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  • issue 13
  • oct. 9, 2009

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In the News more

Contractor Rape Victim Fights for Day in Court

Delayed Action Over Healthy San Francisco

Take This Jobless Recovery And Shove It!

City of South Gate Settles Suits

Republicans Put Heat on Acorn Ally

401(k) Investors: Doing Better Now

Court Reinstates Wal-Mart Damages

Good Jobs Go Begging

Surprise: Services Sector Expanded

Age Discrimination Bill to be Overturned?

Recession Takes Bigger Toll on Singles

When Will Jobs Return?

47% Will Pay No Federal Income Tax

Survey: Workers Less Fearful Of Layoffs

Unemployment Rate Rises to 9.8%

Topic of the Week more

Listen Up... Getting a colleague to hear what you say

Your Rant: How do you get another employee to listen? read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

I've applied for 70 jobs over the last five months, and honestly, it's been kind of a nightmare. The hardest part for me has been maintaining my cheerful attitude. In that spirit, here are a few tricks that seem to be helping me land interviews and (just as important) feel like I'm approaching my job safari with style, grace, and finesse, rather than abject desperation. read more

Credit new Senator Al Franken... for introducing an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would punish contractors if they "restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court." read more

James Parks

Today Is World Day for Decent Work

October 7, 2009 | James Parks

Today is World Day for Decent Work, and union members in more than 100 countries are mobilizing to address the global economic and employment crisis and demand fundamental reform of the world economy. read more

New contracts for 16,000 AT&T core wireline workers, members of CWA and IBEW, and more news from the "Bargaining Digest Weekly." read more

Crystal Lee Sutton, the real "Norma Rae," just died after struggling with her insurer to pay for medical coverage. Linda Meric says health care reform responds to Sutton's death and passing the Employee Free Choice Act will honor her life's work. read more

Bob Rosner

What Are the Biggest Taboos at Work?

October 5, 2009 | Bob Rosner

Last week, I was watching George Carlin on HBO. I started thinking about his famous list of the seven things you can't say on television. So this week I'm going to present the Workplace911 variation on Carlin's list -- a list of five taboo words for today's workplace. read more

In the Courts more

Balen v. Holland Am. Line Inc.

Ninth Circuit; No. 07-36011 Decision Date: October 2, 2009

In an action for unpaid wages under the Seamen's Wage Act, the district court's order granting defendant's motion to compel arbitration is affirmed where claims under the Act are subject to arbitration pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and plaintiff's claim was subject to a valid arbitration agreement. read more

Indergard v. Georgia-Pacific Corp.

Ninth Circuit; No. 08-35278 Decision Date: September 28, 2009

In an action claiming that defendant-employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by terminating plaintiff based on her failure to pass a physical capacity evaluation, summary judgment for defendant is reversed where the district court erred in holding that the evaluation was not a medical examination within the meaning of 42 U.S.C. section 12112(d)(4)(A). read more

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