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  • issue 14
  • oct. 16, 2009

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In the News more

Michigan Layoffs: Workers Allege Discrimination

Deciding Whether a Roth Is Right

Some Unions Turn Against Health Bill

Wal-Mart to Pay Settlement to Workers

Cost of Health Reform?

Stimulus: Creating Jobs or Not?

Builder to Pay Workers Overtime

Congress Split on Taxing Costly Health Plans

Big Changes Coming to the Workplace

Health Reform You Can Count On

Clearing H.R. Hurdles

Hard Times Are Gateway to New Careers

Topic of the Week more

Into the Wild... Strategies for successful career change

Your Rant: I'd like to change careers, but I don't know where to start. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Aubrey Daniels

Praising the Boss on Boss's Day? Not So Fast.

October 16, 2009 | Aubrey Daniels

Wikipedia defines Boss's Day as a day when employees thank their boss for being kind, fair, honest, and awesome throughout the year. While I have nothing against thanking the boss, the National holiday celebration does put pressure on everyone, even those who don't have an awesome boss. read more

It's not uncommon for women to be passed over for promotions they deserve - but proving gender discrimination has been difficult. read more

Mike Hall

Real Health Care Reform or Bust

October 14, 2009 | Mike Hall

The health care reform legislation approved yesterday by the Senate Finance Committee is "deeply flawed" and unless "substantial" improvements are made in the bill that makes it to the Senate floor, the AFL-CIO and some two dozen unions will oppose it. read more

Art Levine

Shilling on the Corporate Dollar

October 13, 2009 | Art Levine

Business-sponsored 'scholars' deliver anti-union talking points. read more

Bob Rosner

What Do You Believe About Work That Is Wrong?

October 12, 2009 | Bob Rosner

After fifteen years of writing Workplace911 and its predecessor Working Wounded I've concluded that there are a lot of myths about work. I thought it would be fun to tackle some of the bigger ones in this week's blog. Check out my list below and send me some of your favorites. read more

In the Courts more

Elkadrawy v. Vanguard Group Inc.

Third Circuit; No. 09-1105 Decision Date: October 6, 2009

In plaintiff's race, national-origin, employment discrimination and retaliation action against defendant-former employer, district court's dismissal of plaintiff's federal claims in his second complaint is affirmed as plaintiff's federal claims are barred by res judicata because his section 1981 claims arise from the same set of facts as his Title VII claims which were dismissed in his first complaint. Also, the district court did not abuse its discretion when it declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over plaintiff's state claim and dismissed without prejudice instead of dismissing that claim with prejudice. read more

Ekstrand v. Sch. Dist. of Somerset

Seventh Circuit; No. 09-1853 Decision Date: October 6, 2009

In plaintiff's lawsuit against her former employer claiming that school district failed to accommodate her seasonal effective disorder and constructively discharged her in violation of the ADA, judgment of the district court is reversed in part and affirmed in part where: 1) district court's grant of summary judgment on the failure-to-accommodate claim is reversed as plaintiff satisfied all three elements required for the claim; and 2) summary judgment on the constructive-discharge claim was proper as plaintiff failed to show that the conditions of her employment even approached the intolerable levels normally required in constructive-discharge cases. read more

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