The gender pay gap continues to be an issue, despite measures President Obama has already taken to even out pay level in the workplace. TCF fellow Julie Kashen shares her own experience with overcoming the gender pay gap, and advises workplaces to increase the transparency of their pay data to work toward eliminating this inequality issue.
When pay information is secret, it is impossible for regulators to enforce the law. The administration’s action will for the first time create a central database of private-sector pay information that regulators can use to shine a light on pay disparities and help the EEOC target its enforcement.
Check out Julie's latest piece in POLITICO.
On Friday, the Department of Labor released its latest employment numbers from January. TCF senior fellow Andrew Stettner commented on these figures in a new article on recent wage growth.
“Wages are still not climbing in the way that they should in an economy delivering a full-employment-sounding unemployment rate of 4.9 percent,” said Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, a liberal think tank.
Read more on the January jobs report at the International Business Times.
So-called "debt-relief companies" seem to be gaining ground when it comes to targeting collecting loan debt. One of TCF's own policy associates was in fact targeted via numerous phone calls, before he decided to investigate and see what these "robo-calls" were asking for. Jillian Berman at MarketWatch cited Sam Adler-Bell's experience:
Adler-Bell believes the company was using an automated device to call him -- also known as robo-dialing -- and continued to pester him about once a week for the next few months. Though it’s hard to say exactly how many consumers have received similar calls, a review of several lawsuits filed within the last year as well as interviews with lawyers and regulators indicates student debt relief companies may be increasingly using robocalls to lure consumers, in some cases even calling people who have no student loans or who have already paid them off, claiming they can slash their debt.
Check out Berman's article.
Thousands of dissidents have been jailed in Egypt in recent months, including Egyptian writer and academic Ismail Iskandarani. In a Washington Post article discussing Iskandarani's detention and Egypt's continuing crackdown, TCF senior fellow Michael Wahid Hanna commented on the increasingly erratic actions of the Sisi regime.
“The current regime is a paranoid regime,” Michael Wahid Hanna, senior fellow at the Century Foundation in New York, said in a recent article.
See the full article at the Washington Post.
It's no secret that choosing, applying, and enrolling in a college is a difficult set of tasks—especially for youth who are left to do the process largely on their own. One way to help youth get through this and promote college affordability methods is to offer encouragement from authority figures willing to help. This encouragement might be in the form of text message "nudges" or by just simplifying the FAFSA forms students complete to apply for aid.
Robert M. Shireman, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation who once served as deputy under secretary of education in the Obama administration, agrees. When people struggle to fill out a form, helping them through it is great. But, he says, "you want to ask the question, Do we need this form?" And if, in fact, the form is needed, perhaps it can be simplified.
Read the Chronicle article on student success featuring TCF fellow Robert Shireman
The new secretary of education Dr. John King is following in former secretary Arne Duncan's footsteps quite closely, save for one very important hot-button education issue: school integration. TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg writes in his latest for The American Prospect on why Secretary King's renewed dedication to both racial and socioeconomic integration in schools will result in achievement by students of every demographic.
“Research shows that one of the best things we can do for all children—black or white, rich or poor—is give them a chance to attend strong, socioeconomically diverse schools,” declared the incoming education secretary in a speech to Al Sharpton’s National Action Breakfast Network. King called for “innovative, voluntary locally-driven efforts to promote socioeconomic diversity in schools.”
Harold Pollack's famous "index card" that provides all bits of information one needs to properly manage their finances can apparently also be applied to dealing with stock market fluctuation. In a Washington Post article, the index card is deemed to provide sound advice even regarding the rise and fall of stock market prices—which have already dropped 9 percent in 2016.
At a time like this, this card is more significant for what it doesn't say than what it does. You might notice that there's nothing in those 24 square inches about worldwide collapses in stock prices.
Read the article that praises Pollack's index card advice
TCF fellows Michael Wahid Hanna and Thanassis Cambanis spoke with the director of the Project on Middle East Political Science about the upcoming fifth anniversary of the Egyptian revolution and the challenges that Egypt continues to face today. Check out the full recording of their conversation below.
There's no secret formula when it comes to designing a comprehensive insurance system. In his latest article for VOX, TCF's Harold Pollack explains how an American single-payer system would necessarily replicate our current system’s most glaring defects.
Single-payer would require a serious rewrite of state and federal relations in Medicaid and in many other matters. It would radically revise the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which strongly influences the benefit practices of large employers. Single-payer would require intricate negotiation to navigate the transition from employer-based coverage. The House and Senate would be in charge of this tension, and at risk of the negotiations among key legislators and committees who hold sway.
Read VOX's article on insurance models by Harold Pollack.
The Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case that was heard before the Supreme Court last week carries the potential to mar the current public sector union model that has been in place for decades. A Deseret News article outlines Richard Kahlenberg's argument in favor of California Teachers Association which asserts that a universal funding of collective bargaining preserves democracy.
Kahlenberg argues that the court struck a “reasonable balance” in 1977, allowing objectors to opt out of politics but still contribute to bargaining. Allowing non-union members to opt out of collective bargaining costs, he argues, is much like allowing taxpayers to opt out of the portions of government policy they object to.
Read the full article from Deserset News.