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Congress Introduces Legislation to Raise Federal Minimum Wage

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sens. Bernie Sanders, I. Vt., and Patty Murray, D. Wash., and Reps. Bobby Scott, D. Va., and Keith Ellison, D. Minn., on Thursday introduced the Raise The Wage Act of 2017, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024, gradually eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped working people, and sunset … Read More

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Obama Administration Takes Action on Paid Sick Leave, Fair Pay

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Obama administration this week announced two new actions to advance paid sick leave and fair pay for American workers. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Labor finalized its rule to implement an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide employees with up to seven days of paid sick leave per year – an order … Read More

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Census Bureau Releases New Poverty, Income Data

Friday, September 16, 2016

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau released new poverty and income data for 2015 that show an increase in median household income, a decrease in the official poverty rate, and a decline in the number of people without health insurance. As the bureau notes, “This is the first annual increase in median household income since … Read More

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Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime Rule

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Wednesday announced a final rule to update overtime protections for American families that will raise the salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. The rule – which goes into effect on December 1, 2016 – is the first comprehensive update to the nation’s overtime rules since the … Read More

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DOL Announces New Rules to Implement Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

Friday, February 26, 2016

Secretary of Labor Tom Perez this week announced new rules to implement President Obama’s Executive Order 13706 to establish paid sick leave for federal contractors – which Obama signed last year on Labor Day. The order requires employers that contract with the federal government to provide their employees with up to seven days of paid … Read More

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