an update for the week of september 29, 2003
Each week, Workplace Week brings you news and commentary on critical issues affecting employees and advocates.

In this edition: key vote on overtime expected this week and pregnancy discrimination
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
House Takes Up Overtime Again: Please Act Now!: This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to schedule a key vote on changes to overtime regulations that could affect millions of workers. While the House narrowly defeated a previous effort to overturn proposed overtime regulations, the vote was so close that there is still yet hope that the overtime proposal will be defeated. However, it is critical for the House to hear from millions of workers.
It Takes a Hurricane to Produce Good Unemployment Numbers: Amidst all the speculation, repeated here and elsewhere, whether the economy is or isn't yet recovering from a recession, or whether a "jobless recovery" counts as a recovery or not, we finally have some dramatically improved unemployment statistics this week. But don't get too excited. The number of new unemployment claims filed last week, at its lowest level since February, is so low in significant part due to Hurricane Isabel.
this week in the courts
Arban v. West Publ'g Corp.  (Sixth Circuit; 01-2278/2370)
Decision Date: September 24, 2003
The record contains evidence to support a jury's finding that an employer's explanation for plaintiff's termination was disingenuous and that the real reason was the taking of Family and Medical Leave Act leave; the district court did not abuse its discretion in declining to submit the issue of front pay to the jury.
Williamson v. Indiana Univ.  (Seventh Circuit; 02-3529/4267)
Decision Date: September 23, 2003
A non-tenured assistant university professor failed to offer a valid justification for waiting a year to file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC once she received notice of the decision not to reappoint her, and summary judgment was proper on 42 U.S.C. section 1983 and 1985 claims.
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