an update for the week of july 7, 2003
Each week, Workplace Week brings you news and commentary on critical issues affecting employees and advocates.

In this edition: new unemployment decision affecting telecommuters and pregnancy discrimination FAQs
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New Telecommuting Case Making Waves: If you telecommute, or work somewhere that employs telecommuters, you will want to be familiar with a recent decision from the New York Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court, involving an employee based in Florida but working for a New York employer. The case, Allen v. Comm'r of Labor, is said to be the first case of its kind, and as a result, will have a far-reaching impact on other telecommuters throughout the country.
this week in the courts
Decision Date: July 2, 2003
Plaintiff was not liable for violations of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act), 29 U.S.C. section 2101 et seq., because it did not order the closing of its New Jersey facility.
Decision Date: July 1, 2003
A union was not legally responsible for harassment of African-American pipefitters by white co-workers, in a suit under Title VII and 42 U.S.C. section 1981.
Miller v. Rite Aid Corp.  (Third Circuit; No. 02-2464)
Decision Date: June 30, 2003
Where an employee voluntarily left employment before the vesting of his benefits, he is not a "participant" in the plan, and therefore has no standing to assert a claim under ERISA.
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