Governor Wolf: Approval of New Overtime Rules a Victory for Hardworking Pennsylvanians

first_imgGovernor Wolf: Approval of New Overtime Rules a Victory for Hardworking Pennsylvanians January 31, 2020 Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Building on his commitment to workers, Governor Tom Wolf announced the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) voted today to approve the Department of Labor & Industry’s final regulation that will extend overtime pay eligibility to 82,000 more workers.“This is an important victory for thousands of workers,” said Governor Wolf. “People who work overtime should be paid for it. This is absolutely the right thing to do.“Today’s approval of my plan will modernize our outdated overtime rules so more people are eligible for time-and-a-half pay. This will put more money in the pockets of workers and strengthen the middle class.”The new regulations require overtime pay to most full-time salaried workers in executive, administrative, and professional jobs if they make less than $45,500 by 2022.This increase will be phased in over three steps:$684 per week, $35,568 annually (federal rule that went into effect January 1, 2020);$780 per week, $40,560 annually in 2021; and$875 per week, $45,500 annually in 2022.Starting in 2023, the salary threshold will adjust automatically every three years.The Attorney General must approve the final regulation before it can be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and go into effect later this year.In addition to the 82,000 workers who will benefit from Pennsylvania’s new overtime regulations, the federal government raised the salary threshold to $35,568 on January 1, 2020, which made 61,000 Pennsylvanians newly eligible for overtime. With the combined rule changes, an estimated 143,000 more workers will be eligible for time-and-a-half pay by 2023.Earlier this week, Governor Wolf reinforced his commitment to helping hardworking Pennsylvanians by reintroducing his proposal to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12 an hour with a pathway to $15.“Despite widespread support from the public, it’s been more than a decade since the General Assembly passed a minimum wage increase,” added Governor Wolf. “There are far too many Pennsylvanians working full-time and multiple jobs who are still unable to support themselves and their families.”The governor’s proposal would give a direct wage increase to 1 million workers, provide better financial stability for women, rural and tipped workers, enable thousands of people to work their way off public assistance, and grow the economy for everyone.Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009, the minimum wage allowed by federal law. A full-time, year-round minimum wage worker earns only $15,080 annually, less than the federal poverty threshold for a family of two. Twenty-nine states have a higher minimum wage and 21 states are increasing the wage floor this year.The governor’s proposal raises the minimum wage to $12 an hour on July 1, 2020 with annual 50 cent increases until reaching $15 an hour in 2026. When workers are paid fairly, fewer people will need public assistance. At $15 an hour, nearly 93,000 adults will leave Medicaid and the workers will generate more than $300 million in state tax revenue in 2026.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Welsh Secretary Cairns highlights support for tidal & wave

first_imgWelsh Secretary Alun Cairns visited some of Pembrokeshire’s leading marine renewables tech firms to underline his support for the sector and highlight the importance of the UK government’s City Deal to future economic growth in the region.The Secretary of State for Wales was joined by Alec Don, Chief Executive of the Port of Milford Haven which is leading the £76 million Pembroke Dock Marine project.The project was successful in its bid for the UK government’s City Deal funding as it seeks to create a center for the development and testing of wave and tidal energy devices in Pembrokeshire.The development will also extend beyond renewables creating facilities that have application for multiple blue economy industries, according to Port of Milford Haven.Secretary Cairns caught up with the progress of Marine Power Systems’ WaveSub and Bombora’s mWave, just two of the innovative devices being developed in Pembrokeshire which are hoped to generate clean, low cost electricity.Alun Cairns said: “Through the City Deal, the UK Government wants to make sure there are more opportunities for school leavers to benefit from local career opportunities, and to work in rewarding, skilled industries. The marine renewables industry clearly has the potential to provide those jobs of the future.”Alec Don, Chief Executive of the Port of Milford Haven, added: “Combined with private investment, City Deal Funding will be a rare boost in a region that is heavily reliant on so few, typically seasonal, industries as well as the nationally important fuel industry. We believe the City Deal will help create new opportunities that will secure existing jobs and create new rewarding employment for the people of Pembrokeshire.” Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns met with Port of Milford Haven’s CEO Alec Don and Wavetricity’s CEO Simon Gillett (Photo: Port of Milford Haven)last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to beat UNC-Greensboro

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: March 14 at 2:45 p.m.No. 1 seed Syracuse (18-14, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) starts off its National Invitation Tournament run against eighth-seeded UNC-Greensboro (25-9, 14-4 Southern) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.Here’s how The Daily Orange beat writers think the game will unfold:Connor Grossman (19-13)DaycationSyracuse 79, UNC-Greensboro 71Only days after Jim Boeheim indirectly removed himself from Greenboro’s mayoral race, the veteran head coach is rewarded with a ridiculously ironic matchup in the first round of the NIT. This is a game and tournament Syracuse wanted no part of, but so long as SU’s playing in the Carrier Dome, it will be business as usual. If there’s any silver lining, Orange fans get a chance to see Tyler Lydon play at home again before he makes a decision on his NBA future.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt Schneidman (14-18)Troll jobSyracuse 81, UNC-Greensboro 60First off, it is absolutely hysterical that UNC-Greensboro is flying to Syracuse after Jim Boeheim’s “no value” comments. I’m sure the 72-year-old is having a good laugh about the pairing, as much as he will after the game when Syracuse cruises into the second round. It may not be the NCAA Tournament, but the Orange still wants to win, and it won’t have a problem doing so on WednesdayPaul Schwedelson (20-12)Nothing but businessSyracuse 79, UNC-Greensboro 58This game will only be fun because Jim Boeheim trashed Greensboro after Syracuse lost in its first ACC tournament game. Other than that, the Orange will trounce the Spartans. UNCG won nine straight before its loss in the Southern Conference championship game, but count on SU playing well because the game will be played in the Carrier Dome, where Syracuse is 16-3 this season. Comments Published on March 13, 2017 at 2:45 amlast_img read more

Hasaacas coach Yusuf Basigi hails his side’s defensive solidity

first_imgSekondi Hasaacas coach Yusuf Basigi has hailed his team’s defence as the foundation for his team’s famous victory over struggling Hearts of Oak.Basigi, who doubles as the Black Queens, coach is pleased after masterminding two big victories in the space of a fortnight. He defeated Ashantigold last week.“We took advantage of their unsettled defense to score two good goals,” Basigi said after the game.“But I think that our defense was the difference since they played very well in the second half to ensure that we were able to see out the game.”“Hearts and Kotoko are the two biggest clubs so beating them always brings good feelings.”“But we have to build on the win and continue to climb high on the table.” This impressive win sees Hasaacas move to sixth on the league two points off a top four place.–last_img read more

Jerry Jones fed up with Cowboys slump but again rejects in-season coaching change

first_imgAsked if he thought the team was “going backwards,” Jones told reporters: “It’s leveled out here. It’s losing, losing, losing.””I’m not trying to be funny here, but the point is that we’ve got to win a football game,” he said. “I don’t care what the standings are, what the numbers are.”MORE: Ranking the Cowboys’ Jason Garrett replacement candidatesFinal from #DALvsCHI— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 6, 2019Jones has already said he expects Garrett to be “coaching in the NFL next year,” though he did not explicitly say that will be with his franchise. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did not try to sugarcoat his team’s latest loss after they fell to a third straight defeat against the Bears on Thursday.A 31-24 loss at Soldier Field increased the pressure on Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who had been defended by Jones in the wake of the Thanksgiving defeat to the Bills. Jones had said he would not make a coaching change last week and was hopeful of the Cowboys embarking on a winning streak, but the latest loss leaves Dallas at 6-7, albeit they are still top of a poor NFC East. Yet the Cowboys owner denied the uncertainty surrounding Garrett’s position has led to Dallas’ on-field struggles.”The same way that my praise of them has contributed,” he argued. “You may have noticed I’ve been praising them too. So much for words, seriously. So much for words.”I don’t think so. We know that that score didn’t indicate how bad they beat us. The score was a lot closer, they beat us real good.”last_img read more

With no results, candidates offer their interpretations of Iowa Caucus finish

first_imgDES MOINES — The candidates who had Caucus Night celebrations in Des Moines put their own spin on the unknown results. Pete Buttigieg addressed about 2000 supporters in a Drake University gym.“So we don’t know all the results, but we know by the time it’s all said and done, Iowa — you have shocked the nation,” Buttigieg said, to cheers.Buttigieg wasn’t referring to the delayed Caucus results — but was instead making a suggestion about his finish in the caucuses.“By all indications, we are going onto New Hampshire victorious,” Buttigieg said.Joe Biden’s legal counsel sent Iowa Democratic Party officials a letter, citing “considerable flaws” in the caucus reporting system. Biden told supporters the results — once revealed — “would be close.”“The Iowa Democratic Party is working to get these results, get ’em straight and I want to make sure they’re very careful in their deliberations,” Biden said.Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addressed cheering supporters before 11 o’clock last night.“I imagine, have a strong feeling that at some point the results will be announced,” Sanders said, to cheers, “and when those results are announced, I have a good feeling we’re going to be doing very, very well here in Iowa.”The Sanders campaign released information shortly after midnight, tallies the campaign itself collected from 40 percent of precincts because of “the failure of hte Iowa Democratic Party to release results.”Elizabeth Warren offered this explanation to her supporters: “It is to close to call — so I am just going to tell you what I do know.”:ne of her supporters yelled, “You won!” and the crowd cheered.Warren began her speech by thanking Iowa and her supporters here.“You came together, you organized, you showed that we are united in our conviction that hope defeats fear,” Warren said.Amy Klobuchar was first to speak once it became clear results would not be released.“You’ve probably heard we don’t know the results, but I did not want to let another minute go by without thanking all of you,” Klobuchar said. “…We know there’s delays, but we know one thing: we are punching above our weight.”Klobuchar suggested the results — whenever they may be announced — will show she is “on the board.”last_img read more

Russia Vietnam lead China growth

first_imgOne of the fastest growing travel destinations saw its arrivals numbers ushered up by Russian and Vietnamese visitors whose visitor numbers more than double during January this year compared to the same month 2011. According to a Hong Kong Tourism Board monthly visitor statistics report, 53.7 percent more travelers from Vietnam trekked into China during the first month of 2012 compared to last year while 55.1 percent more Russians made the journey.Leading the country’s growth, the two nations were followed by arrivals into India with 20.2 percent more visitors while Singapore came in fourth most visited  with a 15.6 percent growth.Meanwhile the number of visitors into China from Japan fell by 17.2 percent from 113,373 to 93,861 a figure disrupted by the quake that struck Japan early last year.Arrivals from Thailand also took a hit in January this year with 21.3 percent less visitors while arrivals from France fell 12.3 percent.In total the region saw its arrival number grow by 15.1 percent more than month while Mainland China alone welcomed 23.9 percent more people over the same period. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more