Overtime Ruling Is Wrong on the Precedent, as Well as the Facts

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By Ross Eisenbrey, Economic Policy Institute Judge Amos Mazzant, the judge who blocked enforcement of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, said many things that aren’t true in his opinion, including misstatements of historical fact such as when a minimum salary for exemption was first...
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With or Without the Clean Power Plan, It’s Up to the States to Transition to Clean Energy

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By Alice Kaswan, Center for Progressive Reform Environmentalists are understandably wringing their hands over the likely post-election demise of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, which are the nation’s single...
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Latest Data on Nursing Assistant Injuries Highlights the Need for Stronger Safeguards

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By Emily Gardner, Public Citizen New U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on worker injuries shows that nursing assistants remain at high risk of workplace injuries, despite an overall decline in worker injuries across industries in 2015.  Last year, these workers had among the highest...
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A Glimmer of Good News for the Climate: EPA Affirms Fuel Efficiency Standards

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists On Wednesday, the EPA proposed maintaining its global warming emissions standards for passenger vehicles out to 2025. These standards were finalized in 2012 to protect public health, reduce global warming emissions and fossil fuel use, and save...
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EPA OIG Report on Flint: What Could Have Been

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By Henry Henderson, Natural Resources Defense Council The Office of the Inspector General of the EPA took a hard look at the Agency’s efforts in the Flint, Michigan long lasting water crisis and concluded that agency officials should have intervened months earlier than they did to alleviate the...
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