New overtime rules enacted by the Obama administration will have harmful consequences for small businesses and charities.

The change makes all salaried employees making $47,476 annually eligible for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week. This will lead employers to limit workers’ base salaries, more closely monitor employee work, and limit flexible work schedules, Heritage’s James Sherk predicts.

This isn’t just a prediction — real people are affected. Michigan business owner Rodney Kloha tells Heritage’s Daily Signal that he may “lose a guy who said he’s worked too many years to go back to being an hourly person”:

I’m in Michigan. It’s a rural area. We have [industry] and everything, but it’s not urbanized like Washington, D.C., or New York City. Salaries in the range of 35, 40, $50,000 are good wages. With my salaried people, we have an agreement that we come together on what the salary is and what’s expected to do the job. I don’t abuse them, and they don’t abuse their salaried position. My employees are seeing [the switch to hourly] as a demotion.

Find out more about the human consequences of this regulation in The Daily Signal.

Do you think the government should force companies to treat salaried workers like hourly employees?

Britain votes in a referendum this week on whether to endorse “Brexit”–leaving the European Union–or to remain in the EU. Heritage Foundation experts make a strong case for voting to leave.

Heritage Founder Ed Feulner:

The European Union is not the simple “open trading area” envisioned in the 1950s. It has become a bureaucratic monstrosity, unaccountable to national parliaments, imposing a heavy thumb on the regulatory scale of its 28 members…

So why leave? Because Britain, with the world’s oldest Parliament, can reassert its authority over and responsibility to its own people, their laws, customs and traditions — and so I can go into a pub and buy a pint of beer and not have to ask for “473 milliliters of beer.”

Many of the arguments against Brexit don’t hold water, Feulner explains. For example, there’s no reason to think the world’s fifth largest economy would suddenly be unable to trade with other nations.

In fact, Jim DeMint argues in The Daily Signal, “the Brexit would create an opportunity for a closer, reinvigorated alliance between the U.S. and U.K., boosting trade and investment between the two nations.”

There’s another big issue animating the Leave campaign, Heritage’s Ted Bromund points out: “since all EU citizens have the right to move to the UK, Britain can’t control immigration as long as it’s in the EU.”

Heritage experts will be in London on Thursday to provide conservative analysis of the historic vote.

Do you think Britain should vote to leave the European Union?

Implementation of the Paris climate agreement would be a waste of taxpayer money, Heritage experts write in a new report.  If the United States implements this agreement and aggressively cuts carbon emissions, then four things will happen:

  1. Consumer energy costs will rise
  2. Economic growth will slow
  3. Per capita income growth will fall
  4. Climate change will be affected very little or not at all

“The Paris Agreement is the latest in a series of costly policy choices the U.S. government has made because of its participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” the report explains.

The U.S. should withdraw from this U.N. convention, which “has been costly, ineffective, and is predicated on the premise that man-made global warming is an urgent threat.” This allows the U.S. to investigate the scope of the problem and potential solutions–outside the United Nations.

Do you believe the U.S. should continue to be involved with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change?

Spike in terror plots

As Islamist terror plots against the United States increase, Heritage experts lay out key changes Congress should take in order to prevent future attacks:

  • Expand Active Shooter Threat Training across the country. Mass shootings in busy areas will always be a threat given America’s free society. Since state and local law enforcement officers will be the first to respond, training for active shooter events should be expanded through existing programs such as the Active Shooter Threat Training Program and corresponding instructor training program.
  • Stress community outreach as a vital tool. The U.S. should facilitate strong community outreach. Such capabilities are key to building trust in local communities, especially in high-risk areas. If the U.S. is to thwart “lone wolf” Islamist terrorist attacks successfully, it must put effective community outreach operations at the tip of the spear.
  • Maintain essential counterterrorism tools. Support for important investigative tools is essential to maintaining the security of the U.S. and combating terrorist threats. Legitimate government surveillance programs are also a vital component of U.S. national security and should be allowed to continue. The need for effective counterterrorism operations, however, does not relieve the government of its obligation to follow the law and respect individual privacy and liberty.
  • Ensure that the FBI more readily and regularly shares information with state and local law enforcement, treating state and local partners as critical actors in the fight against terrorism. State, local, and private-sector partners must send and receive timely information from the FBI. Despite the lessons of 9/11 and other terrorist plots, the culture of the FBI continues to resist sharing information with state and local law enforcement.

On a global scale we must:

  • Deny territorial gains. One part of the solution must be military. The Islamic State derives much of its cachet and legitimacy from its success. Driving ISIS from its conquered territories will undermine the group’s legitimacy in the eyes of aspiring jihadists, thereby hurting its ability to recruit.
  • Shut down the foreign fighter pipeline. The key to shutting down the flow of foreign fighters is intelligence. The U.S. and its allies must work together to identify those individuals who intend to act on the violent Islamist ideology. This requires hard intelligence work and even closer coordination between countries to identify suspicious travel. This includes pushing allies to take greater intelligence and security measures that reflect the global nature of the threat. The U.S. should make greater use of state and local law enforcement, both as intelligence sources and as intelligence users.
  • Counter Islamist ideology. The other important task is to defeat the ideology of Islamist extremism. Only Muslims have the knowledge and credibility within their communities to lead this fight.

What else should the U.S. do to prevent future terrorist attacks?

Lawmakers have called Heritage national security expert Jim Carafano to explain the growth of Islamic radicalization in the United States, how to counter future attacks, and why gun control is the wrong approach.

The gun control push “strikes of opportunism,” Carafano writes in The Daily Signal:

using an act of terror to press a political agenda. There are many effective and important counterterrorism measures, but gun control isn’t one. Restricting Americans’ access to firearms has never been on the list of any responsible counterterrorism agenda.

This invitation to testify is a testament to Heritage’s credibility on national security issues. And it gives Heritage a great opportunity to educate lawmakers about your conservative principles.

Do you think gun control is an effective counterterrorism measure?

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