Some disaster relief responders from FEMA, who worked around the clock to respond to a record number of natural disasters in 2017 (including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma), say they have been told they might be asked to return part of their overtime pay to the federal government.
Jean-Paul Sartre theorized hell is other people, which this election has certainly proved true, but a new report suggests the truest incarnation of hell has already revealed itself to a small group of men and women tasked with keeping people like Donald Trump alive—they’re not even getting paid for all of it.
Recently, in response to Obama’s recently announced executive action on overtime, we asked readers working in creative industries affected to write in and tell us a little bit about how they stand to benefit (or not). We got a lot of submissions.
For some time, the working world has relied on the idea that an employee must “pay their dues” in order to move up in the company hierarchy. Nowadays, with the current threshold for overtime eligibility hovering at $23,660, this concept has escalated comfortably into “live in poverty for a while.”
On Tuesday morning, the Department of Labor released an overtime policy proposal that would substantially raise the base wages of workers who are classified as “managers”—and thus ineligible for time-and-a-half—despite receiving pay as low as $23,000 per year.
Any job can be a downer on a given day, but now a study has shown that when people work very long hours, their jobs can actually make them depressed—like clinically depressed, not just "my boss is annoying" depressed. That's extremely scary news, seeing as so many of us are glued to our desks, slaving away until we…