July 2, 2015 |
Millions of American employees will become eligible for overtime pay under new regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor. "We anticipate that workers, on an annual basis, will get $1.2 to $1.3 billion in their pockets," U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said during a press call Tuesday. "Other workers," he said, "will have the gift of time. " Perez said the new regulations will particularly apply to salaried low-level managers and supervisors, many of whom, he said, regularly work more than 40 hours - "the manager who was working 20 hours for free under the current rule.
April 1, 2015 |
Other than a dismissive sound bite from Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who said he is "working overtime" on new overtime rules, there hasn't been much news on an initiative President Obama deemed important enough to tout in his State of the Union address. Earlier, the administration said new rules making more workers eligible for overtime would be announced by February. Then officials said they would be ready in March, and then in the first quarter, which ends today. Now Perez is just sound-biting his way out of setting another deadline.
December 11, 2014 |
More than half the states have raised their minimum wages above the federal rate, while the richest 1 percent have consumed an increasing share of income growth. But little has been done to prop up the stagnant wages of the middle class, whose real wealth is lower than in 1969. It's no coincidence that middle-class incomes have barely improved since the federal government began letting overtime standards lapse in the 1970s. Back then, more than 65 percent of Americans were required to be paid at the overtime rate - 1 1/2 times regular pay - for working more than 40 hours a week.
June 29, 2014 |
BROOKLYN - Among the half-dozen Philadelphia composers currently working on operas, the ultra-expressionistic Michael Hersch is the first to see his produced. On the Threshold of Winter was premiered Wednesday in a small-scale production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music by soprano Ah Young Hong and the Nunc contemporary music group - and emerged as something so uncompromising that any future presentation in a traditional opera house is unlikely. Based on Marin Sorescu's 1996 poems written in the weeks before his death from liver cancer, On the Threshold of Winter is a journey into fatal illness that, in Hersch's hands, acknowledges no distance, safe or otherwise, between a listener and the suffering protagonist.
March 20, 2014
LAST WEEK, President Obama ordered the Department of Labor to revise regulations determining which workers qualify for federal overtime protections, a move that was presented as a way to increase income for some lower-wage workers. It's not. In reality, it's a matter of basic fairness. The issue begins with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which established the national minimum wage for most workers and guaranteed overtime pay for more than 40 hours of work a week. But the law also allowed overtime exemptions to be set by the Labor Department, based on the nature of the worker's duties and the worker's salary, the presumption being that higher salaries denoted higher-status administrative workers who did not need the same protections as lower-wage production workers (an arguable point)
April 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK - More than half a million U.S. children are now believed to have lead poisoning, roughly twice the previous high estimate, health officials reported Thursday. The increase is the result of the government last year lowering the threshold for lead poisoning, so now more children are considered at risk. Too much lead can harm developing brains and can mean a lower IQ. Lead poisoning used to be a much larger concern in the United States, but has declined as lead was removed from paint and gasoline and other sources.
December 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Signaling new movement in fiscal cliff talks, House Speaker John A. Boehner has proposed raising the top rate for earners making more than $1 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. President Obama, who wants higher top rates for households earning more than $250,000, has not accepted the offer, this person said. The proposal, however, indicated progress in talks that had appeared stalled. The person would only discuss the plan on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.
July 13, 2012
A story in some editions Wednesday incorrectly reported the income threshold for property-tax rebate credits for non-senior, non-disabled homeowners under a Democratic-supported bill vetoed by Gov. Christie. The threshold would have been $100,000. The information was incorrectly reported by the Associated Press. A story Thursday gave the wrong date for an accident in West Goshen Township involving Sean Owen O'Neill. He crashed his car into the garage of a house Nov. 24, 2011.
April 7, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - The $50 million closer yelled, slapped the right hand of the $9 million catcher and pointed at the $18 million third baseman. A win for the $60 million pitcher had been preserved, and another Phillies opening day was complete. Life as spending kings of the National League produces a scene like such: The Phillies, lugging $38 million in 2012 salary on the disabled list, defeated a Pittsburgh Pirates team with a $54 million total payroll. The Phillies will outspend every team in the NL once again, with the next-closest team being about $50 million shy of their payroll.