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Contest spotlights women-friendly and family-friendly products and services

The Central Exchange and the Women’s Empowerment program established by Mayor Sly James of Kansas City are sponsoring the local “pitch” event tied to InnovateHER, a competition established by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The main criterion is to present a “potential or existing commercial product or service that fills a marketplace need related to challenges facing women and families.”


Labor secretary says new overtime rules are coming soon

Labor Secretary Tom Perez told Congress that his agency is still working on President Barack Obama’s directive a year ago that the department come up with new rules to make more workers eligible for overtime pay for working beyond their scheduled hours. Perez said a few more months are needed.


Target matches Wal-Mart’s pay raise to $9 an hour

Target is raising the minimum wage for its hourly workers next month to at least $9 an hour, following in the footsteps of Wal-Mart and TJX. Wal-Mart, Target’s biggest rival, announced plans in February to boost hourly pay to at least $9 by April and then to $10 by next February.


Law professors make more than other professors, study says

Tenured law professors pulled in a median salary of $143,509 in 2014, according to a report released by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. All told, professor salaries rose 2 percent in 2014, edging above the inflation rate and pushing the median pay for tenured professors to $100,087.


Job fair planned March 24 in Overland Park

Kansas City area employers looking to fill about 500 job openings are signed up to attend the Career Expo scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 24 at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd.

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