The Labor Department released detailed guidelines this week for determining whether businesses should designate their workers as "employees" or "independent contractors," and suggested that the latter classification has been used a bit to liberally as companies re-organize and streamline costs.
US retail sales fell 0.3 percent in June, a far cry from analysts' expectations for a modest gain. As the economy has recovered well elsewhere, the weakness in the consumer sector has weighed heavily on the Federal Reserve’s eventual decision to finally raise long-term interest rates.
Jeb Bush drew fire for his comments about American workers, but he's right that millions of part-time employees need to work more hours. What's less clear is how he would make it happen.
General Mills announced Tuesday that it will commit to using 100 percent cage-free eggs as part of a program to improve its animal welfare standards. The shift may take some time but comes as the global egg industry has largely moved away from eggs produced by hens in cramped battery cages.
The US economy added 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent. While factors like slow wage growth and low participation remain a concern, hopeful long-term prospects for workers were given an extra boost by President Obama and the Labor Department this week.
President Obama and the Labor Department unveiled a plan this week to make at least 5 million additional salaried workers eligible for overtime pay. Pro-business lobbying groups are denouncing the changes, but economists argue that better overtime pay rules will benefit businesses and workers alike.
General Mills will be removing artificial colors and flavoring from its cereal products, the company announced Monday. The announcement comes as US consumers turn away from cereal in favor of options either more nutritious or more convenient.
Pizza Hut has confirmed that a line of its 'Hot Dog Bites Pizza' will be available in its 6,300-plus US locations starting next week. Wildly popular overseas, the entrée consists of a large one-topping pizza surrounded with 28 pigs-in-a-blanket.
Retail sales rebounded strongly last month, and a revised March posted the measure's biggest monthly gain in five years. The May retail sales result indicates that the strong job market finally is starting to bear fruit for the consumer economy.
The US economy added an impressive 280,000 jobs in May, and the unemployment rate hit 5.5 percent. Friday’s report, though undeniably encouraging, comes as the idea of employment, and what constitutes a traditional employer/employee relationship, is becoming more muddled.
Pending home sales, a measure of contracts that have been signed (but not finalized) for home purchases, climbed to a nine-year high in April. Combined with a surge in new home sales, the strong pending sales data bodes well for the months ahead.
Consumers’ calls for lower-impact ‘food with integrity’ have surged recently, and a set of recommendations from the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee took food's role in the environment into account for the first time.