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  • issue 65
  • feb. 25, 2011

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In the News more

Can Employees Refuse to Work for Political Beliefs?

'Janie Q's' Class Warfare at Wal-Mart

GOP bill would end California pension bargaining

How Are You Feeling About Your Job?

Wisconsin Workers' Rights Battle Goes National at Pivotal Time for Labor

N.J. governor wants workers to pay more for benefits

Federal Court Refuses To Toss Out EEOC Claim That Chrysler Retaliated Against Employees

Michigan workers to oppose 'anti-labor' state proposals

GOP Touts Need For Public Unions To Bend

After nearly 10 years, sex-harassment suit may finally be settled

Labor faces a moment of truth

6 Reasons You Shouldn't Quit Without Notice

Workzone: Laws govern workplace alcohol, drug testing

Republicans challenging unions in state capitol

Order bans transgender discrimination in Mass.

Democrats Missing, Wisconsin Vote on Cuts Is Delayed

Topic of the Week more

You Don't Say: Reading Non-Verbal Clues at Work

· Don't overestimate eye contact. · Do look beyond the smile. · Do listen for pitch. · Do look for inconsistencies. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Speaking today before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), said that practices barring the unemployed from job availabilities have been growing around the country - and place a disproportionate burden on older workers, African Americans and other workers facing high levels of long-term unemployment. read more

Lawmakers in several states have launched a broadside against public employees, aiming to cut their pay, slash their benefits, and strip them of their collective bargaining rights. read more

Bob Rosner

Mob Rule? At Work?

February 22, 2011 | Bob Rosner

I wasn't in Egypt. But I was in the Eatery and I saw first hand that collective action can work. read more

A Cleveland jury in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Wednesday returned a $900,000 verdict in a significant employment discrimination lawsuit brought by a former employee of Cleveland's University Hospitals Case Medical Center. read more

In the Courts more

Steel Erectors Association of Am. v. Occupational Safety and Health Admin.

Fourth Circuit; No. 09-2319 Decision Date: February 17, 2011

Petition for review of an OSHA ruling is dismissed where the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the matter, as a 2010 directive stating that violations of certain standards would be considered de minimis, and would therefore carry no penalty, if employers took different precautionary measures, is more accurately viewed as a description of the agency's new enforcement policy and not a "standard", which would permit review. read more

Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp.

Ninth Circuit; No. 10-15257 Decision Date: February 15, 2011

In a suit for back pay, challenging the defendant-employer\'s classification of plaintiffs as "outside salesmen", a legal designation that exempts an employee from the FLSA's overtime-pay requirement, grant of summary judgment to employer is affirmed where the pharmaceutical industry's representatives (detail men and women) share many more similarities than differences with their colleagues in other sales fields, and are thus are exempt from the FLSA overtime-pay requirement. read more

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