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Jobs & Economy

Reducing high unemployment and supporting economic policies that address the needs of lower-income and minority communities are top civil and human rights priorities.

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Obama Administration Takes Action on Paid Sick Leave, Fair Pay

September 30, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Obama administration this week announced two new actions to advance paid sick leave and fair pay for American workers.

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Census Bureau Releases New Poverty, Income Data

September 16, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau released new poverty and income data for 2015 that show an increase in median household income, a decrease in the official poverty rate, and a decline in the number of people without health insurance. As the bureau notes, “This is the first annual increase in median household income since 2007, the year before the most recent recession.”

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Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime Rule

May 19, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Wednesday announced a final rule to update overtime protections for American families that will raise the salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. The rule – which goes into effect on December 1, 2016 – is the first comprehensive update to the nation’s overtime rules since the 1970s.

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DOL Announces New Rules to Implement Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

February 26, 2016 - Posted by Hope Kroll

Secretary of Labor Tom Perez this week announced new rules to implement President Obama’s Executive Order 13706 to establish paid sick leave for federal contractors – which Obama signed last year on Labor Day.

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Obama Takes Important Step Toward Opening Employment Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated People

November 2, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

In Newark, N.J., on Monday, President Obama announced a series of measures designed to help the re-entry process for formerly incarcerated people.

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Census Data Show Inequality, Racial Disparities Persist

September 18, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau released new poverty and income data for 2014 that show no statistically significant movement from 2013 figures. It’s the fourth year in a row that the official poverty rate, and the third year in a row that median household income, has not significantly changed.

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Congress Reintroduces Bill to Protect Pregnant Workers

June 10, 2015 - Posted by Hunter Davis

On June 4, Sen. Bob Casey, D. Pa., reintroduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act, this bill would require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers – provided that doing so would not be an undue hardship. It would also prevent employers from discriminating against pregnant women in the hiring process.

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Senate Passes Budget Resolution Harmful to Vulnerable Communities

May 6, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On May 6, the U.S. Senate voted 51-48 to approve a budget resolution that slashes funding for vulnerable Americans, underfunds transportation and education, and harms long-term economic growth.

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Congress Introduces Bill to Raise the Minimum Wage

April 30, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On April 30, lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 per hour by 2020. The bill would especially help women, African Americans, Latinos, and other historically underserved populations who are disproportionately represented in minimum wage jobs.

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Proposed Rule Would Help Protect Employees from Sex Discrimination

April 15, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On April 2, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights submitted comments to the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) expressing strong support for its proposal to update sex discrimination rules for federal contractors and subcontractors.

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Plans for Job Creation

The United States is experiencing its worst jobs crisis since the Great Depression. More than 12 million Americans—our family, friends, and neighbors—are out of work. This national crisis demands a bold plan to put people back to work.

  • Prosperity Economics:Building an Economy for All is a bold new paper that provides a comprehensive blueprint to grow our nation’seconomy, strengthen our economic security, and rescue our democracy from powerful special interests.
  • The Economic Policy Institute proposes the American Jobs Plan, a plan that would create at least 4.6 million jobs in one year

  • The AFL-CIO has a five-point plan for immediate job creation includes increasing aid to state and local governments to prevent layoffs and maintain vital services, and creating jobs by repairing and building infrastructure.

  • The Community Jobs Program developed by the Center for Community Change puts $40 billion in federal investment to work rebuilding communities and restoring dignity to families.

  • The National Urban League 6-Point Plan for Job Creation directly addresses the dire need for jobs, job training, business investment and homeowner interventions in urban communities across the country experiencing chronic rates of unemployment.

Source: Jobs4AmericaNow.org

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