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Employment Compensation

Robert Samuelson: A part-timer boom -- or blip?

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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Guest opinion: Equal pay for women must be a Montana priority

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.

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Women visit congressional offices to get word out on Equal Pay Day

Women visit congressional offices to get word out on Equal Pay Day

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.

April 08, 2014 5:40 pmLoading…

Legal Briefing: Correct employee classification, handbook review are essential

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…

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Robert J. Samuelson: Expanded EITC would do more for poor than minimum wage hike

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…

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Guest opinion: State must honor promise to retired teachers

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.

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Robert J. Samuelson: America's recurring minimum-wage muddle

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.

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Guest opinion: Workers uniting to fight for living wages

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.

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PSC backs off rule on executive pay disclosure

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.

August 27, 2013 3:43 pmLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr: Obama should raise stakes on immigration debate

WASHINGTON — If you want to alleviate worries about the economic impact of immigration reform, increase the minimum wage.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Workaholic nation: Why America flunks vacations

WASHINGTON — In the global rivalry of economic models and lifestyles, the United States ranks dead last among advanced countries in one category: vacations.

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Legal Briefing: Be aware of federal rules governing summer internships

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.

July 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Officials: Proclamation keeps gender wage gap in Wyomingites' minds

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — National Equal Pay Day was in April.

June 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana will prosper with equal pay for equal work

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 …

June 23, 2013 12:05 amLoading…
Montana legislative mistake could gut pension fix

Montana legislative mistake could gut pension fix

HELENA — An attempt to modify the future impact of an error in a new pension law continued Wednesday, but wasn’t resolved.

June 19, 2013 5:44 pm Related Loading…
One pension fix passes House, another is close

One pension fix passes House, another is close

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.

April 22, 2013 7:32 pm Related Loading…
Pension fixes lurch toward finish line

Pension fixes lurch toward finish line

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.

April 20, 2013 1:41 pm Related Loading…
2 Bullock pension bills win panel’s approval

2 Bullock pension bills win panel’s approval

HELENA — The Bullock administration’s two bills attempting to fix Montana’s financially troubled government pension systems won approval in committee Friday.

March 22, 2013 8:37 pm Photos

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Montana panel considers limiting back wages claims

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.

March 08, 2013 4:07 pmLoading…

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