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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families' news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Restoring Lost Overtime Protection Should Be Simple

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President Barack Obama’s proposal to restore overtime protections that workers have lost to inflation since 1975 should be a simple matter.

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Who Are the Top 10 Overtime Pay Violators?

Who Are the Top 10 Overtime Pay Violators?

President Obama made it official today, telling the Department of Labor to begin to update overtime eligibility rules to restore overtime protection that salaried workers have lost to inflation since 1975. See our story from yesterday and read the White House fact sheet. While the Department of Labor will update overtime eligibility standards for inflation so law-abiding businesses will know who qualifies for overtime protection, many employers across the country are breaking the law and cheating their workers out of overtime pay.

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Obama Seeks to Restore Overtime Pay for Millions of Workers Denied Under Bush-Era Rules

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In 2004, President George W. Bush, at the urging of business groups, used his executive powers to change overtime eligibility rules and allow businesses to deny overtime for millions of workers. Tomorrow, President Barack Obama is expected to announce that he will direct the Labor Department to update overtime eligibility rules to restore overtime protection that workers have lost to inflation since 1975. 

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Economic News Roundup

Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and Media Matters have released important research about the economy in the past few weeks. Here's a look at some of the key pieces they have uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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What We’re Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

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Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Home Care Workers Win Wage and Overtime Protection

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Nearly 2 million home care workers—the vast majority of whom are women—take care of the elderly and people with disabilities, often working 12-hour days and 60 to 70 hours a week. Now, for the first time since 1975, most of these workers will have the wage and overtime protection of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) under a new rule issued today by the Obama administration’s Department of Labor.   

Since they were exempted from the FLSA nearly four decades ago, home care workers seldom have been paid overtime and their net income is often less than the minimum wage, considering time spent in travel between the homes where they work in a single day and its cost. Unlike workers covered by federal labor laws, they have not been paid for all the hours they are on the clock.

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FLSA Turns 75, Celebrate with a Call to Raise the Minimum Wage

FLSA Turns 75, Celebrate with a Call to Raise the Minimum Wage

Today is the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that set into law a guaranteed minimum wage, established the 40-hour workweek and overtime pay for more than 40 hours, outlawed child labor and set other important employment standards.

Later this morning, the Obama White House will host a celebration of the FLSA with Vice President Joe Biden and a roundtable with workers. The event will be live-streamed beginning at 11 a.m. EDT at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

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House Passes Republican Comp Time Bill, but Likely DOA in Senate

By a near party-line vote, the House yesterday approved a bill, pushed by Republican leadership, that if it ever became law, would mean many workers would work more hours for less pay. By a 223-204 vote, the House passed the so-called Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1406).

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