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10/25/16 - Massachusetts has become the first state to bar employers from asking about applicants’ salaries before offering them a job. The new law will require hiring managers to state a compensation figure upfront — based on what an applicant’s worth is to the company, rather than on what he or she made in a previous position.

07/11/16 - Large racial and gender wage gaps in the U.S. remain, even as they have narrowed in some cases over the years, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Last year the average hourly wages for black and Hispanic men were $15 and $14, respectively, compared with $21 for white men. Only the hourly earnings of Asian men ($24) outpaced those of white men
The hourly earnings of Asian and white women ($18 and $17, respectively) were higher than those of black and Hispanic women ($13 and $12, respectively) – and also higher than those of black and Hispanic men.

There are exceptions to employment at will. Do you know your right on this part? You can't be terminated on basis of your race or gender. And 38 states regulate dismissals by so called implied contracts. Find out more at dismissal rights.

12/7/16 - An Obama administration policy that would have given more white-collar workers overtime pay starting December 1, was blocked nationwide by a federal judge in Texas. The Department of Labor filed this week its official Notice of Appeal.
The new legislation would provide overtime pay to more than 4 million low paid managers, who currently don't qualify for that. At the moment, under the FLSA, if an employee makes at least $23,660 per year - or $455 per week - their employer doesn't have to pay them overtime. The new policy would raise that bar to $47,476 annually or $913 per week for a full time worker. As a result of the court's ruling, this new salary threshold will not become effective on December 1, 2016.
Although the Labor Department filed an appeal, changes to the existing policy face an uncertain future under the Trump administration and the Republican controlled congress. 

10/12/16 -  President Obama renewed his call for American astronauts to visit Mars: in orbit around Mars in the 2030s. Landing in the 2040's. Interested? Find out what you would be paid as an astronaut. Compare the NASA salaries with the paychecks of astronauts in other countries and find out what Neil Armstrong was paid back in the sixties.

12/29/16 - Cleveland City's special election on a minimum wage increase will be held May 2, 2017. The approved legislation states that beginning Jan. 1, following the approval of the ordinance, the minimum wage would go up gradually. The new minimum wage would be $12 an hour, then would increase each year by $1 until it reaches $15 an hour.

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