Poverty Reports Released Show an Increase in America’s Poor

They are considered to be the “newly poor.”  This is the 4.8 million people in America who joined the poverty rank last year.  In America, to be considered poor,  an individual must have made less than $22,000 in annual income for a family of four.  Americans who hadn’t quite reached the middle class yet who were above the poverty line, are now experiencing poverty, as the US unemployment rate remains stagnant above 9 percent.  The Census Bureau reported that the US poverty rate last year hit 14.3 percent, increased from 13.2 percent in 2008.  Learn More.

In times of economic uncertainty such as this, it is important to find and keep a job that will treat you fairly.  Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes standards for minimum wages, overtime pay, record keeping, and child labor. The Act applies to employers that oversee employees who engage in interstate commerce, produce goods for interstate commerce, or handle, sell, or work on goods or materials that have been moved in or produced for interstate commerce.  The Act covers the following regardless of their annual dollar amount in income: hospitals; institutions engaged in the care of the sick, aged, mentally ill, or disabled who reside on the premises; schools for children who are mentally or physically disabled or gifted; preschools, elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education; and federal, state, and local government agencies.  The Act also covers domestic service workers, such as day workers, housekeepers, chauffeurs, cooks, or full time babysitters, if they receive at least $1,700 in 2009 in cash wages from one employer in a calendar year, or if they work a total of more than eight hours a week for one or more employers.  Learn More.

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