On Monday, we honor the nation's working men and women. And Labor Day brings changes to the daily commute and the regular errands:
Banks, government offices and courts are closed throughout the area.
Post offices are closed and there's no regular mail delivery.
If you're on the road Monday morning or evening, HOV restrictions are lifted in Virginia on Interstates 66, 95 and 395.
Rush-hour restrictions are lifted in D.C. So are residential parking restrictions; you don't need to feed the parking meters either.
There is no MARC or VRE rail service Monday.
Metrobus and Metrorail are on a Sunday schedule.
Trash picks in most jurisdictions skip a day this week.
As summer comes to an unofficial close, many D.C.-area travelers are on the road or celebrating locally.
Across the nation, lawsuits have been brought against employers who accused of violating minimum wage and overtime laws.
Worker advocates call these practices “wage theft,” and say they are becoming far too prevalent, The New York Times reports.
Federal and state say employers may be breaking wage laws. They cite fierce competition and the desire for higher profits as possible reasons.
On this Labor Day, we want to know does your company pay you for all the work you do? Or do you feel you don’t always get paid for extra work? And has that changed during your career?
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Labor Day Entertainment Best Bets
By Mary DePompa
"We have six different spirits behind the bar that we can pour -- brandies and gin and moonshine and then, of course, our famous whiskey," says Catoctin Creek founder and general manager Scott Harris.
Their tasting room serves flights of classic cocktails such as the Manhattan and a gin and tonic, as well as featured cocktails from some of the D.C.-area's well-known bartenders.
Read more about Catoctin Creek Distillery Co. and another distilleries on WTOP.com.
VDOT seeks to smooth Labor Day weekend travels
The Virginia Department of Transportation is smoothing the way for one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
From noon Friday until noon Sept. 2, VDOT will suspend most road work and lift lane closures on most interstates to ease the travel woes of Labor Day travelers.
By suspending road work, VDOT will be eliminating potential bottlenecks during the heavily traveled holiday.Read more on WTOP.com.
This week’s freebies include a sandwich deal at Chick-fil-A, a Jamba Juice
special and free Starbucks coffee.
Weekend pick: Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival
The sounds of jazz return to Lake Anne Plaza Saturday at the 8th Annual Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival this weekend.
The free event offers fun for the whole family, with notable regional and national jazz musicians. The festival runs from 2 to 8 p.m.
As for the price at the pump, drivers will likely pay the lowest gas prices for August since 2010.Read more on WTOP.com.
Survey: Many workers are afraid to use paid vacation time
Many workers won’t be using their paid vacation time this year – and they’re doing it on purpose, according to a new survey.
Many workers are afraid to take vacation time because there's just too much work to do when they get back, according to a new survey.
Since Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer and many people are tallying up their vacation days, WTOP wants to know if you take all your vacation? Or do you leave some of it on the table?
A trade group for the nation's big airlines predicts that air travel over the Labor Day weekend will rise 2 percent from the same holiday last year.
If correct, the forecast would be more good news for the airlines. Nine leading U.S. carriers earned $3.8 billion in the first half of this year -- up from $1.6 billion a year ago -- allowing them to pay down debt, reward shareholders and order new planes.
Those airlines are running profit margins of 5 percent, up from 2.1 percent in the first half of last year, according to the trade group Airlines for America. Revenue rose 6 percent, while their largest expense, fuel, fell 2.4 percent. The airlines are Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and United.Read more on WTOP.com.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says that the number of Virginians taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home is anticipated to increase slightly this year.
That's more than 964,300 Virginians traveling during the Thursday through Monday holiday weekend.
The majority of Virginians are expected to travel by car and gas prices have brought a welcome relief to motorists. Prices in Virginia are down about 4 percent per gallon compared with the same time last year.
Motorists are being reminded to buckle up and drive sober and distraction-free while traveling for the upcoming holiday.Read more on WTOP.com.