FROM Karen Harned
Walmart, the Minimum Wage and the Working Poor Last week, Walmart stunned the world of retail by announcing that it will give half-million low-wage workers a raise in April to $9 an hour, with the promise of $10 an hour by February of next year. Low pay has created image problems for America's biggest private employer, while reduced unemployment means new competition for workers. But even $10 is hardly enough to support a family, and labor advocates are pushing for $15. As some cities and states increase the minimum wage, we hear what life is like at the lowest end of the pay scale.
Do Pregnant Women Suffer Workplace Discrimination? Women are nearly half America's work force, and three quarters will be pregnant at least once during their working lives. When UPS driver Peggy Young became pregnant, her doctor told her not to lift packages weighing more than 20 pounds. But UPS refused to accommodate her. She had to take unpaid leave, lost her medical coverage — and sued for damages. Lower courts have disagreed about the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act , and today the US Supreme Court agreed to decide if pregnant workers are entitled to special accommodations — just like employees who are injured on the job. Many companies — small and large — call that an expensive burden that discourages the hiring of women. Women's groups, evangelical Christians and the Obama Administration call it a violation of equal rights. We hear about today's arguments.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.