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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Fair Pay & Benefits

Minimum Wage

The 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) first established a federal minimum wage, on the belief that an honest day's work deserves a decent wage. The most recent increase in the minimum wage was signed into law in 1996, raising the minimum wage to $5.15/hour. At this level, a full-time worker making minimum wage today earns only $10,700 a year - $2,900 below the poverty level for a family of three. It is important that the nation move toward guaranteeing a living wage for all workers. A significant increase in the minimum wage, which has not kept up with inflation, is necessary to help those in entry-level jobs move towards self-sufficiency.

Overtime Pay

In 2004, changes to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations took away the right of as many as six million workers to collect overtime pay.

Leave

Unemployment Insurance

Day Laborers

Workplace Safety

Under the Clinton Administration, the Occupational, Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implemented new ergonomic standards intended to reduce workplace injuries.  The rule also intended to address musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as carpal tunnel syndrome and back injuries in the workplace. The Bush Administration weakened the standards considerably by making compliance by employers wholly voluntary. 

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