Senate HELP Committee Considers NLRB Nomination

By Ilyse Wolens Schuman, Michael J. Lotito and littler.com

During a relatively sedate hearing to consider the nomination of Lauren McFerran to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board, the issue of joint employment and franchisor liability took center stage, at least for the Republican members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

Minimum Wage Hike Will Hurt Poor, Young, Minorities

By Arthur B. Laffer and Andy Puzder, Investor’s Business Daily

Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, have introduced a bill in the House and Senate that would raise the federal minimum wage by 39% over the next two years to $10.10 per hour from today’s $7.25 and then index that wage to consumer prices.

Obama’s Minimum-Wage Omissions

By Jason L. Riley, The Wall Street Journal

President Obama last month endorsed a bill sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D., Calif.) to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from $7.25 per hour.

America’s Rehearsals for Retirement

By Laura Tyson, project-syndicate.org

As the first wave of America’s baby boomers begins to retire, the retirement system is revealing its flaws. More than half of all workers (and more than 60% of low-income workers) are at risk of lacking sufficient savings to maintain their living standards after they stop working

Senate committee to vote on NLRB nominees Wednesday

By Sean Higgins, The Washington Examiner

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, announced Thursday that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee would vote on all five nominees to the National Labor Relations Board next Wednesday. Harkin’s announcement followed a two-hour hearing — which will apparently be the only hearing — on the five nominees, three of whom are currently seated on the board.