Labor Department

Shoppers at Aventura shopping mall in Miami.

Financial

Retailers See October Sales Boost as Prices Rise

Even with slightly higher prices, specialty, department and online stores saw sales improve as they head into holiday.

clock November 15, 2017Kali Hays

Waves crash over a seawall at the mouth of the Miami River from Biscayne Bay, Fla., as Hurricane Irma passes by, in MiamiHurricane Irma, Miami, USA - 10 Sep 2017

Retail

Retail Jobs Hit Hard by Record Hurricane Season

The national employment rate dropped for the first time in seven years.

clock October 6, 2017Kali Hays

The U.S. State Department had listed Guatemala as among countries using forced or child labor in its apparel industry.

Fashion Scoops

Research: Ethical Brands Criticized More for Child Labor Abuses

More than 168 million children are forced into child labor, according to the nonprofit GoodWeave that aims to end child labor.

clock June 23, 2017Rosemary Feitelberg

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Retail

Retail Still Losing Jobs as Other Industries See Pickup

The industry cut thousands of jobs during March, with struggling department stores hit hardest.

clock April 7, 2017Kali Hays

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Government and Trade

Trump Eyes Defense Spending Boost Through Cuts to Other Agencies

By cutting $54 billion from the collective budgets of government agencies dealing with trade, the economy and nonviolent crime, President Trump plans to increase defense spending to one of the highest levels in history.

clock March 16, 2017Kali Hays

Fashion Scoops

U.S. College Students Team Up to Challenge Nike About Access to Factories

Students at dozens of universities are banding together through United Students Against Sweatshops to rally against Nike for allegedly refusing unrestricted access for the Worker Rights Consortium.

clock March 15, 2017Rosemary Feitelberg

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Government and Trade

Sweatshops Persist in U.S. Garment Industry

Sweatshop conditions are still found in garment factories in California 20 years after investigators uncovered one of the most egregious examples in El Monte, Calif.

clock December 5, 2016Kristi Ellis and Khanh T.L. Tran

Government and Trade

Department of Labor: “We Have Sweatshops in America”

The Wage and Hour Division found violations at factories making clothes for retailers including Ross, Forever 21, TJ Maxx and Nordstrom.

clock November 16, 2016Khanh T.L. Tran

The key to slashing jobs to achieve
a leaner organization is empowerment.

Retail

Retailers See Empowerment as Key to Achieving Leaner Organization

The key to slashing jobs to achieve a leaner organization is empowerment.

clock September 1, 2016Debra Borchardt

Government and Trade

DOL’s New Rule Requiring More Disclosure Draws Retailers Ire

The National Retail Federation said the new DOL rule could have a “chilling effect” on employers.

clock March 23, 2016Kristi Ellis

Apparel is assembled in Lives production room in Lima, Peru.

Government and Trade

U.S. Labor Department Cites Labor Concerns in Peru’s Textile, Apparel Sectors

The report raised concerns about the right to freedom of association in those sectors, as well as inadequate labor law enforcement in Peru, which has a free trade agreement with the U.S.

clock March 21, 2016Kristi Ellis

Government and Trade

Labor Dept. Crusades Against L.A. Apparel Wage Violations in Charges Against Ross Stores Supplier

The government levied $212,000 in back wages against a key supplier to Ross Stores as it placed greater attention on the “broken” retail system.

clock February 24, 2016Khanh T.L. Tran

Government and Trade

DOL Gives $5 Million Grant to Combat Child Labor in Gold Mining

The U.S. estimates tens of thousands of children’s toil in small-scale and artisinal gold mining.

clock February 22, 2016Kristi Ellis

Primark store

Fashion Scoops

Primark Responds to Alleged Abuse Claims

For the second time in a month, Primark is forced to deal with allegations of sub-par working conditions by factory workers in China.

clock December 21, 2015Rosemary Feitelberg

Government and Trade

Labor Department Provides $4.8 Million to Reduce Child, Forced Labor

The project calls for a grantee to work side-by-side with an agricultural company on implementing guidelines for supply chains.

clock July 20, 2015Kristi Ellis

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