Boosting overtime pay

Kate Rogers tells us what small businesses are saying about the White House’s proposed new overtime rules.

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President Barack Obama.

President Obama will announce a sweeping change to the nation’s overtime pay law, dramatically expanding the number of people who will qualify for increased pay after working more than 40 hours in a week. The proposed rule, first reported by Politico, will raise the threshold for guaranteed overtime pay from a salary of $23,660 to …

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We’re living in the “freelance economy,” where people can work for anyone, anywhere, anytime. Most people still go to the office, but more Americans are opting to work from home or remotely (like at a table inside Starbucks). Recently my son had an emergency appendectomy–he’s fine—but the surgeon didn’t have an office, just a phone …

Ruling against Uber

A California ruling could force big changes at Uber, potentially altering the $40 billion company’s business model.

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Employers aren’t really sure what you’re doing at work, but they’re pretty sure you’re not working enough. Ask some companies why we’re so unproductive, and they’ll probably have a survey to identify the problem—and a product to fix it. For a company that makes sound management equipment, too much noise is to blame. If you …

Overtime boost coming?

Will millions of Americans become eligible for overtime pay?

Minimum wage win

Los Angeles approved a minimum wage of $15 an hour, becoming the latest city to do so. Many expect the issue to be a hot topic on the campaign trail.

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Workers react as the Los Angeles City Council votes 13-1 to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.

Los Angeles on Wednesday approved a minimum wage hike to $15 an hour, becoming the latest large city to increase pay amid mounting pressure. The gradual wage increase in the second-largest U.S. city—which the city council passed in a 12-1 vote—will take place by 2020. Read More Buffett: This is better than raising the minimum wage …

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Workers assemble Jeep Wranglers at the Chrysler Toledo North Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio.

The U.S. labor market added 5.4 million job openings in April, slightly higher than the previous month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. (Tweet this) April’s numbers were up from 5 million job openings in March. The job openings rate for April was 3.7 percent, which was an increase for total private and …

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Figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life is typically no easy task, no matter what your age. The question can be especially vexing for high school and college students, who often have no real-world work experience from which to draw. The good news is that today’s high school and …

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Mariah Walton, LinkedIn data scientist

Mariah Walton leans forward and daubs a canvas with paint. At home, she works in oils, slowly building the paintings she has been doing since childhood. At work, she believes the skills that make her an artist, make her a better data scientist at LinkedIn. “I’m a visual learner. I actually see things in my …

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A worker assembles a Jeep Wrangler at the Chrysler Toledo North Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio.

The U.S. economy created 280,000 jobs in May, better than expected and likely confirming hopes that growth is back on track after a slow start to the year. The headline unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.5 percent as the labor force participation rate ticked higher to 62.9 percent. ( Tweet This ) A separate measure …

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A McDonald's restaurant with a "now hiring" sign, in Sarasota, Fla.

America’s fast-moving jobs train is being powered by fast food. May’s big gain in nonfarm payrolls helped allay fears that employment growth was stuck in the same mud bog that has muted growth across other economic sectors this year. The U.S. has been averaging 251,000 net new jobs a month over the past year, with …

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A "now hiring" sign at a fast food restaurant in New York.

May’s strong 280,000 employment gain reaffirmed market expectations that September may be the month when the Fed raises interest rates for the first time in nine years. If the solid jobs report is confirmed by other economic data, it suggests that the second quarter may not be quite as sluggish as some fear, and the …

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The Seattle skyline

If you’re looking for a new job with a good mix of work- and personal-life attributes, explore west of the Mississippi River. The top 10 places for jobs all are in cities dotting the western two-thirds of the country, according to a recent study conducted by WalletHub.com. In fact, you have to scroll down to …