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April 28, 2017 | EventsJoin the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and National Employment Law Project (NELP) for a Worker Memorial Day panel on April 28th at 11:00 a.m.
April 27, 2017 | By Marni von Wilpert | BlogApril 28 is Workers’ Memorial Day—an international day of remembrance for workers killed, disabled, or sickened by their work.
Testimony before the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the House Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs: China’s Technological Rise—Challenges to U.S. Innovation and Security
April 26, 2017 | By Robert E. Scott | TestimonyI’d like to thank Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Sherman for their invitation to testify, and all Members of the Committee.
April 26, 2017 | By David Cooper | ReportGradually raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 would directly lift the wages of 22.5 million workers and directly or indirectly lift wages for 41.5 million workers, nearly 30 percent of all U.S. workers. The workers who would receive a pay increase are overwhelmingly adult workers, most of whom work full time in regular jobs, often to support a family.
April 26, 2017 | Fact SheetThe federal minimum wage is just $7.25 and has not increased since 2009. The Raise the Wage Act of 2017 would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024.
April 21, 2017 | By Janelle Jones | State Jobs PictureThe March State and Regional Employment report, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed most states continuing their trajectory toward recovery.
Principles for the upcoming tax reform debate: Reject tax cuts for the rich and fear-mongering about deficits
April 20, 2017 | By Josh Bivens | Policy MemoProgressives won (or least witnessed) a key first victory when efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) collapsed. The next policy battle will be over tax reform.
April 19, 2017 | By Daniel Costa | VideoEPI’s Daniel Costa appeared on PBS News Hour to discuss President Trump’s executive order targeting H-1B guest worker visa and how the current visa system is being abused by employers.
April 19, 2017 | By Marni von Wilpert | TestimonyEPI’s Marni von Wilpert delivered the following testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
April 19, 2017 | By Gordon Lafer | Economic SnapshotOften, when politicians or corporate lobbyists attack public employees, they claim they’re acting to help hard-working taxpayers in the nonunion private sector who are suffering under the burden of supposedly fat and lazy government workers and their Cadillac pensions.
April 18, 2017 | EventsOn Tuesday, April 18th, the Economic Policy Institute will host John Judis as he presents his new book, The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics.
Likeliest outcome of tax reform is a deficit-financed tax cut for the rich that will expire in a decade
April 18, 2017 | By Hunter Blair | BlogThe outcome of tax reform seems pretty clear: deficit-financed, regressive tax cuts that get crammed through the reconciliation process but expire in 10 years, creating another “fiscal cliff” for future policymakers to deal with.
April 17, 2017 | By Heidi Shierholz | TestimonyOffice of Regulations and Interpretations Employee Benefits Security Administration Room N-5655 U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, D.C.
April 14, 2017 | By Robert E. Scott | BlogFor Trump to casually walk away from the most useful tool to begin the process of realigning the U.S. dollar to allow American manufacturers to compete on a level playing field is a stunning rejection of working Americans and communities who rely on the jobs provided by a strong manufacturing sector.
April 13, 2017 | By Philip Martin | BlogThe H-2A visa program allows farmers anticipating shortages of U.S. seasonal workers to be certified by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to recruit and employ foreign workers with temporary, nonimmigrant visas.
April 13, 2017 | By Hunter Blair | Economic SnapshotTax season in 2017 coincides with the next item on President Trump and congressional Republicans’ legislative agenda—tax reform. As we’ve argued previously, we’re unlikely to see anything resembling 1986-style “tax reform,” which—whatever its flaw—really was a bipartisan effort to find efficiencies that could be introduced into the tax code, and which was revenue-neutral.
April 12, 2017 | By Jordan Barab | BlogThis article was originally posted on Confined Space. The fact that most OSHA chemical standards are old, outdated and don’t protect workers very well is something that government, labor and industry can generally agree on.
April 11, 2017 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogUnder current law, employers can give workers time off—paid or unpaid—whenever they want to, for any reason. They can, for example, reward employees who work overtime by giving them unpaid time off at a later date.
April 10, 2017 | By Monique Morrissey | BlogThe New York Times had an article recently about academics and financial advisers who want to bring back a Baroque-era investment vehicle—the tontine—where an annual dividend is split among surviving investors (the Washington Post had a similar story two years ago).
Policy Watch: Amid a busy week, Congress and the president find time to roll back protections for working people
April 7, 2017 | By Celine McNicholas | BlogCongress will begin a two-week recess when the Senate concludes its business today. Leading up to today’s adjournment, the Senate spent much of the week focused on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation.
April 7, 2017 | By Elise Gould | Economic IndicatorsToday’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the economy added 98,000 jobs in March. While this is considerably lower than the past few months, this is likely due in part to seasonal adjustments not capturing the early March winter storms and a mild pullback after February’s strength and unusually mild weather, and it is just enough to keep up with working-age population growth.
What to Watch on Jobs Day: The Fed should keep their foot off the brake and let the economy reach genuine full employment
April 6, 2017 | By Elise Gould | Economic IndicatorsAs we eagerly await the March employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, I’m going to take a few minutes to set the context from the last month and reiterate why it’s so important to let the economy get to full employment.
April 5, 2017 | By Elaine Weiss | BlogFor decades, early childhood education advocates and the scientists, economists, and philanthropists who back them have been waiting for the federal government to step up to the plate and do what’s responsible, moral, and economically wise: make high-quality early childhood education a reality for everyone.
April 5, 2017 | By Daniel Costa | Fact SheetThe H-1B program provides temporary, nonimmigrant U.S. work visas for college-educated workers and fashion models from abroad. While no one can deny the importance of attracting skilled, talented workers to the United States, the reality is that the biggest beneficiaries of the H-1B program are outsourcing companies that have hijacked the system—using between one-third to one-half of the visas—to replace thousands of U.S.
April 5, 2017 | By Heidi Shierholz | BlogOnce again, a bill promoting comp time is being paraded out by congressional Republicans and will be the subject of a hearing in the House this morning.