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January 28, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogPresident Obama has announced a package of reforms to repair some of the damage done in recent years to the unemployment insurance system and to provide more help to workers at risk of losing jobs—incentives for employers to retain workers, more income support for job losers, and more help getting retrained and back to work.
January 28, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Economic SnapshotEmployers are increasingly forcing employees to give up their right to sue in court and to accept private arbitration as their only remedy for violations of statutory and common law rights.
January 12, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that could profoundly affect the economy and the ability of millions of workers to improve their wages and working conditions.
National Association of Manufacturers’ criticisms of the Obama overtime proposal all miss their mark
January 11, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogLast September, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) filed comments in opposition to the Labor Department’s proposed rule on overtime pay for salaried workers, which would raise the salary threshold under which all workers are eligible for overtime pay from $23,660 to $50,440.
December 17, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogSenator Barbara Mikulski wants the public to believe that replacing U.S. workers with lower-paid foreign guestworkers is somehow good for us and good for the economy.
December 16, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe Obama administration deserves the nation’s thanks for standing up to the financial industry and its army of lobbyists on a matter of principle as well as practical importance: holding financial advisers accountable to their clients.
News from EPI › Criminal conviction of former Massey Energy CEO brings some justice to West Virginia
December 3, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Press ReleasesAt least partial justice was done today in West Virginia when a federal jury convicted Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, of conspiracy to commit mine safety violations.
November 6, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), both in congressional testimony and in the official comments it submitted to the Department of Labor, makes a strong case for the Obama administration’s proposed rule on the overtime rights of salaried workers.
November 2, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe New York Times has published two parts of a three-part series about the epidemic of arbitration clauses that have cropped up in millions of transactions between corporations and their customers and employees.
Raising the overtime salary threshold is an important improvement in working families’ labor standards
October 8, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | TestimonyEPI 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.
October 7, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThis 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.
September 18, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogAs the Boomers age and retirement insecurity forces workers to delay retirement, workers 55 and older are a growing part of the workforce.
September 16, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | StatementOn 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.
September 8, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe 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.
September 4, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Commentary57 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.
September 1, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogLast 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.
August 27, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogAfter the Department of Labor (DOL) issued regulations last year requiring third-party providers of home care services to pay the minimum wage and overtime to their employees, various employer groups filed suit in federal court in an attempt to have the new rules struck down.
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 | BlogIn 2014, President Obama directed the Department of Labor to update the threshold under which all workers are eligible for 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.