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  • issue 5
  • august 14, 2009

THIS WEEK: The health care debate continues...

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In the News more

Hate Your Co-Workers? How to Cope

Lying Low After a Layoff

Labor secretary says green jobs hiring will pick up

A Hard Lesson for Teachers

Older workers hang on to jobs longer, often out of necessity

Chronic illness can leave workers worried sick

Imperfect Politics of Pay

Healthy investing: Wellness at work

End Workplace Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation

Topic of the Week more

Transformers… Staying on the right side of the law at work

Your Rant: How do you ensure your corporation will do the right legal and ethical things? read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Supporters urging passage of the Employee Free Choice Act took to the streets on Monday, August 10 to back warehouse workers at Rite Aid's massive distribution center in Lancaster, California. read more

According to Paul Krugman, that's the unofficial rallying cry of the conservative opposition to health care reform. read more

Nearly a year after the $700 billion bailout of the nation's financial system began, banks - especially regional and smaller banks - are still threatened by the billions of dollars in bad loans on their balance sheets. read more

What if lawmakers had the guts to create comprehensive labor legislation for immigrants, enshrining their rights in accordance with international law? read more

The economy lost 247,000 jobs in July, bringing the rate of job loss over the last three months to 331,000. read more

Bob Rosner

Government run health-care, SIGN ME UP!

August 10, 2009 | Bob Rosner

I'm writing this not only as a consumer, but as a person who spent time working for two different health insurance companies. I've seen the lies and profiteering from the inside and I want another option. We deserve another option. read more

Richard Negri

Struggling Through Tough Times

August 7, 2009 | Richard Negri

There is not a day in the week that another article pops up from somewhere in the country spilling lies or exaggerations about EFCA - online articles that allow for comments, and all of the comments are against the unions and working people. read more

Jason Rosenbaum

What Health Reform Will Do for You (and Why)

August 6, 2009 | Jason Rosenbaum

Though the cost of doing nothing, as the conservatives propose, is staggering, with the average family paying $10,000 more in premiums by 2019, people still need to understand what reform will do. read more

In the Courts more

Simmons v. N.Y. City Transit Authority

Second Circuit; No. 08-4079 Decision Date: August 3, 2009

In a dispute involving attorney's fees, district court judgment is vacated and remanded where the court erred in awarding attorney's fees to plaintiff's based on the prevailing hourly rates in the district where her counsel was based, rather than where the suit was litigated, as plaintiff did not satisfy the exception to the forum rule for attorney's fees. read more

Blackmon-Malloy v. U.S. Capitol Police Bd.

D.C. Circuit; No. 07-5320 Decision Date: July 31, 2009

In an employment discrimination action against the U.S. Capitol Police, dismissal of the complaint is affirmed in part where the Capitol Police's administrative appeal process is jurisdictional and thus equitable doctrines, such as vicarious exhaustion, do not apply to excuse compliance with it. However the ruling is reversed in part where: 1) neither the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) nor the procedural rules of the Office of Compliance require in-person attendance by the employee at counseling or mediation; and 2) receipt of written notice of the end of mediation from the Office of Compliance triggered the CAA's 30 to 90-day period for electing whether to pursue judicial or administrative relief and demonstrated the employee's completion of counseling and mediation. read more

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