Working on Columbus Day? It depends on where you live
Fewer than half of U.S. states give their employees Columbus Day as a paid holiday.
Refugee surge brings youth to an aging Europe
Hundreds of thousands of mostly young refugees are fleeing into Europe, where most countries have rapidly aging (and sometimes shrinking) populations.
Europe’s asylum seekers: Who they are, where they’re going, and their chances of staying
For the hundreds of thousands of migrants entering the European Union, their chances of gaining asylum vary greatly depending on where they’re from and in which country they apply.
How the U.S. compares with other countries taking in refugees
Although Europe is struggling to manage the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere, the countries facing the biggest refugee impacts are the ones closest to the fighting.
The many ways to measure economic inequality
Just what is “economic inequality”? Depends on whom you ask.
Does water’s boiling point change with altitude? Americans aren’t sure
Only 34% of Americans correctly answered a question about the difference (if any) between boiling water in Los Angeles and Denver. So what’s the right answer, and why?
Businesses owned by women, minorities lag in revenue share
The number of businesses owned by women and minorities has grown considerably in recent years, particularly in certain industries, but based on revenue they remain on average considerably smaller than white- or male-owned firms.
Current Congress is looking a little more productive – so far
Legislative productivity may be on an upswing, as lawmakers enacted more bills before their August break than either of the two preceding Congresses.
Proposal could make nearly 5 million workers newly eligible for overtime
Proposed new overtime rules would make nearly 5 million white-collar workers eligible for time-and-a-half – mostly retail and food service managers, office administrators, low-level financial workers and other modestly paid managers and office professionals.
5 facts about Social Security
Social Security has developed into one of the most popular federal programs, though that popularity is tempered by concern over its long-term financial outlook.