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U.S. jobless rate falls to seven-year low

Carol McDonald |

The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 5.3 percent in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday. The rate fell from May's 5.5 percent to its lowest level in seven years.

State takes ‘soft’ approach as sick-time law takes effect

Emily Micucci |

Massachusetts’ new sick time law went into effect today, opening up access to paid sick time leave to over a million people as state officials allow businesses to become acclimated to the...

Today’s workplace: Stressed, burned out - and happy

Most workers in the United States and Canada feel overworked and burnt out, but an even higher proportion - about six of every seven – say they’re happy with their work, according to a...

Baker, home care workers agree to wage goal


Home care workers in Massachusetts say a newly agreed upon contract extension with the state will make them the first in the nation to receive a $15 starting hourly wage.

Report: Recognition programs can be valuable tool for employee retention

Carol McDonald |

With the improving economy, more people are finding jobs — including those who are finding new jobs – highlighting the importance of retention programs.

Healey publishes final sick time regulations

Emily Micucci |

Attorney General Maura Healey has issued final regulations implementing the new earned sick time law, providing guidance to Bay State employers on the mandate, which will take effect on July 1.

State's unemployment rate drops again

Carol McDonald |

Massachusetts' unemployment rate dipped for the eighth straight month in May, reaching its lowest point — 4.6 percent — since December 2007.

U.S. consumer confidence surges

Consumer confidence across the continental United States surged in June, thanks to expected increases in household income and low inflation, according to the monthly consumer sentiment survey...

Majority of employees unenthusiastic about work

Carol McDonald |

Gallup polls show the percentage of U.S. employees “engaged” in their jobs has neither improved nor significantly worsened so far this year — and is relatively low. Gallup defines...

Billerica catalog company launches $49M Littleton expansion

Emily Micucci |

Armed with $3.9 million in local and state incentives for real estate expansion, The Potpourri Group Inc. (PGI), a multi-channel catalog company, has kicked off a 450,000-square foot expansion...

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