Across America, working families are dedicated to the economic advancement to promote fairness in the workplace and establish policies that help men and women meet the dual demands of work and family. Yet all too often, workers who attempt to join unions, assert other rights in the workplace, or file complaints with protection or civil rights agencies face employer threats, retaliation and discrimination.
Other issues affecting the well-being of working Americans include tax cuts, bankruptcy reform, and the minimum wage.
May 25, 2017 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
Sens. Bernie Sanders, I. Vt., and Patty Murray, D. Wash., and Reps. Bobby Scott, D. Va., and Keith Ellison, D. Minn., on Thursday introduced the Raise The Wage Act of 2017, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024, gradually eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped working people, and sunset the ability of employers to pay working people with a disability a subminimum wage. It would also index the minimum wage to median wages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 18, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that discrimination against transgender people will be protected moving forward by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act’s sex discrimination prohibition.
December 9, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on December 3 announced a final rule to protect LGBT federal contractors, which will implement an executive order signed by President Obama in July. The rule will go into effect 120 days from Friday, December 6, when it was published in the Federal Register.
November 23, 2014 - Posted by Julie Faust
As part of its goal to cut poverty in half in ten years, Half in Ten released its annual poverty and inequality indicators report at an event at the Center for American Progress on November 17 featuring Sister Simone Campbell of the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign.
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