Thursday, July 3, 2014

Higher Wages Boost Communities

The Labor Department is committed to improving the well-being of working families and businesses across the country, Wage and Hour Division Administrator Dr. David Weil told the nation's mayors at their annual meeting on June 21 in Dallas. Speaking before the Jobs, Education and the Workforce Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Weil said that ensuring work pays is a fundamental path to achieving that goal, explaining that President Obama's proposal to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10..10 per hour would lift two million people out of poverty. "No one who works full time should have to raise their families in poverty," he said. Weil also told the mayors that the department is examining and updating who qualifies for overtime pay. The overtime rules that establish the 40-hour workweek, a linchpin of the middle class, have eroded over the years, he said. "By updating who qualifies for overtime pay, we are expanding opportunity and rewarding hard work," Weil told the committee.

Read Weil's Blog Post
Read San Francisco Mayor Lee's Blog Post

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