IRLE Director Testifies Before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
On June 25, Michael Reich, Professor of Economics and Director of IRLE (currently on leave) testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at a hearing, "Building a Foundation of Fairness: 75 Years of the Federal Minimum Wage." Professor Reich's presentation was titled "Minimum Wage Policy after Seventy-Five Years: Historical and Contemporary Effects of the FLSA." Prior to the meeting, the White House held a large event to commemorate the FLSA's anniversary. Four cabinet-level speakers, including Vice President Joe Biden, discussed the contemporary significance of the FLSA and the increasing importance of new minimum wage studies, particularly those of Reich and his co-authors.