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  • issue 54
  • nov. 10, 2010

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In the News more

Google to Give Staff 10% Raise

Concord to Pay $750,000 in Settlement with Former Police Officer

Federal Authorities Say Firing for Posts on Facebook Illegal

I Hate to Bug You But... Six Networking No-Nos

Oregon Supermarket Chain Agrees to Restore Up to $8 Million to C&K Market 401(k) Plan Under Settlement With US Department of Labor

National Labor Relations Board Backs Medic Fired Over Facebook Post

When Unemployment Extensions End, a Movement Rises: Rhe 99ers

Just in Time for Holidays: Bigger Paychecks

Goldman Settles Lawsuit Over Pregnancy Bias With Former Vice President

Foreigners Victims of Abuse in Workplace

Labor Union Expectations Loom Large for Gov.-Elect Brown

Next! Market's Focus Turns to Jobs

Labor Dept. Asks Court To Close Massey Mine In KY

NLRB Sues Company for Firing Worker Over Facebook Post

Five Secrets of Charismatic Leadership

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

What To Do When the Manager Doesn't Manage

Health Bill May Be Lenient on Employers

Topic of the Week more

You Earned It: What To Do When Your Unemployment Claim is Rejected:

The only thing worse than losing your job? Not having a cushion from unemployment insurance to fall back on because your company challenges your claim. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

James Parks

Wynn Casino Dealers Approve Historic Contract

November 10, 2010 | James Parks

Three years after voting to join a union, dealers at the casino in Wynn Las Vegas late last week ratified a collective bargaining agreement, the first-ever union contract for dealers in Las Vegas. read more

It is now about to get worse, thanks to "bi-partisanship". read more

Bob Rosner

Reality? Nah, I'd Rather Not.

November 8, 2010 | Bob Rosner

No executive today can afford to write off the canaries in the coal mine any longer. read more

Jeffrey Robinson and Randal Pinkett

Ten Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness

November 5, 2010 | Jeffrey Robinson and Randal Pinkett

Establish a strong identity and purpose. Obtain broad exposure. Demonstrate excellence. More... read more

Mike Hall

Election About Jobs, Not Republican Mandate

November 5, 2010 | Mike Hall

When asked about specific Pledge to America agenda items, just 34 percent of all voters and 49 percent of Republicans support extending the tax cuts for the wealthy. By almost the same small numbers, they support rolling back Wall Street reform. read more

In the Courts more

Bates v. Dura Auto. Sys., Inc.

Sixth Circuit; No. 09-6351 Decision Date: November 3, 2010

In plaintiffs' suit against their former employer, claiming that the employer's drug testing policy violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, district court's holding that individuals do not need to be disabled to assert claims under section 12112(b)(6) is reversed in this interlocutory appeal where: 1) because the plain text of the statute requires that an individual bringing such a claim be disabled, and this interpretation is not "demonstrably at odds" with Congress's intent, the plain meaning controls; and 2) because the plaintiffs have not demonstrated that the district court's ruling on their putative claims under section 12112(d)(4) is inextricably intertwined with the certified issue, exercise of pendent appellate jurisdiction is declined. read more

Stiefel v. Bechtel Corp.

Ninth Circuit; No. 09-55764 Decision Date: November 1, 2010

In an action alleging that defendant discriminated against plaintiff because of a disabling work-related injury and failed to accommodate that disability, and then laid him off to retaliate against him for seeking accommodation, summary judgment for defendant is affirmed in part where plaintiff failed to demonstrate either that he applied to be rehired or that it would have been futile to do so. However, the order is reversed in part where plaintiffs' California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) charge was deemed filed with the EEOC pursuant to a "Worksharing Agreement" between the DFEH and the EEOC. read more

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