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December 9, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogPresident-elect Donald Trump announced that he plans to nominate fast food CEO Andrew Puzder to head the Department of Labor (DOL).
December 5, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogJudge Amos Mazzant, the judge who blocked enforcement of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, said many things that aren’t true in his opinion, including misstatements of historical fact such as when a minimum salary for exemption was first included in the regulations (it was right from the beginning, in 1938, not two years later).
December 1, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe decision of a judge in Texas to block the Department of Labor’s new regulations guaranteeing overtime pay to millions of workers is more than just bad law. It is also a financial blow to people who had every reason to expect that their lives were about to be made a little easier.
November 30, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogJudge Amos Mazzant’s opinion to block the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule is poorly reasoned and factually inaccurate. Judge Mazzant does not know the history of the Fair Labor Standards Act and he appears not to understand Chevron deference, a rule constructed by the U.S. Supreme Court to guide judicial review of federal agency regulatory decisions.
November 22, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Press ReleasesThis evening, a United States District Court in Texas issued an injunction against the Obama administration’s changes to the overtime rule, arguing the Labor Department does not have the authority it has exercised since 1938, under 10 presidents, including FDR and George W.
November 17, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Economic SnapshotThe Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which takes effect on December 1, significantly increases the number of people who qualify for time-and-a-half pay for any hours they work beyond 40 in a week.
November 15, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogCBO released a report on the economic impact of repealing the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which raises the salary level for exemption from $23,660 a year to $47,476, thereby making about 4 million employees newly eligible for overtime pay and strengthening the right to overtime pay for about 8.5 million more.
News from EPI › Repealing the overtime rule will lower salaries of working class Americans and increase inequality
November 14, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Press ReleasesThe latest CBO analysis of the impending update to the overtime rule concludes that repealing the rule change would increase inequality, lower the incomes and increase the hours of almost a million workers, and do nothing to increase employment.
October 25, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogLabor mobility is fundamental to the ability to earn good wages. The improvement in incomes and living standards over the centuries is tied tightly to the growing ability of workers to quit the job they have and take another.
October 14, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogOne of President Obama’s most important contributions to better pay and working conditions in the United States is his executive order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, which he issued two years ago and is finally taking effect this month.
September 27, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Press ReleasesThe middle class is set to get a raise on December 1, when the updated overtime pay rule goes into effect—giving working people more free time, more money in their wallets, or both.
September 20, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Press ReleasesToday, the Chamber of Commerce and several states, including Texas, filed two different suits attempting to gut the Department of Labor’s updated overtime pay rules, which will restore a guarantee of overtime pay to more than 12 million salaried employees.
August 24, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe final rule implementing President Obama’s executive order on fair pay and safe workplaces has been issued, along with guidance from the Department of Labor.
August 18, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe Department of Labor has issued an update to its overtime rules that will bring an additional 12.5 million salaried employees under the exemption threshold, the level below which they are guaranteed overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week, regardless of their job title or duties.
July 11, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogGretchen Carlson is boldly fighting the latest technique employers are using to avoid justice, to get away with sex or race discrimination, and to escape lawsuits for wage theft—putting binding arbitration clauses in employment contracts, which keeps cases out of the state and federal courts and push them into private dispute resolution systems that systematically favor employers.
July 6, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Economic SnapshotIt’s internship season and offices across the country are filled with interns trying to make a good impression. Do internships lead to jobs?
June 23, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | TestimonyThank you for inviting me to testify today. I am Ross Eisenbrey, the vice president of the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.
June 15, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogRep. Phil Roe claims that the new Department of Labor overtime rule will add $9 million in new costs for the University of Tennessee. This is less than half of 1 percent of the annual budget, yet Rep. Roe claims this will force a 2 percent tuition increase. That does not add up.
Universities oppose paying their postdocs overtime, but will pay football coaches millions of dollars
May 25, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe priorities of our top universities, which routinely pay more than a million dollars to a football coach while starving the best-educated scientists in the world, are clearly wrong. They should be ashamed to be fighting a rule that will provide modest compensation for their employees’ long hours.
May 23, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogBusiness groups that oppose the new rule claim that salaried employees will lose important work schedule flexibility when they become eligible for overtime pay. But the evidence shows this fear is unfounded, and, in fact, salaried workers who earn less than $50,000 a year currently have barely more flexibility at work than hourly paid employees.
May 19, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Economic SnapshotRaising the overtime salary threshold to $47,476 means 6.5 million millennials, or 4.5 million more than were covered, will directly benefit, with most of them gaining new rights to overtime eligibility.
May 17, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Press ReleasesBy restoring and strengthening working people’s right to overtime pay, the Department of Labor is protecting millions of Americans from overwork, and making sure they get paid their fair share when they do work more than 40 hours in a week.
May 17, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogTomorrow, the Vice President is expected to announce the U.S. Department of Labor’s issuance of the final rule on overtime for salaried employees.
May 11, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | TestimonyThank you for inviting me to testify today. My name is Ross Eisenbrey, and I am the vice president of the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.
May 6, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Economic SnapshotPostdoctoral researchers (postdocs) are highly educated researchers who have completed rigorous Ph.D. programs, but they are often paid low wages and work long hours. The good news is that the Department of Labor’s restored overtime rule would guarantee anyone earning up to $50,000 the right to earn overtime pay—including postdocs, who will likely get a raise to put them above the new salary threshold or start receiving overtime pay.