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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 02.02.2016 | 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.