an update for the week of december 12, 2005
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Should Corporations Be Responsible for Health Care and Pensions?: The headline for a column in Monday's Des Moines Register says it all: "Rethink entrusting health care, pensions to corporations." It's starting to sound like something we need to revisit, considering the states of both the health care and pension systems. However, if employers stop being the primary source of health care and retirement benefits--such as they are--will employers pay more taxes to make that happen? Pay higher wages? Or will it just be another instance of employees working more and getting less?
this week in the courts
Smith v. Dist. of Columbia  (D.C. Circuit; No. 04-7082 )
Decision Date: December 6, 2005
Grant of summary judgment for defendant on a discrimination claim brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is reversed where the district court abused its discretion in entertaining a late motion for summary judgment since defendant had never moved for an extension to the filing deadline.
Brown v. Dillard's, Inc.  (Ninth Circuit; No. 03-56719 )
Decision Date: December 6, 2005
When an employer enters into an arbitration agreement with its employees, it must itself participate in properly initiated arbitration proceedings or forego its right to compel arbitration.
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