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  1. Social Security and Retirement
  2. Retirement Age and Social Security
  3. Working at Home
  4. Longer Years of Retirement
  5. Employment trends
  6. Foreign workers in the United States
  7. Mexican Workers in the United States
  8. Workplace Safety Standards
  9. Work-related Injuries and Deaths
  10. Growth of Large Corporate Farming
  11. Union Membership Across the United States
  12. Laws Regarding Working Women
  13. Labor Contracts in the United States
  14. Right-to-Work Laws
  15. Public worker unions in the United States
  16. Unemployment insurance
  17. Equal Opportunity Employment Laws
  18. Workers’ Compensation
  19. Minimum Age for Agricultural Employment
  20. Minors in the Workplace
  21. Minimum Wage
  22. Employment of Persons with Disabilities
  23. Major Equal Employment Legislation in the U.S.
  24. Employment in the Service Sector
  25. Unemployment
  26. State’s Unique Worker’s Compensation Laws
  27. Life on Unemployment
  28. Minimum Wage and Poverty
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OSHA workers discuss air sampling procedures at the World Trade Center disaster site.
Photo Courtesy of the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Workplace Safety Standards
Beginning in the 1970s, a number of social regulatory agencies were created along with laws to improve safety, health, and the environment. These agencies include: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). During these agencies’ early years, many companies complained that these agencies were too aggressive in their regulation and enforcement. But as time has passed, the health, safety, and environment in the United States have all shown improvement.
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