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issue 216 may. 6, 2015

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In the News more

Owners of Mexican restaurants sentenced to prison for hiring undocumented workers and paying substandard wages

Fiat Chrysler wants to give dealership workers a free ride to college

Where the Minimum-Wage Fight Is Being Won

McDonald's workers plan 'biggest-ever protest' as company announces changes

Substitute teachers could be outsourced in Des Moines

My shirt was ripped at work. Can I get reimbursed?

Several May Day demonstrations planned in Bay Area

NLRB says arrest of union reps violated supermarket workers' rights

Supreme Court Backs Companies in EEOC Job-Bias Clash

Meeting the Growing Needs of Long-Term Care for the Elderly

Why it's so hard to protect workers caught in global supply chains

Farmers Sued by Female Employee Attorney for Alleged Discrimination

Poll: Most Americans believe fast food workers should be able to unionize

Fox 11 Investigates truckers forced to exceed legal driving limits: Electronic monitoring of driver hours could prevent crashes, injuries and deaths

Homeless U.S. Capitol Workers Crowdfund To Help Fellow Workers

Topic of the Week more

Losers: Overcoming Failure at Work

Go to any magazine rack and you'll see smiling faces of executives, entertainers and sports stars all rejoicing in the glow of success. It's enough to make you feel terrible about yourself and your career prospects. But what if I were to tell you that man read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

The big reveal in Sunday night's episode of Mad Men was that Sterling Cooper, a company where racist jokes are frequently thrown about and where the company's only female partner literally earned that partnership because she was prostituted out to a client, is actually a progressive employer by the standards of its era. read more

The National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) complaint for unfair labor practices against the McDonald's corporation inched forward in a Manhattan courtroom last month. read more

The Labor Department is moving ahead with President Obama's eagerly awaited overtime pay expansion. read more

Playboy has sued Sheppard Mullin for malpractice and is seeking $7.6M in damages for losing a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower case at trial "in spectacular fashion." read more

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA) are introducing a minimum wage bill on Thursday that would raise the federal floor from its current level of $7.25 an hour to $12 an hour by 2020, eliminate the lower tipped minimum wage that currently stands at $2.13 an hour, and automatically increase it as median wages rise. read more

In the Courts more

800 River Road Operating Co LL v. NLRB

Third Circuit; No. 14-1571 Decision Date: April 29, 2015

In an appeal of the NLRB's ruling that petitioner committed unfair labor practices, in violation of the NLRA, before and after a Union election, the Board's rulings are: 1) affirmed with regard to the Board's determination that plaintiff violated section 8(a)(1) by coercively interrogating at least one of its employees and by creating an unlawful impression of surveillance; and 2) vacated insofar as the order concluded that plaintiff's withholding of benefits from unit employees violated section 8(a)(1) and (a)(3). read more

Mach Mining, LLC v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

U.S. Supreme Court; No. 13-1019 Decision Date: April 29, 2015

In an unlawful hiring case, the Seventh Circuit's holding that the EEOC's conciliation obligation with employer was unreviewable is reversed where: 1) courts have authority to review whether the EEOC has fulfilled its Title VII duty to attempt conciliation; and 2) the appropriate scope of judicial review of the EEOC's conciliation activities is narrow, enforcing only the EEOC's statutory obligation to give the employer notice and an opportunity to achieve voluntary compliance. read more

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