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  • issue 86
  • oct. 12, 2011

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In the News more

Minimum wage to rise in eight states

New Research Busts Myths About the Gender Gap

Should Companies Use Credit Checks to Screen Job Applicants?

Supreme Court Justices Find Government Line in Church-State Case 'Amazing'

Recent Flurry of NLRB Complaints Puts Focus on Evolving Social Media Disciplinary Issues

New site lets consumers monitor health insurance rate hikes

Employers Exhibit Bias Against Gay Job Seekers

Judge upholds firing of Ohio teacher in Bible case

As new immigration law in Alabama takes effect, construction and farm workers flee

How to disagree with your boss -- without losing your job

Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act: Transgender New Yorkers Still Waiting For Equality

Supreme Court hears religious-workplace firing dispute

Protesters Drawing Labor Support

The legacy of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings

Federal judge finds union in contempt for failing to provide subpoenaed documents

How Employers Raid Pension Plans

Town of Clarence and Western New York Fire Companies Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Suit

Princeton Club of New York faces racial discrimination suit

Historical Sexual Harassment Cases

The Industries That Are Looking for Workers

Administrative Law Judge rules Chicago car dealership had overly broad employee policy, but discharged employee's activity not protected

When Legal Sense Trumps Practical Sense

Outsize Severance Continues for Executives, Even After Failed Tenures

Expert: If your boss is a psychopath leave

Walmart Adds Transgender Provisions To Employee Non-Discrimination Policy

Calif co. settles sex harassment case for $463K

'Retirement Heist': How Firms Trimmed Pensions

Online rants -- what's protected?

Full Employment, for Lawyers

Health Insurers Push Premiums Sharply Higher

Union says documents bolster NLRB case vs Boeing

Labor: Using class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements

Obama Proposes Protecting Unemployed Against Hiring Bias

Mandatory E-Verify bill looks headed for House passage

Firings, discipline over Facebook posts lead to surge in legal disputes

Labor Department Postpones Guest Workers' Wage Increase

IRS Gives Employers a Break on Payrolls

Are "Years of Experience" Requirements Fair to Younger Workers?

Aware of Wrongdoing? Blowing the Whistle Can Net You Big Bucks

5 Ways to Deal with a Co-Worker Who Steals Your Ideas

EEOC files rare discrimination suit against Bass Pro Shops

Most unusual resume mistakes

The Twelve Attributes of a Truly Great Place to Work

Topic of the Week more

The Way: Bringing More Creativity to Work:

"Insanely great" and "Just win baby" sum up how to live your life better than any watered down corporate vision statement ever will. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

The recent press surrounding the 99 Percent Movement has case a light on the extreme disparities among Americans in regards to their socio-economic status. This is not new news, however. The downturn of the economy over the past few years has widened the gap. The best way to address this inequality is to find a way to stimulate jobs. read more

As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to grow, skeptics and harsh critics are starting to attack back. What do you say to that? Sticks and stones. Richard Eskow, a former Fortune 500 CEO, comes up with a list of truths to fight the naysayers with. read more

Social media has become a leveraging tool in many situations over the past few year. Whether it has been to foster democracy in the Middle East or to influence politics in the United States, we are now seeing how unions are capitalizing on social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook to gain some advantages in contract disputes. Automobile workers are using social media to track the status of contract negotiation talks with their industry. read more

As the Occupy Wall Street movement begins to amass a national following, different individuals and organizations are declaring their support of the movement. One of these organizations is AFL-CIO. President of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, has endorsed the campaign and in a recent statement has said, "We believe as they do that the economy is shutting out 99 percent of the people. It works for the top 1 percent marvelously…But the rest of us ... we think there's a different and better way." read more

Laura Clawson

Delays Mount on Life-Saving Workplace Regulations

October 6, 2011 | Laura Clawson

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration, has slowed down in passing new regulations to improve conditions in the workplace. The delays are a result of legislative, executive and judicial pressures (politics, of course). Nearly five prospective regulations have been delayed for 4-31 years. The issue becomes whether we should give priority to political banter at the expense of the health and livelihood of our workers. read more

Maria Saab

Only Up From Here, Right?

October 5, 2011 | Maria Saab

The Institute for Women's Policy Research released a study in conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation about Americans' perceptions on their economic security after the Recession that occurred between 2007-2009. The survey, which was administered to nearly 3,000 Americans, implies that many Americans, both men and women, feel less confident about their economic security today more than ever. The survey goes on to isolate different factors and statistics that contribute to this general sentiment. read more

It appears that our politicians in Washington are always debating what to do with taxes: should we cut taxes? Should we raise taxes? Should we tax the rich? Should we shift our tax dollars? This sort of contemplation is apart of a neverending cycle that always seems to come back around full circle much sooner than we imagine. Responding to President Obama's "Buffet Initiative" to increase taxes on the wealthy, republicans are saying that taxing those with more capital will mean less capital in our system, and thus an increase on job creates that will result in less jobs. As Tanya Somanader writes, business owners and millionaire investors are coming up with their own conclusions about the matter. read more

As the Occupy Wall Street movement gains momentum, labor unions are having to act to gain some credence in the city. The Transit Workers Union is heading to court to prevent MTA from forcing them to bus arrested protestors. On Saturday, buses were commandeered to transit arrested protestors. TWU believes that its purpose is to provide transit services to the general public, not to be commanded at-will for the sake of transporting arrestees. read more

Michelle Chen

Labor Movement Rolls Into Wall Street Occupation

September 30, 2011 | Michelle Chen

Labor activism is on the rise and making moves. The next location to get a piece of the action is New York city, and more specifically Wall Street. Labor activists are taking to the streets of the Financial District to voice their concerns, arguments, and criticisms on labor workers' conditions amidst the struggles of the present-day economy. read more

United Auto Workers and GM are finalizing contract negotiations, the first to emerge since the Obama Administration bailed out the automobile mogul. However, there appears to be a little bump in the road to attaining a contractual relationship between the two parties. Ford appears to be unwilling to give a share of the millions of dollars in profits it has made over the past few quarters to its workers. When the CEO of Ford is cashing in on a $26 million dollar paycheck, wouldn't refusing to pay some of your employees a share in the profits seem to indicate that you aren't changing your ways at all, GM? read more

In the Courts more

Bledsoe v. Merit Systems Protections Board

Federal Circuit; No. 2011-3054 Decision Date: October 3, 2011

In a petition for review of a decision of the Merits Board dismissing petitioner's appeal that the Postal Services wrongly denied her restoration following partial recovery from a compensable injury, 5 C.F.R. section 353.304(c), decision is affirmed because petitioner failed to establish that the Service acted arbitrarily and capriciously and thus entitled her to a jurisdictional hearing read more

Romero v. Department of Defense

Federal Circuit; No. 2010-3137 Decision Date: October 3, 2011

In a petition for review of a decision of the Board of Merits affirming the removal of petitioner from his position as a Department of Defense (DoD) auditor for failing to maintain his Secret level security clearance, decision is affirmed where the DoD complied with its internal procedures in revoking petitioner's security clearance. read more

Bhatti v. Trustees of Boston University

First Circuit; No. 10-2342 Decision Date: October 3, 2011

In an appeal from a judgment of the district court dismissing, on summary adjudication, plaintiff's Title VII and Section 1981 action for discrimination, retaliation, and a hostile work environment, judgment is affirmed where plaintiff failed to establish evidence of actual animus because the record does not support plaintiff's claim of scheduling and treatment disparities read more

Rodriguez-Sanchez v. Municipality of Santa Isabel

First Circuit; No. 09-2635 Decision Date: September 29, 2011

In an appeal from a judgment of the district court dismissing plaintiffs' Section 1983 action on summary adjudication, judgment is affirmed where the district court correctly concluded that plaintiffs had failed in their burden of producing evidence sufficient to show that their terminations constituted due process deprivations or were politically motivated read more

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