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  • issue 40
  • jul. 1, 2010

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In the News more

Business headlines: Pizza driver suit may cover 20,000

Sexual Harassment in the Work Place: Is it still happening?

Court to decide limits on retaliation ban

Age bias complaints surge in bad economy

House Rejects Extension Of Unemployment Benefits

Wal-Mart Plaintiffs Face Historic Class Challenge

'Discrimination' isn't a word to be used lightly

Justices Rule Against Group That Excludes Gay Students

'Appearance Discrimination': The New Racism?

Job blues for gray-haired workers

John Wieland Homes Settles EEOC Race And Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Kagan hearings to begin with questions from left and right

Justices Limit Fraud Law

When will you get to retire?

Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Draft Application, Instructions and FAQs Available; Final Application Expected Late June 2010

Generation 'Text': FB Me

Health Bill May Be Lenient on Employers

Topic of the Week more

Castaway--Surviving a Go Nowhere Job

There is nothing more hopeless than being lost in a job that's going nowhere. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

The likely voters - who identified themselves as Republican, Democrat, Tea Party and Independent - said Washington must focus on manufacturing because it is crucial to America's economic strength. read more

When Kobe Bryant was recently asked what his fifth championship meant to him he replied, "One more than Shaq." read more

James Parks

Social Forum Focuses on Workers' Issues

June 29, 2010 | James Parks

Workers' issues were the focus of five days of marches, rallies and workshops at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, which ended over the weekend. read more

The House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to discuss worker safety oversight from the oil rig to the shoreline. read more

Activists are working to ease the strain by making the option of paid time off not only more generous, but also more open to all types of families, whether they've got one mom or two dads. read more

In the Courts more

Zakrzewska v. The New School

Second Circuit; No. 09-0611 Decision Date: June 22, 2010

In a sexual harassment action, following the New York Court of Appeals' answer to a certified question, a denial of summary judgment to defendant is affirmed where the affirmative defense to employer liability articulated in Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, 524 U.S. 775 (1998), and Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth, 524 U.S. 742 (1998), does not apply to sexual harassment and retaliation claims under section 8-107 of the New York City Administrative Code. read more

Rent-A-Center West, Inc. v. Jackson

U.S. Supreme Court; No. 09-497 Decision Date: June 21, 2010

In an employment discrimination action, the Ninth Circuit's reversal of the district court's dismissal of the action based on the parties' agreement to arbitrate is reversed where, under the Federal Arbitration Act, where an agreement to arbitrate includes an agreement that the arbitrator will determine the enforceability of the agreement, if a party challenges specifically the enforceability of that particular agreement, the district court considers the challenge, but if a party challenges the enforceability of the agreement as a whole, the challenge is for the arbitrator. read more

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