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  • issue 77
  • jun. 17, 2011

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In the News more

Wal-Mart Workers Try the Nonunion Route

Suit challenges Tenn.'s anti-discrimination limits

Wis. Supreme Court upholds controversial union law

To Create More Jobs, Go Where the Jobs Are

Here's how to avoid sabotaging your 401(k) plan

Labor Agency Challenges Boeing Factory Location

16 AGs weigh in on NLRB's suit against Boeing

Strike could be near for Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons workers, union warns

Former Employee Breaks Silence About Landmark Sexual Harassment Case

Dems defend NLRB against GOP pushback on Boeing suit

Jury awards 95M in Fairview Heights sex harassment suit

Obama prods employers to invest in displaced workers

White House to announce more on initiative to link skilled workers, manufacturers

Report documents dramatic shift in immigrant workforce's skill level

Hearing held on transgender rights bill

Lawyer Bets Big on Wal-Mart Discrimination Ruling

Bill Aims to Protect Hotel Workers From Sexual Abuse

Wis. justices hear arguments in union law case

Topic of the Week more

Transformers: Deciding If You Should Take a New Job

· Do talk to someone who does the job. · Do explore moonlighting, part time or temporarily doing the job. · Do shadow someone while they do the job. · Don't forget that you can change a job. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Twenty-one years ago, on June 15, hundreds of low-wage janitors marched in Los Angeles, demanding better working conditions. The march turned into a bloody scene when police on horseback surrounded the janitors and their supporters, beating them back with clubs. It sparked a movement. The Justice for Janitors campaign was born and janitors won their first ever union contract. read more

Liz Shuler

Milestone for World's Domestic Workers

June 16, 2011 | Liz Shuler

Today, at the International Labor Organization's 100th annual conference in Geneva Switzerland, the global community took a major collective step towards achieving economic and social justice for some of the world's most vulnerable workers with the overwhelming adoption of the Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention and accompanying recommendation. read more

Bob Rosner

Clerical Vs. Strategic

June 15, 2011 | Bob Rosner

Recently I worked at a job with a wonderful woman. She had been a administrative assistant all of her career. So when I asked her to create a data base for our sales calls, she immediately turned it into a clerical function. She created an Excel spreadsheet that had a lot of columns that was chock full of tons of details about every client and potential client. There was only one problem, it was like a file cabinet, it stored everything. It was unwieldy and almost defied you to explore our best prospects or do any real analysis of our sales opportunities. read more

he most basic rationale behind raising the minimum wage is widely known: the current minimum wage is not a "living wage", i.e. compensation that can truly allow an individual to meet regular monthly expenses. Data provided by the panel indicated that a woman with two children would need to work three minimum wage jobs in order to place herself in a stable position in most communities across the country. read more

A U.S. District Court in Texas ruled that a Houston P.F.Chang's restaurant may have violated the Americans with Disability Act when it fired one of its restaurant managers three days after he disclosed that he had a brain tumor. read more

In the Courts more

Chudacoff v. University Medical Center of Southern Nevada

Ninth Circuit; No. 09-17558 Decision Date: June 9, 2011

In a Section 1983 dispute arising from the suspension of plaintiff's medical staff privileges and involving against whom the plaintiff may bring action, judgment of the district court is affirmed in part and reversed in part because individually named doctor defendants who serve as voting members of credentialing committee may not be sued and where plaintiff failed to show that his due process injuries were the product of institutional policies read more

Perez v. Mountaire Farms, Inc.

Fourth Circuit; No. 09-1917 Decision Date: June 7, 2011

In a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) dispute, 29 U.S.C. sections 201 et seq., judgment of the district court in favor of plaintiffs is affirmed in part and reversed in part where: 1) under the FLSA, time spent donning and doffing protective gear at the beginning and the end of each workday is compensable, while mid-shift donning and doffing is not; and 2) defendant's violations were not willful, thus triggering only a two-year statute of limitations for claims for back pay. read more

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