’t have much more room to tighten, according to a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco that examines trends in the number of Americans who are either working or looking for jobs.

Sarah Foster | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2018

Unemployment Drops to 4.1%; Trucking Employment Flat


The national unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage point in October to 4.1%, the lowest level since December 2000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
November 6, 2017