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$15 Minimum Wage Bill Passes Committee Vote In U.S. House : NPR

Enlarge this image House labor committee Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., has shepherded through his committee a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 from $7.25 by 2024. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images House labor committee Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., has shepherded through his committee a bill…

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imageEnlarge this image House labor committee Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., has shepherded through his committee a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 from $7.25 by 2024. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption
toggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images House labor committee Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., has shepherded through his committee a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 from $7.25 by 2024.
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A bill to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour has cleared a legislative hurdle that sets it up for a vote by the House of Representatives in the coming weeks.
This move in Congress is a sign of broader political momentum for the minimum wage issue, long embraced by progressives who were key to the Democrats taking control of the House. The matter is poised to play prominently in the 2020 presidential campaign.

The bill also now has the support of Amazon, which last year committed to paying all of its workers at least $15 and to lobby Congress for a higher federal minimum.
Arts & Life In ‘Maid,’ A Single Mother Finds ‘No Way’ To Make It On Minimum Wage The House Committee on Education and Labor on Wednesday voted 28-20 along party lines in favor of the bill. It would raise the federal hourly minimum to $15 by 2024 and also phase out the so-called “subminimum” wages for tipped workers, young workers and workers with disabilities.
“After nearly 10 years with no increase in the federal minimum wage, minimum-wage workers have suffered a 17 percent pay cut due to inflation,” said Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., who had introduced the Raise the Wage Act . “The result is that there is no place in America where a full-time worker who is paid the current federal minimum wage can afford a modest two-bedroom apartment.


But Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.

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, said the bill would result in “significant job losses for hourly workers around the country” and would “hammer” small businesses by increasing the cost of labor. She called the legislation “blatantly socialist” and said it was “at best a foolish policy proposal. At worst, it’s an intentionally dishonest political stunt.”
Business Minimum Wages Rising In 20 States And Several Cities This is the Democrats’ latest attempt at raising the federal minimum wage. It faces a high hurdle in the Republican-controlled Senate. Even so, raising the federal minimum has been picking up steam over the years.
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Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, had championed the $15 minimum wage for years and campaigned on it during his 2016 presidential bid — which he’s likely to do again in 2020. But this year, his Senate version of the Raise the Wage Act now has the support of many Democratic lawmakers who are running for president.

More than 190 Democrats have signed onto Scott’s bill in the House, which the party controls. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s office said he will bring the Raise the Wage Act to the House floor for a vote in the coming weeks.
“One job should be enough to live in this country,” said Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich.
Law In Battle Pitting Cities Vs. States Over Minimum Wage, Birmingham Scores A Win The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.

25 an hour for a decade , even as inflation makes every dollar less valuable over time. Since 2012, the “Fight for $15” campaign — backed by the Service Employees International Union — has been advocating for higher pay for workers in fast food, retail and other industries.
The Raise the Wage Act now also has another unlikely backer in Amazon.
In October , the retail giant became the most high-profile company to commit to paying all its employees $15 an hour — after facing criticism that its median pay was $28,446. Several other companies have raised their minimum wages or plan to do so; Target aims for $15 by 2020.
“After we increased our minimum wage to $15 an hour, our employees told us they were having an easier time providing for their families and meeting their financial needs.

That’s why we continue to encourage other companies and policymakers to join us in this fight,” Amazon’s vice president of public policy, Brian Huseman, said in a statement on Wednesday.
Economy Amazon Sets $15 Minimum Wage For U.

S. Employees, Including Temps Foxx and other Republican lawmakers pointed out on Wednesday that fewer than 3 percent of U.S. workers work at or below federal minimums.

That’s in part because 29 states and the District of Columbia have set higher wage standards . In January, New Jersey joined New York, California and Massachusetts in committing to phase in the $15 minimum. New York City has also become the largest city to raise its minimum to $15 for businesses that employ more than 10 people.
Republicans have argued that each state should control its own wage levels because of differences in the cost of living. Currently, five states have no minimum-wage requirements.
“I think the weight of the evidence to date suggests the employment effects from minimum-wage increases in the U.

S. have been pretty small — much smaller than the wage increases,” Arindrajit Dube, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, told NPR’s Planet Money in November.

He said, “Thirty years ago, most economists expressed confidence in surveys that minimum wages had a clear negative impact on jobs. That is no longer true today.”
Planet Money The Ins & Outs Of The Minimum Wage In 2016, 52 percent of U.S. voters said they supported increasing the federal minimum wage to $15, according to a Pew Research Center survey . But opinions divided particularly by race and political leaning. The majority of Trump supporters and of white voters told Pew they opposed the increase to $15.
President Trump’s top economic adviser, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, in November called a federal minimum wage “a terrible idea” and said he would oppose the Democrats’ push for a higher federal minimum.

The U.S. has had a federal minimum wage since 1938 , introduced by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The minimum wage went up to $7.25 in 2009 as part of a 2007 deal that included spending on the Iraq war, negotiated by Congress and President George W.

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Termination or resignation: Your labour rights when leaving a job in the UAE

Image Credit: Pexels Despite having clear guidelines on employee rights in the UAE, it is usual for residents to be forced to accept less than what they’re owed in case of resignation or termination. From conditions of notice periods to arbitrary dismissals, there are laws protecting both employee and employer interests. End of contract Resignation…

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Termination or resignation: Your labour rights when leaving a job in the UAE

imageImage Credit: Pexels Despite having clear guidelines on employee rights in the UAE, it is usual for residents to be forced to accept less than what they’re owed in case of resignation or termination.
From conditions of notice periods to arbitrary dismissals, there are laws protecting both employee and employer interests.
End of contract Resignation When you resign, your employer’s acceptance or rejection of your resignation is not essential legally. Even if the resignation was submitted by email, it is considered accepted from the date of submission. Therefore, your contractual notice period (up to a maximum of three months) starts from this date.

Termination Your dues and receivables differ based on whether you are terminated on account of redundancy (cost-cutting) or if you’re terminated in what is considered arbitrary dismissal (wrongful termination).
Also read Revealed: Over 8,000 jobs open in Dubai in one month; industries hiring include real estate, construction, hospitality Career: 7 tips on how women can succeed in a tech job In arbitrary dismissal, employers are liable to compensate the employee for wrongful termination along with gratuity and other dues. In redundancy, there is no such compensation other than gratuity pay and/or notice period compensation.

Your rights and responsibilities Notice period You have to serve notice period when resigning, and this will usually between one month and three months based on your contract. It cannot be more than three months as per law, and your employer cannot force you to work longer than that.
Also read Career: 7 things to know about your notice period in the UAE Your notice period is counted from the day of resignation or termination. In case of termination, the employer might ask you to work during the notice period or pay you the salary for the period before letting you go.

Air fare According to Article 131, your employer is not obligated to pay your air fare to your home country unless it is specified in the labour contract. If it is mentioned, the firm is obligated to all fares as specified by contract.
Also read UAE’s Emirates, flydubai, Air Arabia roll out discounted tickets for flights from Dubai, Sharjah In this case (contractual obligation), however, if the employee enters into the service of another sponsor or employer after, then the latter becomes responsible for air fare from the point of recruitment.

If the termination is by fault of the employee, the employer is not legally liable to pay for air fare if the employee has the means to pay – even if it is mentioned in his or her labour contract.
This law is specific to the cost of a travelling ticket for the employee. Other costs such as shipping or family repatriation are also legally payable if agreed upon in the labour contract or as per contractual company policies.
Visa costs You, as an employee, are never required to reimburse your employer for visa costs at any time. Visa costs and sponsorship costs are the sole responsibility of the employer and regardless of how or why your contract is terminated, you are not legally liable to pay for this.

Companies have been known to ask for installment-based deductions for visa costs from employees – this is illegal and punishable by law.
Experience certificate According to Article 125 of the UAE Labour Law, an employee upon end of contract should be given an end-of-service certificate detailing start date, end date and nature of work performed during the period of employment. It may also state your latest pay or wage details if requested.
An employee can request this certificate upon the end of his or her contract, and the employer would be liable to furnish this, along with any and all certificates belonging to the employee.

Gratuity Pay Payment of gratuity pay depends on how long you have been employed for as well as your contract type.
Guide How to calculate UAE gratuity pay Visa cancellation and passports Charges of visa cancellation and the process are the employer’s responsibility.
Your passport should be handed over to you immediately after the completion of cancellation.
Many employers still force employees to give up their passports for ‘safe-keeping’ or as ‘guarantee’ but this is illegal according to the UAE Labour Law.

Only a competent court or other federal authority is allowed to keep your passport.
Some companies agree to give up passports only close to the time of departure from the country – this is also illegal. At no time is your employer allowed to keep your passport, unless visa renewal or cancellation is in progress.
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19,000 truck drivers just scored up to $100 million from one of America’s biggest trucking companies – and it’s the latest federal court win by truckers for better labor practices

19,000 truck drivers just scored up to $100 million from one of America’s biggest trucking companies – and it’s the latest federal court win by truckers for better labor practices Rachel Premack Mar 14, 2019, 09.02 PM Smart-Trucking.com/YouTube Truck drivers who worked for Swift Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in the US, are…

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19,000 truck drivers just scored up to $100 million from one of America’s biggest trucking companies – and it’s the latest federal court win by truckers for better labor practices

image19,000 truck drivers just scored up to $100 million from one of America’s biggest trucking companies – and it’s the latest federal court win by truckers for better labor practices Rachel Premack Mar 14, 2019, 09.02 PM Smart-Trucking.com/YouTube Truck drivers who worked for Swift Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in the US, are eligible for a payout of up to $100 million. According to the class action suit, they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of company drivers. It’s the latest win for truck drivers in the nation’s courts .

Swift Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in the US, has agreed to pay up to $100 million to 19,000 former and current truck drivers in a class action suit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. The truck drivers filed against Swift in Dec. 2009.

They claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees, and were thus locked out of certain benefits under federal labor law.
One of those benefits includes being paid minimum wage for every hour that truck drivers work.

Traditionally, truckers are just paid for every mile that they drive. The case returns to a question that’s been plaguing America’s courts in recent years – whether truck drivers deserve minimum wage for nondriving duties.
Swift did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Dan Getman, a co-lead attorney representing the 19,000 truck drivers involved in the federal case, wrote in a legal statement filed on March 11 that this case challenges Swift’s “owner operator” system.

That allows Swift, and most other trucking companies, to employ truck drivers as independent workers even as they acted as full-time employees.
“(T) heir actions ultimately generated an exceptional $100 million-plus-dollar fund for the class of thousands of drivers and may potentially result in changes to the industry that could benefit all misclassified drivers,” Getman wrote.

Read more: Truck drivers wait an average of 2.5 hours at warehouses without getting paid – here are the 20 cities where truckers wait the longest The decision to pay out speaks to other federal court cases appearing around the country in favor of ensuring truck drivers are paid for every hour they spend on the road.
The Supreme Court ruled in Jan. that contract truck drivers, or owner-operators, at a Missouri trucking company should be allowed to settle disputes in court, rather than arbitration. That suit started when the plaintiff in the case, owner-operator Dominic Oliveira, sued his employer for not paying him minimum wage.

And a federal court in Arkansas decided in a class-action suit in Oct. 2018 that drivers should be paid for every hour truckers spend in their trucks while not sleeping – 16 hours a day of at least minimum-wage pay.
In 2017, a Nebraska court decided that trucking giant Werner Enterprises must pay $780,000 to 52,000 student truck drivers after being accused of pay-practice violations.

Another major carrier, C.R. England, paid $2.35 million in back wages to more than 6,000 drivers in 2016 .

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19,000 truck drivers just scored up to $100 million from one of America’s biggest trucking companies — and it’s the latest federal court win by truckers for better labor practices

Smart-Trucking.com/YouTube Some truck drivers who worked for Swift Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in the US, are eligible for part of a total payout of as much as $100 million. The drivers had argued in a class-action suit that they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of company drivers and were thus locked…

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19,000 truck drivers just scored up to $100 million from one of America’s biggest trucking companies — and it’s the latest federal court win by truckers for better labor practices

imageSmart-Trucking.com/YouTube Some truck drivers who worked for Swift Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in the US, are eligible for part of a total payout of as much as $100 million. The drivers had argued in a class-action suit that they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of company drivers and were thus locked out of certain benefits. It’s the latest win for truck drivers in the nation’s courts . Swift Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in the US, has agreed to pay up to $100 million to 19,000 former and current truck drivers as part of a class-action suit filed in the US District Court for the District of Arizona. The truck drivers filed the suit against Swift in December 2009, arguing that they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees and were thus locked out of certain benefits under federal labor law.

One of those benefits is a minimum wage for every hour a truck driver works. Traditionally, truckers are paid for every mile they drive, but a question at the center of court cases in recent years has been whether truck drivers deserve a minimum wage for nondriving duties. Swift did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment. Dan Getman, an attorney representing the 19,000 truck drivers involved in the federal case, wrote in a legal statement filed on Monday that this case challenged Swift’s “owner-operator” system that allowed it and other trucking companies to employ truck drivers as independent workers even as they acted as full-time employees. “Their actions ultimately generated an exceptional $100 million-plus-dollar fund for the class of thousands of drivers and may potentially result in changes to the industry that could benefit all misclassified drivers,” Getman said. Read more: Truck drivers wait an average of 2.

5 hours at warehouses without getting paid — here are the 20 cities where truckers wait the longest Several other federal court cases around the country have sought to ensure that truck drivers are paid for every hour they spend on the road. The Supreme Court ruled in January that contract truck drivers, or owner-operators, at a Missouri trucking company should be allowed to settle disputes in court, rather than having to enter into arbitration. That suit started when the plaintiff in the case, Dominic Oliveira, sued his employer on charges that it didn’t pay him minimum wage.

In October, a federal court in Arkansas ruled in a class-action suit that drivers should be paid for every hour they spend in their trucks while not sleeping, for up to 16 hours a day of at least minimum-wage pay. In 2017, a Nebraska court decided that Werner Enterprises, a trucking giant that was accused of pay-practice violations, must pay $780,000 to about 52,000 student truck drivers. In 2016, another major carrier, C.R. England, was ordered to pay $2.35 million in back wages to more than 6,000 drivers.

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