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  • issue 1
  • july 17, 2009

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In the News more

Suit Alleges Race Bias in Campbell Soup Employee Promotions

The Economy Is Even Worse Than You Think

10 ways to be liked in your job interview

Hundreds of Thousands of Workers Will Lose Unemployment Benefits Soon

Demolition Specialists: The Supreme Court's 2008/2009 Term

Union Leaders to Meet With Obama Next Week

Schumer: Immigration bill to be ready by Labor Day

Guess what? No raises again this year

Can Employee Weight Tip the Balance Sheets?

For many minorities, saving isn't so easy

Rewards Help Soothe Hard Times

There Is Such a Thing as Too Much Judicial Restraint

Companies, Workers Tangle Over Law to Curb Layoffs

Creative ways to avoid layoffs

Editorial: Age Discrimination

Bronx Cookie Factory Is Ordered to Reinstate Striking Workers

Court Rules Against Pilots in Age-Bias Case

Hiring might not rebound in an economic recovery

Topic of the Week more

Hey, Mr. Wilson - Managing Today's Younger Generation of Workers

Your Rant: I've got a bunch of twenty-somethings working for me. I just don’t get them and they certainly don’t get me. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Seth D. Michaels

The Employee Free Choice Act: From 2003 to Today

July 16, 2009 | Seth D. Michaels

As key senators engage in negotiations over the bill, supporters of workers' freedom to form unions aren't backing down on three key principles: read more

Robert Reich

When Will The Recovery Begin? Never.

July 15, 2009 | Robert Reich

In a recession this deep, recovery doesn't depend on investors. It depends on consumers who, after all, are 70 percent of the U.S. economy. read more

Thousands of longshore workers, truck drivers and other workers at ports across the nation are out of work, not because of a staggering economy, but because they are caught up in a backlogged, inefficient and often inaccurate screening process for background security checks. read more

Today the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) sent letters to television stations in Nebraska and Arkansas demanding that deceptive ads about the Employee Free Choice Act be taken down immediately. read more

Bob Rosner

HR - Friend of Foe

July 13, 2009 | Bob Rosner

It pains me when people in HR forget that they need to be the bridge between the company and its people, rather than just serving as an agent for the company. read more

There's even a term for it: DOOCED - which means getting fired because of something that you wrote in your weblog. read more

In the Courts more

Dobrowski v. Jay Dee Contractors, Inc.

Sixth Circuit; No. 08-1806 Decision Date: July 8, 2009

In a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) action alleging that Defendant terminated Plaintiff because he took leave under the FMLA, summary judgment for Defendant is affirmed where equitable estoppel did not bar Defendant from raising non-eligibility as a defense to Plaintiff's FMLA claim. read more

Mevorah v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Ninth Circuit; No. 08-15355 Decision Date: July 7, 2009

In a class action alleging failure to pay overtime brought by current and former Wells Fargo home mortgage consultants, the District Court's order certifying a class is reversed where the District Court abused its discretion by relying on Defendant's uniform policy of treating its employees as exempt from overtime laws, to the near exclusion of other relevant factors touching on predominance. read more

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