Last month, the Obama Administration announced substantial reforms to the rules governing how U.S. workers are paid for overtime work. The new rules raise the income cap for those workers required to receive overtime payment working over 40 hours a week from $23,660, set in 2004, to $47,476. The new rule also, rather than simply setting a level which will need to be updated later, pegs the cap to the 40th percentile of full-time, salaried worker earnings in the lowest-wage Census region (a distinction currently held by the South). While the current four Census districts are likely too large and could use some revision, this peg adjusts the wage cap level to roughly match inflation, with sensitivity to lagging regions, every three years. The cap will not be higher for wealthier regions, but businesses in rural northern Alabama will not have to pay workers more because of soaring wages in San Francisco or New York City. The new rule takes effect December 1, 2016, which the Administration says gives businesses time to adjust and comply.
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A sexist and racist bill is almost law and no one is reporting it.
Bill S-215 was introduced in the Senate and is sponsored by the Aboriginal People’s committee chair, Lillian Dyck. This bill would amend the criminal code’s sentencing guidelines for convictions under sections 235, 236 and 239, which are murder, manslaughter and attempted murder, respectively. If the victim of those crimes was a female Indian, Metis or Inuit individual, it would be counted as an aggravating factor under the new law.
Michael Sasso writes a satire on the disenfranchisement of millennials with the voting system.
After months of surging support for underdog presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, scores of his Millennial supporters have stopped campaigning for him entirely. Only weeks ago, they re-posted meme after Sanders meme on social media, they “liked” and “shared” positive Sanders articles that they never actually read, and they added “#FeelTheBern” extraneously to all their tweets.
Heidi Williams writes about why diversity in both the environment and in society is pivital to a functioning world.
In the world of social justice, there are a few words that people like to throw around a lot. And front and center of these, one word comes up again and again. Diversity. Diversity in our schools, diversity in our government, our workplace, our homes. Social diversity often stands to us as a sign of equality and fairness. As it well should. Social diversity is not yet a part of mainstream culture in the United States. This is worthy of more attention, and worth the fight it takes for us to inch our way closer to a more diverse, aka, more just, system.
A message from Editor in Chief J. Sam Williams to you.
I was 17. The year was 2009. It was mid June. I lived in New Hampshire and the day was gorgeous, sunny, clear skies and right before the mosquitoes really took over. I was attending a big graduation bash, where most of my closest friends were moving onto college. I was inside a modern colonial home sitting on a leather chair and chatting with two friends. One, who was a young woman, sat on the couch beside me—the other friend was a young man, sitting on the armrest of the leather chair, and homosexual. We’ll call the young woman Kay and the young man Stan.
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