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Definition of ‘Employee’ Expands Under U.S. Opinion

Definition of ‘Employee’ Expands Under U.S. Opinion

It may become harder for businesses to classify workers as freelancers rather than employees following a Labor Department opinion issued last month.  The opinion written by David Weil, administrator of the department’s Wage and Hour Division, broadened the definition of what an employee is, and concluded that most workers are employees under the Fair Labor Standards [...]
Tuition Help Will Be Made Available to Some PrisonersWASHINGTON (AP) — Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars.  The aid would come in the form of Pell grants, which are for low-income people and do not have to be repaid. The Education Department confirmed on July 28 that it would [...]
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Special Series: A Woman Wants Youth to ‘Dream Big’Tracy Chacon was born and raised in one of the most impoverished areas of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despite a childhood filled with adversity caused by poverty, she is a determined community member who is offering much-needed support to others so that positive change can take root. In high school, her grades were strong enough to [...]
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The $15 Hourly Wage Is a Success at Seattle RestaurantSEATTLE (AP) — Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don’t have to tip at Ivar’s Salmon House on Seattle’s Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule. It is staff, not diners, who feel the real difference, with wages as much as 60 percent [...]
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Zillow Economist: ‘Rents Are Insanely Unaffordable.’WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home rental prices climbed much faster than incomes in June. But there are signs of slowing momentum around major job hubs such as New York, Los Angeles and Washington. Real estate data firm Zillow said Thursday that U.S. rental prices rose a seasonally adjusted 4.3 percent in June from a year [...]
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Death of Samuel DuBose Began With Missing License PlateCINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a motorist during a traffic stop pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of murder and was ordered jailed on $1 million bail. Fired UC officer Ray Tensing later posted 10 percent of that amount and was released, the Hamilton County Court clerk’s website [...]
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Boy Scouts Allow Gays to Lead but Exclusion RemainsNEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America has ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders but will allow church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect immediately. It was approved Monday by [...]
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Moral Monday Leader on U.S.: ‘Can’t Afford to Be Silent’GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. William Barber walks gingerly with a cane, in a hunched-over posture, yet here he is on a recent Monday, leading 3,500 protesters on a downtown street. He says God must have a sense of humor to call on a man who has such difficulty walking to lead the Moral [...]
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Case of Raised Baton on L.A. Skid Row Draws Questions  LOS ANGELES (AP) — An officer dropped a nightstick during a struggle with a homeless man who was shot to death by police on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, and the woman who picked it up now faces an assault charge that could send her to prison for 25 years to life. The March shooting was [...]
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In Photos: Transgender Youth Blaze Trails of ResilienceMIAMI (AP) — The transgender community has gained a degree of acceptance in recent years with the help of such celebrities as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox from “Orange is the New Black.” But for those who are less known it can be more of a struggle. Many young transgender people, wrestling with their identities, [...]
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