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#FLSA Changes: How to Tell Employees They’re Moving from Salary to Hourly

A few weeks ago, I answered a question from a reader about converting from salary to hourly status as a result of the upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA.) It occurred to me after I published the post that there might be organizations that are postponing or struggling with these conversations. Show More Summary

Department of Labor Violates its Own Rule, Pays $7M

If you don't think overtime compliance is a pressing issue for your company, you might want to reconsider. As it turns out, taking overtime for granted is a luxury that not even the US Department of Labor (DOL) itself can afford, according to its recent $7M settlement. Show More Summary

Are water births safe? More hospitals scaling back programs

Women seeking water births can labor in tubs and immersion pools, but should get out of the water when it's time to deliver.

South Florida a focus of Obama human-trafficking initiative

Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a White House meeting Monday of a high-level task force set up by President Barack Obama in 2012 to combat forced labor and prostitution. … Click to Continue »

Syrian refugee children could be making your clothes

Child labor is unfortunately nothing new when it comes to clothing manufacturing. Many low-cost brands are produced in third-world countries by underage kids in factories with dubious safety and environmental … Click to Continue »

UFC lightweight fired after refusing to fight injured

Labor laws? As if! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will only allow super popular fighters (like this guy) to withdraw from their mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts. The rest of the roster will be forced to fight — injured, if need be...Show More Summary

SEALS Discussion Panel on Graduate Students as Employees

Among the several labor and employment topics at next year’s SEALS meeting, we are organizing a discussion panel on graduate students and research assistants recent classification as employees under the NLRA. Please let Jeff Hirsch ( know if you’re interested...

Water soak fine for labor but not birth, doctors advise

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(Reuters Health) - Water deliveries have no proven benefits for mothers and may lead to serious health problems for babies, U.S. doctors advise.

Clinton Has Finally Achieved Obama-Level Support Among Young Voters

After laboring for months to appeal to young voters, Hillary Clinton appears to have reached the same level of support among millennials that President Barack Obama had in 2012. But even that good news comes with troubling new evidence:...Show More Summary

How Democrats Dominate Early Voting in Nevada

Washington Post: “Katy Perry’s glamor, Tom Steyer’s money, Univision’s megaphone and organized labor’s muscle, along with a late assist from Barack Obama, each helped lubricate Harry Reid’s well-oiled political machine over the past 48 hours.” “The media tends to focus [...]

Women Who Opt for Laughing Gas During Labor May Still Get an Epidural, Study Shows

The majority of women who chose nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to manage labor pain, ultimately decide to have an epidural, according to new research presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY(r) 2016 annual meeting. Researchers found nitrous oxide provided limited pain relief, with patients reporting no change in average pain scores after its use.

Holiday Hiring Is Early and Strong This Year

Here's some good news on the employment front: Retailers geared up to hire holiday-season workers in August this year, an unusually early start showing how competition has intensified for temporary help in a tight labor market....Companies and analysts say a number of trends are converging. Show More Summary

WSJ: "Retailers Rushed to Hire for Holidays"

From the Eric Morath at the WSJ: Retailers Rushed to Hire for Holidays, a Sign of Tight Labor MarketRetailers geared up to hire holiday-season workers in August this year, an unusually early start showing how competition has intensified...Show More Summary

How Are Firms Preparing for the DOL's New Fiduciary Rules?

In April, the Department of Labor finalized rules for financial advisors handling retirement accounts, requiring, for the first time, that broker-dealers and financial advisors act in the best interests of their clients. Choosing suitable investments will no longer be enough; there's now a fiduciary duty to "put the customer......

Here's every US state's September unemployment rate

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its estimates for each US state's September unemployment rate on Friday. According to the press release for the report, seven states had a statistically significant decline in unemployment from August to September, with just one state (New York) seeing a small increase. Show More Summary

Wisniewski sends out first fundraising email for possible Governor’s race

So, at the top, a disclosure. The governor’s race is going to be complicated on my end. Phil Murphy’s strategic capturing of county chair and labor endorsements has already cleared the field of the two titans Sweeney and Fulop. I...Read more

13th – The Must-See Documentary That Examines Modern Day American Slavery

Despite what you may believe, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution never ended slavery. It simply morphed the institution into a more palatable reincarnation that continues to this day to profit off the labor of people of color. That’s the argument deftly crafted by award-winning director Ava DuVernay in her new film 13th, available on Keep Reading ?

The Voice Actor Strike Is a Powder Keg for Video Game Industry Labor Issues

"We can’t reward one set of people and not take into account 99 percent of other people who don’t have that kind of that compensation. It’s not fair to the vast majority."

Politics, Influence And American Health

From NVIC's The Vaccine Reaction: Most of the money that flows through the political system in America originates from special interest groups. Corporations, industry groups, labor unions and single-issue organizations spend billions of dollars each year on campaign contributions and...

Burch for Speaker; Ramsay, Stephen-Smith to join ministry

Labor caucus has voted unanimously that former Education Minister Joy Burch (top) will be their pick for Speaker in the new Legislative Assembly, that Yvette Berry will serve as Deputy Labor Leader under Chief Minister Andrew Barr and that new MLAs Gordon Ramsay and Rachel Stephen-Smith will join cabinet. Meegan Fitzharris and Mick Gentleman will […]

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