What the New Proposed Overtime Rules Mean for Workers

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By Ross Eisenbrey, Economic Policy Institute In 2014, President Obama directed the Department of Labor to update the threshold under which all workers are eligible for overtime pay. Today, the Department of Labor announced that it will raise the overtime salary threshold from $23,660 to $50,440...
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Majority of Workers Who Will Benefit from Updated Overtime Rules are Women

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By Caroline Fredrickson, Economic Policy Institute A lot has changed since 1975. The Soviet Union collapsed, we fought (and are fighting still) several wars in the Middle East, same-sex marriage is now legal across the United States, we have our first African-American President, we have the...
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The Supreme Court Gives Power Plants a Mercury Break

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By Thomas McGarity, Center for Progressive Reform Yesterday, the Supreme Court in Michigan v. EPA threw out EPA’s regulations protecting the American public from mercury and other hazardous emissions of power plants. In another instance of judicial activism by the Roberts court, the majority...
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Bad Policies Should Not Get a Free “Ride” on Spending Bills

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By Celia Wexler, Union of Concerned Scientists I try hard not to be cynical about Congress. I believe that in the House and Senate, many men and women of good will and their staffs work hard to advance policies that they believe will benefit the people they represent. Our elected...
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Industry-Sponsored Poll Findings Demonstrate the Importance of Question Wording

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By Grace McRae, Sierra Club Last week, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released partial results of a poll they commissioned to gauge public opinion about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new ozone standards. The headline of their press release, “More Americans...
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