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Battling a Damaging Workplace Trend

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 04.23.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.10.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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.

Hard Times and Harder Choices

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 03.30.2015 | Business
Lyric Hughes Hale

Both Piketty and Clark say that politics, not economics, will determine the future. However, the economy will certainly be a major focus of upcoming election debates in both countries. The real question is, will the electorates in the U.S. and the UK stage a revolt?

10 Illinois Counties With the Lowest Rates of Income Inequality

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.19.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois is the 36th most income unequal state in the country. Washington, D.C. has the most inequality, while Alaska has the smallest income gap in the country.

Workers at Louisiana Refineries Assess Tentative USW-Shell Deal

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.15.2015 | Business
Susan Buchanan

The United Steelworkers Thursday reached a possible four-year pact with Shell Oil in a seven-state strike that spread to 12 refineries and three other plants. Three weeks ago, most of the USW's more than 700 combined members joined the walkout.

Ben Walsh

Here's How To Fix The CEO Pay Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 03.12.2015 | Business

We’re doing CEO pay wrong.

There's A Decent Chance Your Raise Might Beat Inflation This Year

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 03.11.2015 | Business

For the first time in a while, a lot of businesses are finding that in order to attract and hold on to employees they need to actually -- gasp! -- pay them more.

The February Jobs Report in Pictures

Chad Stone | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Chad Stone

Job creation is proceeding at a good pace, and unemployment and underemployment are falling, but wage growth has been anemic and far from what would indicate an overheating economy. That means the Federal Reserve should stay patient and let the labor market continue to heal before starting to raise interest rates.

Unions Are Key to Tackling Inequality, Says Top Global Financial Institution

Sabina Dewan | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

Rising inequality is directly tied to waning rates of unionization, says a groundbreaking report released recently by the International Monetary Fund.

The Federal Reserve Board's Plan to Kill Jobs

Dean Baker | Posted 03.02.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The Federal Reserve Board is openly mapping out an actual job-killing strategy and drawing almost no attention at all for it. The Fed's job-killing strategy centers on its plan to start raising interest rates, which is generally expected to begin at some point this year.

Fighting Fast Track: Is It Really China or Us?

Larry Cohen | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

This is not what democracy looks like -- secret trade deals rammed through in record time that guarantee fat corporate profits, but likely result in net job loss and wage competition that leads to pay stagnation in the U.S. for years to come.

Emily Peck

Walmart's Raise Could Be A Turning Point For The Whole Economy

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Peck | Posted 02.19.2015 | Business

Walmart just gave half a million people a raise. Could you be next?

Is Hillary Clinton a Liberal Reagan?

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Clinton in 2016 could have the same effect as Reagan in 1980 and 1984: recruiting Democratic candidates, inspiring Democratic supporters and winning an electoral landslide. Reagan would be embarrassed by Republicans today.

Republican Rhetoric vs Reality

Sen. Charles E. Schumer | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Sen. Charles E. Schumer

Democrats are encouraged to hear Republicans co-opting our rhetoric on the economy and we stand at the ready to work with Republicans to get things done for the middle class. But only when Republican policy proposals catch up to their rhetoric will we have an opportunity for real solutions.

Friday Talking Points -- Live, From the Moon

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama is the second Honorable Mention recipient this week, for his impressive public opinion polling on job approval in January. He had his best month (measured by month-to-month improvement) of his entire second term, and the fourth-best month he's ever had as president.

Ben Walsh

The Best Thing About January's Jobs Report Happened In December And November

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 02.06.2015 | Business

In economics, the past is never dead -- it's always subject to revision.

Did The Minimum Wage Rise In Your State This Year?

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

It's now been just over a month since minimum wage hikes went into effect in a record 20 different states, as well as the District of Columbia. On ...

Dave Jamieson

Senate Democrats Tell Obama To Be Bold In Raising Wages

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, Senate Democrats joined a growing chorus of progressive economists and politicians urging the White House to be aggressive ...

Going, Going...

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

The Congressional Budget Office just released the 2015 version of its Budget and Economic Outlook. The really important development was that CBO confirmed its pessimistic view of the future of the U.S. economy, pegging the long-run growth potential at 2.2 percent.

Igor Bobic

Trio Of GOP Presidential Hopefuls Pan Romney 3.0, Talk Income Inequality

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A trio of Republican presidential hopefuls serving in the U.S. Senate participated in a quasi-debate Sunday night, where they weighed in...