Andrea Hsu - NPR

Andrea Hsu - NPR
Lina Khan

U.S. bans noncompete agreements for nearly all jobs

The FTC has voted to ban agreements that typically prevent workers from leaving their companies to join or start competing businesses.
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$400-a-month pandemic bonuses were life-changing for child care workers. That’s over.

Now that federal emergency funding for child care has expired, child care facilities face difficult choices about how to operate with less.
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As federal workers are ordered back to their offices, pockets of resistance remain

In some corners of the federal government, management and employees remain at odds over what the future should look like.
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Millions of Americans have long COVID. Many of them are no longer working.

An estimated 4 million workers in the U.S. are struggling to work due to debilitating symptoms from long COVID. The government is urging employers to provide accommodations to keep them on the job.
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Starbucks workers drive nationwide surge in union organizing

Starbucks workers have driven a surge in union election petitions filed with the National Labor Relations Board. Unionizing has also picked up at colleges, non-profits and pot dispensaries.
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Blocked for now, Biden’s vaccine-or-test rule for workers faces uncertain future

The Biden administration says it will defend its rule requiring some 84 million workers to get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. More than two dozen states, including Alaska, have sued to stop it.

A small but vocal minority of workers are choosing firings instead of the vaccine

Across the country, employers are firing workers for refusing to comply with vaccine mandates. Some people are opting to quit their jobs rather than take the shot.

Faced with losing their jobs, even the most hesitant are getting vaccinated

Workplaces with vaccine mandates are seeing vaccination rates of 90% or higher. A complex mix of factors, including job security, is driving most workers to get the shots.
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The expanded child tax credit is here. Here’s what you need to know.

The White House says $15 billion in payments have been sent out to the families of nearly 60 million children. Families will receive the funds by direct deposit or check. How much you get will depend on income and number of eligible children.
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Millions of women haven’t rejoined the workforce. And they may not anytime soon.

Millions of women who lost their jobs in the pandemic have yet to return to work, even though the economy has improved. What's keeping them back is a mix of factors that may not be resolved quickly.