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issue 199 jan. 7, 2015

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In the News more

Workers alleging wage theft say picketing the surest path to justice

Missouri's minimum wage will fall behind neighbor's

Lawyer alleges TGI Friday's workers in Mansfield paid to drop out of class action suit

Is Crowdsourcing Bad for Workers?

FairPoint labor talks to resume

Signs of Economic Promise Are Offering Some Hope for the New Year

More States Raise Minimum Wage, But Debate Continues

Union for mental health workers plan Kaiser strike

Minimum Wage Workers In NY, NJ To Get Raises In 2015

OUR OPINION: Supreme Court deals new blow to workers rights

Wage stagnation puts the squeeze on ordinary workers

Fiberdome agrees to workplace safety changes

Employers Help Legal Immigrants On Path To Citizenship

The Real Christmas Village Is in China

Robust economic growth in third quarter raises hopes that a boom is on horizon

Topic of the Week more

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Which reminds me of a 38-year-old man who was hospitalized in Princeton, WV with gunshot wounds. He had been drinking beer and reported accidentally shooting himself three times, as he attempted to clean each of his three guns. He said the first shot didn read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

When Cristian Rennella first co-founded, a Latin American search engine, he and his employees worked five days a week just like nearly all other companies. But then two years in they decided to try something different: they stopped working on Fridays. read more

Having a black President even influenced a majority of the study participants to believe that people of color have the same opportunities as white people. Unfortunately, employment statistics say otherwise. read more

Arthur MacEwan

Inequality, Power, and Ideology: An Update

January 6, 2015 | Arthur MacEwan

Perhaps the most shocking fact about income inequality is the following: Between 2009 and 2012, as the economy grew slowly out of the recession, 116% of the income increase went to the highest income 10% of the population. read more

Paula Brantner

New Pages to Wrap Up 2014!

December 31, 2014 | Paula Brantner

We've added 105 new pages of employee rights information. read more

Paul Bland

USA Today Editorial: Court Secrecy Kills

December 30, 2014 | Paul Bland

USA Today has just run a startling and powerful editorial that shines a bright light on a dark practice. All too often, corporations that have manufactured defective and sometimes deadly products, or are engaged in other severely illegal behavior, ask courts to cover up the wrongdoing. read more

This week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision and a rule that could make organizing a union significantly easier for American workers. read more

In the Courts more

Bower v. Inter-Con Security Systems

California Court of Appeal; A135940 Decision Date: December 31, 2014

Order denying defendant's petition to compel arbitration of a putative wage and hour class action is affirmed, where there was substantial evidence to support the trial court's finding that defendant waived its right to compel arbitration by engaging in litigation conduct, including discovery, delaying arbitration, and seeking a class-wide settlement, that is inconsistent with the right to demand arbitration. read more

Walker v. Mod-U-Kraf Homes

Fourth Circuit; 14-1038 Decision Date: December 23, 2014

Summary judgment against plaintiff on her claims of a sexually hostile work environment and retaliation is vacated and remanded as to the hostile work environment claim and affirmed as to the retaliation claim, where: 1) the totality of the record creates too close of a question as to whether an objectively hostile or abusive work environment was created to be decided on summary judgment, as there is a genuine dispute of material fact; and 2) plaintiff has failed to produce evidence creating a triable issue as to whether defendant's proffered explanation for terminating her was pretext for retaliation, and as such, the district court did not err in granting summary judgment on this claim. read more

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