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The true risks to higher education

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 12.05.2016 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

What many people view as the surprising election of Donald Trump to the presidency offered few surprises on college campuses. Already seen as bastions...

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...

A long, hot summer on campus

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 08.02.2016 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

More often than not, a college president's summer "vacation" consists of a slightly slower work pace -- maybe the luxury of leaving the office at 6 p....

Does a Higher Salary Require More Than 40 Hours a Week?

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

The question remains -- does a higher salary mean you are obliged to work more hours? If so, what are the boundaries and how can one sustain this long term? There is a growing body of research that indicates how important time away from work is for health and wellness - not to mention productivity on the job.

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.

Fair Pay for Postdocs: Why We Support New Federal Overtime Rules

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Our nation should embrace the fact that increasing the salary threshold for postdocs represents an opportunity to encourage more of our brightest young minds to consider choosing careers in science.

Injustice anywhere: A reflection on homecare and Black History Month

Doug Moore | Posted 02.10.2016 | Black Voices
Doug Moore

In California, this month is particularly poignant for the homecare providers of the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW). On February 1, all of t...

Will I Get Paid If My Office Is Closed For Snow?

Donna Ballman | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business
Donna Ballman

If you're hit with the big storm, get in touch with your supervisor or manager as soon as possible to find out whether or not you're expected to be at work. If you can't get in touch with anyone, then only go in if it's safe for you to do so. I hope you and yours stay safe. Make a snowman for me!

Supreme Court May Give A Break To Thousands Of Workers Shorted On Pay

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Workers who sue collectively over unpaid overtime may just get a big break from the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices heard arguments Tue...

From the Ivory Tower Kitchen: Unrealistic Expectations?

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 08.25.2016 | Taste
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

As if it isn't enough that we have to not only ensure that the restaurant functions to the high standards of quality, ethics, and philanthropy we have set for ourselves, there is the obvious challenge of always keeping it profitable.

What the Overtime Proposal Is Really About

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.21.2016 | 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.

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

Cathy Ruckelshaus | Posted 07.24.2016 | 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.

No-Vacation Nation: Does the U.S. Government Care About American Workers?

Marina Peña | Posted 07.20.2016 | College
Marina Peña

Around summer time, many Americans look forward to a week off from work where they can unwind and spend time with their families. Yet, the reality of taking a vacation while employed is that one in four U.S. workers don't receive paid time off.

When a Brand Becomes Obsolete

Diana Mao | Posted 07.09.2016 | Impact
Diana Mao

Imagine a little 10 year old boy making a shirt that you bought your son at GAP Kids. That is exactly what happened when a 12 year old girl was found in Cambodia making clothes in 2010 for GAP.

There's Always Money for the Boss

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

CEOs contended their corporations are too poor to pay overtime, but on their next quarterly call with shareholders, they'll brag about record profits. In 2013, corporate profits were at their highest level in 85 years. That same year, employee compensation was at its lowest level in 65 years.

Majority of Workers Who Will Benefit From Updated Overtime Rules Are Women

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 06.30.2016 | Women
Caroline Fredrickson

For many women-domestic workers as well as office workers-coming under the overtime provisions will mean that they will actually have more time for their families and other pursuits --but if they are indeed forced to work long hours, at least they will be paid for it.

Nailing Exploitation

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The New York Times exposé of nail salons and their exploitation of immigrant women workers in New York City cannot come as a complete shock. Aspects of it exceed the worst suspicions - not being paid at all for three months' work?

Home Health Care Workers Aren't Guaranteed Minimum Wage or Overtime, and the Legacy of Slavery Is the Reason Why

Ariela M. Migdal | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Ariela M. Migdal

What most people don't know is that the exclusion of home health care workers from fair pay is a deliberate and racist wrong that stretches back to Depression-era America, where it was written into our nation's labor law to accommodate Southern segregationists.

Bargaining Power to the People

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Moving right-to-work (for less) from the state to the county level is the latest tactic in the relentless campaign by CEOs and corporations to reverse gains made by workers in the 1930s New Deal.

Keep a Log of the Hours That You Have Worked

Brad Reid | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

When an employer fails to keep a record of hours worked, as happened in this case, the employee is entitled to compensation "on the most accurate basis possible."

Hunter Stuart

9 Reasons We Should Abolish Tipping, Once And For All

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 10.17.2014 | Business

Tipping pushes waiters into poverty, so let's stop doing it.

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

Christine L. Owens | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Christine L. Owens

At issue in Integrity Staffing Solutions is the firm's refusal to pay the warehouse workers for the time spent in a mandatory post-shift anti-theft screening required by Amazon, which takes as long as 25 minutes a day, or as much as two-plus hours each week, per worker.

Dave Jamieson

White House Delays Enforcement Of Minimum Wage, Overtime For Home Care Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Labor Department announced Tuesday that it plans to delay its enforcement of new minimum wage and overtime protections for the count...

Dave Jamieson

Senate Democrats Think You Deserve Overtime Pay

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats want more American workers to be taking home overtime pay. Echoing a similar move by President Barack Obama, a bill ...

Immigration, Resurrection, and the Battle for the American Soul

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

In the days before Easter Sunday, we think of the immigrants whose dreams are being deferred. We think of the gains and losses suffered by faith communities that have fought this fight for generations.