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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 24, 2016 | By Katherine V.W. Stone | BlogThe recent settlements in the California Uber litigation demonstrate the perils of mandatory arbitration for our entire framework for regulating employment.
May 23, 2016 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogSimply put, if the racial concentration of students had been entirely unchanged from 2001 to 2014, the share of schools that had high percentages of poor and black or Hispanic students would still have grown, solely because of a growth in family poverty or near-poverty.
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 20, 2016 | By Will Kimball | State Jobs PictureThe decline of unemployment rates across most of the country has been decelerating, with fewer states seeing their unemployment rates drop—much like how the national unemployment rate has stalled at 5.0 percent. In April 2016, the U.S. economy added just 160,000 jobs, the smallest gain since September 2015. California and Florida made up over three-fifths of those jobs gained in April.
May 20, 2016 | By Elaine Weiss | BlogJoplin, Missouri, a small city in the Southwest corner of the state, is probably best known for the devastating tornado that ripped through it on May 22, 2011. The storm killed 161 people and caused more than $2 billion in damages. Less well known is the widespread and growing poverty that is damaging the community—especially its students and schools—in quieter but no less harmful ways. But Joplin has begun to rebound, and the rest of the country should take note.
May 20, 2016 | By Josh Bivens | BlogWeak data had convinced many that the Federal Reserve was unlikely to raise interest rates in June, but in recent days multiple Fed policymakers have suggested that an increase should be on the table in the near future. What’s unclear is why.
May 19, 2016 | By Robert E. Scott | BlogYesterday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released a long-awaited report on the projected economic impacts of the TPP agreement. The report is remarkable for its frank estimates of the costs of the agreement, and the minimal benefits it identifies.
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 | Fact SheetThe Department of Labor raised the salary threshold below which all workers are eligible for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476.
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 | Fact SheetThe new overtime pay law significantly increases the number of people who qualify for time-and-a-half pay for any hours they work beyond 40 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.
State unemployment rates by race and ethnicity at the start of 2016 show a plodding recovery, with some states continuing to lag behind
May 17, 2016 | By Valerie Wilson | Economic IndicatorsWhile about half the states in the nation have returned to their respective pre-recession unemployment rates, conditions vary greatly across states and across racial and ethnic groups.
Outsourcers top the list of companies seeking high-skilled guestworkers in Silicon Valley and across California: Snapshot analysis of California H-1B visa use
May 16, 2016 | Fact SheetBy Jobs With Justice and the Economic Policy Institute New analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data suggests that the leading users of the H-1B high-skilled guestworker visa program in Silicon Valley, and across California, are companies that essentially act as temporary staffing agencies.
May 13, 2016 | By Hunter Blair | BlogThe only details Donald Trump has committed to when it comes to taxes show that he intends to hand out massive tax cuts to the rich.
May 12, 2016 | By Elise Gould | Economic SnapshotIt is well-known that high quality child care is out of reach for working families in the United States. If we capped child care costs for families at 10 percent of their income, families across the nation would see significant and much-needed savings.
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 10, 2016 | By Elise Gould | BlogOn the heels of last week’s latest disappointing jobs numbers, today’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report, unsurprisingly, shows little improvement in the labor market. In March, overall job openings rose slightly, while the number of people hired decreased.
May 9, 2016 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogHousing segregation undergirds many of the nation’s seemingly intractable racial inequities. Federal courts may be starting to notice.
May 6, 2016 | By Elise Gould | BlogThis morning’s employment situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the economy added 160,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate held steady at 5.0 percent, while the labor force participation rate (LFPR) and the employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) ticked down.
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.
News from EPI › Disappointing job growth and a dip in labor force participation are not good signs for working people
May 6, 2016 | By Elise Gould | Economic IndicatorsThis morning’s employment situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the economy added 160,000 jobs in April, which is notably slower than recent months.
May 5, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe White House released a report this morning that illuminates another part of the complex problem of stagnating wages—the rise of non-compete agreements and their spread to low-wage employment.