an update for the week of february 10, 2004
Each week, Workplace Week brings you news and commentary on critical issues affecting employees and advocates.

In this edition: outsourcing--good or bad? candidates speak out on workplace issues
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Job Gone Overseas? Don't Worry, It's a Good Thing: Down because your plant closed down and reopened in China? Angry because your tech job is now being handled in India? Don't worry, let it go. Because it's a good thing. The Administration says so. According to N. Gregory Mankiw, the chairman of President Bush's Council of Economic Advisors, "[o]utsourcing is just a new way of doing international trade. More things are tradable than were tradable in the past. And that's a good thing. " Tell that to those who are out of work with obsolete job skills and dim employment prospects, and "good thing" is unlikely to be the characterization you will hear.
this week in the courts
Childress v. Darby Lumber, Inc.  (Ninth Circuit; No. 01-35764)
Decision Date: February 6, 2004
Because defendants operated as a single employer for purposes of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, and because they jointly employed more than 100 people, they were required to provide 60 days' advance notice of the plant closing that resulted in mass layoffs.
Baker v. IBP, Inc.  (Seventh Circuit; No. 02-3967, 02-4065)
Decision Date: February 4, 2004
Former employees at defendant's meat-processing plant, alleging that wages at the plant are depressed due to its practice of hiring illegal aliens, fail to articulate a RICO violation. They also fail to establish the foundation for displacing the union as their representative with respect to wages.
Potence v. Hazleton Area Sch. Dist.  (Third Circuit; No. 03-1535, 03-2647)
Decision Date: February 2, 2004
The record supports the jury verdict for the plaintiff in this ADEA case. The district court did not err in granting liquidated damages or abuse its discretion in calculating attorney's fees.
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