EPI Vice President Ross Eisenbrey delivered the following testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations, on Thursday, October 8, 2015.
This will be the first in a series of blog posts examining some of the comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in response to its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on overtime pay for salaried employees.
As the Boomers age and retirement insecurity forces workers to delay retirement, workers 55 and older are a growing part of the workforce.
On Sept. 16, 2015, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) introduced the Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act, legislation to strengthen protections for workers who want to raise wages and improve workplace conditions.
The White House sent a Labor Day message from Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shaun Donovan about the many important issues affecting working Americans that will be decided in the next month of congressional budget negotiations.
57 law professors, including some of the nation’s foremost experts on the Fair Labor Standards Act, submitted comments to the Department of Labor on its rulemaking concerning exemptions from the minimum wage and overtime pay requirement of the FLSA.
The proposed rule will restore or strengthen overtime protections for millions of salaried workers, protections that have been eroded by decades of bureaucratic hostility and neglect.
Last week’s decision by the National Labor Relations Board regarding Browning-Ferris Industries of California (BFI) is a big victory for working people and labor advocates. By holding that BFI is a joint employer with the staffing agency that provides all but a few of the workers at one of BFI’s recycling centers, the decision closes one of the many loopholes corporations use to avoid paying decent wages, Social Security and Medicare taxes, worker’s compensation premiums and unemployment insurance taxes, and to avoid even providing a safe workplace.
The Obama administration’s decision to require fair pay and protection against excessive work hours for nearly two million (mostly female) caregivers who have struggled to earn enough to make ends meet was not a power grab—it was a caring Labor Department using the authority Congress gave it to protect some of the most vulnerable workers in the United States.
Only 2.8 million salaried women earn less than the current overtime salary threshold of $23,660. If the threshold is raised to $50,440, an additional 6.9 million women will have automatic overtime pay coverage, including 2.4 million women with children under the age of 18.
An estimated 13.5 million workers would directly benefit from the Department of Labor’s proposal to raise the salary threshold under which salaried workers are eligible for overtime pay regardless of their duties.
EPI Vice President Ross Eisenbrey testified before a hearing held by the U.S. House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections on the topic of the Obama administration’s new overtime proposal.
Testimony of EPI Vice President Ross Eisenbrey on July 23, 2015, before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Workforce Protections’ hearing, “Examining the Costs and Consequences of the Administration’s Overtime Proposal.”
Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and President Obama should be applauded for the steps they have taken to restore and strengthen the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime protections.
EPI vice president Ross Eisenbrey talked with The Rick Smith Show about the new overtime salary threshold and how overtime protections affect U.S.
Since 1938, we’ve had laws to protect workers from being forced to work overtime without getting paid for it. It’s a simple principle: pay people for the work they do.
EPI vice president Ross Eisenbrey joined Texas Public Radio’s “The Source” to discuss how the new overtime salary threshold affects workers and the economy.
EPI vice president Ross Eisenbrey joined NPR’s “On Point” to discuss the new overtime salary threshold, and what it means for American workers.
Today, the Department of Labor announced that it will raise the overtime salary threshold from $23,660 to $50,440. This higher threshold will guarantee 15 million more workers overtime pay on the basis of their salary alone, in addition to the 3.4 million workers who are already guaranteed overtime pay.
This morning, the Department of Labor announced that it will raise the threshold under which all workers are eligible for overtime pay to $50,440.
In a 2014 analysis
, former EPI economist Heidi Shierholz estimated the share of salaried workers who were covered by the overtime salary threshold in 1975 and in 2013. Now, in updating this analysis, we want to be as precise as possible in identifying the workers who will be affected by the updated salary threshold rule.
If the overtime salary threshold is raised to $52,000, 3.3 million fathers and 3.2 million mothers will be guaranteed overtime protection, and 12.4 million children will benefit from it.
The National Retail Federation (NRF), a lobbying organization for department store corporations, sporting goods and grocery chains, and other large retailers, is opposed to the Department of Labor’s update of the rules governing the right of salaried workers to overtime pay.
More than 12 million workers were guaranteed overtime pay in 1979. Today, only 3.5 million workers have salaries below the $455 per week threshold and are thus guaranteed overtime pay.
The common wisdom on Capitol Hill, carefully nurtured by corporate lobbyists and campaign cash, is that America needs more high-tech guestworkers, requiring a big increase in the number of H-1B guestworker visas made available each year.
EPI vice president Ross Eisenbrey joined C-Span’s “Washington Journal” to discuss inner-city poverty and “white flight” to the suburbs, as well as issues such as new overtime rules and raising the minimum wage.
While policy makers in Washington are at least paying lip service to the need to lift the stagnant wages of America’s middle class, politicians in state capitals across the country are cutting the wages and benefits of public employees and school teachers, passing so-called “right-to-work” laws to weaken unions, and cutting back on unemployment insurance with the aim of forcing jobless workers to take any job, no matter how poor.
We are delighted that the Department of Labor has transmitted a proposal for a revised overtime threshold to the Office of Management and Budget for review.
After more than five years of litigation in numerous jurisdictions by immigrant and worker advocates who challenged the Bush administration’s illegally promulgated regulations for the H-2B temporary foreign worker program, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have jointly promulgated two new rules—the H-2B “Comprehensive Interim Final Rule” and the “Wage Methodology Final Rule”—which establish important but modest protections for low-wage U.S.
In 1993, it seemed obvious to me that NAFTA was about one main thing: providing a huge new (and much cheaper) labor force to U.S.
Here are a few recent reports about the grim toll of industrial fatalities and the hazards workers are exposed to every day, from the Cal-OSHA Reporter and other sources.