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  • issue 79
  • jul. 15, 2011

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In the News more

Labor: Courts keep sanctioning EEOC in class litigation

Where Have America's Jobs Gone?

Congress may force release of NLRB Boeing records

The Concentrated Pain of Job Loss

4 Ways to Regain Control of Your Identity in the Workplace

U.S. workforce: permanently downsized?

Wal-Mart sex-bias ruling implications debated

Seeking Investment Flexibility In a 401(k)

As Income Gap Balloons, Is It Holding Back Growth?

401(k) Law Suppresses Saving for Retirement

Connecticut Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Bill Signed By Governor Dan Malloy

Learning how to be a union activist

Retaliation Remains Most Frequent Allegation Among Federal-Sector Discrimination Complaints

Conn. becomes 1st state requiring paid sick time

New workplace dynamics: Older employees find themselves under rule of younger bosses

Topic of the Week more

Teams That Work: Creating Effective Teams:

DON'T live in a fantasyland. DO have goals. DO explore options. DO see the way forward. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

David Weisenfeld

Supreme Ct. News Not All Bad for Employees This Term

July 15, 2011 | David Weisenfeld

It's no secret that the nation's employees did not fare well in the two most highly-publicized Supreme Court rulings affecting them this term, Wal-Mart v. Dukes and AT&T v. Concepcion. In both cases, the ability of plaintiffs to get relief as a class in the courts was curtailed. read more

Shonda Sneed of Yellow Springs, Ohio, was laid off in December 2009 and is about to run out of unemployment benefits. Because of state budget cuts, she also could soon lose the health care nurse who helps care for her mother who has dementia. At the last job she applied for, she was told 450 others had also applied for the same position. read more

Recently, forced arbitration clauses have spread into a wide variety of contracts that regular citizens ordinarily enter into. These include both consumer contracts, such as those for cellular phone service plans, and employment contracts signed at the start of a new job. Obstacles to fair and impartial dispute resolution are manifold in this coerced dispute resolution process. read more

Domestic Workers Rights bill is winding through California's Capitol. This week the California Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee voted in favor (5-2) of a domestic rights bill, but some tough concessions have been made, including the removal of vacation and sick day provisions from the bill. read more

Bob Rosner

It's Lucrative at the Top

July 11, 2011 | Bob Rosner

According to a recent study commissioned by the New York Times, CEO pay is up 23%. Okay so the suites are doing well. Damn well. How are the rest of us faring? Non executive pay increased .5%. Yes, less than inflation. While CEOs race onward and upward, our pay shrinks. read more

Yesterday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that China had illegally blocked the export of Chinese raw materials. read more

In the Courts more

Valle-Arce v. Puerto Rico Ports Authority

First Circuit; No. 10-1102 Decision Date: July 8, 2011

In a labor and employment action alleging violations of the ADA, 42 U.S.C. section 12101 et seq., judgment of the district court is reversed where it improperly granted, in a short oral ruling, defendant's oral motion for judgment as a matter of law read more

Mendez-Aponte v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

First Circuit; No. 09-2534 Decision Date: July 8, 2011

In an civil rights action arising from the termination of plaintiff from his employment as the Assistant Secretary of State for Protocol Affairs at the Puerto Rico State Department, 42 U.S.C. sections 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, and 1988, summary judgment in favor of defendant and Rule 11 sanctions are affirmed where plaintiff's political affiliation was an appropriate basis for dismissal and the impostion of sanctions was not an abuse of discretion read more

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