an update for the week of june 12, 2006
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
What Will It Take for Bosses to Do Better?: A recent blog posting from leading workplace commentator Bob Rosner got me to thinking. Entitled "Revenge of the Employees," Rosner talks about bosses who are now forced to suck up to their employees in order to keep them on board in a tightening labor market. In thinking about all the ways that employee advocates now work mightily to transform the workplace, by providing information to make employees better informed, to promoting unionization, to filing lawsuits when all other measure fail, it makes me wonder whether shifting demographics will one day cause all of those other kinds of efforts to pale in comparison. Probably not, but it's a fantasy worth exploring.
this week in the courts
Decision Date: June 8, 2006
Summary judgment for defendant-employer on a claim of race discrimination arising from the termination of a black employee is reversed where genuine issues of material fact existed as to whether defendant's proffered explanation for the termination was a pretext for racial discrimination.
Decision Date: June 7, 2006
Longshoreman's pension trust fund eligibility claims are upheld where an alternate method of computing eligibility did not require "continuous" service, but rather allowed a longshoreman to be eligible when his employment in the industry reached "a total period of twenty-five (25) years." A reduction in attorney's fees may be justified where solo attorneys have lower operating costs than large firms, and when an attorney's performance, though effective, is often inefficient and occasionally vexatious.

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