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Work Advice: What are the limits of a company’s interest in well-rested workers?

The Washington Post

 In a system where most people get health-care coverage through employers, it’s natural to be concerned about how much access employers have to our intimate medical details...Fortunately, various federal laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) protect personal medical information obtained via an employer wellness program.

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Brett Kavanaugh dissent shows how far he'll go to side with the boss over workers

Laura Clawson

Trump’s NLRB Is Back in Action After Its Ethics Scandal And It’s Not Good for Workers

Bruce Vail

Labor Department becomes latest Trump agency to take interest in ‘religious freedom’

Casey Quinlan

Will the Left Get Fooled Into Abandoning Worker Pensions?

David Webber

Employee Success Stories from the OSC

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Carlson v. University of New England

Reinstated a university professor's claims that she was retaliated against in violation of Title VII and the Maine Human Rights Act. The professor alleged that she was transferred to a different department and suffered other retaliation after she complained of being sexually harassed by her department chair. Agreeing that genuine disputes of material fact existed, the First Circuit reversed the entry of summary judgment for the university and remanded.

Alaska Airlines Inc. v. Schurke

Held that the federal Railway Labor Act (RLA) did not preempt a flight attendant's claim against an airline. The flight attendant alleged that her employer had violated her state law right to take family medical leave. She argued that her claim was not preempted by the RLA, which covers airlines. In an en banc 6-5 decision, the Ninth Circuit agreed with her that there was no preemption.

August 18, 2018

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