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  • issue 30
  • mar. 18, 2010

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In the News more

English-only workplace bill moving forward in Tennessee House

Job Bill Passes in Senate With 11 Republican Votes

Keep Young and Beautiful - Especially At Work

White Way Settles Pregnancy Bias Case

The End Of 9-To-5: When Work Time Is Anytime

Will Obama's Healthcare Reform Plan Cut Costs?

Campbell Soup Company Receives the Gallup Great Workplace Award 2010

More Employers Make Room For Work-Life Balance

Detroit City Workers Being Warned to Go Scentsless

[Oklahoma] Senate Approves Workers Comp Bill

EEOC Rules NYC Wronged Arabic-Language Principal

Master Online Searches

EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart Ishimaru Testifies Before Senate in Support of Paycheck Fairness Act

Hey Job Seeker, Ever Been Asked to Resign?

U.S. / Titan Concrete to Pay $135,000 to Settle EEOC National Origin, Age and Retaliation Lawsuit Against Subsidiary, Titan Concrete Industries

Generation 'Text': FB Me

Health Bill May Be Lenient on Employers

Topic of the Week more

Doing The Hand Jive - Using Hand Signals to Create More Effective Meetings:

Meetings, committees and retreats. Just saying these words undoubtedly conjures up images of wasted time, people speaking up just to hear their own voices and the futility of thinking that you can get a team of people to really focus on a common goal. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

The U.S. Senate today passed a jobs bill that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka calls a "good start" in helping the nation's workers climb out of the 11-million-deep jobs hole dug by the Wall Street greed that propelled the economy's nosedive. read more

It's hard to believe that this age discrimination victim got thrown out of court and had to go to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals for a reversal but here's what happened in the recently decided case of Mora v. Jackson Memorial Hospital. read more

Charlotte Fishman

You've Come a Long Way, Baby? Maybe Not.

March 16, 2010 | Charlotte Fishman

Is it legal to fire a front desk clerk for not being "pretty enough"? Not in Iowa. Last Monday, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a trial judge's decision and ordered Lewis v. Heartland Inns of America to trial. read more

Bob Rosner

Work Doesn't Have to Be Awful

March 15, 2010 | Bob Rosner

It is possible to work with people who you like and respect and accomplish a lot in the process. read more

Recent polls show a majority of Americans want Congress to pass comprehensive health care reform now. And for good reason: There's more news out this week about the enormous increases in health insurance premiums, according to a new report. read more

In the Courts more

Schaar v. Lehigh Valley Health Servs., Inc.

Third Circuit; No. 09-1635 Decision Date: March 11, 2010

In plaintiff's suit against her former employer for violation of the FMLA, summary judgment in favor employer is vacated and remanded as an employee may satisfy her burden of proving three days of incapacitation through a combination of expert medical and lay testimony. Here, when expert medical opinion of a doctor that plaintiff was incapacitated for two days because of her illness is combined with plaintiff's lay testimony that she was incapacitated for two additional days, it necessarily follows that a material issue of fact exists as to whether plaintiff suffered from a serious health condition. read more

Equal Employment Opportunity Comm'n v. Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & Sch.

Sixth Circuit; No. 09-1134 Decision Date: March 9, 2010

In an employment discrimination and retaliation action brought by a teacher at a religious school claiming violations of the ADA, the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendant based on the "ministerial exception" is vacated and remanded as, given the factual findings relating to plaintiff's primary duties as a teacher, the district court erred in its legal conclusion classifying her as a ministerial employee. read more

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