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Roskam and Roe Bills Compete to Weaken Protections for Retirement Savers

Barbara Roper | Posted 02.02.2016 | Business
Barbara Roper

Without a single Committee Democrat voicing support, the House Education and the Workforce Committee reported out two bills that purport to require all financial professionals to act in the best interests of their customers when providing retirement investment advice.

Work Has Changed; 2016 Is the Year Government Realizes What It Means

Gene Zaino | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business
Gene Zaino

It's apparent to anyone who wishes to look that tomorrow's workforce will be dramatically different than the long term employer-employee model of the past.

SEC's Best Interest Standard in Name Only Is No Model for DOL

Barbara Roper | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Barbara Roper

One of the perplexing mysteries in the debate over the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is why securities industry representatives are so adamantly opposed to the DOL rulemaking based on the exact same principles.

Top 10 Child Labor Stories of 2015

Sally Greenberg | Posted 01.06.2016 | Business
Sally Greenberg

There were plenty of ups and downs in the fight against child labor this year. With an estimated 168 million children still trapped in exploitative labor, including 85 million doing hazardous work, we have an ambitious agenda ahead of us in 2016. Here are 10 highs and lows from 2015.

Papa John's Franchisee Gets Jail Time For Wage Theft

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business

The owner of several Papa John's franchises in New York City will serve 60 days in jail for failing to pay his workers the minimum wage and overtime,...

These Democrats Are Doing Wall Street's Bidding

Micah Hauptman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Micah Hauptman

Most Democrats appear to see through the industry's cynical ploy and fully understand that it is spending these vast sums out of pure self-interest, not out of genuine concern for low- and moderate-income families. However, some Democrats want to stop the rulemaking.

The Movement Is in Motion: Paid Family Leave in the United States

Regan Long | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Regan Long

Why is the United States the only developed nation without guaranteed paid family leave? U.S. law provides meager supports to enable workers to fulfill their work and family obligations, leaving matters large up to an employers' generosity. This approach doesn't work.

'Banning the Box' Is Deeply American

Eric Cortellessa | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Eric Cortellessa

As "ban the box" gains more momentum, we should remember that the substance of this effort is rooted in something deeply American. It advocates for equity and justice -- giving qualified job seekers a fair opportunity. But it also suggests that the foibles of our pasts don't impair the promises of our lives.

Supporting The Department of Labor's "Best Interest Rule" Is Good For All Business

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

After their decades of hard work, Americans deserve to retire with dignity and security. The proposed Department of Labor Best Interest Rule will help them do just that if we can just get it over the finish line and beat back selfish opposition coming from within parts of the financial services industry.

Litan Plays Victim Unconvincingly

Barbara Roper | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

Litan seeks to paint himself as the victim, but the real victim here is objective scholarship. Not to mention the millions of working families and retirees who would be left without meaningful protections when they turn to financial professionals for retirement investment advice.

In Litan Scandal, It Isn't The Money, It's The Economics

Barbara Roper | Posted 10.02.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

Robert Litan and Hal Singer are certainly entitled to their opinions, no matter how ill-informed. And industry has every right to seek to influence regulations by hiring "experts" to help them make their case. But no one should mistake what Litan and Singer have published for actual economic analysis.

Wagner Bill Gets It Backwards: SEC Should Follow DOL's Lead on Fiduciary Duty

Barbara Roper | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

The SEC's enforcement of the fiduciary duty under the Investment Advisers Act has been long on disclosure and short on real avoidance of conflicts.

Encouraging Progress on Paid Leave

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

The United States is one of the few nations on the planet where paid family and medical leave or earned sick time is not the law of the land. In fact, only 12 percent of private-sector workers have access to paid family leave through their employers. Access to paid leave is particularly low among Hispanics, African Americans and low-wage workers.

Vocational Training Makes for Better Paid, Better Prepared Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

A college degree is not the answer for all people. There is a need to boost vocational training for the U.S. population at large. Better worker training means better services and safety for all Americans. Labor unions like the Teamsters make it happen every day.

Nearly 5,000 U.S. Workers Died On The Job Last Year

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The number of workers who died on the job in the U.S. rose 2 percent last year, according to new data released by the Labor Depart...

Many Latino Workers Still Unpaid 10 Years After Katrina Effort

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.22.2015 | Latino Voices

After Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans coastline, breaking the levees and engulfing the city's low lying areas with water, President Ge...

What the Overtime Proposal Is Really About

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

In July, the U.S. Department of Labor demonstrated an exceptional commitment to America's working families by proposing an update to the rules that determine who qualifies for overtime pay.

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Minimum Wage For Home-Care Workers

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Aug 21 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a Department of Labor rule requiring employment agencies to pay the minimum wage ...

Interns Should Get More Out of Internships Than Employers

Sandy Malone | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Sandy Malone

Would it be easier to forget about doing internships and just hire somebody to do that job? Yes. It would also be cheaper. But if I hadn't gotten my first internship opportunity through The Fund for American Studies in 1996, I would not be where I am today. Without a doubt. So I'm paying it back.

Raise Your Voice to Raise Wages

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 08.20.2015 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

There are many signs that the economy is recovering, but we still have a long way to go.

One-Quarter Of Mothers Return To Work Less Than 2 Weeks After Giving Birth, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 08.19.2015 | Business

While high-end firms that employ the most well-educated and well-paid U.S. workers compete in a benefits arms race, too many working women a...

Fairness and Equity Are American Values

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

In 1873, when Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner published their book, The Gilded Age, they satirized the greed, political corruption, and skewed distribution of wealth that pervaded the United States at the time.

Working Mother Heads To Washington, D.C.

Regan Long | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

At one point or another, we all will have to separate from our baby, no matter what age they are. That being said, some parents are forced to do this in an unfathomable amount of time. When we look at an average leave being 6-12 weeks of unpaid leave in the United States, for many, that would be a gift.

Department of Labor Says Most Workers Are Employees and Not Independent Contractors: 5 Notable Takeaways

Cathy Ruckelshaus | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Cathy Ruckelshaus

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued an important Administrator's Interpretation that provides clear and timely guidance on the question of who is properly considered an "employee" and covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, and who is not.

Elizabeth Warren Nails GOP Financial Exec

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

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