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  • issue 2
  • july 22, 2009

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In the News more

Big Arbitration Firm Pulls Out of Credit Card Business

No jobs, no insurance: hard times for young adults

Big labor changes possible, ex-NLRB chair says

The New Old 'Card Check'

Pennsylvania withholds July pay

The Myths, Truths About Hostile Work Places

Out of the Office Closet

Unions OK drop of 'card check' in bill

Bronx Cookie Factory Is Ordered to Reinstate Striking Workers

Court Rules Against Pilots in Age-Bias Case

Topic of the Week more

Raging Bull - Dealing with angry employees

Your Rant: My employees all come to work with a lousy attitude today. read more

BLOGS: Today's Workplacemore

Simply put, public employees are a major and growing part of our workforce. However, public employees' rights are now vulnerable, after the recent decision in Greenwell v. Parsley, 541 F.3d 401 (6th Cir. 2008). read more

In a sudden burst of journalistic responsibility, I decided that if I am going to throw around the word underclass, then I should offer some clearer, perhaps more scientific definition read more

Most employers think a non-compete is an essential ingredient to protect their company, even though their real concern is confidentiality or non-solicitation. Employees view non-competes as "standard contracts" than everyone has to sign. If you take anything from this post, I want you to remember two things: read more

I had the rare privilege of meeting one of my heroes, Paul Wellstone, shortly before his death in 2002 when I visited Washington as part of a conference for high school students interested in politics. read more

After years of trying to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ... to make it more inclusive, in January, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 went into effect. read more

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley gets a pretty sweet deal as Senator on health care. He pays $356.59 per month, and the most he pays when visiting a doctor or hospital is $300. read more

Amy Traub

Deal or No Deal on Union Contracts

July 17, 2009 | Amy Traub

As I've argued in the past, the U.S. needs to reform the arduous course of forming unions in order to rebuild the American middle class. read more

Julia Eisman

Health Reform Is In The House

July 17, 2009 | Julia Eisman

Yesterday, three committees in the House - Education and Labor, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce - came together to release a health reform bill that goes far in fixing American's broken health care system. read more

In the Courts more

Erickson v. US Postal Service

Federal Circuit; No. 08-3216 Decision Date: July 15, 2009

In an action brought by a former postal service employee under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Merit Systems Protection Board judgment is affirmed in part and reversed in part where: 1) the Board erred in rejecting plaintiff's claim of unlawful discrimination based on his military service as plaintiff's cumulative military absence at the time of his removal did not exceed five years and thus he retained employment rights under USERRA; 2) the Board properly held that plaintiff failed to make a timely application for reemployment under USERRA and thus defendant did not unlawfully refuse to reemploy him after his service; and 3) the case is remanded so that the Board can explicitly address whether plaintiff waived his USERRA rights by abandoning his civilian career to pursue one in the military. read more

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