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issue 200 jan. 14, 2015

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In the News more

Labor at a Crossroads: Can Broadened Civil Rights Law Offer Workers a True Right to Organize?

Labor board readies flurry of decisions

Carson Shipping Company Agrees To Reclassify Drivers As Employees

We're adding jobs like it's 1999, but American workers just can't get a raise

Why Your Wages Are Idling in Neutral

The GOP Bill to Define the 40-Hour Work Week Explained

On-call workers entitled to pay for all hours spent at job, court rules

A Day in the Life of a Family of 6 Trying to Survive on Fast-Food Wages

Apple Store Employees Claim They're Losing Out On Pay Because Of Security Checks

Apple and Amazon's Unpaid Security Checks Face a New Challenge in State Courts

ADP Says Companies in U.S. Added 241,000 Workers in December

AFL-CIO Steps Up Effort to Boost Low Wages

Paid Sick Days, More Workplace Benefits for D.C. Workers

Workers alleging wage theft say picketing the surest path to justice

A Majority Of States Now Have Mininum Wages Higher Than The Federal Minimum

Topic of the Week more

Good Fortune: Creating a Better Workplace

That's right, even if you aren't a CEO or top executive, you can still initiate the five ideas I've listed below to make your department or company a better place to work. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Five years ago today an earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving another 1.5 million homeless. The disaster was followed by a string of tropical storms and a cholera epidemic that killed at least 8,000 people. read more

When Ellen Costello started out in the financial industry, she was often the only woman in the room. "Especially the times I was in the capital markets business, there were very few women," she told ThinkProgress. read more

Leo Gerard

Put Working People First

January 13, 2015 | Leo Gerard

The jobs report Friday set off cheering: a quarter million positions added in December; unemployment declining to 5.6 percent. This good news arrived amid a booming stock market and a third-quarter GDP report showing the strongest growth in 11 years. read more

The unemployment rate edged down to 5.6 percent in December from 5.7 percent in November (revised from an earlier reported 5.8 percent), the Labor Department reported today. read more

Some 1 million workers could lose their employer-provided health insurance under a Republican bill (H.R. 30) passed by the House (252-172, with 12 Democrats crossing the aisle) today. read more

When Cristian Rennella first co-founded elMejorTrato.com, 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

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

In the Courts more

Ibarra v. Manheim Investments

Ninth Circuit; 14-56779 Decision Date: January 8, 2015

In this putative class action alleging violations of California's Labor Code, order remanding the case to state court is vacated, and the case is remanded to the district court to allow both parties the opportunity to submit evidence and arguments whether the $5 million amount in controversy requirement had been satisfied, where: 1) because the complaint did not allege that defendant universally, on each and every shift, violated labor laws by not giving rest and meal breaks, defendant bore the burden to show that its estimated amount in controversy relied on reasonable assumptions; 2) defendant relied on an assumption about the rate of its alleged labor law violations that was not grounded in real evidence; and 3) given that the damages assessment included assumptions, the chain of reasoning and the assumptions needed some reasonable ground underlying them. read more

Weidman v. Exxon Mobil Corporation

Fourth Circuit; 13-2007 Decision Date: January 8, 2015

In this case, plaintiff sued his former employer, alleging that he was fired in retaliation for reporting illegal pharmacy practices, which caused him to suffer a heart attack and emotional distress. The district court's denial of plaintiff's motion to remand and dismissal of plaintiff's fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED), personal injury, and wrongful discharge claims is affirmed in all respects except as to the wrongful discharge claim, where: 1) defendants have satisfied there burden of showing there is "no possibility" of plaintiff succeeding in any of his tort claims against any of the non-diverse defendants; 2) plaintiff did not sufficiently plead his fraud, IIED, or personal injury claims; and 3) plaintiff sufficiently stated a claim that his termination violated Virginia's public policy exception to its at-will employment doctrine. read more

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