President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered more money and a bigger role for private companies in designing apprenticeship programs meant to fill some of the 6 million open jobs in the U.S.
Trump signed an executive order to roughly double to $200 million the taxpayer money spent on learn-and-earn programs under a grant system called ApprenticeshipUSA. The money would come from existing job training programs. The executive order would leave it to industry to design apprenticeships under broad standards to be set by the Labor Department.
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On Wednesday, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta withdrew the department’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment that, under Obama-era definitions, could have held an employer liable for the labor and workplace practices of independent contractors and subcontractors such as window installers.
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Congress held a hearing regarding the current state of the economy and its future. Here are the big takeaways from that session.
President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate deal could be a step back for U.S. energy job growth
Trump slammed the global agreement as bad for U.S. jobs despite its widespread support from corporate America. That’s because it cracks down on coal and other old school energy sectors.
But the climate goals would also stand to promote job growth in cleaner industries like wind, solar and natural gas. Already, job growth in those cleaner energies is outpacing that of coal and other big carbon-emitting fuels in the U.S.
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