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  • issue 42
  • jul. 14, 2010

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In the News more

24 Hour Fitness sued for race, gender bias

Working seniors outnumber teens in labor force

UAW begins focus on worker rights

For immigrant employers in L.A., EEOC begins training seminars on U.S. anti-discrimination laws

Obama administration walks tricky political line on gay marriage ban

Treasury touts tax credit for hiring as a factor in 4.5M jobs

For Younger Women, a Smaller Wage Gap

Judge rules against lesbian VA employee

Congress Stalled As 2 Million Lose Jobless Benefits

Law sabotages collective bargaining in Md. education

The Right Way to Raise Wages

O'Fallon Billboard Company to Pay $55,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Rethinking the workplace in the 21st century

Workplace snooping and data theft on the rise

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

Reinventing Yourself--Create New You at Work

Just like those robbers, we all need to keep gaining new skills if we want to get ahead in today's constantly changing workplace. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Yesterday afternoon, Mine Workers (UMWA) President Cecil Roberts told the House Education and Labor Committee, "We can and must do a better job of protecting our nation's miners," and urged Congress to approve legislation to strengthen mine and workplace safety laws. read more

The Senate failed again to pass a relatively bare-bones "stand-alone" benefits extension bill that doesn't even include a COBRA extension, or aid to the states to pay for their swelling Medicaid rolls. read more

So what is the business lesson here? The importance of adult leadership. read more

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

In the Courts more

Breiner v. Nev. Dep't of Corr.

Ninth Circuit; No. 09-15568 Decision Date: July 8, 2010

In an action challenging the State of Nevada's policy of hiring only female correctional lieutenants at a women's prison, summary judgment for defendants is reversed where: 1) Title VII protects the ability to pursue one's own career goals without being discriminated against on the basis of race or sex, even if others of the same race or sex were not subject to disadvantage; and 2) defendants did not show that "all or nearly all" men would tolerate sexual abuse by male guards, or that it is "impossible or highly impractical" to assess applicants individually for this qualification. read more

In re Novartis Wage & Hour Litig.

Second Circuit; No. 09-0437 Decision Date: July 6, 2010

In an action by pharmaceutical company salespersons for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), summary judgment for defendant is vacated where, under the Department of Labor's regulations, the salespersons were not outside salesmen or administrative employees for purposes of the FLSA. read more

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