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issue 217 may. 13, 2015

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In the News more

Bayer is Chastised by Judge for Offering to Reinstate Sales Rep 500 Miles Away

Postal workers rallying for longer service hours

Nail salon workers aren't the only ones who need more protections

Low, Middle Income Workers Most Vulnerable To Loss Of Obamacare Subsidies

When it comes to maternity leave, Latinas may have it the worst

The next labor fight is over when you work, not how much you make

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Lawmakers' Pension Overhaul

Mandate paid sick leave, Chicago

Retailers are facing some harsh truths about employee wages

What James Franco gets wrong about working for McDonald's

Judges weigh minimum wage, overtime rules for home care providers

The Price of Nice Nails

N.J. unions, Christie administration clash over pensions before Supreme Court

New York Governor Cuomo wants to raise wages for fast food workers, all by himself

UC study says ranks of low-wage California workers growing

Topic of the Week more

Rude Dudes: Creating Better Manners at Work

Lean and mean isn't just a slogan for most of us, unfortunately, for far too many it describes our workplace. Few of us get paid enough at work to deal with abuse, grief and punishment. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Talk about journalism with an immediate impact. Last week's New York Times investigation of labor law violations and unhealthy working conditions for manicurists in the city's nail salons has spurred Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take sweeping emergency action. read more

Jonathan Tasini

The Missing 3 Million

May 12, 2015 | Jonathan Tasini

I remain in the camp of people who are entirely unimpressed by the economic figures raved about by most pundits, economists and The White House. We all know that pay is not growing. But, there's another thing to be concerned about: the missing 3.1 million workers. read more

After investigating 150 nail salons over 13 months, New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir found that "manicurists are routinely underpaid and exploited, and endure ethnic discrimination and other abuse." read more

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that he'll use state law to impanel a Wage Board to examine the minimum wage in the fast-food industry. read more

On Tuesday, the New York State legislature passed a bill aimed at shielding pregnant women from workplace discrimination, which the governor has said he will sign. read more

In the Courts more

Boyer-Liberto v. Fontainebleau Corp.

Fourth Circuit; No. 13-1473 Decision Date: May 7, 2015

In an action alleging discrimination and hostile work environment in violation of both the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C. section 1981, summary judgment to defendants is vacated where: 1) under Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, 524 U.S. 775 (1998), an isolated incident of harassment, if extremely serious, can create a hostile work environment; 2) an employee is protected from retaliation when she reports an isolated incident of harassment that is physically threatening or humiliating, even if a hostile work environment is not engendered by that incident alone; and 3) to the extent this decision is in conflict with Jordan v. Alternative Resources Corp., 458 F.3d 332 (4th Cir. 2006), Jordan is hereby overruled read more

Robles v. Employment Development Dep't

California Court of Appeal; No. A139774 Decision Date: May 5, 2015

In a controversy involving the wrongful denial of unemployment compensation benefits, the trial court's order directing the EDD to award benefits is affirmed where, absent the EDD's error, plaintiff would have been entitled to the benefits at issue. read more

Williams v. Chino Valley Independent Fire Dist.

California Supreme Court; No. S213100 Decision Date: May 4, 2015

In a suit against a fire district alleging employment discrimination in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Gov. Code section 12900, the court of appeals' decision affirming the trial court's grant of summary judgment and costs to the district is reversed where: 1) Government Code section 12965(b) governs cost awards in FEHA actions, allowing trial courts discretion in awards of both attorney fees and costs to prevailing FEHA parties; and 2) in awarding attorney fees and costs, the trial court's discretion is bounded by the rule of Christiansburg Garment Co. v. EEOC, 434 U.S. 412 (1978), and an unsuccessful FEHA plaintiff should not be ordered to pay the defendant's fees or costs unless the plaintiff brought or continued litigating the action without an objective basis for believing it had potential merit. read more

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