After last week's hearing for Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta, many organizations have serious concerns about how Acosta will interpret the laws protecting workers if he is confirmed, and whether his agency priorities will include major rollbacks in worker protections. Tomorrow, March 30, will be Acosta's committee hearing, and assuming he passes that hurdle, his nomination will next be before the Senate. Workplace Fairness will continue to keep you informed about all the latest developments as Acosta's nomination proceeds.
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Unlimited Vacation: Is It About Morale or the Bottom Line?

Society for Human Resource Management

"The upside of not having to pay out vested vacation days is undeniable," said Paula Brantner, senior advisor for Workplace Fairness, a nonprofit that provides legal information for workers and promotes pro-worker public policy.

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Trump revokes executive order, weakens protections for LGBT workers

Zack Ford

Did You Vote For Unfair Pay and Unsafe Workplaces?

Dave Johnson

Labor and Community Allies Fight for Jobs and Public Safety in Atlantic City

Lee Sandberg

This week in the war on workers: Self-driving cars will kill a lot of jobs. What then?

Laura Clawson

How States Are Trying to End the Disability Unemployment Crisis

S.E. Smith

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Egan v. Delaware River Port Authority

In a suit claiming that the Port Authority discriminated against plaintiff in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, 29 U.S.C. section 621 et seq. (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. section 12101 et seq. (ADA), and retaliated against him for exercising his right to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 29 U.S.C. section 2601 et seq. (FMLA), the district court's judgment entering the jury's finding that he was not the victim of discrimination or retaliation is: 1) vacated in part where the district court erred in requiring plaintiff to provide direct evidence of retaliation; and 2) affirmed in part where the district court within its discretion in excluding the testimony of plaintiff's coworker.

Brunozzi v. Cable Communications, Inc.

In consolidated actions brought by cable and internet service technicians, alleging that a company's compensation plan violates the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. section 207, Oregon's statutory requirement that an employer pay all wages earned and unpaid after terminating an employee, ORS 652.140, and Oregon's laws prohibiting discrimination against a private employee who engages in whistleblowing, ORS 659A.199, and wage-claim discussions, ORS 652.355, the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants is reversed where: 1) defendant's pay plan violates the FLSA's overtime provisions; and 2) plaintiffs' state law claims also survive summary judgment.

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