A new bill aims to tackle Social Security’s financial problems

Most lawmakers agree that Social Security needs reform, as the program now spends more than it collects.

The social safety net in 2019: four trends to watch in SNAP

The Trump administration has signaled interest in tightening up waivers for SNAP work requirements.

Can labor unions help close the black-white wage gap?

After nearly half a century of declining union membership, collective bargaining may be primed for a comeback.

For new mayors with jobs on the agenda, understanding local workforce systems is critical

With unemployment at an all-time low, businesses’ needs for a skilled workforce are harder to meet.

Which students count as low income? New national data shine light on proxy for poverty

Whether a student receives a free or reduced-price lunch may no longer be the best indicator of whether a student is from a low-income family.

States are testing innovative strategies to help at-risk workers stay employed

Eight states are developing immediate intervention strategies for employees whose work is disrupted by an illness or injury.

The shutdown through the lens of families and children

The shutdown has disrupted much more than government services, as thousands of families now face mounting instability.

Most employers don’t help workers stay employed after illness or injury. Early intervention can help.

Every year, millions of workers develop illnesses or suffer injuries that limit their ability to remain on the job.

For housing authorities, "public charge" expected to sow confusion and add administrative costs

The administration's proposed changes to immigration policy are already affecting some immigrant and noncitizen families who rely on housing assistance.

The shutdown has federal families experiencing instability already felt by many

Furloughed federal workers are joining millions of other parents facing challenges paying for their children's basic needs.