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  • issue 27
  • feb. 19, 2010

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In the News more

On Stimulus Anniversary, Americans Not in Party Mood

UPS Freight to Pay $46,000 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

The Ever Evolving Definition of Sexual Harassment

PricewaterhouseCoopers Age Bias Lawsuit Revived

Volunteering Can Bring Rewards Even in the Workplace

Arkansas: Migrants Win $2.75 Million

Rising Health Insurance Costs Hit Small Employers Too

GOP Doubts Need for Workplace Bill

Is Obama Hanging Workers Out to Dry?

Use of Temps to Fill Jobs May no Longer Signal Permanent Hiring

Generation 'Text': FB Me

A Long Slide in Union Membership

Court Orders EEOC to Pay CRST $4.5 Million

Obama Advisers Predict Unemployment of 8.2% by 2012

Illinois-Based Railroads Ordered by US Department of Labor to Compensate Employee Fired for Reporting Work-Related Injury

Snow Highlights Telework's Benefits for Federal Workers, Advocates Say

Deal on Jobs Shows Limits of Push for Bipartisanship

Calif. Employment Discrimination Law: Two Systems, Separate and Unequal

A.I.G. Will Use a Grading System for Bonuses

Do Lawyers Have 1st Amendment Right to Interview Jurors? 10th Circuit Says Maybe

Have Workplace Romances Become More Acceptable?

Appeals Court Rejects $2.1 Million Award in Reverse Discrimination Lawsuit

Senate Jobs Bill: What's Missing

Health Bill May Be Lenient on Employers

Topic of the Week more

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BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Kate Thomas

REPORT: The Recovery Act, Unsung Hero of the Year

February 18, 2010 | Kate Thomas

Marking the first anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the SEIU is releasing a new report today analyzing the social and economic impact of the Recovery Act. read more

State workers in West Virginia spent Presidents Day staging a rally at the capitol to ask for a $1,000 cost-of-living raise and better working conditions. Meanwhile, workers in California hope a bill advances that would ease some of their furlough pain. read more

Kmart employee fired for taking medical leave wins Family and Medical Leave Act appeal read more

Dick Meister

We Need to Combat Workplace Violence

February 15, 2010 | Dick Meister

Organized labor and its allies are rightly alarmed over the high incidence of on-the-job accidents that have killed or maimed many thousands of workers. But they haven't forgotten - nor should we forget - the on-the-job violence that also afflicts many thousands. read more

Bob Rosner

Sharing Information or Cheating, You Decide

February 15, 2010 | Bob Rosner

As more of us find our interactions with coworkers limited to three sentence emails, we are rapidly moving from organizations with many brains to constellations of individuals who are increasingly flying by the seat of their pants as they go through their work day. read more

Today, OSHA casts an exceedingly small shadow on the American workplace. read more

James Parks

Disneyland Hotel Workers Fast For Safer Work

February 11, 2010 | James Parks

Disneyland hotel workers began a water-only fast Tuesday to protest what they describe as life-threatening safety issues on the job. read more

If the Bill of Rights concept works, why not apply it to the workplace culture? read more

In the Courts more

Parrish v. Ball

Eighth Circuit; No. 08-3517 Decision Date: February 10, 2010

In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action based on a sheriff's alleged failure to provide sexual harassment training to a subordinate, judgment for plaintiff is reversed where: 1) the Arkansas Code did not impose a duty on the county to train its officers not to sexually assault detainees; and 2) there was nothing in the record suggesting that defendant received any notice of a pattern of unconstitutional acts committed by any of his subordinates. read more

Turner v. Saloon, Ltd.

Seventh Circuit; No. 07-2449 Decision Date: February 8, 2010

In plaintiff's employment discrimination suit against his former employer, summary judgment in favor of defendant is affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded where: 1) the judgment of the district court is affirmed to the extent that it dismissed plaintiff's ADA claims, his overtime claims, and his Title VII retaliation claim; but 2) judgment of the district court with respect to plaintiff's hostile-workplace claim based on alleged sexual harassment is reversed and remanded as the court dismissed the claim after excluding most of the alleged instances of harassment as time-barred, contrary to Supreme Court precedent establishing that in a hostile-workplace claim, acts of harassment falling outside Title VII's statute of limitations may be considered as long as some act of harassment occurred within the limitations period. read more

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