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The US job market cooled off a bit last month, but the unemployment rate fell below 5 percent, and wages finally picked up. The solid report suggests that the economy is sound despite signs of uncertainty on Wall Street.
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The US economy added 292,000 jobs in December, and the unemployment rate went unchanged at 5 percent. That hints at more people are wading back into the job market.
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United Airlines has begun a new program to help soothe air travelers during the holiday rush. Comfort dogs will greet passengers at Unite terminals in seven airport hubs – petting and tail-wagging heavily encouraged.
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Taco Bell says it will switch to cage-free eggs by the end of 2016. Meeting that ambitious deadline would make Taco Bell the first quick service restaurant to fully adopt a cage-free policy.
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Joe's Crab Shack has announced that it will eliminate tipping at 18 of its 131 restaurants and give workers higher base wages. The policy adoption makes it the first national restaurant chain in the US to seriously test a no-tipping model.
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Black Friday is looming large for retailers, but REI is taking the day off instead, closing all of its 143 stores on the biggest shopping day of the year. The outdoor equipment company is hoping consumers will join in instead of shopping.
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Paths to progress The H-1B visa can be a powerful way to bring crucial workers to the US. But there's growing criticism that the program is being used simply to bring in lower-cost workers from overseas. The needed reforms, some say, are simple.
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"As the number of workers outside traditional employment relationships multiply and diversify, will there be an adequate support system for them?" I took a look at a new crop of startups trying to answer that question.
The US economy is increasingly fueled by part-time workers – a trend that's leaving many Americans without benefits. But some companies have a plan.
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Nine years without an interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve ended Wednesday afternoon. Even when rates go up, the gradual nature of the first few hikes means borrowing conditions will remain favorable.
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The fallout stemming from Volkswagen admitting cheating on diesel emissions tests became global news just a few short months ago, but the scandal has roots dating back several years. Read on for a timeline of what happened.
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Salmon sold in the United States is mislabeled 43 percent of the time according to a new study out Wednesday from Oceana, meaning many consumers paying extra for local, wild-caught fish are still getting farm-raised.
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The idea that more flexible work arrangements are best for workers and companies is starting to see some pushback, amid concerns that work is bending further and further into an employee’s personal time.
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Staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor. I cover consumer news, sports, and the occasional sandwich. Follow me on Twitter @Schuyler_V. I'm usually there.
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