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Labor

Efforts to Claw Back Stolen Wages Painfully Slow, as California Employers Who Cheat Workers Often Get Away With It

Despite aggressive enforcement of wage laws by the California Labor Commissioner's office, some workers wait years for back pay, if they get any at all.

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Bailout Backlash: GM Workers Strike After Recovered Automaker Shifts Jobs to Mexico

A decade after General Motors teetered on bankruptcy, workers say they want some payback for their sacrifices.

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Will Diseased Lungs and Underweight Babies be Pictured on U.S. Cigarette Packs?

Food and Drug Administration for the second time proposes a series of graphic warning labels for cigarette packs and advertising, but could face another legal challenge from the tobacco industry

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Business Leaders Join in Lobbying Congress for Climate Action. Anyone Listening?

Some said they know getting a climate bill signed into law by President Trump is nearly impossible, but they hoped to persuade lawmakers who could outlast him of the urgency of the matter.

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Tens of Thousands of Uber and Lyft Cars Have Open Safety Recalls

Uber and Lyft have been talking a lot about safety lately, with a focus on making sure customers feel safe with their drivers. But what about the vehicles themselves?

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Taking a Long Look at the Risks of Fracking

Review of numerous studies shows there is strong evidence–despite an industry narrative to the contrary–that fracking exposure is associated with an increased risk of certain health problems, including preterm birth and high-risk pregnancy, asthma flare-ups

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A Slow Burn Over Burn Pits

'Our generation’s Agent Orange': When New York Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauer started covering the veterans affairs beat late last year, this was one of the first questions that popped up for her: "How was it that I had never heard of burn pits?" I had the same question last year [...]

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The Plastics Within Us

A rising tide of garbage on land and in the seas, and the related health hazards, help make a case for a global ban on single-use plastics.

Labor

Law Puts Big Retailers on the Hook for Pay Owed to Truckers

For years, truck drivers hauling billions in consumer goods have complained about rampant wage law violations by the trucking firms that hire them. But even when truckers’ claims have been upheld by state authorities, they have often found it nearly impossible to collect.

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A Bumpy Road for Driverless Cars

Automakers and tech companies, which have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in driverless autos, face opposition from safety advocates and likely resistance in Congress to legislation to speed introduction of the vehicles.

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Trump Administration Sending Some Clean Water Protections Down the Drain

Sweeping rollback, sought by farmers and developers, would eliminate safeguards for many wetlands and streams

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Feds Notch New Record in Wage Cheating Cases

The Labor Department has been busy. Investigators recovered a record amount of illegally underpaid wages during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

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Chilling News About a Warming Planet

The world's leading body of climate scientists has issued a report saying that climate change is altering the planet more rapidly than previously thought and that things will have to change rapidly to moderate the effects,

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Feds Pressure E-cigarette Makers, Blasting ‘Epidemic of Addiction’ Among Teens

Authorities told JUUL and four other makers of e-cigarettes that they have 60 days to submit a plan addressing the problem, while also sending more than 1,300 warning letters to retailers that it said illegally sold e-cigarette products to teens.

Labor

Feds Extract Penalties in Crashes That Killed Five Migrant Farm Workers

For the second time in recent months, the U.S. Department of Labor has extracted penalties from a California farm business blamed for the deadly crash of a vehicle transporting migrant field workers to their jobs.