Oped Archive (Page 6)

  • Private Attorneys General Act is another burden to California small businesses

    June 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Orange County Register

    No one questions the necessity of basic workplace protections that keep employees safe. But what happens when minor compliance or technical errors, like a missed lunch break or misclassified information on a paystub, become multi-million dollar liabilities for small employers? Such is the status quo under California’s Private Attorneys General Act, known colloquially as the “sue your boss” law. PAGA allows employees to sue their employer […]
  • Opinion: Retail apocalypse has crippled teen job market

    May 2017 ·  Jordan Bruneau ·  East Bay Times

    Memorial Day weekend marked the unofficial start to summer. But for young jobseekers, there is nothing to celebrate. American retailers that have traditionally staffed up in summers are closing at an unprecedented rate. More than 3,500 stores have closed already this year, with at least 10 well-known retail chains filing for bankruptcy protection. These include RadioShack, Payless Shoes, and Rue21, which plan to close more than […]
  • Raising minimum wage would have been bad for St. Louis job seekers

    May 2017 ·  Jordan Bruneau and Michael Saltsman ·  Missourian

    For St. Louis’ entry-level employees hoping to land a summer job, the recent end of the latest legislative session was a nail-biter. With just minutes to spare before the constitutional close of the session, legislators offered these job seekers a last-moment reprieve from the city’s dramatic minimum wage increase that would have made a difficult summer job market even tougher. Legislators voted to keep minimum wage at […]
  • New York City Wants to Supersize the ‘Fight for $15’

    May 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Wall Street Journal

    These are difficult times for the American labor movement. Only 6.4% of the private workforce is unionized, an all-time low. Although dues still put an estimated $9 billion a year into union coffers, according to federal filings, increasing that figure depends on recruitment. Hence the New York City Council’s proposal, expected to come up for vote on Wednesday, that would allow hard-to-organize fast-food workers to […]
  • The Flimsy Facts Behind NYC’s ‘Fair Workweek’ Bills

    May 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes

    Call it an epidemic of irregular proportions. New York City's "retail and restaurant workers suffer from abusive scheduling," argued Councilmember Brad Lander, pointing to an oft-cited survey on employee scheduling released in December by the Community Service Society of New York (CSS). In response to this supposed crisis, a legislative package under consideration by the City Council would, among other things, penalize fast food employers who adjust employees' schedules with less […]
  • Tax credit better way to help poor

    May 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Baton Rouge Advocate

    Gov. John Bel Edwards has proposed raising Louisiana’s minimum wage by 17 percent to $8.50 —giving the state a higher wage floor than two of its three neighbors. State legislators need not put the state at a competitive disadvantage to raise wages. Thanks to a federal policy called the Earned Income Tax Credit, the real minimum wage for many Louisiana families is already over $10 […]