Writer: Eli Wolfe

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.

Consumer Protection

Safety Agency Probes Data Breach Amid Complaints About Muzzling of Hazard Information

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has directed people to destroy information it says it inadvertently gave them, but some have refused.

Consumer Protection

Spinning Blades, Broken Bodies and Danger by Design

A safety standard created by the lawn mower industry hasn't stopped riding mowers from backing over and seriously injuring small children.

Consumer Protection

ATV Deaths Top 15,000 Threshold in Latest Government Report

Federal officials concede that the death toll is an undercount. Fatalities involving some trail machines are not included.

Consumer Protection

Dubious Record for Highway Safety Agency in Public Information Lawsuits

When sued for withholding records, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has fared poorly in court.

Environment

Bug Bombs Are Duds at Killing Insects Yet May Pose Harm to People, Study Finds

Pesticides released by bug bombs can linger in homes for weeks at a time, which some researchers claim is a potential health risk