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New proposal on overtime pay exposes bosses’ theft

first_imgWages for U.S. workers have stagnated for decades, but a lot of economic problems, like low growth, could be alleviated if workers made more. (Pew Research, Oct. 9, 2014)The Pew conclusion is perhaps part of the explanation for the White House announcing June 29 that it was proposing to change how overtime pay is granted to salaried workers. According to the June 29 Huffington Post, “The president will recommend updating overtime rules so that salaried workers who earn less than roughly $50,400 per year would be guaranteed time-and-a-half pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week.”Enforcing this rule would be a step forward for workers, but it must not substitute for a raise in the minimum wage.The Post continues, “Under the current rules implemented by former President George W. Bush, salaried workers must earn less than $23,660 per year in order to be automatically eligible for overtime pay.” The law must undergo a long period of bureaucratic and legal wrangling, but this new standard could go into effect in 2016.Secretary of Labor Tom Perez claimed that this change “could have the capacity to help millions of workers get back into the middle class.” (Huffington Post, July 3) He suggested that it would affect around five million workers currently denied overtime pay rates as proscribed by the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act.Using Perez’s figures, and assuming that overtime pay would be at least $200 per worker, these workers would have hundreds of millions of dollars a year more in their pockets.The Wall Street Journal, which makes no pretense about its pro-boss bias, headlined its front-page, June 30 article on this change noting, “Companies, Business Groups Blast Overtime Proposal.” The article quotes an executive with White Castle, the burger joint chain, saying his company saves $8 to $12 million a year on overtime for its managers.There are various subterfuges and maneuvers companies use to avoid paying overtime. They even classify people whose salary is below the $23,660 limit as supervisors, and thereby exempt from the time-and-a-half overtime rate. Or they give them a tiny raise to put them slightly over the limit.The law addresses some of the wage shortfalls that workers classified as managers experience, but leaves many workers still working over 40-hour weeks without getting any overtime pay. There are a lot of exemptions to overtime built into law. Farmworkers, ranch hands, forest fighters, workers in the merchant marine and childcare providers are all “exempt” from getting overtime. Of course, anyone working two part-time jobs to make ends meet has to work over 40 hours at one of them to get overtime pay.The overriding tendency of capital is to drive down the price of labor, and getting out of paying the overtime rate is one of their schemes. Even in the unionized auto industry, contract provisions to pay the overtime rate after eight hours and on weekends were gutted with the help of the state during the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies.Outright theftThere are many ways hourly workers are cheated out of their wages for extra hours worked, even at the regular rate. This writer years ago worked a third-shift job, which supposedly started at 11:30 p.m. and went to 8 a.m. with a half an hour break. But the foreman insisted we punch in by 11:15 p.m. Most nights there was no break and we had to work until we were relieved. Generally, this amounted to an hour of unpaid time a day. We figured the company got between 200 and 300 unpaid hours a week from its 60 employees in the press room.A lot of small enterprises engage in this kind of small-time chiseling. They unfairly miscalculate your time, generally to their advantage. These businesses, especially restaurants and in retail, take the attitude that, if you want overtime, sue us. Workers often win a settlement but only after years of waiting for what they were owed.Raise minimum wageOne of the online comments to the WSJ article mentioned raising the minimum wage. While the commenter’s sneering tone — that you could hear even in the printed comment — made it clear he opposed such a step, the fact is that a $15 an hour minimum would help many more workers than expanding overtime eligibility.Enforcing the Fair Wages Act of 1938 is a step forward, but raising the minimum wage — so workers can support themselves and their families on a 40-hour check — is what is crucially needed for the working class to survive.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Syracuse strives to improve defending screen passes

first_imgJulian Whigham was asked to explain what went wrong on Virginia’s 18-play, overtime-forcing final drive of regulation on Saturday. The answer was a simple one — screen passes — and then he repeated himself four times for emphasis. The prior week against South Florida, Syracuse was gashed in similar ways, most memorably on an 18-yard gain on third-and-14. In a one-score game at that point, it prolonged an eventual fourth-quarter touchdown drive.For a defense that features 14 underclassmen on its two-deep depth chart, recognizing opponents’ plays is a challenge.“What happens when you have a young team is they’re just trying to execute the defense,” defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said. “They’re not seeing the offense.”Linemen getting leverage, linebackers pursuing the ball and defensive backs shedding blocks all need to get better. The three levels of SU’s (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) defense hope to improve its screen-pass defense against No. 25 Pittsburgh (5-1, 3-0) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome at noon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile other position groups have different responsibilities, cornerback Juwan Dowels said the secondary’s job is to attack the play. Dowels said the biggest challenge is when offensive linemen, who might weigh 100 pounds heavier, run full speed into open space.“Definitely just being aware of it,” Dowels said of the most important aspect in stopping a screen. “It’s something in the game that really could change the game, could get a big first down off of it, you could score off of it.”Once players recognize it, Dowels said the defensive backs try to “trick (offensive linemen) and beat them with quick steps,” in order to avoid being blocked. If they can’t make the tackle, they try to force the play back inside to where SU’s front seven could catch up and bring the ball-carrier down.Late in the first quarter against South Florida, that didn’t happen. Quarterback Quinton Flowers faked a handoff, deviating from the standard development of a screen pass, and threw the ball near the line of scrimmage to wide receiver Tyre McCants. Fifty-seven yards later, he was brought down on the Orange’s 2-yard line and two plays after that, USF scored a touchdown.“It’s just a matter of actually catching the guy that catches the ball,” senior defensive end Donnie Simmons said. “It’s out on the perimeter so as long as we can contain him, we should be straight.”The issue is Syracuse hasn’t always been able to do that. Simmons said as soon as he sees the offensive linemen take a couple steps, he recognizes the play. But not everyone else on the field might see it as well as the fourth-year veteran.On the drive Whigham referred to, Virginia traveled 88 yards in six minutes, 52 seconds. Virginia faced a crucial fourth-and-3, that if SU stopped, it likely would have won the game. Instead, Taquan Mizzell caught a pass 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage with two offensive linemen who opened up a lane near the sideline.Three plays later, the Cavaliers ran another screen and again two linemen got out in front and paved the way for a 12-yard gain. It moved UVA from the 24-yard line to the 12-yard line and put the Cavaliers in prime position for a score.After two losses in which Syracuse was close in the fourth quarter, the difference going forward for SU could come down to small details — and short passes.“Guys that haven’t played before,” Bullough said of the players struggling with screens. “We just got to keep emphasizing it in practice and that’s the only thing you can do.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 22, 2015 at 9:06 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

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European League Wrap: Five-Star Manchester United cruise to top of the table…

first_imgFive-Star Manchester United cruise to top of the table, Neymar off to goal scoring debutWe do a quick wrap of matches played in the Premier League and French Ligue 1 on Sunday, as five games went down in both leagues.ENGLANDTottenham Hotspur defeated 10-man Newcastle United 2-0 on Sunday at the Sports Direct Arena in the day’s first game.It was a dull opening to the first-half but the game came alive in the second 45-minutes when Newcastle’s captain Jonjo Shelvey was shown a straight red card for a daft stamp on Dele Alli. With the Magpies reduced to 10-men, Spurs duly took advantage netting two brilliant goals through Alli and Ben Davies, the latter’s finish the outcome of a beautiful free flowing team move.Manchester United left no one in doubt about their readiness for the league season with a comprehensive 4-0 home win against West Ham United, as the London club were left completely stunned by the Red Devils five-star performance. Romelu Lukaku justified the £75million United paid for his services over the summer, netting the opening two goals, before substitute Anthony Martial netted a third and setup compatriot Paul Pogba to finish with a lovely strike from outside the area for the games fourth strike. It was a sweet victory on the whole for Manchester United who hadNemanja Matic in sparkling form on his league debut, and a team performance that must really have gotten the attention of the rest of the competitors.FRANCEChampions Monaco completely outclassed Dijon 4-1 away from home on Sunday to move into third-place on the table after matchday 2. Les Rouges et Blanc had the luxury of leaving star forward Kylie Mbappe on the bench, but it was the more established Radamel Falcao who caught the eye with a 51-minutes hat trick added to Jemerson’s second strike of the season which secured yet another convincing win for Monaco.PSG complete with world record signing Neymar made light work of home team Guingamp, defeating them 3-0 to move into second-place. The capital team were clearly excited to unleash Neymar on their opponents as the Brazilian superstar added the games final goal in the 82nd minute, after a first-half own goal from Jordan Ikoko and Edison Cavani’s second half strike ensured Unai Emery’s team have kept a clean sheet in two league outings this season. Relatedlast_img read more

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Revengeful Pasig Chooks, Balanga to go all out in Moscow Challenger

first_img‘Beast’ caged Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Pasig Chooks hopes to replace a forgettable campaign with a memorable one when it plunges back into action in the Fiba 3×3 Tinkoff Moscow Challenger on June 7-8 in Russia.The team is coming off a winless campaign in the 2019 Kunshan Challenger last month and there’s only one way to put that painful stint behind.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “Redemption.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Balanga Chooks, which was invited to the tournament as a wildcard, has a tougher road ahead as it still needs to go through a qualifier and top its group that features Ukraine’s Odessa Basket and Russia’s Moscow Inanomo to advance to the pool stages against Russia’s Gagarin and Poland’s Gdańsk Energa 3×3.Leading the way for Balanga is prolific forward Travis Franklin, who is joining Alvin Pasaol and Karl Dehesa for another run. Sharpshooting Chris Dechavez is the team’s fourth member.“Two weeks ago, we sent Pasig Chooks to compete in Kunshan. That was the worst tournament we ever participated in after the team left Kunshan without a single win,” said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 league owner Ronald Mascariñas. “It’s behind us now. What’s important is we learned a lot from the Kunshan tournament.”“I can guarantee that our players are mentally and physically ready for this tournament.”Statham kept it short and sweet when asked about his expectations ahead of the Moscow Challenger.ADVERTISEMENT “We definitely wanna make up for that,” said Joshua Munzon, the 89th-ranked player in the world, during Pasig and Balanga Chooks’ sendoff on Tuesday at Bar One.“Our expectations is to go out there and give everything we have. We can’t get out there and lose focus. We need to stay together as a team. We have to have each other’s backs,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 6-foot-3 Munzon will team up with Serbian reinforcement Nikola Pavlovic and Taylor Statham anew with former PBA veteran Dylan Ababou completing the cast.Pasig is slotted in Group Round 2-B with world No. 3 Riga Ghetto of Latvia and Belgium’s Antwerp. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:58Vico Sotto on being Pasig mayor: ‘Most challenging 100 days of my life’01:52Vico Sotto to go after erring CENRO officials in Pasig City02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Pro Kabaddi League 2019: Bengal Warriors trump UP Yoddha, Dabang Delhi pip Telugu Titans

first_imgBengal Warriors trounced UP Yoddha 48-17 to record their biggest victory in the Pro Kabaddi League, starting their campaign on a confident note, here on Wednesday.The raiding duo of Maninder Singh (9 points) and Mohammed Nabibaksh (10 points) troubled the Yodha defence all night and chipped in with crucial contributions.Baldev Singh put on a solid display of brute strength and toughness and scored 7 tackle points. The UP Yoddha defence had an off night and could muster just five tackle points. Monu Goyat scored six points but didn’t get enough support.UP Yoddha made a strong start and led 4-0 after the first three minutes. But Warriors came back strong as Maninder first made a two-point raid and their defence got their act together. In the first 10 minutes, it was an evenly matched contest as both teams were level 6-6.The Warriors soon shifted gears and went on a scoring spree. They first inflicted an all-out in the 13th minute to lead 13-7 and their defence kept picking points at regular intervals.Both the defence and raiders of UP Yoddha had a quiet first half as they scored just three and four points respectively. At the end of the first half, Bengal Warriors led 17-9.Warriors inflicted another all out to lead 22-10. Monu Goyat picked up a raid point in the 23rd minute as UP Yoddha trailed 11-25. Nabibaksh produced an excellent super raid in the 24th minute to give Warriors a commanding 18-point lead as they led 30-12.The Warriors inflicted another all out to lead 33-13 after 25 minutes. UP Yoddha were looking bereft of ideas to counter the strength and toughness that Warriors posed.advertisementBengal Warriors inflicted fourth all out of the match in the 37th minute to assert further dominance and opened up a 28-point lead. With less than a minute to go, Mohammed Nabibaksh achieved a super 10 to lead his team to victory.Warriors will begin their home leg in Kolkata on September 7 whereas UP Yoddha start their home leg on October 5 in Greater Noida.Delhi win ThrillerIn an edge of the seat clash, Dabang Delhi pipped Telugu Titans 34-33 in their campaign opener of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) here on Wednesday.Raider Naveen Kumar was the chief architect of Delhi’s win as he accumulated 14 raid points.On the other hand, debutant Suraj Desai, the elder brother of Siddharth Desai, scored 18 raid points for Telugu Titans. Siddharth scored eight raid points for the Titans.Suraj was quick off the blocks for the Titans as he made a two-point raid in the first minute of the match. Meraj Sheykh opened Delhi’s account with a raid in the second minute.It was a closely-fought affair between the two teams as they were level at 4-4 after the first five minutes.Siddharth was sent to the bench in the sixth minute after a strong tackle by Ravinder. Suraj made another two-point raid in the seventh minute to level the match at 6-6.Siddharth scored two quick raid points to give Telugu Titans 9-7 lead in the 11th minute. In the 16th minute, Titans forced a super tackle to level the match at 11-11 after their opponents had taken a slender lead.At the end of the first half, Delhi led 13-12.The hosts began the second half with a bang as they forced a super tackle in the 21st minute. Siddharth made a two-point raid in the 23rd minute as Titans led 17-15. Suraj followed it up a two-point raid of his own in the next minute.Navin achieved a super 10 in the 25th minute as Delhi trailed 18-20. Delhi inflicted the first all out the match in the 26th minute to level the match at 21-21.Suraj produced a terrific super raid in the 31st minute to give Titans 28-26 lead. Delhi reacted strongly and in the next couple of minutes scored six straight points to lead 32-26.Titans led by Suraj came back and scored four points to trail 30-32 in the 36th minute.It was anyone’s match in the last three minutes but Delhi kept their nerve to emerge victorious.Also Read | Jaipur Pink Panthers, Haryana Steelers register their first wins of PKL 2019Also Read | Pro Kabaddi 2019: Tamil Thalaivas beat Telugu Titans, Gujarat Fortunegiants crush Bengaluru Bullslast_img read more

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NHIB problems presented at Cabinet

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 11, 2016 – Cabinet is trying to get to the bottom of the problems at the National Health Insurance Board.  The Governor, Deputy Governor and Ministers received an up-date on staffing issues at the NHIB and discussed proposals for resolving the situation.There has been industrial action take by staff members who are, in part, asking for the removal of current National Health CEO, Zaneta Burton. Related Items:last_img read more

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Napoli President optimistic of winning the Scudetto

first_imgNapoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis believes the Serie A title is still a possibility suggesting that a few slip-ups from fellow rivals Juventus will weave the magic.Carlo Ancelotti’s men have reduced the deficit at the top of Serie A to four points, and are still hopeful of dethroning the Old Lady after seven years.“In football everything is possible, all we need are a few Juventus missteps and we’re there,” De Laurentiis told Football Italia reporters outside today’s FIGC elections.“Napoli have started a new path, I always talk about three-year cycles and this year, using all the players, we’ll be fine.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We’re definitely dealing with a group from Hell in the Champions League, but we have to have the skill and luck to progress in the competition.“In the league, we’ve had a start which was more difficult and complex than the others, but we’ve acquitted ourselves well.”Napoli will switch their attention to the Champions League when they confront PSG in an important group tie that would go a long way to determine the fate of both sides.last_img read more