Labor Events and Resources Blog

Thursday, July 24, 2014

workers comp contact



It was interesting learning what you see going here—but not surprising! J  It will be fun to do the metrics to.


Here’s the contact info:


Tracey Paterson

Sr. Field Investigator




707-344-2660 (direct)

800 397-6517 office main


Probe Information Services

P.O. Box 418429

Sacramento, CA  95841


She told Rocio she wasn’t sure a layoff could occur while a claim was pending at workers’ comp—that’s why I wondered about this.  But it would seem that someone like Joyce would know this and would have allowed for it, doesn’t it. 


Thanks for everything.  TH


Monday, July 21, 2014

San Francisco Billboard Claims Employees Can be Replaced by iPads

This political statement was seen on a billboard in San Francisco


Taskrabbit Employees Face Big Change in Work Assignment System

Taskrabbit Employees Face Big Change in Work Assignment System



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

San Jose Businesses Settle Into A Minimum Wage Hike


Judge strikes down all 5 California teacher protection laws

In a significant defeat for the state's teachers unions, a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles has overturned five state statutes giving California teachers firing protections and rights to tenure and seniority. Judge Rolf Treu agreed with the lawsuit's claim that the laws disproportionately hurt poor and minority children who were saddled with the state's worst performing teachers.

The evidence of "the effect of grossly incompetent teachers on students," Treu wrote, "is compelling. Indeed, it shocks the conscience." ...

Full story at


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The New Minimum Wage Research

The New Minimum Wage Research

Dale Belman, Michigan State University
Paul J. Wolfson, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

...The United States, however, faces a far more favorable situation.  Considering the 16 means of meta-estimates (across the fixed effect, random effect, and random coefficient models) that include a control for whether the estimate is based on U.S. data, the implied employment declines following a 10 percent increase in the minimum wage are very small—between −0.03 and −0.6 percent—and statistically insignificant. Bearing in mind that the estimates for the United States reflect a historic experience of moderate increases in the minimum wage, it appears that if negative effects on employment are present, they are too small to be statistically detectable. Such effects would be too modest to have meaningful consequences in the dynamically changing labor markets of the United States.



Full article at


Oecd Economic Outlook No. 95


Oecd Economic Outlook No. 95


Scroll down this page (above) to find numerous links and data


Press Release 6 May 2014

Global economy strengthening but significant risks remain, says OECD in latest Economic Outlook


HANDOUT for the Media

[full-text, 24 pages]



Annex Tables
Economic Outlook online database (Selection of around 100 annual data in OECD.stat)
Economic Outlook database inventory (Pdf document describing the Economic Outlook database)
Sources and Methods
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


OECD Forecasts during and after the financial crisis
Economic Policy Papers
Previous Outlook editions and Special chapters
Promoting inclusive growth: Challenges and policies
OECD Economics Department Working Papers
Economics Department Policy Note Series

To receive the latest information by email regarding future releases of the Outlook and related products, register now for the OECD Economic Outlook oecddirect.


East Asia Pacific at Work: Employment, Enterprise, and Well-Being


World Bank


East Asia Pacific at Work: Employment, Enterprise, and Well-Being

by Packard, Truman G.; Van Nguyen, Trang


[full-text, 299 pages]


The unprecedented progress of East Asia Pacific is a triumph of working people. Countries that were low-income a generation ago successfully integrated into the global value chain, exploiting their labor-cost advantage. In 1990, the region held about a third of the world's labor force. Leveraging this comparative advantage, the share of global GDP of emerging economies in East Asia Pacific grew from 7 percent in 1992 to 17 percent in 2011. Yet, the region now finds itself at a critical juncture. Work and its contribution to growth and well-being can no longer be taken for granted. The challenges range from high youth inactivity and rising inequality to binding skills shortages.


 A key underlying issue is economic informality, which constrains innovation and productivity, limits the tax base, and increases household vulnerability to shocks. Informality is both a consequence of stringent labor regulations and limited enforcement capacity. In several countries, de jure employment regulations are more stringent than in many parts of Europe. Even labor regulations set at reasonable levels but poorly implemented can aggravate the market failures they were designed to overcome.


 This report argues that the appropriate policy responses are to ensure macroeconomic stability, and in particular, a regulatory framework that encourages small- and medium-sized enterprises where most people in the region work. Mainly agrarian countries should focus on raising agricultural productivity. In urbanizing countries, good urban planning becomes critical. Pacific island countries will need to provide youth with human capital needed to succeed abroad as migrant workers. And, across the region, it is critical to 'formalize' more work, to increase the coverage of essential social protection, and to sustain productivity. To this end, policies should encourage mobility of labor and human capital, and not favor some forms of employment - for instance, full-time wage employment in manufacturing - over others, either implicitly or explicitly. Policies to increase growth and well-being from employment should instead reflect and support the dynamism and diversity of work forms across the region.



Youth Employment: Overview Of EU Measures


European Commission (EC)

Brussels, 8 May 2014
Youth Employment: Overview
Of EU Measures


2014 National Study of Employers



Families and Work Institute (FWI)


2014 National Study of Employers

by Kenneth Matos and Ellen Galinsky

[full-text, 67 pages]



Families and Work Institute’s 2014 National Study of Employers (NSE) is the most comprehensive

and far-reaching study of the practices, policies, programs and benefits provided by U.S. employers

to enhance organizational and employee success by addressing the changing realities of today’s

economy, workforce and workplace. The NSE, conducted in partnership with the Society for Human

Resource Management (SHRM), is based on the Institute’s landmark 1998 Business Work-Life

Study (BWLS).1


Its scope was broadened to cover issues of importance in the changing economy

and has been conducted four additional times since the BWLS survey was completed (2005, 2008,

2012 and 2014).




People at Risk Of Poverty or Social Exclusion

European Commission



People at Risk Of Poverty or Social Exclusion

Data from March 2014. Most recent data: Further Eurostat information, Main tables and Database.

One of the five headline targets of the Europe 2020 headline indicators is to reduce poverty by lifting at least 20 million people out of the At risk of poverty or social exclusion by 2020. This article presents geographical and temporal comparisons of the monetary and non-monetary elements of the indicator that describes poverty and social exclusion in the European Union (EU) using the most recent data (2011 and 2012) from the EU statistics on income and living conditions (EU-SILC). Comparisons over the most recent years enable, inter alia, analysis of the impact of the economic crisis and the austerity measures taken to overcome the crisis on the Europe 2020 headline target.



Level of Wage Bargaining and Degree of Coordination Year 2013


European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)

European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO)




Level of Wage Bargaining and Degree of Coordination Year 2013


Explore Eurofound’s quantitative and qualitative information on collectively agreed pay developments from 1999 onwards and other related pay data. The context of the pay bargaining system in the different EU Member States is also explained.


The bargaining system in the EU Member States is depicted in the map below, drawing on two central indicators: the primary level at which pay is set in the respective country and the degree of coordination. These data stem mainly from Jelle Visser’s ICTWSS (4.0) database, but have been updated and in some cases also slightly revised by Eurofound’s EIRO correspondents.




Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Trade Unions and Worker Cooperatives: Where Are We At?


International Labour Organization (ILO)

Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV)


International Journal of Labour Research


Trade Unions and Worker Cooperatives: Where Are We At?


[full-text, 116 pages]


Last May, ACTRAV and the ILO cooperative branch held a seminar on the topic of relations between trade unions and worker cooperatives. The goal was to re-examine the relationship between the two movements by taking stock of recent initiatives around the world. To be sure, the relationship between trade unions and cooperatives is as long as the history of trade unions. In fact, it is fair to say that the first associations of workers that emerged in Europe looked more like cooperatives than trade unions.


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Urban Institute Report: Taxes and Inequality


Urban Institute (UI)


Taxes and Inequality

by Leonard E. Burman


[full-text, 30 pages]


This paper reviews historical trends in economic inequality and tax policy’s role in reducing it. It documents the various reasons why income inequality continues to rise, paying particular attention to the interplay between regressive and progressive federal and state taxes. The report also considers the trade-off between the social welfare gains that a more equal distribution of incomes would provide, and the economic costs of using the tax system to reduce inequality, highlighting the fact that income inequality reflects an amalgam of factors. The optimal policy response reflects that complexity.



Are the Long-Term Unemployed on the Margins of the Labor Market?

Are the Long-Term Unemployed on the Margins of the Labor Market? 

Alan B. Krueger, Princeton University & NBER

Judd Cramer, Princeton University

David Cho, Princeton University

[full-text, 59 pages]




Private Health Insurance Market Reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)


Congressional Research Service (CRS)


Private Health Insurance Market Reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Annie L. Mach, Analyst in Health Care Financing

Bernadette Fernandez, Specialist in Health Care Financing

March 13, 2014

[full-text, 24 pages]



Monthly Labor Review (as of 19 March 2014)


Friday, February 07, 2014

Working Conditions Laws 2012: A Global Review



From: [] On Behalf Of Stuart M. Basefsky
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 6:08 AM
To: Undisclosed recipients:


IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau



Internatinal Labour Organization (ILO)


Working Conditions Laws 2012: A Global Review


[full-text, 352 pages]


This report provides an international comparative legal information on national working conditions legislation and highlights global and regional trends in over 150 countries. The report covers national legislation in three fundamental working conditions: working hours, minimum wages, and maternity protection. The report aims to provide ILO constituents, policymakers, and researchers with comparative legal information on these issues as they consider legislation and policies that impact on workplaces and their workforce.



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Inflation and the Real Minimum Wage: A Fact Sheet


Congressional Research Service (CRS)


Inflation and the Real Minimum Wage: A Fact Sheet

Craig K. Elwell, Specialist in Macroeconomic Policy

January 8, 2014

[full-text, 4 pages]



The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 established the hourly minimum wage rate at

25 cents for covered workers.1 Since then, it has been raised 22 separate times, in part to

keep up with rising prices. Most recently, in July 2009, it was increased to $7.25 an hour.

Because there have been some extended periods between these adjustments while inflation

generally has increased, the real value (purchasing power) of the minimum wage has decreased

substantially over time.



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Monthly Labor Review

Monthly Labor Review



Examination of state-level labor turnover survey data [01/31/2014]


[full-text, 24 pages]


From 1954–1981, the Labor Turnover Survey (LTS) provided labor demand-related data at the state level. For this

article, LTS time series data were compared and states were chosen based on the length of their LTS series, continuity

of series, and the geographic representation. Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Virginia were selected, and

the data analyzed both from the business cycle perspective and for specific economic events in those states. The

discussion includes LTS methodology and definitions of the data elements produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor

Statistics and the states. The article also discusses the differences in definitions and methodology between the LTS and

the current Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey program.


Comparing new final-demand producer price indexes with other government price indexes 01/28/2014

[full-text, 17 pages]

Analyses of the PPI for personal consumption and the CPI-U, the PPI for export goods and the IPP export index, and the PPI for final demand and the BEA price indexes for GDP and gross domestic purchases
reveal that (1) the PPI for personal consumption and the CPI-U differ in scope and coverage, categorization, and other technical areas; (2) the PPI for export goods and the IPP export index are similar in scope, but differ because the IPP export index is constructed from actual export prices whereas the PPI for export goods uses commodity prices as proxies for export prices; and (3) the PPI for final demand and the BEA price indexes for GDP and for gross domestic purchases differ as a result of calculation formulas, coverage, and their respective treatments of government and international transactions.


Analyzing price movements within the Producer Price Index Final Demand–Intermediate Demand aggregation system 01/28/2014

[full-text, 22 pages]

Since the late 1970s, the Producer Price Index (PPI) has employed the Stage of Processing (SOP) system as its main publication structure. The SOP system is composed of price indexes for goods (1) sold to households, (2) as capital investment, and (3) as business inputs. The Final Demand–Intermediate Demand (FD–ID) aggregation system was introduced on an experimental basis in January 2011 and will become the PPI’s main publication structure in early 2014. The FD–ID aggregation system includes price indexes for goods, services, and nonresidential construction sold to final demand (households, government, exports, and capital investment) and to intermediate demand (business inputs). This article presents and analyzes limited historical data on the basis of the FD–ID system. As background to this analysis, the article reviews economic and commodity price trends from November 2009 through June 2012, the period for which the new aggregate data are investigated. The article then analyzes historical price movements for the final-demand indexes and the intermediate-demand-by-commodity-type portion of the system, provides a description of the intermediate-demand-by-production flow treatment, and examines price transmission within the production flow portion of the system.


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Japanese Working Life Profile 2013/2014--Labor Statistics

Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT)


Japanese Working Life Profile 2013/2014--Labor Statistics


[full-text, 98 pages]


This booklet contains selected labor statistics to present a profile of Japanese workers from various perspectives. It covers basic statistical data to give a whole picture of Japanese labor situation, such as indices for economic environment, employment situation, working conditions, family life and social security policy. Also, it provides statistics on some topics dealing with current labor issues in Japan, including employment of elderly workers, increasing non-regular workers, foreign workers / labor migration, various working types, changing labor management relations, and so on.


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Federal Employees' Retirement System: Benefits and Financing


Congressional Research Service (CRS)


Federal Employees’ Retirement System: Benefits and Financing

Katelin P. Isaacs,  Analyst in Income Security

January 30, 2014

[full-text, 23 pages]



Most civilian federal employees who were hired before 1984 are covered by the Civil Service

Retirement System (CSRS). Federal employees hired in 1984 or later are covered by the Federal

Employees’ Retirement System (FERS). Both CSRS and FERS require participants to contribute

toward the cost of their pensions through a payroll tax. Employees who are covered by CSRS

contribute 7.0% of pay to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF). They do

not pay Social Security taxes or earn Social Security benefits. Employees enrolled in FERS and

first hired before 2013 contribute 0.8% of their pay to the CSRDF. Employees enrolled in FERS

and first hired in 2013 contribute 3.1% of pay to the CSRDF. Employees enrolled in FERS and

first hired after 2013 contribute 4.4% of pay to the CSRDF. All employees enrolled in FERS

contribute 6.2% of wages up to the Social Security taxable wage base ($117,000 in 2014) to the

Social Security trust fund.


The minimum retirement age (MRA) under CSRS is 55 for workers who have at least 30 years of

service. The FERS MRA is 55 for employees born before 1948. The MRA for employees born

between 1953 and 1964 is 56, increasing to the age of 57 for those born in 1970 or later. Both

FERS and CSRS allow retirement with an unreduced pension at the age of 60 for employees with

20 or more years of service and at the age of 62 for employees with at least 5 years of service.


The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings plan similar to the 401(k) plans provided by

many employers in the private sector. In 2014, employees covered under either CSRS or FERS

can contribute up to $17,500 to the TSP. Employees aged 50 and older can contribute an

additional $5,500 to the TSP. Employees under FERS receive employer matching contributions of

up to 5% of pay from the federal agency by which they are employed. Federal workers covered

by CSRS also can contribute to the TSP, but they receive no matching contributions from their

employing agencies.


The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) estimates the cost of CSRS to be an amount equal

to 26.0% of employee pay. The federal government pays 19.0% of this amount and the other

7.0% is paid by employees. OPM estimates the cost of the FERS basic annuity at an amount

equal to 12.7% of pay. For FERS employees first hired before 2013, the federal government

contributes 11.9% of this amount and the other 0.8% is paid by employees. For FERS employees

first hired in 2013 or later, the federal government contributes 9.6% of this amount; employees

hired in 2013 pay the remaining 3.1% and employees hired after pay 4.4% (with the additional

sums above the cost of FERS going to pay down the CSRS unfunded liability). There are three

other employer costs for employees under FERS. Both the employer and employee pay Social

Security taxes equal to 6.2% of pay up to the maximum taxable amount; agencies automatically

contribute an amount equal to 1% of employee pay to the TSP; and agencies make matching

contributions to the TSP equal to up to 4% of pay.


At the end of FY2011, the CSRDF had an unfunded liability of $761.5 billion, consisting of a

$741.4 billion deficit for CSRS and a $20.1 billion deficit for FERS. Although the civil service

trust fund has an unfunded liability, it is not in danger of becoming insolvent. OPM projects that

the balance of the CSRDF will continue to grow through at least 2080, at which point it will hold

assets equal to more than 5.3 times total payroll and about 20 times total annual benefit payments.


This report also summarizes relevant legislation in the 113th Congress that would make significant

changes to federal benefits and financing, including P.L. 113-67, S. 18, S. 1678, and H.R. 3639.


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Early Childhood Education and Care: Working Conditions and Training Opportunities


European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)


Early Childhood Education and Care: Working Conditions and Training Opportunities [27 January 2014]


[full-text, 148 pages]



Molinuevo, Daniel; Ahrendt, Daphne; Buxbaum, Adi; Moser, Winfried



The aim of this working paper is to provide information about the working conditions and in-service training opportunities of early childhood education and care (ECEC) workers and to describe how these factors are linked to outcomes for children. This paper is part of the research project ‘Assessing childcare services’ being carried out by Eurofound in 2013 and 2014. The project focuses on the two dimensions of early childhood education and care that have been the main focus of policy initiatives at European level: ensuring that services are accessible and that they are of good quality.



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Immigration Enforcement Actions: 2012




U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)


Immigration Enforcement Actions: 2012 [23 January 2014]


[full-text, 8 pages]


This report presents information on the apprehension, detention, return, and removal of foreign nationals in Fiscal Year 2012.


Key findings in this report include:


• CBP determined 194,000 foreign nationals were inadmissible.

• DHS apprehended 643,000 foreign nationals; 70 percent were citizens of Mexico.

• ICE detained approximately 478,000 foreign nationals, an all-time high.

• 230,000 foreign nationals were returned to their home countries without a removal order.

• DHS removed 419,000 foreign nationals from the United States.2 The leading countries of origin for those removed were Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

• Expedited removal orders accounted for 163,000, or 39 percent, of all removals.

• Reinstatements of final orders accounted for 149,000, or 36 percent, of all removals.

• ICE removed 199,000 known criminal aliens from the United States, an all-time high.3


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