North Philly’s Junior Barber Academy teaches kids the basics of barbering and entrepreneurship

P. Michael Boone learned to cut his own hair out of necessity. Now he teaches kids the trade in his North Philly shop. But students also walk away with entrepreneurial skills and big dreams.

Send non-compete agreements back to Middle Ages | Opinion

Noncompete agreements, once restricted to tech workers and high-level executives, have become commonplace among ordinary workers, including security guards, home health aides or hair stylists. If history is any guide, the spread of these contracts could have far-reaching negative implications.

Philly’s warehouse-building frenzy has begun. But will good jobs come with it?

How competition for warehouse labor has changed the workplace — and how it hasn't.

Senior citizens are replacing teenagers as fast-food workers

Recruiters say older workers have soft skills — a friendly demeanor, punctuality — that their younger cohorts sometimes lack.

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Millennial men leave perplexing hole in hot U.S. job market

Ten years after the Great Recession, 25- to 34-year-old men are lagging in the workforce more than any other age and gender demographic.

Job growth is found to be no cure for a community’s poverty

"Job growth is not sufficient by itself to create upward mobility."

America has a record 7.1 million job openings, making it a good time to ask for a raise

The United States had 7,136,000 million job openings in August and 6,234,000 unemployed people.

Trump’s jobs number is great for the economy, but creates new challenges for small businesses

Most businesses have jobs to fill, but can't hire the people to fill them. Paying more would help. But a better quality of life could be the best weapon for a small business to compete in this tough labor environment.

Amazon is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Here’s what it could mean for Philly

Days after Mayor Kenney announced he hoped to raise the minimum wage for city workers and contractors to $15, Amazon has done the same.

What a ‘silver tsunami’ of retiring baby boomer business owners could mean for their workers

As Labor Day arrives and economic inequality grows, could a new provision in the defense spending bill help build workers' wealth?

In America, wage growth is getting wiped out entirely by inflation

Pay is up 2.7 percent in the past year, while the cost of living is up 2.9 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday.

He hugged Tim Cook, bought the iPhone X, then was homeless by the roadside, asking for a job

From Austin, Texas, to rock bottom in California, and back up to his current perch sifting through the many missives from potential employers, Casarez embodies the classic Silicon Valley reinvention tale of dreams pursued, dashed, and dreamed again.

Minimum wages are rising. Pay for experienced retail workers is not.

Retailers have made headlines for raising their minimum hourly wages in quick succession. But economists say those gains have not translated to higher wages among midlevel workers.

Why some workers are seeing unexpected pay raises

More companies are doing pay audits, which also carry risks for employers — raising potential questions about unfair pay practices in the past or budget pressures as they fix inequalities they discover.

Fast-food chains agree to end no-poaching agreements

Seven fast-food companies announced Thursday that they will no longer use no-poaching agreements — which prevent employees from switching between franchises within chains — in their contracts. The decision comes days after a team of state attorneys general, including Pennsylvania's and New Jersey's, requested information from eight chains about their use of the agreements.

Your raise is now based on next year’s performance

To encourage workers to learn new skills, more employers are starting to focus on the future during evaluations.

Pa., N.J. among states examining hiring policies for fast-food chains

Contract clauses known as "no-poaching agreements" are preventing employees from transferring to different franchises within the same company. Now, Pennsylvania and New Jersey state attorneys general are joining an investigation into the agreements.

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