an update for the week of april 8, 2004
Each week, Workplace Week brings you news and commentary on critical issues affecting employees and advocates.

In this edition: PC Magazine's Top 100 includes Workplace Fairness; kosher supervisor not subject to overtime requirements

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Workplace Fairness Web Site One of PC Magazine's Top 100:
If you're getting a raw deal at work, turn to Workplace Fairness.

So says PC Magazine, in naming the Workplace Fairness web site to its list of "Top 100 Sites You Didn't Know You Couldn't Live Without" in its April 20, 2004 issue, now hitting the newstands. "You'll wonder how you ever got along without these little-known gems," says the magazine about this Top 100 List of relatively undiscovered sites. We are extremely pleased to share this recognition with our readers, many of whom have been our most staunch supporters in the early days of our web site's development.
this week in the courts
Decision Date: April 2, 2004
Because plaintiff, a kosher supervisor, is employed in a ministerial role by a religiously affiliated employer, he falls within the ministerial exception to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Accordingly, he is not an "employee" entitled to overtime under that Act; summary judgment for defendant is affirmed.
Fields v. Thompson Printing Co., Inc.  (Third Circuit; No. 02-2763, 02-2764)
Decision Date: March 31, 2004
Company's former president, fired after sexual harassment allegations were made, is entitled to retirement benefits specified in his employment contract; the express terms state that if he is terminated, benefits will continue. The imposition of personal liability and judgment against defendant-CEO was improper, as there is no evidence that he acted in bad faith.
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