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United States Reinstates Trade Preference Benefits for Burma Following Review of Eligibility Criteria

Categories: Burma,Foreign Affairs,Foreign Trade/Investment,Labor/Employment

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2016/september/united-states-reinstates-trade

Press release explaining the reasons for suspending Burma’s benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) in 1989 and the resumption of benefits after reforms of worker rights by the new regime led by Aung San Suu Kyi.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Worker Displacement: 2013-2015

Categories: Labor/Employment,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/disp_08252016.pdf

3.2 million workers were displaced from jobs they had held for 3+ years during the 2013-2015 period.  By January 2016, 66% of the displaced workers were reemployed.  Includes characteristics of the displaced workers, reasons for job loss, industry or occupation involved, and earnings comparisons of current and former jobs.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

World Employment Social Outlook: Trends for Youth, 2016

Categories: Business/Economics,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Youth

http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—dgreports/—dcomm/—publ/documents/publication/wcms_513739.pdf

Finds that current world economic conditions will lead to an unemployment rate for youth of 13.1% in 2016, up from 12.9% in 2015.  Also explores inequalities in labor market opportunities for younger people.  From the International Labour Organization

 

Savings Arrangements Established by States for Non-Governmental Employees

Categories: Federal State Relations,Headlines,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security

https://www.dol.gov/sites/default/files/ebsa/temporary-postings/savings-arrangements-final-rule.pdf

Text of final rule that assists states in creating payroll-deduction IRA plans for workers in the private sector who don’t have access to an employer-provided savings arrangement. The rule provides guidance by providing a safe harbor from preemption of state laws by ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act).  The rule becomes effective in 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.  From the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor

 

The Trustees of Columbia University … and Graduate Workers of Columbia-GWC, UAW

Categories: Education-Higher,Headlines,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations

http://apps.nlrb.gov/link/document.aspx/09031d45821c20d4

3-1 ruling by the NLRB that graduate students who assist in teaching or research at private universities are employees and have a right to union representation.  Graduate students at public universities are covered by state labor laws.  From the National Labor Relations Board

 

Automation and the Workforce

Categories: Great Britain,Labor/Employment,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0534/POST-PN-0534.pdf

Automation technologies can reduce costs and raise productivity but also threaten jobs.  This note provides a British overview of how these technologies are being used and their implications for employment, skills, education and inequality in the coming decades.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Employment and Unemployment Among Youth, Summer 2016

Categories: Labor/Employment,Statistics,Youth

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/youth.pdf

The number of employed youth 16 to 24 years old increased by 1.9 million to 20.5 million during the period from April to July 2016.  Offers three tables for employment status of youth by age, sex, race, and ethnicity during 2016, from July 2013 to July 2016, and by broad industry categories for July 2015 and July 2016.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Occupations in Information Technology

Categories: Careers,Labor/Employment,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/acs/acs-35.pdf

Explores the history of IT occupations between 1970 and 2014, focusing on the growth and evolution of such work.  Also provides a detailed description of demographic and employment characteristics of workers in 12 IT occupations in 2014.  From the Census Bureau

 

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