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HELP Committee Should Ask Acosta for Commitments to the DOL Mission

Ahead of Wednesday’s confirmation hearing for Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor, workers and workers’ advocates have been vocal about their concerns with his appointment. Workplace Fairness, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, among others, are seeking assurances from Mr. Acosta about how he intends to protect workers and […]

Unforeseen impacts of the fair trade movement

Fair trade certified coffee is the kind of phrase that sounds good on a Whole Foods shelf, the type of marketing that merges first world affluence with third world resource. For the average consumer, it implies fairness in labor and wealth, the idea that small producers profit directly from the products and goods they produce.

Trump Labor Department has a message to employers: Workplace safety? Not a priority.

Donald Trump’s Labor Department is sending employers a message that it’s open season on worker safety—by cutting off public messages about enforcement of worker safety rules. What Fair Warning noticed 10 days ago is still going on today: In a sharp break with the past, the department has stopped publicizing fines against companies. As of Monday, seven weeks after […]

This week in the war on workers: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces? Not under Republican rule.

President Obama instituted the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule to make it harder for companies with egregious labor law violations to get government contracts. You can guess what’s happening now, right? Republicans don’t think labor...Show More Summary

Minimum Wage Massacre - Wendy's Unleashes 1,000 Robots To Counter Higher Labor Costs

In yet another awkwardly rational response to government intervention in deciding what's "fair", the blowback from minimum wage demanding fast food workers has struck again. Wendy's plans to install self-ordering kiosks in 1,000 of its...Show More Summary

Workplace Fairness Applauds the Withdrawal of Andrew Puzder’s Nomination for Labor Secretary

Along with hundreds of workers rights organizations and millions of workers (whether they realized it or not!) Workplace Fairness is applauding the withdrawal this afternoon of Andrew Puzder’s nomination as Secretary of Labor. Puzder...Show More Summary

Rollback of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order is ‘opening salvo of the war on workers’

Not violating federal labor law seems like a commonsense precursor for being awarded lucrative federal contracts. House Republicans, however, disagree.

SAPVoice: How High-Tech Leads to More Fair Hiring Practices

2 months agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

Competition for talent in the labor market is fierce, which makes it even more important to invest in training, tools and technology to support your hiring and retention of a diverse employee base.

The Government's 11th-Hour Push for Fair Pay

In the waning hours of the Obama administration, the U.S. Labor Department has filed suits against federal contractors Oracle and J.P. Morgan Chase alleging that some employees weren’t paid fairly.

Will I ever get paid overtime? Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), established in 1938, is a federal law that regulates overtime pay, minimum wage, child labor, and recordkeeping. This past Spring, the U.S. Department of Labor approved a proposal to increase the salary threshold to qualify for FLSA standards, meaning anyone working full-time and making less than $47,476 will qualify […]

EMPLOYMENT: Some Blue-Collar Workers Probably Shouldn’t Do Pink Jobs. Why can’t a woman be mor…

EMPLOYMENT: Some Blue-Collar Workers Probably Shouldn’t Do Pink Jobs. Why can’t a woman be more like a man? Henry Higgins demands to know in “My Fair Lady.” These days, labor economists are asking the opposite question: Why can’t a man be more like a woman? The decline of traditionally male blue-collar work like manufacturing has […]

US unemployment claims plunge by 28,000

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

US initial claims for unemployment insurance plunged in the final week of 2016, while private-sector firms hired at a slower pace in December, according to two reports Thursday. The new data gave a fairly upbeat picture of the labor market just a day before the release of the closely watched US...

19 States Set to Raise the Minimum Wage in New Year

3 months agoNews : Slate: The Slatest

The Trump administration appears poised to try to roll back any gains that have been made in paying low income Americans more fairly—a prospect accentuated by Trump’s selection of fast food exec Andrew Puzder as his Labor Secretary—but...Show More Summary

Obama praises Labor Secretary Perez, who's weighing DNC bid

Though he withheld a formal endorsement, Obama made his views fairly clear on which candidate he prefers to take over the helm of the Democratic Party's last bastion of power in Washington. Ellison has attracted support from Vermont Sen. Show More Summary

Hansae Vietnam: Case study of hazardous working conditions and the failure of corporate social responsibility audits to fix the hazards

New investigations by the Workers Rights Consortium and the Fair Labor Association reveal sweatshop operations in Vietnam by a major Korean factory operator. The garments produced are sold by dozens of international clothing brands. The sweatshops exist despite "audits" by the $80 billion global "corporate responsibility industry."

'A Fair Price,' a Short Story by Joshua Ferris

3 months agoNews : Vice News

A man heading into adulthood and marriage hires a day laborer to help him move his things out of storage. But the day laborer bears a resemblance to the young man's abusive stepfather, and miscommunications between the two escalate to violence.

Holiday season is a tough time for low-wage federal contractors

’Tis the season to be jolly. But not for everyone. Happiness is a lot easier for those paid a fair wage, which apparently is not what many federal contractor employees get. In a complaint filed Monday with the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) said the Lionel Henderson Corp. […]

White-Collar Overtime Rule Delayed: What Business Owners Need To Know

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg A federal judge in Texas has dealt a critical blow to the Department of Labor’s planned change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulation, better known as the white-collar overtime provision. The sweeping change – which was expected to go into effect on December 1 – [...]

The New Overtime Rule May Still Be Upon Us: Are You (and Your Employees Ready)?

Today was supposed to be the day the Fair Labor Standards Act’s new overtime rule went into effect. But a judge’s injunction issued last week means no change for the tens of thousands of businesses and millions of employees that...

Puzzling through overtime rules after judge's denial of pay expansion

About 4 million additional Americans were set to qualify for overtime pay under a new federal rule. But a federal judge has blocked the rule from going into effect Thursday as planned. The change under the Fair Labor Standards Act would have doubled the annual salary threshold — to $47,476 from...

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