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Close Alabama’s Medicaid Gap to Save Money and Lives

Close Alabama’s Medicaid Gap to Save Money and Lives

Imagine you’re uninsured and thinking about buying health insurance. If good coverage is available, you’d want to know if you could afford the premiums and out-of-pocket costs. But those aren’t the only factors that determine affordability. You’d also need to subtract the cost of going without insurance: the doctor visits and prescriptions you’re paying for […]

D.C. Joins the ‘Fight for $15’ by Increasing Minimum Wage

D.C. Joins the ‘Fight for $15’ by Increasing Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers in the nation’s capital approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, joining numerous other cities and the states of California and New York in mandating pay raises for retail, restaurant and service-industry workers. The D.C. Council unanimously approved the wage increase, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign it […]

Advocates Hail New Overtime Rules, Which Will Benefit 4M

Advocates Hail New Overtime Rules, Which Will Benefit 4M

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 4 million U.S. workers will become newly eligible for overtime pay under rules to be issued Wednesday by the Obama administration. The policy changes are intended to counter erosion in overtime protections, which date from the 1930s and require employers to pay 1 ½ times a worker’s regular salary for […]

Advocates: Supreme Court Will Let $15 Minimum Wage Continue

Advocates: Supreme Court Will Let $15 Minimum Wage Continue

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in for the first time Monday on a $15-an-hour minimum wage, signaling it does not plan to stop the movement that is spreading across the nation, worker advocates say. The justices refused to hear a challenge to Seattle’s law, which franchise owners said discriminates against them by […]

Paid Sick Leave for U.S. Contractors Is Getting Closer to Reality

Paid Sick Leave for U.S. Contractors Is Getting Closer to Reality

An estimated 828,000 people who work as federal contractors are closer to receiving up to seven days of paid sick leave benefits, U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez announced on Feb. 24.  Progress, Perez said, is being made through the release of the proposed implementation rule for Executive Order 13706. In September, President Barack Obama signed […]

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