Posts Tagged Fair Labor Standards Act

The overtime pay that workers deserve

The overtime pay that workers deserve

Letters to the Editor, The Washington Post, July 3, 2015 Regarding the July 1 Economy & Business article “Employers fear Obama’s overtime plan may go too far”: Employers sometimes try to flout overtime laws by calling employees managers even if they perform routine work, such as stocking shelves. Workers should know, though, that just being called a manager does not deprive them of their rights to overtime. Federal labor laws require that employees who are denied overtime because they are “managers” have primarily management duties, such as overseeing the work of at least two employees and having the authority to hire […]

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How Unions Improve the Lives of Every Worker

How Unions Improve the Lives of Every Worker

Laura Reyes, Huffington Post, June 23, 2015 It’s well established that union members earn substantially more than nonunion workers ($207 more a week), and are more likely to have health care coverage and solid pensions. What is less well known are the advantages that unions provide for all workers, not just those who belong to unions. It’s a fact: We’ve been creating pathways to the middle class for American workers for more than a century. Not only in the higher pay that all workers get – whether they’re union or not – in areas where unions are strong. But also […]

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Judges weigh minimum wage, overtime rules for home care providers

Judges weigh minimum wage, overtime rules for home care providers

by Lydia Wheeler for The Hill, May 7, 2015 Two of the three judges on a powerful federal court appeared sympathetic to the Department of Labor’s push to make home care providers of third-party employers eligible for minimum wage and overtime pay during oral arguments on Thursday. At issue are workers who serve as aides for the elderly and disabled at home. While they are not providing healthcare, Judge Cornelia Pillard, of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, suggested they should be treated as other professionals. “It was the intent of Congress to give wage and labor protections to people […]

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Homecare and domestic workers – A history of people power

Homecare and domestic workers – A history of people power

Domestic work in America has long been seen as the work of women and people of color, and has not been treated as a valuable, intrinsic part of the American workforce. Our government’s failure to understand the essential role domestic workers play in our society — whether we are homecare workers, nannies, or housecleaners — has led to a decades-long denial of basic labor rights to homecare providers and all in-home workers. But we’ve never let that stop us. In fact, in-home workers have a rich history that dates back to the origins of today’s labor movement. In Atlanta in […]

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With new protections tied up in the courts, home health care workers aren’t waiting around

With new protections tied up in the courts, home health care workers aren't waiting around

From New York to California, domestic workers are fighting to make new rights a reality.  Rachel M. Cohen, The American Prospect – April 3, 2015 Almost two years after the Obama administration extended historic labor protections to the nation’s 1.79 million home healthcare workers, those new rights remain in limbo. In September 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced plans to amend a longstanding regulation that has excluded them from earning the federal minimum wage, overtime pay, and compensation for travel on the job. For home healthcare workers in the United States—a group that is nearly 90 percent female—this move […]

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