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After much anticipation and speculation, the Labor Department released an update today to the rules that govern who is protected by the overtime pay provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act. This long overdue change will significantly increase the number of people who are able to earn a fair return… Read More»

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 13, 2016 CONTACT: Bailey Dick, 419-260-6044, bailey@jwj.org Washington, D.C. – Attorneys General in Washington, D.C., and eight states announced today the launch of an inquiry into on-call shifts and other abusive scheduling practices used by a number of retail employers, adding yet another voice to the… Read More»

UPDATE on 4/13/16: Attorneys general in seven states and the District of Columbia have announced they have joined forces with the New York Attorney General’s office to look into complaints involving retailers who insist on their employees keeping their schedules open and lives on hold for shifts they may never… Read More»

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Check out our updated version of the Strikes 101 PDF here! A strike is the most recognizable and publicized element of a workplace dispute, but it’s also one of the most confusing and misunderstood. This simple guide helps clarify what a strike is and what’s involved. What is a strike?… Read More»

We already knew that chambers of commerce, at the national, state and local levels, lobby against the interests of working Americans. Yesterday we learned that these business groups might be lobbying against their own members’ interests too. In a leaked webinar, a member of conservative pollster Frank Luntz’s firm reviews… Read More»

Last Labor Day, the movement to ensure that everyone has the ability to take paid sick leave scored a major victory when President Obama signed an executive order to provide employees of federal contractors with paid time for personal or family health needs. The executive order itself will have a… Read More»

Depending on the state where you work, your employer does not need to provide a record of your wages, hours worked, hourly rate, deductions or other compensation and benefits that you may have earned. So what’s the problem with not getting a pay stub?  It can be incredibly difficult to… Read More»

Kim Mitchell, who works at Macy's, shares her story of erratic work hours.

On January 13, members of the coalition for Just Hours testified at a DC city council hearing in favor of the Hours and Scheduling Stability Act, spearheaded by D.C. Jobs With Justice and introduced by Councilmember Vincent Orange. The proposed rules would usher in more predictable schedules and stable employment opportunities… Read More»

In early October Urban Outfitters announced that it would be ending on-call scheduling, joining the growing list of retailers such as The Gap, J. Crew, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria’s Secret that are abandoning the abusive employer practice. However, Urban Outfitters admitted that the company would only make reforms… Read More»

This week marked a historic occasion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as working people, organizers, lawmakers, employers, and yes, the President of the United States himself came together for an historic White House Summit on Worker Voice. The all-day convening highlighted the incredible obstacles working people face when coming together to improve… Read More»