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President Obama's Proposed Overtime Regulations Could Leave Workers Worse Off

Joseph P. Mastrosimone | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Joseph P. Mastrosimone

On the surface, this adjustment seems like a boon for American workers. Ironically, however, while the rule would make more employees eligible for overtime pay, it might result in workers being worse off than before.

Dave Jamieson

Obama's Overtime Reforms, Explained

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

In a blog post on The Huffington Post on Monday, President Barack Obama laid out his highly anticipated plan to extend overtime pay to more American w...

Daniel Marans

Study: Top CEOs Earn 300 Times As Much As Average Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

CEOs at top U.S. companies earned more than 300 times what average workers did in 2014, a new study revealed on Monday. According to the report by ...

A Job Is Not a Job Is Not a Job

Roger D Barris | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Roger D Barris

One of the really good things that David Stockman does in his Contra Corner blog is dissecting incoming economic statistics. One of his favourite targets is the monthly non-farm employment figures produced by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Let's Imitate the Pope

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

In his new encyclical, the Pope's embrace of both the poor and efforts to reverse climate change will alienate some of his faithful, but it's sensible and exemplary.

New Walmart Ads: An Exercise In Lip Service

Richard Zombeck | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Richard Zombeck

Have you seen the new Walmart commercials? They're fabulous. They're heartwarming. They bring back any faith in humanity you may have lost. Actually, they're a spectacular exercise in disingenuous, masturbatory fiction.

Daniel Marans

Progressives Do Not Take The Fed Seriously. Meet The People Trying To Change That

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics

Progressive activists have no shortage of ambitious economic policy goals. They include the $15 minimum wage, Social Security expansion, Medicare for ...

Jenny Che

Wages For College Grads Are Now Lower Than They Were 15 Years Ago

HuffingtonPost.com | Jenny Che | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business

College graduates, brace yourselves for some disappointing news. Wages for university grads are 2.5 percent lower than what they were 15 years ago,...

The Federal Reserve Board's Payroll Tax on our Children

Dean Baker | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

If the Fed raises rates prematurely, it will be preventing most workers from sharing in the gains of economic growth. Instead of real wage gains, workers are likely to see their wages continue to stagnate, as they have done since the 2001 recession.

One for All, All for One

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

Clearly, honesty is the foundation of being good. Honesty is the baseline. Pay your taxes, return the wallet you found on a park bench, and write down exactly how many golf strokes you had on a particular hole.

The Urban Housing Crunch Costs the U.S. Economy About $1.6 Trillion a Year

Citylab | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business

This story originally appeared on Citylab. The dearth of affordable housing options in superstar cities like New York, San Francisco and San Jose (...

Why I Stood Up to Lear Corporation's CEO to Demand a Safe Workplace and Fair Wages

Letasha Irby | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
Letasha Irby

Lear should be setting an example for the rest of the industry, but instead they are paying us barely enough to make ends meet. Lear can afford to treat their workers with respect. By choosing not to, Lear is forcing my family, and others like mine, to live from paycheck to paycheck.

Obama's Advance Team Should Be Fired

David Morris | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
David Morris

The Obamas are proving singularly inept at choosing appropriate venues to highlight their initiatives.

Remembering the Lockout: Valarie Long on How Alaska Airlines Can Do Better for Communities

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Mary Kay Henry

Ten years ago today, Alaska Airlines ramp workers were removed from their jobs at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) and replaced by wor...

A Game-Changing Moment for Fast-Food Workers

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Mary Kay Henry

In perhaps the strongest sign of how far their $15 movement has come, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to raise pay for fast-food workers statewide, setting up a potentially historic victory that could ripple across the country

Our Children Need to Hear Us Talk About Unions

Laura Reyes | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Laura Reyes

We've come a long way in this country, but certainly not always in the right direction when it comes to speaking openly and proudly about the value of unions.

Fight Poverty With Wages

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Everyone agrees we've taken poverty seriously. We've created a panoply of relief programs to lessen it through government action, and yet, while we've enabled those with the lowest income to survive, the poor are still with us.

Hit Job: Daniel DiSalvo on Public Sector Unions

Dean Baker | Posted 05.05.2015 | Books
Dean Baker

Daniel DiSalvo's new book paints a dark conspiracy where public sector unions push for ever higher pay and benefits, work rules that allow for endless loafing on the job, and disciplinary policies that prevent even the most incompetent from being fired. It's a moving story -- the data just don't quite fit the picture.

Battling a Damaging Workplace Trend

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Thomas E. Perez

One of the most pervasive and damaging trends we are seeing in the workplace is the deliberate misclassification of workers by employers looking to cut costs. Two judgments announced this week in Utah and Arizona demonstrate our commitment to cracking down on this practice, whereby companies claim that their workers are not employees but independent contractors.

Reddit's No Negotiation Success Relies on Offer Process

Katie Donovan | Posted 06.14.2015 | Business
Katie Donovan

Ellen Pao, interim CEO of Reddit who recently lost a discrimination claim against her former employer, has a novel way to address this issue. Ms. Pao has put an end to negotiating one's pay at Reddit.

When Is an Employee "Working?" This Is a Complex Legal Question

Brad Reid | Posted 06.13.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

While clocking-in and clocking-out may be important in resolving a "work" question, courts recognize that "off-the-clock" work is also compensable.

Fast Track to Lost Jobs and Lower Wages

Robert E. Scott | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Robert E. Scott

The president can continue the fight for fast-track and the TPP, raising corporate profits while putting good manufacturing jobs and wages at risk. Or he can take action to create jobs and reduce inequality. He can't do both.

It's About TIME: Ending Subminimum Wages for Workers with Disabilities

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Sarah Blahovec

This year, the United States is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While the Act signifies improved conditions for persons with disabilities in the United States, we still have so much to do to achieve equality and justice.

Walmart's Small Wage Increase Not Enough for Employees, Taxpayers

Frank Clemente | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Frank Clemente

Walmart would need to raise its base pay to $15 an hour to properly compensate its workers and relieve America's taxpayers from picking up part of its payroll tab. Can Walmart afford it? The Walton family saw their fortune increase by $21 billion last year alone. For about half that amount they could give every one of Walmart's 1.3 million U.S. employees a $5-an-hour raise.

Income Support Programs and Low-Wage Work

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Getting the size of support programs right requires discarding fuzzy thinking and focusing on the both the benefits and the costs of making work more expensive.