Posted on 06/09/17 by Michael Shields in Work & Wages
More than 200 Ohio workers were killed on the job in 2015 alone. Nearly 105,000 others were hurt or made sick by exposure to workplace hazards. Workers’ Compensation laws are designed not only to treat injured workers and replace lost wages, but to motivate employers to prevent injuries before they happen. The system is funded by insurance premiums paid by employers in exchange for liability protection from injured worker lawsuits.
But a provision in Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation budget bill (HB 27) – passed by the House and now awaiting confirmation by Senate committee - would undermine that system, put workers at... read more
Posted on 03/28/17 by Hannah Halbert in Work & Wages
Acosta has a history of acting along partisan lines
After the failed nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor, the Trump administration put forward Alexander Acosta, dean of the Florida International University College of Law... read more
Posted on 01/06/17 in Work & Wages
Caught between work and childcare, families with kids under 5 more likely to be poor
Photo from Bureau of Labor Statistics
Expectant parents working in Washington DC had an extra reason to celebrate last month. The City... read more
Posted on 12/20/16 by Amy Hanauer in Work & Wages
The amazing new Race Anthology: Dispatches and artifacts from a segregated city features a comic strip, poetry, interviews and essays, including this essay by Policy Matters Executive Director Amy Hanauer. Written before the election and... read more
Posted on 03/29/16 by Hannah Halbert in Work & Wages
Fair share is fair.
That was the finding of an equally divided U.S. Supreme Court, which today issued a one-sentence decision that upheld nearly 40 years of legal precedent and the right of public sector workers... read more
Posted on 09/16/15 by Hannah Halbert in Work & Wages
Full-time employment has rebounded to pre-recession levels, but new census data shows wages are so low that 1.4 million more workers are living in poverty compared to 2007.
The data released today by the U.S. Census... read more
Posted on 07/10/15 in Work & Wages
No woman should ever have to choose between her job and her pregnancy. But that’s the choice some expectant mothers in Ohio are facing right now.
As a working mom of two young girls, I know... read more
Posted on 06/18/15 in Work & Wages
The wait for a federal increase in the salary level that would require employers to pay overtime appears to be coming to an end.
The change would be good news for millions of workers who are... read more