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  • issue 75
  • may. 27, 2011

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In the News more

What If You Had Unlimited Vacation?

Law Firm Is Sanctioned Over Client's Concealment in Bias Suit

Judge Voids Wisconsin Law Curbing Unions

Three-Quarters of Employers Plan to Hire New Graduates

Act Teleconferencing to Pay $40,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Law Suit

Comparing Wages Across the U.S.

Employers see benefits of workplace flexibility

New Hampshire On Cusp Of Approving Right-To-Work

Dealing with your workplace Debbie Downer

Lawmakers reach likely deal on workers' comp

More employers are offering on-the-job health care

US appeals court reverses decision on skycap tips

Online College To Pay $260,000 To Settle EEOC Lawsuit Charging Sex Harassment By Supervisors

Okla. Legislature approves workers' comp overhaul

Topic of the Week more

Source Code: Effective Business Communications

Everyone at work seems to be overwhelmed today. With all of our bulging inboxes, it's so darned important for every one of us to learn how to communicate more efficiently and effectively. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Last week, the Chicago-based group Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ) filed its second class action lawsuit this year against an agency responsible for staffing Wal-Mart's warehouse in suburban Elwood. read more

A new study shows that miners in unionized coal mines are far less likely to be killed or injured on the job than miners in nonunion operations. The independent study funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that "unionization predicts an 18-33 percent drop in traumatic injuries and a 27-68 percent drop in fatalities." read more

As the nation's unemployment rate remains at record levels, it's no surprise that employment agencies have become a popular destination for those in search of work. read more

Want to know what it feels like to be fired? read more

On Monday, May 16, SEIU member Cathy Stoddart, RN, BSN spoke at a briefing with U.S. Senate staff about the importance of strong health and safety workplace regulations. The briefing familiarized HELP committee staff with the benefits of regulations for American consumers and workers, as well as the costs of government's failure to ensure a safe workplace. read more

In the Courts more

Newspaper Guild v. Hearst

Second Circuit; 10-2402 Decision Date: May 17, 2011

In a dispute involving the application of an arbitration provision contained in an expired collective-bargaining agreement, summary judgment in favor of plaintiff is affirmed where the contractual right to checkoff of union dues survives expiration of the agreement, thus subjecting the parties' dispute to arbitration. read more

CIGNA Corp. v. Amara

U.S. Supreme Court; 09-804 Decision Date: May 16, 2011

In an ERISA dispute involving the District Court's authority to reform a pension plan, judgment of the appeals court is reversed where although ERISA section 502(a)(1)(B) did not give the District Court authority to reform petitioner's plan, equitable relief may be fashioned from section 502(a)(3). read more

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