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NAFTA Labor Side Agreement: Lessons for the Workers Rights and Fast-Track Debate

NAFTA Labor Side Agreement: Lessons for the Workers Rights and Fast-Track Debate

Date: October 9, 2001
Creator: Bolle, Mary Jane
Description: None
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Federal Hiring Flexibilities for Emergency Situations: Fact Sheet

Federal Hiring Flexibilities for Emergency Situations: Fact Sheet

Date: October 11, 2001
Creator: Schwemle, Barbara L
Description: n the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in a September 13, 2001 memorandum to executive branch agencies, identified various hiring flexibilities that can be used to meet staffing needs in emergency situations. This report provides information on each of the flexibilities.
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Unemployment Related to Terrorist Attacks: Proposals to Assist Affected Workers in the Airlines and Related Industries

Unemployment Related to Terrorist Attacks: Proposals to Assist Affected Workers in the Airlines and Related Industries

Date: October 12, 2001
Creator: Graney, Paul J
Description: This report discusses the proposal to assist affected workers in the airlines and related industries in the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that shut down the nation’s air transport system temporarily.
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Social Security: The Cost-of-Living Adjustment in January 2002

Social Security: The Cost-of-Living Adjustment in January 2002

Date: October 25, 2001
Creator: Koitz, David Stuart; Kollmann, Geoffrey & Sidor, Gary
Description: None
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Older Workers: Employment and Retirement Trends

Older Workers: Employment and Retirement Trends

Date: October 26, 2001
Creator: Purcell, Patrick J
Description: None
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NAFTA Labor Side Agreement: Lessons for the Workers Rights and Fast-Track Debate

NAFTA Labor Side Agreement: Lessons for the Workers Rights and Fast-Track Debate

Date: December 7, 2001
Creator: Bolle, Mary Jane
Description: None
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Jordan-U.S. Free Trade Agreement: Labor Issues

Jordan-U.S. Free Trade Agreement: Labor Issues

Date: December 13, 2001
Creator: Bolle, Mary Jane
Description: None
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COLAs for Military Retirees: Summary of Congressional and Executive Branch Action, 1982-2001 (FY1983-FY2002)

COLAs for Military Retirees: Summary of Congressional and Executive Branch Action, 1982-2001 (FY1983-FY2002)

Date: January 2, 2002
Creator: Goldich, Robert L
Description: The Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1982 (which applied to FY1983 budget issues) suspended previously existing permanent law pertaining to cost-of-living adjustments(COLAs) for federal civilian and military retirees, and changed the COLA calculation formulas to postpone and/or reduce future COLAs for military retirees during 1983-1985 (FY1984-FY1986).This report examines executive and congressional COLA-related initiatives associated with each of the fiscal year budgeting processes from calendar year 1982 (FY1983) through calendar year 2000 (FY2001).
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Social Security: Coverage of Household Workers - A Fact Sheet

Social Security: Coverage of Household Workers - A Fact Sheet

Date: January 3, 2002
Creator: Kollmann, Geoffrey
Description: On October 22, 1994, President Clinton signed legislation (P.L. 103-387) that changes social security coverage of household workers. The new law changed the threshold to a yearly amount and raised it (to $1,000 in 1994, indexed thereafter to average wage growth-it became $1,100 in 1998, 1,200 in 2000, and 1,300 in 2001). It remains at $1,300 in 2002. In addition, the new law exempted most domestic workers under age 18, and provided that Social Security and unemployment taxes will be reported on the employer's annual federal tax return.
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Computer Services Personnel: Overtime Pay Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Computer Services Personnel: Overtime Pay Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Date: January 6, 2002
Creator: Whittaker, William G
Description: The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), as amended, is the primary federal statute in the area of minimum wages and overtime pay. Through administrative rulemaking, the Secretary of Labor has established two tests through which to define eligibility under the Section 13(a)(1) exemption: a duties test and an earnings test. In the 106th Congress, legislation was introduced by Representatives Andrews and Lazio that would have increased the scope of the exemption: first, by expanding the range of exempt job titles, and then, through a relative reduction in the value of the earnings threshold or test. For example, were the minimum wage increased to $6.15 per hour, as pending proposals would do, the value of the computer services exemption threshold would be 4.5 times the federal minimum wage. Ultimately, neither bill was enacted, but the issue has re-emerged as H.R. 1545 (Andrews) and H.R. 546 (Quinn).
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Salaries of Federal Officials: A Fact Sheet

Salaries of Federal Officials: A Fact Sheet

Date: January 7, 2002
Creator: Gressle, Sharon S
Description: None
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NAFTA Labor Side Agreement: Lessons for the Workers Rights and Fast-Track Debate

NAFTA Labor Side Agreement: Lessons for the Workers Rights and Fast-Track Debate

Date: January 11, 2002
Creator: Bolle, Mary Jane
Description: None
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The Americans with Disabilities Act: Toyota Motor Manufacturing v. Williams

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Toyota Motor Manufacturing v. Williams

Date: January 15, 2002
Creator: Jones, Nancy L.
Description: The Supreme Court, in Toyota Motor Manufacturing v. Williams, held that to be an individual with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) an individual must have substantial limitations on abilities that are central to daily life,rather than only to those abilities used in the workplace. In an unanimous opinion written by Justice O’Connor, the Court interpreted the definition of individual with disability narrowly to exclude individuals who are limited only in the performance of manual tasks associated with their job. This report will briefly discuss Williams and its implications for the ADA.
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Appropriations for FY2002: Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

Appropriations for FY2002: Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

Date: January 18, 2002
Creator: Irwin, Paul M
Description: Appropriations are one part of a complex federal budget process that includes budget resolutions, appropriations (regular, supplemental, and continuing) bills, rescissions, and budget reconciliation bills. This report is a guide to one of the 13 regular appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittees.
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Appropriations for FY2002: Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

Appropriations for FY2002: Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

Date: March 11, 2002
Creator: Irwin, Paul M
Description: Appropriations are one part of a complex federal budget process that includes budget resolutions, appropriations (regular, supplemental, and continuing) bills, rescissions, and budget reconciliation bills. This report is a guide to one of the 13 regular appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittees.
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The Enron Bankruptcy and Employer Stock in Retirement Plans

The Enron Bankruptcy and Employer Stock in Retirement Plans

Date: March 11, 2002
Creator: Purcell, Patrick J
Description: This report describes the current laws governing the holding of employer stock in employee retirement plans and summarizes some key policy questions that pension analysts have raised about holding such stock in defined contribution retirement plans.
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Vietnam's Labor Rights Regime: An Assessment

Vietnam's Labor Rights Regime: An Assessment

Date: March 14, 2002
Creator: Manyin, Mark E.; Lum, Thomas; McHugh, Lois B.; Nguyen, Phuong-Khanh & Zeldin, Wendy
Description: Report regarding Vietnam that gives context to a bilateral trade agreement under consideration by the U.S. Congress. From the summary: "This report details Vietnam's law and policy in six areas of labor rights: the right of association/collective bargaining; forced labor; child labor; health and safety; wages, hours and welfare benefits; and discrimination. This report also provides international context by contrasting the Vietnamese and Chinese labor rights regimes." Includes an appendix of Vietnamese labor laws (p. 37)
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Trafficking in Women and Children: The U.S. and International Response

Trafficking in Women and Children: The U.S. and International Response

Date: March 18, 2002
Creator: Miko, Francis T & Park, Grace (Jea-Hyun)
Description: None
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Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

Date: March 25, 2002
Creator: Lake, Jennifer E
Description: Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides assistance to previously employed or self- employed individuals rendered unemployed as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular federal/state unemployment insurance (UI). DUA is federally funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but is administered by the state UI agencies.
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Temporary Programs to Extend Unemployment Compensation

Temporary Programs to Extend Unemployment Compensation

Date: March 26, 2002
Creator: Lake, Jennifer E
Description: None
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Employer Stock in Retirement Plans: Bills in the 107th Congress

Employer Stock in Retirement Plans: Bills in the 107th Congress

Date: March 28, 2002
Creator: Purcell, Patrick J
Description: In the wake of the bankruptcy of Enron Corporation, numerous bills have been introduced in the 107th Congress with the intent of protecting workers from the financial losses that employees risk when they invest a large proportion of their retirement savings in securities issued by their employers. Legislative proposals include some that would directly regulate the proportion of employees’ retirement savings that can be comprised of employer securities, and others that would encourage education of employees on financial matters without imposing a cap on employee investment in employer securities.
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Terrorism: The New Occupational Hazard

Terrorism: The New Occupational Hazard

Date: March 29, 2002
Creator: Rappaport, Edward B
Description: None
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Flexible Spending Accounts and Medical Savings Accounts: A Comparison

Flexible Spending Accounts and Medical Savings Accounts: A Comparison

Date: May 21, 2002
Creator: Lyke, Bob & Peterson, Chris L
Description: None
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Unemployment Benefits: Legislative Issues in the 107th Congress

Unemployment Benefits: Legislative Issues in the 107th Congress

Date: May 23, 2002
Creator: Franco, Celinda
Description: None
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