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U.S. business groups sue to block Biden overtime pay rule

A coalition of U.S. business groups has filed a lawsuit to block a Biden administration rule that would extend mandatory overtime pay to 4 million workers. The groups claim that the rule goes too far and would force businesses to cut jobs and limit workers' hours. The lawsuit argues that the U.S. Department of Labor lacks the power to implement such a rule. The current threshold for overtime pay is about $35,500 per year, but the new rule would require employers to pay overtime premiums to workers earning less than $58,600 per year. The business groups argue that complying with the new rule would lead to significant costs and force many smaller employers and non-profits to cut critical programming and staffing. The lawsuit was filed in Sherman, Texas federal court, where a similar rule adopted by the Obama administration was struck down in 2017. The groups involved in the lawsuit include the National Federation of Independent Business, the International Franchise Association, and the National Retail Federation.

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Nepalese farm worker sues former employer in UK for unpaid wages and discrimination

A Nepalese farm worker is suing her former employer in the UK for unpaid wages and discrimination, marking the first case of its kind. Sapana Pangeni, who came to the UK on a seasonal visa, alleges that she was not provided with gloves and was forced to live in an unheated caravan. The UK relies on migrant workers to support its farms due to a shortage of local labourers. Pangeni's case highlights the difficulties faced by migrant workers in enforcing their rights. Major supermarkets and industry groups have taken notice of the issue, as some seasonal workers report unpaid wages and recruitment fees. Pangeni's case could set a precedent for other migrant workers to claim compensation. If successful, she could receive thousands of pounds. “There are many people who have suffered exploitation who cannot speak out about their situation.” Pangeni said. “I hope that my case will be a source of inspiration to them. I want other workers to know that they can challenge employers who underpay or mistreat them.”

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Pornography and gaming blamed for surge in jobless young British men

UK Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride has blamed pornography and video games for a surge in worklessness among young men in Britain. The government minister said that easy access to online pornography and video games were causing a mental health crisis among young men, which was prompting many to drop out of the workforce. According to official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were 900,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 who were not in education, employment or training (Neet) in January to March 2024. The ONS figures also revealed that young men were behind the continued rise in worklessness. Britain is facing a significant sickness crisis, with over 2.8m people of working age not in the workforce due to ill health, including mental health conditions.

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Middle East
Goldman Sachs establish regional HQ in Saudi Arabia

Goldman Sachs has become the first Wall Street bank to comply with Saudi Arabia's new regulations for foreign firms. The investment bank has received a license from the kingdom's Ministry of Investment to set up its regional headquarters in Riyadh. The move is part of Saudi Arabia's efforts to limit "economic leakage" and ensure that firms have a substantial presence in the country. Under the new rules, firms must have a regional base in Saudi Arabia with at least 15 employees or risk losing business with government entities. While more than 400 global companies have obtained regional HQ licenses, banks have been more hesitant. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's drive to attract international investment has led to loosened restrictions, but limited options for housing, schooling, and entertainment have made foreign executives reluctant to live in the country.

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