WASHINGTON — There may be a dark lining to the sunny June employment report, which recorded an increase of 288,000 payroll jobs for the month. Most or all of the increase may have been part-time jobs. If that's a trend, it could signal a weaker economy. It could also vindicate critics of the…
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On Mother’s Day we pause to thank and honor the incredible women in our lives who sacrifice so much while asking for little in return. We’re honored to be the husbands of two of these amazing Montana women: first lady Lisa Bullock and Lt. Gov. Angela McLean.
In Montana, a woman is paid 76 cents for the same work a man is paid a dollar. That means a woman must work more than 15 months to take home the pay a man receives in 12.
In a late 2013 decision involving wage claims and constructive discharge issues, the Montana Supreme Court determined that an award of punitive damages against an employer was proper. In the case of Harrell v. Farmers Educational Cooperative Union of America, Montana Division, 2013 MT 367, t…
WASHINGTON — The great virtue of the Congressional Budget Office's recent report on the minimum wage is that it injects a much-needed dose of reality into the debate over job creation. The Obama administration and its congressional allies have taken the position that raising the minimum wage…
Montanans value their quality educators. In the midst of the Great Depression, the 1937 Legislature created a retirement system, in part, to honor their service. They also sought to provide economic stability to a population of senior Montanans.
WASHINGTON — We’re now engaged in another divisive debate over the minimum wage and its offspring, the “living wage.” We’ve been here before, because both sides seem to have strong arguments.
Low-wage workers across Montana and the U.S. have spent the summer months fighting hard for an honest wage. Many working in the retail sector and warehouses have walked off the job to raise awareness about their plight at a time when corporations are raking in record profits.
HELENA — The state's Public Service Commission decided Tuesday to back off a proposal that would have allowed utilities to keep the salaries of their top three executives private.
WASHINGTON — If you want to alleviate worries about the economic impact of immigration reform, increase the minimum wage.
WASHINGTON — In the global rivalry of economic models and lifestyles, the United States ranks dead last among advanced countries in one category: vacations.
During the summer months, many businesses hire students as interns to give them exposure to the working world and specific careers. Some employers, however, mischaracterize employees as interns in order to avoid the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — National Equal Pay Day was in April.
Fifty years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, American women earn, on average, 77 percent of what their male counterparts do. Here in Montana, women are earning only 67 percent for doing the same work, putting Montana in 39th place for pay equity. We’d match the Montana work …
HELENA — An attempt to modify the future impact of an error in a new pension law continued Wednesday, but wasn’t resolved.
HELENA -- The House on Monday gave final approval to one bill to fix one of Montana’s financially troubled pension funds and preliminarily endorsed another bill to address the other major plan.
HELENA — Two fixes for the state's pension systems are nearing final approval, despite lingering concern from Republicans over the cost, after the House advanced the measures in a pair of close votes Saturday.
HELENA — The Bullock administration’s two bills attempting to fix Montana’s financially troubled government pension systems won approval in committee Friday.
HELENA — A bill to limit damages awarded to people unlawfully fired from their jobs would make it more difficult for former employees to take legal action against an employer, opponents of the measure said Friday.