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  • issue 114
  • apr. 27, 2012

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In the News more

Equal Opportunity Panel Updates Hiring Policy

Justices Seem Sympathetic to Central Part of Arizona Law

Ruling Extends Sex-Discrimination Protection to Transgender Woman Denied Federal Job

Senate Republicans fail to overturn NLRB ruling on union elections

EEOC rules job protections also apply to transgender people

Upcoming Changes To Labor Laws To Affect Non-Union Employers

Editorial: A Test on Equal Pay

Ask Judy: Can a Workplace Crush Cost Me a Promotion?

Do You Know Your Rights?

Pregnancy Discrimination Claims On The Rise

Maine gov signs workers comp, unemployment bills

Where have all the women's jobs gone?

N.C. agency: No workers' comp? Go to jail

Career Journal: Is Your Boss a Control Freak?

Why the U.S. Economy Is Biased Against Men

Is the boss spying on you? Cyber-snooping on rise

Little Rock Real Estate Company Settles EEOC Race Discrimination and Retaliation Suit

Supreme Court says private workers temporarily hired by government can be shielded from suits

The 'Nature' of Sexual Harassment

EEOC Amends Age Discrimination Regulations

Employees: Bosses overworked them during recession

Interviewers say asking for social media passwords is off-limits

City Settles Lawsuit That Claimed Bias and Retaliation

More American workers sue employers for overtime pay

Five signs your workplace may be toxic

Rules cover workplace retaliation

California Court Sides With Businesses on Worker Breaks

The Lilly Ledbetter Act's impact on workplace discrimination

Fired for 'Liking' Gay FB Page, Worker Claims

Women, Money, and Bias: 'The Economy Is Classist, Then Racist, Then Sexist'

Resources for Human Development Settles EEOC Disability Suit for $125,00

Topic of the Week more

Always On, Who Doesn't Get Overtime

Can't remember the last time that you got home from work at a normal hour? You're not alone. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Welfare applicants aren't the only people the courts have forced the state of Florida to stop drug testing. A federal court ruled on Thursday that Gov. Rick Scott also doesn't get to randomly drug test 80,000 state workers. read more

The simple truth is that a significant pay gap exists for women and people of color. In almost all the occupations tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women earn less than men. Today, April 17, is Equal Pay Day. People across the country are protesting the pay gap that is still shortchanging women. Women were paid 77 cents for every dollar men got paid in 2010 annual earnings. For women of color, the pay gap is even wider. African American women earned 67 cents and Latinas 58 cents for every dollar earned by white males, the highest earners. read more

According to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office, it takes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration more than seven years on average to write a new workplace safety rule. Some rules take nearly two decades to finalize. read more

Recent projections have job prospects improving for 2012's college graduates. But there's a lot more room for improvement than we're likely to see: About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor's degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years. In 2000, the share was at a low of 41 percent, before the dot-com bust erased job gains for college graduates in the telecommunications and IT fields. Out of the 1.5 million who languished in the job market, about half were underemployed, an increase from the previous year. read more

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a comprehensive ruling giving transgender individuals sorely-needed federal protections against discrimination in the workplace. According to the ruling, employers who discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of gender identity can now be found in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, specifically its prohibition of sex discrimination in employment. read more

In the Courts more

Cavallaro v. UMass memorial Health Care, Inc.

First Circuit; No. 11-1073 Decision Date: April 18, 2012

In lawsuits seeking to represent a potential class of hospital employees who had allegedly been deprived of compensation for certain aspects of their work: 1) the district court's dismissal of one suit is affirmed, where a) removal to federal court and dismissal of all but one claim were proper under the complete preemption doctrine and the exercise of supplemental jurisdiction, because it was necessary for an arbitrator to interpret a collective bargaining agreement to resolve certain claims, and b) a claim under the Massachusetts Fair Minimum Wage Act was barred because the plaintiffs worked in a hospital; and 2) the district court's dismissal of the other suit is vacated and the case remanded for an opportunity to amend the complaint to more specifically identify the employer being sued. read more

Pruell v. Caritas Christi

First Circuit; No. 11-1929 Decision Date: April 18, 2012

In a putative class action asserting violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by hospitals and health care providers, the district court's judgment is affirmed so far as it found the complaint inadequate to state an FLSA claim, but the dismissal with prejudice is vacated, and the case remanded to give the plaintiffs a final opportunity to file a sufficient complaint, where: 1) some of the information needed may have been in the control of the defendants; 2) the claim looked plausible based on what was known; and 3) the plaintiffs' counsel were genuinely uncertain about the specificity the district court wanted. read more

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