Sep. 17, 2013

Obama Administration Extends Federal Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections to Nation’s Home Care Wo

Washington, DC—The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the release of long-awaited final rules that extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to two million of our nation’s home care workers.  The National Employment Law Project praised the move, which corrects a decades-old injustice that has fueled poverty-level wages and destabilized an increasingly crucial industry. 

"Home care workers provide crucial in-home care and support for our elderly or disabled family members, friends, and neighbors; yet these workers have struggled to support their own families,” said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project.  “These reforms are a critical step towards improving wages in one of our country’s fastest-growing occupations.  We applaud the Obama administration for keeping its promise to these workers.” 

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FILED UNDER: DOL | Domestic/Homecare Workers | Regulations

Mar. 25, 2013 | Posted by: D. Michael Dale

Department of Labor Enjoined from Using Bush-Era Prevailing Wage Rule for Guestworkers

Thanks to D. Michael Dale for this synopsis:

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, the United States District Court in Philadelphia ruled in C.A.T.A et al v. Solis that the Department of Labor can no longer use the flawed methodology for calculating the H-2B prevailing wage that was adopted by the outgoing Bush administration in its waning hours.  Earlier, the C.A.T.A. court had found the prior rule to be unlawfully adopted and ordered the department to adopt a new methodology promptly.  However, in order to avoid a regulatory vacuum, the court had left the Bush rules in place in the interim.  DOL adopted a new rule that more or less uses the mean wage paid to workers in the job classification and area, which would have increased prevailing wages in the H-2B program by an average amount of $4.38 per hour.  Unfortunately, that rule has never gone into effect because of a Congressional rider placed on DOL's appropriation forbidding the use of the new methodology.  DOL has reverted to using the old rules, and expressed no intention or plan to the court as to how it would bring the program into compliance with the H-2B statute.  The court has now ruled that, 30 months after the Bush rule was declared to be unlawful, DOL cannot continue to use the invalid rule.  The court has given the Department of Labor 30 days to come into compliance.

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FILED UNDER: Agricultural Workers | DOL | Guestworkers | Litigation

Mar. 18, 2013

NELP Applauds Choice of Thomas Perez for Secretary of Labor

The National Employment Law Project today applauded President Obama’s expected nomination of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez to be the nation’s next Secretary of Labor.  NELP’s Executive Director Christine Owens said:

President Obama could not have chosen a more capable, more commendable or more committed candidate for our next Secretary of Labor than Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez.  Throughout a distinguished career in serving the public interest, Perez has single-mindedly advanced the rights of all Americans to fair treatment and equal opportunity in multiple arenas of public life, including the workplace, our schools, within the criminal justice system and at the ballot box.  At a moment when so many Americans remain anxious about finding and keeping jobs that enable them to provide for today and prepare for tomorrow, Tom Perez will bring the skill and deep experience needed to move the Labor Department front and center in rebuilding an economy that works for all who work in America. 

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Nov. 14, 2012

NGA Wins New Protections for Wal-Mart, Hershey’s Supply Chain Workers

Congratulations to the National Guestworkers' Alliance!

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As the latest victory in a year-long fight by the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) against supply chain labor abuse, warehouse operator Exel Logistics agreed with the Department of Labor (DOL) on Wednesday to new worker protections for Exel’s more than 300 U.S. warehouses.

Exel, which has $4.1 billion in annual revenue, operates warehouses for major U.S. retailers including Wal-Mart and Hershey’s. Wal-Mart is facing growing pressure and nationwide strikes over supply chain labor abuses as Black Friday approaches.

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Oct. 25, 2012

New DOL Memorandum to State Workforce Agencies on Providing Services for Victims of Trafficking

The U.S. Department of Labor has released a new memorandum that provides information to state workforce agencies on the role of the public workforce system in providing employment benefits, training, and referral services to victims of human trafficking, including individuals who are granted T visas.

 

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