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  • Hastings and Rooney Introduce Resolution Encouraging Fair Hiring Practices
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Workforce

    Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Tom Rooney (R-FL) on Tuesday introduced H.Res.77, a House Resolution encouraging the development of best business practices for fair hiring practices. The resolution encourages businesses to provide minorities with fair opportunities to participate at the highest levels. (Please find a copy of the Resolution attached.) “It is important that we continue working to ensure a level playing field for minorities and underrepresented groups in companies and ... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Women’s Equality Day
    Posted in Press Releases on August 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Issues, Jobs and the Workforce

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement marking the 96th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment, which extended voting rights to women, and Women’s Equality Day: “Today we celebrate the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and Women’s Equality Day, which is dedicated to the women and men who fought against discrimination based on sex at the voting booth. We also must recognize the work that remains to be done despite the many strides that have been m... Read more

  • Hastings Recognizes Equal Pay Day
    Posted in Press Releases on April 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Issues, Jobs and the Workforce, Economy and Finance

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in observance of Equal Pay Day, which marks the point at which the average women’s earnings finally equal those of their male counterparts from the previous year: “Today we mark yet another Equal Pay Day, a day designated to acknowledging that despite passage of the Equal Pay Act over five decades ago, equal pay for equal work still remains a major issue. “Although women make up almost 50 percent of the workforce, holding near... Read more

  • Hastings Marks Sixth Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Issues, Jobs and the Workforce

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking the sixth Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: “Today, we recognize the sixth Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Passed in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Ledbetter v Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, the Act eased access to the courts for women seeking to challenge pay discrimination and encouraged employers to implement fair payment practices. “This bill was the first to be signed into ... Read more

  • Hastings’ Response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, International Relations, Jobs and the Workforce, Economy and Finance

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address tonight: “Over the past year, we have seen great restoration of our national economy, which has in turn provided increased opportunity and success for everyday Americans. Indeed, this is the cornerstone of the ‘American Dream,’ but this restoration has not been equitably distributed to those who are most in need. I stand with the President and my Democratic col... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on National Minimum Wage Day
    Posted in Press Releases on October 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Workforce, Economy and Finance

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in support of National Minimum Wage Day, designated as a day to raise awareness for the need to increase the minimum wage to $10.10: “The value of the minimum wage today is more than 30 percent less than it was in 1968, leaving millions of hardworking Americans in poverty. The time for action is long overdue. “A full-time minimum wage worker earns only $15,080 a year, making it nearly impossible to support a family and save for th... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Latina Equal Pay Day
    Posted in Press Releases on October 8, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Issues, Jobs and the Workforce, Economy and Finance

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in support of Latina Equal Pay Day, which highlights the gender wage gap between men and women, which is especially evident for Latina women: “Over 50 years have passed since the Equal Pay Act was enacted. And yet, equal pay for equal work still ceases to be a reality for all Americans. On average, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts, regardless of race. The disparity for Latina women is even ... Read more

  • Hastings Marks 76th Anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 25, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Workforce

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings released the following statement marking the 76th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): “The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 set a new standard for worker rights in our nation. Establishing a national minimum wage, time-and-a-half overtime pay for certain jobs, and prohibitions against child labor, the FLSA set our country on course as a land of opportunity. “Through the years, the FLSA has evolved with our growing nation, extending workplace p... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on 3 Million Americans Losing Emergency Unemployment Benefits
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Workforce

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after the number of Americans cut-off from Emergency Unemployment Insurance (UI) reached 3 million: “I continue to strongly oppose Republican efforts to prevent the extension of Emergency Unemployment Insurance. Since they first let UI expire in December 2013, more than 3 million people have lost their benefits. Every week Congress delays action on renewing UI, 72,000 more Americans will be affected. “The Senate passed a bipar... Read more

  • Continuing the Fight for Women’s Rights with Paycheck Fairness
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 28, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Issues, Jobs and the Workforce

    When Jeannette Rankin of Montana was elected as the first woman to serve in Congress, she knew that she would not be the last. Since her swearing into office in 1916 — four years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the establishment of women’s suffrage — more than 300 women have been elected to Congress. Today, more women serve in Congress than ever before, and our nation, led by such pioneers as Congresswoman Rankin, has taken great strides to expand opportunities for women throu... Read more