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March 20, 2017 | By Heidi Shierholz | Press ReleasesOn Wednesday, Alexander Acosta is scheduled to have his hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).
March 17, 2017 | By Heidi Shierholz | TestimonyOffice of Regulations and Interpretations Employee Benefits Security Administration Room N-5655 U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, D.C.
News from EPI › Congress should reject President Trump’s proposal to cut the Labor Department’s budget
March 16, 2017 | By Heidi Shierholz | Press ReleasesThis morning, the White House released it’s “skinny budget,” the blueprint that lays out the administration’s budgetary priorities. Among the large increases in defense spending and cuts to important programs, one line stands out: a 21 percent cut to the Department of Labor.
February 16, 2017 | By Heidi Shierholz | TestimonyEPI Senior Economist and Director of Policy Heidi Shierholz sent the following letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections on February 16th, 2017.
News from EPI › President Trump should nominate a labor secretary who will look out for working people
February 15, 2017 | By Heidi Shierholz | Press ReleasesThis afternoon, it was reported that Andrew Puzder will withdraw his nomination to be secretary of labor. This is welcome news for working people.
February 14, 2017 | By Heidi Shierholz | Press ReleasesTomorrow, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hear testimony from Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee to be secretary of labor.
News from EPI › President Trump sides with unscrupulous financial advisers who want to continue fleecing their clients
February 3, 2017 | By Heidi Shierholz | Press ReleasesToday, President Trump ordered the Labor Department to needlessly reexamine an Obama administration rule that would require those who provide retirement investment advice to put the interest of their client ahead of their own.
February 1, 2017 | By Heidi Shierholz | Press ReleasesThis afternoon, congressional Republicans are expected to introduce a bill to bar unions from requiring the workers they represent to pay the equivalent of union dues.
Trump leaving LGBTQ nondiscrimination executive order in place signals approval of reasonable mandates for federal contractors
January 31, 2017 | By Heidi Shierholz | BlogLast night, the White House said that President Trump would leave in place the Obama administration’s executive order that prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring, firing, pay, promotion, and other employment practices.
September 2, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | Issue BriefMillions of lower-paid white-collar employees would benefit from increasing the threshold below which all salaried workers are covered by Fair Labor Standards Act overtime protections to $984 per week ($51,168 per year), which is simply the 1975 threshold adjusted for inflation.
August 21, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | Briefing PaperRestaurant workers' low wages leave many either poor or near-poor. The quality of restaurant jobs can be improved by reforming or enacting policies to give restaurant workers more bargaining power and raise their wages.
Increasing the Overtime Salary Threshold Is Family-Friendly Policy: Women, Minorities, and Younger and Less-Educated Workers Would Be Most Helped
August 20, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | Issue BriefThis issue brief investigates the characteristics of workers who would benefit from a proposed increase in the salary threshold below which all salaried workers are covered by overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA).
August 13, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | Economic SnapshotPart-time work—working less than 35 hours in a week—rose fairly steeply in the recession, but has remained roughly flat for the last five years.
August 12, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | Job Seekers RatioThe June JOLTS data show a labor market that is improving at a modest, steady pace, but not accelerating.
August 4, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | BlogPart-time work—by definition, working less than 35 hours in a week—rose fairly steeply in the recession, but has remained roughly flat for the last five years.
August 1, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | BlogSecond quarter job growth was delightfully strong—277,000 jobs added per month on average—and even I got excited that maybe the pace of job growth was meaningfully accelerating.
August 1, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | BlogThe weak labor market of the last seven years has put enormous downward pressure on wages. Employers just don’t have to offer big wage increases to get and keep the workers they need when their workers don’t have anywhere else to go.
August 1, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | Quick TakesThis morning’s jobs report showed decent growth, with 209,000 jobs added in July and the unemployment rate ticking up slightly to 6.2 percent.
July 30, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | BlogLast month’s jobs report was a strong one. We added 288,000 jobs, bringing the second-quarter average growth rate to 272,000 jobs per month.
Fewer Workers in Every Education Category Are Protected by the Overtime Salary Threshold now than in 1975
July 10, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | Economic SnapshotChanges in labor market policies and practices have played a key role in the rise of inequality and the wage stagnation the vast majority of workers have seen since the 1970s.
July 9, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | Issue BriefSince the 1970s, the United States has experienced rising wage inequality stemming from a growing wedge between overall productivity (how much workers produce in an hour of work on average), and compensation.
July 8, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | Economic IndicatorsIf job opportunities were ramping up, we should see the rate of hires and quits rising, but the hires rate has made no sustained improvement in the last nine months, and the quits rate hasn’t budged for seven months.
July 3, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | BlogThe release of the June 2014 jobs numbers this morning marked the five-year anniversary of the official end of the recession (and start of the recovery) in June 2009, making this a reasonable time to address one of the persistent myths of this recovery—that the jobs recovery has been weak because of a “skills mismatch,” whereby workers do not have the skills they need for the jobs that are available.
July 3, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | BlogThe release of the June 2014 jobs numbers this morning marked the five-year anniversary of the official end of the recession (and start of the recovery) in June 2009.
July 3, 2014 | By Heidi Shierholz | Quick TakesThis morning’s jobs report—which marks the five-year anniversary of the official end of the Great Recession (and start of the recovery)—showed the labor market added 288,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent to 6.1 percent.