The disappearing teenage job

Vocation | Busy high schoolers today are skipping jobs, and not learning skills that steady work teaches
by Jill Nelson
Posted 9/28/17, 01:40 pm

MISSION VIEJO, Calif.—On a warm midsummer afternoon, dozens of parents arranged their brightly colored umbrellas along the soccer pitch at Capistrano Valley High School (CVHS). Many left work to mark the beginning of a series of “lasts”: their sons’ last soccer season, the last set of school pictures, and all too soon, the last day of high school.

But these parents were worried about more than letting go. Many were also concerned that their teens are not exchanging “lasts” for crucial “firsts”—more specifically, their first job.

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Hillbillies like me

Books | A look at life in the Rust Belt, where poverty has become a family tradition. An excerpt from Hillbilly Elegy
by J.D. Vance
Posted 9/16/17, 12:34 pm

J.D. Vance’s engrossing memoir/popular sociology, Hillbilly Elegy, offers an insider’s view into Appalachian communities struggling with factory and mine closures, unemployment, addiction, ­family breakdown, and premature death. The book, which was named WORLD’s 2016 Book of the Year in the Understanding America category, tells how Vance’s grandparents and the military saved him from the destructive path of many relatives and friends.

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Federal judge strikes down Obama overtime rule

by Evan Wilt
Posted 9/01/17, 11:13 am

A federal judge in Texas has nullified a U.S. Department of Labor rule that would have granted automatic overtime pay to an additional 4 million U.S. workers, a key regulatory priority for former President Barack Obama. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant ruled Thursday the Labor Department exceeded its authority to automatically grant time-and-a-half pay for salaried workers earning less than $47,476 per year. Mazzant said the rule wrongly focused too heavily on hours worked instead of job duties. The Obama administration hailed the rule as a way to boost wage stagnation.

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