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  • issue 41
  • jul. 9, 2010

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In the News more

Troubling reason for drop in unemployment rate: People exiting work force

Rethinking the workplace in the 21st century

Workplace snooping and data theft on the rise

Obama Pushes Jobless Relief As Debt Concerns Mount

Portland jury finds law firm negligent, awards man $7.3 million

American Dream Is Elusive for New Generation

Ruling on NLRB decisions to have little area impact

Obama's Health Plan Getting Tested In Court

Expect lots of government layoffs at state, local level

Google Raises Eyebrows With New Gay-Only Employee Benefit

Schwarzenegger orders minimum wage for California state workers

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

End of the Beginning--Helping New Employees Fit Into Your Company

It's easy for people who've been working in a company for a while to forget about the challenges of coming in as a new employee. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

The law guarantees domestic workers time-and-half pay for more than 40 hours and a day off each week, along with protection under worker compensation and anti-discrimination law and access to unemployment insurance. read more

Will government workers join the race to the bottom? read more

The principle behind the bill is simple: the city should only use taxpayer dollars to create high-quality jobs. read more

Bob Rosner

Extreme Customer Service

July 6, 2010 | Bob Rosner

Customer service seems on track to becoming the biggest oxymoronic statement this side of jumbo shrimp and military intelligence. read more

Deepak Gupta

Forced Arbitration and the Kagan Hearings

July 5, 2010 | Deepak Gupta

The forced arbitration of claims arising out of statutory protections for consumers and employees has become a hot topic at the Kagan hearings. read more

Ravi Bakhru

Mine Safety Legislation Is A Start

July 2, 2010 | Ravi Bakhru

As Tom O'Connor puts it, workplace deaths have become an epidemic. But, as bad a year it has been for mine operators, imagine how bad it's been for the workers themselves. read more

In the Courts more

Vivenzio v. City of Syracuse

Second Circuit; No. 08-2436 Decision Date: July 1, 2010

In an action alleging racial discrimination by a city fire department, summary judgment for defendants is vacated where the record did not establish as a matter of law that the city's continued reliance on racial considerations in the hiring of firefighters was justified by a prior consent decree. read more

McFadden v. Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP

D.C. Circuit; No. 08-7140 Decision Date: June 29, 2010

In an action against a law firm alleging violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. section 1981, and the District of Columbia Human Rights Act (DCHRA), summary judgment for defendants is affirmed in part where the district court correctly held that plaintiff produced insufficient evidence for a reasonable jury to hold pretextual defendant's proffered non-discriminatory reasons for not reassigning her and for terminating her. However, the judgment is reversed in part where there was a genuine issue of material fact as to whether plaintiff was prejudiced by the alleged interference with her FMLA rights. read more

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