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During the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment insurance has provided a vital safety net for millions of workers who became unemployed through no fault of their own.
However, we found potential racial and ethnic disparities in the percentages of unemployment applicants who received benefits.
About 3.5 million workers suffered job-related injuries and illnesses in 2018. Employers must report data on work-related injuries and illnesses to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration each year. OSHA uses the data to target high-risk workplaces for inspections.
The Fair Labor Standards Act established wage and overtime protections for workers. To enforce it, Department of Labor investigations target low-wage industries with records of violations and employees who are unlikely to file complaints.
Jobs in home care are expected to grow by 40 percent in the next decade to meet demand from older adults and people with disabilities. Despite being part of one of the fastest growing industries, many home care workers did not have federal minimum wage and overtime protections until 2015.