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  • issue 10
  • sep. 17, 2009

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In the News more

Judge Tosses Flushing Hospital Nurse's $15M Sex-Harass Award, Cites Crumbling Finances of Hospital

Bernanke Says Recession is Technically Over

Specter Unveils Revised EFCA Bill

CA Labor Commissioner Files $17.5 Million Lawsuit Against FLM Law Center

Obama, Appealing to a Core Ally, Rallies Labor to His Policies

Wages Grow for Those With Jobs, New Figures Show

Company Sued For Employees' Drug Tests

AFL-CIO Gets Serious About Wooing Young Members

Inspiration for Movie 'Norma Rae' Dies at 68

Allstate To Pay $4.5 Million To Settle Age Bias Suit

US Begins Crackdown on CEO Pay. Will It Work?

Moving Up During a Recession

Court: Employer Must Pay for Weight-loss Surgery

White House Reports Stimulus Saved One Million Jobs

Young Adults a Key to Health Care Reform

Topic of the Week more

Quit and Stay... Problems reported by today's workplace survivors

Dear Readers: Labor Day generated two really interesting employee surveys (by Adecco and DDI) about the state of the American worker. read more

BLOGS: Today's Workplacemore

The Senate Finance Committee's health care reform proposal released this morning falls far short of the comprehensive reform that would provide working families with the quality and affordable health they desperately need, say health care advocates. read more

Seth D. Michaels

Young Workers: A Lost Decade

September 16, 2009 | Seth D. Michaels

Conducted in July 2009 by Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the AFL-CIO and our community affiliate Working America, the nationwide survey of 1,156 people follows up on a similar survey the AFL-CIO conducted in 1999. The deterioration of young workers' economic situation in those 10 years is alarming. read more

President Obama's well-received health reform speech not only boosted public support for reform, but helped fire up much of the progressive base - despite his failing to draw a firm line in the sand on the public option. read more

Ellen Simon

Big Pharma Whistleblower Gets $51 Million

September 14, 2009 | Ellen Simon

It's an amazing story and one worth talking about. Gulf War veteran and former Pfizer sales representative John Kopchinski is getting $51 million dollars as a result of his whistleblowing lawsuit against Pfizer - the world's biggest drug maker - and that's big news. read more

Bob Rosner

Worst Places to Work

September 14, 2009 | Bob Rosner

I've developed a simple litmus test. Are the problems that you're facing the "right" kind of problems or the "wrong" kind of problems? read more

Bob Dunn

A Tribute on Laborless Day

September 11, 2009 | Bob Dunn

This time, grill some burgers, raise a glass of beer and drink a toast to Laborless Day, in honor of the 10% to 20% of the American workforce who cannot find work, or anything meaningful that pays a living wage. read more

In the Courts more

Mikula v. Allegheny County of Pennsylvania

Third Circuit; No. 07-4023 Decision Date: September 10, 2009

In plaintiff's gender and employment discrimination action alleging pay disparity against County-employer under Title VII and the Equal Pay Act of 1963, district court's judgment that the Title VII claim is untimely as to paychecks plaintiff received after June 20, 2006, is reversed and remanded in light of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, where a failure to answer a request for a raise qualifies as a compensation decision because the result is the same as if the request had been explicitly denied. read more

Halpert v. Manhattan Apts., Inc.

Second Circuit; No. 07-4074 Decision Date: September 10, 2009

In an Age Discrimination in Employment Act action regarding a statement by a third party retained by defendant that plaintiff was too old for the position at issue, summary judgment for defendant is reversed where an employer may be held liable for discrimination by third parties, including independent contractors, that the employer authorizes to make hiring decisions on its behalf. read more

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