Wal-Mart's plan to pay higher wages and invest more in training suggest a major shift in its business model. But to succeed, America's largest private employer may need to overcome steep mistrust from labor unions.
Only 12 percent of private-sector workers in the United States have access to paid parental leave through their employers. The scope of IKEA's plan, and its availability to lower-wage hourly workers, is especially rare.
On the heels of news that medical bills are becoming less of a financial burden for Americans, a November Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows that the vast majority of Americans do not want to repeal Obamacare. Some do want to see it scaled back, however.
Donald Trump has a plan that’s not aligned with those of his party and no history of government service to reference, so the future economic picture of his presidency is a cloudy one. But there are some clues.
Decades of inaction on immigration reform mean that certain areas of the workforce will have severe labor shortages that could be helped by an influx of foreign workers. Other sectors are taking advantage of an outdated visa system.