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  • issue 53
  • nov. 3, 2010

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In the News more

L.A. County Jury Awards $4 Million to Former LAPD Officer

Want a Better Job? Try These Workplace 'Power Poses'

Labor Faces `Huge Sinkhole' for U.S. Agenda as Republicans Take Over House

Sexual Harassment and the Federal Workplace

Time Off to Vote: Employer Responsibilities

Along the Minimum-Wage Battle Front

Fast Food Restaurant Owner to Pay $150K in Sexual Harassment Suit

Paycheck Fairness Act: More Than Pocket Change Is at Stake

Warnings Abound In Enforcing Immigration Job Rules

Should I Quit My Job Before I Get Fired?

Employer Use of Credit Reports Under Fire

Ex-Worker Wins $96M for Blowing Whistle on Drug Giant

Restaurant Owner Pays $150K for Sex Abuse of Teens

Health Law Hardly At Fault For Rising Premiums

What To Do When the Manager Doesn't Manage

Health Bill May Be Lenient on Employers

Topic of the Week more

Future Focused--Resumes That Show What You'll Do For Them

Most of us would rather chug a bottle of castor oil than toot our own horn in our resume. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

It's a political week, so here are a few short takes - admittedly - with a political twist:: read more

Nearly a decade later, how are these safety measures designed to protect the public from medically unsafe commercial drivers working out? Not too well... read more

Many in the international labor movement have complained that news accounts have ignored the poor treatment of workers by the mining company, which intially refused to pay their wages after the miners were trapped underground on Aug. 5. read more

Thirty-three states have laws on the books requiring employers to give workers time off to cast a vote. The District of Columbia and 17 states do not. read more

Bob Rosner

Time For More Executive Hard Time?

November 1, 2010 | Bob Rosner

I'm simply suggesting that we start skimming off some of the cash that these executives skimmed off of all of us. read more

In the Courts more

Vega-Colon v. Wyeth Pharm.

First Circuit; No. 09-1861 Decision Date: October 28, 2010

In plaintiff's suit against his employer, claiming that the employer discriminated and retaliated against him based on his military service in violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and Puerto Rico law, district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the employer is affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded where: 1) because plaintiff has not shown evidence of discrimination other than the fact of non-selection and membership in the protected class, defendant is entitled to summary judgment on plaintiff's claim that defendant's failure to hire him for the reliability engineer position violated USERRA; 2) plaintiff has not made the requisite showing under USERRA that his military status was a motivating factor in defendant's decision to award a low performance rating; 3) the district court erred in granting summary judgment on the issue of whether defendant's extension of the Performance Improvement Plan was an improper discriminatory action, as the evidence is sufficiently strong that a reasonable jury could find in plaintiff's favor; 4) plaintiff has failed to raise a cognizable claim with respect to the issue of being denied facility access; 5) there is no basis for the jury to conclude that plaintiff was subject to a hostile work environment; and 6) plaintiff has failed to establish that defendant retaliated against him in violation of USERRA for filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment Training Services. read more

Myers v. Hertz Corp.

Second Circuit; No. 08-1037 Decision Date: October 27, 2010

In an action asserting claims against Hertz Rental Car for overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and various provisions of New York state law, a denial of class certification is affirmed where the district court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that Hertz's common policy demonstrated little regarding whether the constituent issues that bore on Hertz's ultimate liability were provable in common. read more

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