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August 27, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe 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.
July 24, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | MultimediaEPI 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.
July 23, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | TestimonyTestimony 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 Economist Explains the Importance of President Obama’s Overtime Rules and How They Can Benefit You
July 7, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | MultimediaEPI vice president Ross Eisenbrey talked with The Rick Smith Show about the new overtime salary threshold and how overtime protections affect U.S.
July 6, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | MultimediaSince 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.
July 6, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | AudioEPI vice president Ross Eisenbrey joined Texas Public Radio’s “The Source” to discuss how the new overtime salary threshold affects workers and the economy.
July 2, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | AudioEPI vice president Ross Eisenbrey joined NPR’s “On Point” to discuss the new overtime salary threshold, and what it means for American workers.
June 30, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogToday, 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.
News from EPI › Win for Working Americans: Updating Overtime Pay Rules Will Raise Wages for Millions
June 30, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Press ReleasesThis morning, the Department of Labor announced that it will raise the threshold under which all workers are eligible for overtime pay to $50,440.
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.
June 16, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Economic snapshotIf 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.
June 16, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe 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.
June 11, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Economic snapshotMore 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.
May 18, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe 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.
May 13, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | VideoEPI 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.
May 7, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogWhile 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.
May 5, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Press ReleasesWe 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.
April 30, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogIn 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.
April 28, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogHere 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.
April 23, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogIt’s a scary thing when powerful government officials misuse their power, and especially when they misuse it to afflict the needy and comfort the comfortable.
April 22, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogRight to Work (RTW) laws weaken unions by depriving them of the funding they need to be effective, and workers, both union and non-union alike, in RTW states have lower wages.
April 9, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe widespread, flagrant abuse of the H-1B visa, which allows employers to hire non-immigrant foreign workers for IT jobs and other skilled work, is drawing bipartisan attention in Congress.
April 6, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThis piece originally appeared in The Hill. The April Fool is anyone who reads Alex Nowrasteh’s column about H-1B guest-workers and believes his bunk.
The National Retail Federation Hates the Proposed Overtime Rules (Even Though No One Knows What They Are)
April 2, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe National Retail Federation (NRF) doesn’t know what the U.S. Department of Labor’s new rules concerning exemptions from overtime protections will be, but they know they’re against them.
April 1, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Press ReleasesIt is good news that McDonald’s is raising wages above the bare minimum for its employees. The nationwide campaign for a living wage by fast food workers is obviously responsible, and the workers who have fought for this increase should be applauded.
March 20, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe Senate Judiciary Committee explored important economic questions this week. Should businesses be able to lay off qualified U.S. tech workers and replace them with lower paid foreign workers?