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Why Department of Labor Pick Puzder is a Threat to Women

Linda Meric | Posted 01.24.2017 | Women
Linda Meric

Working women and our families saw important gains under the leadership of the Obama Administration's Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Secretary Hi...

Bizarro Nominee For Labor Secretary

Ellen Bravo | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

The President-elect's appointees to cabinet posts seem to come from a Bizarro world, where characters are the polar opposite of what their new positio...

Bernie Sanders Should Not Be Allowed To Hold Democratic Party Hostage

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

I support a fifteen dollar minimum wage; universal health care; making college affordable for all who want to go and restructuring current student deb...

The dark side of 2016 holiday gift-giving

Sally Greenberg | Posted 12.08.2016 | Business
Sally Greenberg

Holiday shopping season is already well underway. In fact, if you haven't started putting your credit cards to use and checking gifts for loved ones o...

Payrolls Rise Solidly As Jobless Rate Reaches 9-Year Low

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.02.2016 | Business

WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - U.S. employers boosted hiring in November and the unemployment rate dropped to a more than nine-year low of 4.6 percent,...

Will the New President Trump the FLSA Overtime Rulings?

Matt Rissell | Posted 11.14.2016 | Business
Matt Rissell

When Donald Trump secured the election on November 8th, some US business owners breathed a sigh of relief, believing the December 1st deadline for imp...

Department of Labor Violates its Own Rule, Pays $7M

Sunil Rajaraman | Posted 10.24.2016 | Business
Sunil Rajaraman

If you don't think overtime compliance is a pressing issue for your company, you might want to reconsider. As it turns out, taking overtime for granted is a luxury that not even the US Department of Labor (DOL) itself can afford, according to its recent $7M settlement.

Texas Leads New 21-State Lawsuit Over Rule That Would Grant Workers Overtime Pay

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 09.20.2016 | Politics

Officials from 21 U.S. states on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million...

Wage Theft Discovered Inside The Senate

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics

If members of Congress want to learn more about wage theft, they should talk to some of the low-wage workers who serve them meals. The Labor Departmen...

How New Overtime Law Affects Nonprofits

Stuart J. Mitchell | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Stuart J. Mitchell

A letter in support of the U.S. Department of Labor's new overtime rule, from the perspective of one nonprofit.

The Tao of Universities & Fair Labor Standards Act

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 05.18.2016 | College
Dr. Cindi Love

The Tao Te Ching suggests that it is sometimes necessary to learn to see the events in our world backwards, inside out and upside down.

What The New Overtime Rules Mean For You

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.20.2016 | Business

As of Tuesday night, the White House is officially rewriting the rules that determine who's entitled to overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours...

UC Postdocs are Worth $50K (and Then Some...)

Neal Sweeney | Posted 05.16.2016 | Education
Neal Sweeney

Postdoctoral researchers at the University of California are an invaluable component of the research enterprise. They have completed PhD degrees, are experts in their fields of research, and carry the primary responsibility for training and teaching students who join the lab.

New Overtime Rules Will Hobble Colleges

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 05.09.2016 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

For colleges like Virginia Wesleyan as well as many small-business and nonprofit operations, the impact will be felt immediately and injuriously.

U.S. Economy Stalls As GDP Grows 0.5% In First Quarter

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.28.2016 | Business

WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth braked sharply in the first quarter to its slowest pace in two years as consumer spending soften...

Big Business Uses Universities in Last Ditch Effort to Kill Fair Overtime Rules

Robert Creamer | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Now here are institutions that really have their priorities straight: deny overtime pay to ordinary employees so they can pay their CEOs and football coaches fortunes.

Hard-Working Americans Who Play By The Rules Deserve Retirement Security

Cory Booker | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Cory Booker

It's long past time for consumer protections to catch up to modern realities. For something as important as a family's retirement savings, there's no reason the retirement services industry shouldn't be held to a standard like that of other professions handling such serious matters.

DOL Rule Change Sheds Light on Anti-Union Tactics

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.24.2016 | Business
James P. Hoffa

It is clear to most people that corporations hold numerous advantages over everyday Americans when it comes to power in the workplace. But thankfully, the Obama administration just took a step to close a loophole that will shine a spotlight on those engaging in anti-union activities.

It's About To Get Harder For Companies To Hide Union-Busting

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics

A lot of U.S. companies pay top dollar just to keep labor unions out of their workplaces. It's hard to know exactly how much -- or who -- they pay, be...

Roskam and Roe Bills Compete to Weaken Protections for Retirement Savers

Barbara Roper | Posted 02.02.2017 | 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 01.29.2017 | 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 01.13.2017 | 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 01.06.2017 | 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 11.09.2016 | 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.