A quarter of Maryland families — more than half a million households — live above the federal poverty level but "below a basic survival threshold," according to a report released Monday by the United Way.
The nonprofit's Study of Financial Hardship focused on families who rely on low-wage jobs earning incomes above the $23,550 federal poverty level but below the United Way's calculated "survival budget" of $61,224 for a two-child family.
The share of children living in poverty continued to rise in Florida from 2008 to 2014, affecting a quarter of the state's residents from birth to 18 years, according the latest annual report by Florida KIDS COUNT. The study, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, blames this in part on high housing costs that consume one-third or more of monthly income and a lack of secure employment for parents.
Wal-Mart intentionally failed to pay hundreds of truck drivers in California the minimum wage, a federal jury decided Wednesday, awarding the drivers $54 million in damages and opening up the retail giant to penalties.
The seven jurors returned the verdict in a lawsuit accusing the company of not properly paying drivers in accordance with California law for activities that included inspecting and washing their trucks and for layovers. Civil penalties will be determined by a judge.