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How to help close the gender pay gap

February 10, 2016 BY: Julie Kashen TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality

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.

Tags: wage discrimination, gender pay gap, gender equality

The Benefits of Socioeconomically and Racially Integrated Schools and Classrooms

February 10, 2016 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Education, Improving Access to Quality Public Schools, Workers & Economic Inequality, Poverty

Time and again, research shows that racially and socioeconomically diverse schools come with a myriad of benefits for students.

Tags: socioeconomic integration, socioeconomic diversity, school diversity, integrated schools, achievement gap

Have You Seen the Missing Workforce?

February 5, 2016 COMMENTARY BY: Andrew Stettner TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Economic Policy

TCF's senior labor fellow Andrew Stettner explains the jobs gap between prime age labor force participation and job availability.


January Jobs Report: Wages Are Climbing, But There’s Still A Ways To Go

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.

Is this robocall illegal? The line blurs for people with student debt

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.

Tags: student debt, investigative reporting, debt scam


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