Labor and workplace reporter for NY Times. Ex-TNR. Author of The Escape Artists, book on Obama admin & economy. noamscheiber@gmail.com

Unpaid Internships Allowed if They Serve Educational Purpose, Court Rules

nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - Unpaid interns can be used legally when the work serves an educational purpose, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, setting aside a lower court decision that the movie studio Fox Searchlight Pictures had improperly classified former workers as unpaid interns rather than employees.

Obama Overtime Rule Scratches the Surface in Helping the Middle Class

nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - For all the ambition of President Obama 's plan to significantly expand the number of Americans eligible for overtime pay, the proposal falls well short of its advertised benefit of helping substantially increase middle-class wages.

Obama Plan Would Make More Americans Eligible for Overtime

nytimes.com — President Obama will announce Monday night a rule change that makes millions more Americans eligible for overtime pay. The rule would raise the salary threshold below which workers automatically qualify for time-and-a-half overtime wages to $50,440 a year from $23,660, according to a person with knowledge of the proposal.

Labor's might seen in failure of trade deal as many kinds of unions allied

post-gazette.com — WASHINGTON - Depleted by decades of diminishing reach and struggling to respond to recent anti-union laws, the labor movement has nonetheless found a way to assert itself politically by wreaking havoc on President Barack Obama's trade agenda, a top priority of his final years in office.

Labor’s Might Seen in Failure of Trade Deal as Unions Allied to Thwart It

nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - Depleted by decades of diminishing reach and struggling to respond to recent anti-union laws, the labor movement has nonetheless found a way to assert itself politically by wreaking havoc on President Obama 's trade agenda, a top priority of his final years in office.

Give to Those at the Bottom? Sure, as Long as They Stay There

nytimes.com — When it comes to reducing inequality, Americans may be open to bolder solutions for reining in those at the top than for ones boosting people at the bottom. But sometimes that depends on how close to the bottom they are.

Gawker Media Employees Vote to Form a Union, and the Bosses Approve

nytimes.com — Employees at Gawker Media, the company that publishes websites like Gawker and Jezebel, voted by a substantial margin on Wednesday to form a union, a first for a prominent digital media outlet.

Inequality a Major Issue for Americans, Times/CBS Poll Finds

nytimes.com — Americans are broadly concerned about inequality of wealth and income despite an economy that has improved by most measures, a sentiment that is already driving the 2016 presidential contest, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. The poll found that a strong majority say that wealth should be more evenly divided and that it is a problem that should be addressed urgently.

Beyond Publish or Perish, Scientific Papers Look to Make Splash

nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - Each July, many of the top economists in the world gather in Cambridge, Mass., at a conference hosted by the National Bureau of Economic Research. While the work they present comes in all shapes and sizes, from the highly technical to the trendy and provocative, the coveted first day of a key weeklong session is given over to research that will make a media splash.

Los Angeles Lifts Its Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

nytimes.com — LOS ANGELES - The nation's second-largest city voted Tuesday to increase its minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 an hour by 2020, in what is perhaps the most significant victory so far for labor groups and their allies who are engaged in a national push to raise the minimum wage.
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Jul 05, 2015

RT @Bettermarkets: Former #DOJ AG #Holder can honestly say in returning to corporate defense work, “it’s like I never left.” 2/2

Jul 03, 2015

Fed court rules employers can use unpaid interns to pick up dry-cleaning, lunch if boss shows educational component: nytimes.com/2015/07/03/bus…

Jul 02, 2015

RT @greenhousenyt: Appeals court opens the door to far more unpaid internships by adopting less strict, less clear rule. nytimes.com/2015/07/03/bus… @noamscheiber

Jul 02, 2015

Unpaid intern who lost in fed court today once had to buy a nonallergenic pillow for movie director Darren Aronofsky nytimes.com/2015/07/03/bus…

Jul 02, 2015

Dear unpaid interns: A federal court has just dealt a massive blow to your ability to sue employers for back wages nytimes.com/2015/07/03/bus…

Jul 02, 2015

@NickFoxNYT hard to say. keller announced in 05 he was doing this, so was transparent. but Per Se did mislead customers abt where $ going.

Jul 02, 2015

Here's our story on Per Se's tip violations--could well have been unintentional: nytimes.com/2015/07/03/nyr…

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