Labor Force / Politics

Worker Training Programs: Resources for Job Seekers and How the System Could Be More Efficient

WIOA  Workforce GPS (GPS) and the Innovation and Opportunity Network (ION) are two virtual components of WIOA that offer different resources, grants, announcements, online training, and personalized accounts to help Americans find employment. The online portals also offer ‘Communities’ and ‘Collections’.  According to the information provided on Workforce GPS, “Communities offer you the chance to … Continue reading

WIOA Under President Trump
Economy / Education / Labor Force

WIOA Under President Trump

Introduction The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) supports individuals from sectors across society who are looking for employment, training, or other workforce assistance. WIOA is a federal program implemented by states and it has only been active since July 1, 2016. The program is supported by a bipartisan majority and has been praised by … Continue reading

How Does China Define Labor Relations in Rising Car-Hailing Services?
China / Labor Force / Politics

How Does China Define Labor Relations in Rising Car-Hailing Services?

On June 28, the Chinese Ministry of Transportation issued a new regulation declaring that online car-hailing services in China can operate lawfully, which took effect on Nov. 1. In China, strict governmental rules repeatedly trip up local and foreign internet companies. Before this new regulation, local governments in major cities restricted the registration and use … Continue reading

Immigration’s Real Impact on the Labor Market
America / Immigration / Labor Force / Politics

Immigration’s Real Impact on the Labor Market

Donald Trump’s proposal to build a border wall to seal off Mexico and deport all undocumented immigrants has made immigration a top issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. Unfortunately, much of public policy discourse around immigration stems from misconceptions about how immigration affects wages and employment in the U.S. labor market. The concern that immigrants … Continue reading

Proposed Overtime Rule: Overestimated Benefits Fail to Justify Costs
Labor Force / Regulation

Proposed Overtime Rule: Overestimated Benefits Fail to Justify Costs

This past summer, the Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled a proposed rule that could provide almost five million new workers with overtime protections. Currently, overtime regulations apply only to those earning $455 or lower weekly. If implemented, this new rule would increase the salary threshold up to $970 a week. This threshold is equivalent to … Continue reading