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Christine L. Owens
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Christine L. Owens is the Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project. A long-time employment and civil rights attorney, Ms. Owens previously served as Public Policy Director of the AFL-CIO. During the 1990’s, she led the broad coalition of labor, religious, civil rights and community organizations that won passage of the 1996 federal minimum wage increase.

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SCOTUS Must Side With Amazon Workers, Rule Against Preposterous Unpaid Time Requirement

(7) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 3:26 PM

The practice of not paying people for the time their employers require them to be at work was outlawed three-quarters of a century ago. Nevertheless, today the Supreme Court begins to hear arguments in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk et al., which asks whether the Fair Labor Standards Act...

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Harry Connick Jr. and The Walmart Economy

(5) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 7:53 PM

An uneven recovery. This is what economists are discussing, but more problematically, it's the reality that too many American families are facing every day.

At the heart of this problem is the growth of low-wage work. NELP's recent report, The Low-Wage Recovery, found that four...

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The Wait Is Over: 2 Million Home Care Workers No Longer Excluded From Minimum Wage

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 6:47 PM

For the past 10 years, Laura Lynn Clark has been caring for a woman with intellectual disabilities. She provides full-time care, putting in 199 hours every two weeks. Each morning, she helps her client brush her teeth, wash her face, comb her hair and get dressed. She then provides breakfast,...

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Scapegoating the Minimum Wage

(153) Comments | Posted December 21, 2009 | 1:06 PM

It wouldn't be the holidays if we didn't have grinches. In the spirit of the season, this week we saw calls to lower the federal minimum wage (yes, you read that correctly), thinly disguised as a way to help the economy. In this time of recession and high unemployment, however,...

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American Workers Need Congress and the President to Act Fast to Expand Emergency Unemployment Benefits

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2008 | 4:00 PM

While all America wonders what will happen now that the House has voted down the bailout package, one thing is absolutely clear: Unless Congress and the President act to expand emergency unemployment benefits within the next few days, hundreds of thousands of jobless workers will start running out of benefits...

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