Category Archives: Employment

More moms stay at home, new research says

WashingtonPost

More mothers have been staying home with their children since the recession ended, but a growing number of them say that’s primarily because they can’t find a job, according to a new study.

Almost three in 10 mothers with children under 18 living with them are stay-at-home moms, an analysis of Census Bureau data by the Pew Research Center showed. That is a 3 percentage point jump from the depth of the recession in 2008.

The Pew study released Tuesday examined the demographic and economic factors driving the rise in stay-at-home moms, a phenomenon that sociologists are still attempting to understand.

After decades of decline, the share of mothers with children in the house began growing around 2000. Around the same time, the percentage of married mothers who hold jobs began to decline.

The shift is most noticeable among women who are immigrants and who do not have college educations.

It’s good to be the king…

President To Issue Order Expanding Number Of Workers Eligible For Overtime

SunKingObama-466x600Under current guidelines, most people earning more than $455/week (about $24K/year) are ineligible for overtime pay, but multiple news reports claim that President Obama is set to issue an executive order that would increase the number of people able to collect those extra wages.

Bloomberg says it has confirmed with a White House official that the President’s order, expected to come today, will direct the Labor Department to tweak its rules regarding the so-called “white-collar exemption” so that millions of additional working Americans are eligible to be paid for working more than 40 hours in a week.

There are numerous salaried employees who work beyond that standard number of hours but receive no additional compensation. For example, a retail store manager making $28,000 a year who is exempt from overtime might easily work more than 50 hours in a week. But since she is not paid for those additional hours, she is actually earning about the same per hour as an overtime-eligible worker making $23,000 a year.

Obama’s Free Lunch One-Man Government

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” ― Margaret Thatcher

As the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows, confidence in President Obama’s ability to handle the economy or put the country on the right path continues to decline. But with more than two and a half years to go until his successor is chosen, the president is barreling ahead and attempting to implement his liberal agenda without congressional assent or much public support. This is a dubious strategy for any president, let alone one whose approval ratings are at all-time lows with little prospect that they will recover as he heads inevitably to the lame duck portion of his second term.

But in order to counteract these trends, the president has chosen what, at least in theory, are the most populist measures available to him. Hence, the “give America a raise” theme he introduced in his State of the Union speech in January that sought to pin a comeback on an effort to implement a hefty increase in the minimum wage. The follow-up comes this week as he builds on that sweeping measure with another designed to play to the same populist sentiment: changing the regulations about overtime payments. The law requires workers to be paid overtime for the hours they labor above the normal confines of the workweek. But the same laws have always exempted supervisors and management employees from these regulations. Obama wants to change that to allow more of those who run the workplace to benefit along with their employees with extra pay for extra hours.

But the truth about this proposal is that it is just as much an example of liberal economic snake oil as the minimum wage. Promising people a free lunch is always popular. But someone has to pay for it, and those who will be most affected by the president’s fiat will not be rich or powerful. That the president is shoving this down the throat of the country in a manner that undermines constitutional checks and balances that provide for accountability shows how desperate the White House has become for cheap and ultimately ephemeral political wins.

The four harsh truths that everyone in my generation needs to accept

MattWalsh

And here’s the good news: we — all of us — have indescribable potential. A young person with ambition, character, courage; a young person willing to work and sacrifice and take risks; a young person who thinks outside of the pop culture, video game, gossip magazine cage; a young person willing to scratch and claw and fight and dig and learn and grow, is an absolutely unstoppable force. A world-beater. This is a person with the power to unlock the universe and bring out its beauty, and truth, and joy.

History might be written by the old, but it’s made by the young. Just look at Thomas Jefferson, or Alexander the Great, or William Wallace, or Joan of Arc, or Beethoven, or Frederick Douglas, or Martin Luther King Jr. Young pioneers, all of them. Conquerors, artists, heroes. Martyrs.

That’s our destiny — to be the people who change the paradigm. Not vassals and slaves and mindless, shallow, lackadaisical sloths.

CBO: Wage hike to cost 500K jobs

TheHill

President Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would cost 500,000 jobs in 2016, according to a report released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The report also found hiking the wage from $7.25 per hour would raise income for about 16.5 million workers by $31 billion, potentially pulling nearly 1 million people out of poverty.

The White House and economic groups on the left immediately pushed back at the CBO’s conclusions on jobs even as they hailed the findings on poverty, saying its conclusions on jobs ran counter to other research.

“CBO’s estimates of the impact of raising the minimum wage on employment does not reflect the current consensus view of economists,” Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason Furman wrote in a blog post. “The bulk of academic studies, have concluded that the effects on employment of minimum wage increases in the range now under consideration are likely to be small to nonexistent.”

Given its findings on poverty alleviation, Furman told reporters the CBO report was an overall positive for the White House.

“Sometimes you have to have a respectful disagreement among economists,” Furman said in a conference call. “I think a lot of economists who have looked at [the] literature would summarize it differently than CBO has done here.”

Of course, they would…

Rep Keith Ellison on Obamacare-Related Job Losses: Americans Work Too Much Anyway

Breitbart

During the February 9 airing of This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) said the loss of work hours due to Obamacare could actually be a good thing because Americans work too much anyway, compared to people in other industrialized countries.

He added: “If you look at international comparisons country by country, Americans work way more that the average of industrialized countries around the world.”

He said the report showing fewer work hours gives us the chance “to look at our work/life balance,” which he described as “a great opportunity.”

Congressman Cole responded: “Strange spin. I don’t think it’s going to work.”

Sorry…we’re not buying what you’re selling…

Thank you for clearing that up…

White House: Americans out of Workforce No Longer ‘Trapped in a Job’

“Bored with your job? No worries – now you can quit, thanks to the generosity of other taxpayers,” quips Roy. “Want to retire early? No worries – now you can, thanks to the generosity of other taxpayers, and also thanks to the higher premiums that young people will be forced to pay on your behalf.”

“The White House’s apparently sincere belief – echoed by progressive pundits at MSNBC, The New Republic, and the L.A. Times – is that it’s a good thing for fewer Americans to be economically self-sufficient,” Roy concluded.

Bravo, sir. Job well done…

ObamaCare expected to lead to loss of nearly 2.3 million US jobs, report says

The longterm effect of ObamaCare on the U.S. economy took a grim turn Tuesday with the Congressional Budget Office issuing a revised projection that nearly 2.5 million Americans will be lost from the nation’s workforce over the next 10 years.

As a result, budget experts say President Obama’s healthcare overhaul will lead to a reduction of 2.3 million jobs that people will abandon because they can get insurance outside of the workplace.

Have a great day!

Oh…and you’re fired…

It’s Nothing Personal: Hundreds Of Patch Employees Laid-Off During Conference Call

“Patch is being restructured in connection with the creation of a joint venture with Hale Global. Hale Global has decided which Patch employees will receive an offer of employment to move forward in accordance with their vision for Patch and which will not. Unfortunately, your role has been eliminated and you will no longer have a role at Patch and today will be your last day of employment with the company.”

 

Two-generation programs help lift families out of poverty

NBCNews

This idea can take many forms, like pairing early childhood education with career advancement classes for adults, or getting parents more involved in their child’s Head Start program. But a particularly hands-on approach is a residence like the Cottage—which not only allows a mother to pursue an education, but provides a built-in support system for her entire family. The Cottage connects families to two daycare centers within walking distance, helps with Head Start applications, and works with an organization called HIPPY, a free, in-home instructional program for parents of preschool-aged children.

Although this two-pronged approach may seem like a no-brainer, “it’s a surprisingly new idea and hasn’t yet been brought to scale [nationally],” said Barbara Gault, executive director of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. “It’s not just a matter of providing high-quality education to children. It’s about not thinking of their parents as a lost cause.”

Programs like these have a domino effect, said Gault. “When a single mother gets a college degree, you’re reaching her kids and her kids’ kids.”

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