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issue 219 may. 27, 2015

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In the News more

Shocker: 40% of Workers Now Have 'Contingent' Jobs, Says U.S. Government

Northland group home employees unionize

Ruby Tuesday to pay $100,000 to settle EEOC sex discrimination lawsuit

Ascension to raise pay to 'socially just' minimum wage

With victory in L.A., the $15 minimum wage fight goes national

How Uber-type jobs are driving inequality, and what to do about it

Postal workers union protests cutbacks, poor service

How The Minimum-Wage Debate Moved From Capitol Hill To City Halls

Fast-Food Workers Photograph What Life Is Like When You Make Less Than $15 an Hour.

The best indication of what a federal $12 minimum wage could mean for poor places comes from Puerto Rico

The Economy Is Still Terrible for Young People

The Second Job You Don't Know You Have

Minimum-wage increase helps workers, employers (Check Facebook for link)

SEIU wants FTC to probe franchisors' practices

OSHA cites Dollar General in Bear for safety violations

Topic of the Week more

Bragging Works

I think we all need to brag more. Especially women. For the simple reason that bragging works. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

In the Courts more

Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls of CA, LLC)

California Court of Appeal; No. B259967 Decision Date: May 15, 2015

In a representative action against a retail employer under the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA), alleging employer failed to provide its employees with meal and rest breaks or premium pay in lieu thereof, provide accurate wage statements, reimburse employees for necessary business-related expenses, and pay all earned wages during employment, plaintiff's action for a writ of mandate compelling the superior court to vacate its discovery order and enter a new order granting plaintiff's motion to compel production a list of all nonexempt employees who worked for employer beginning on March 22, 2012, is denied where the trial court's measured approach to discovery was reasonable. read more

Mercier v. US

Federal Circuit; No. 14-5074 Decision Date: May 15, 2015

In a suit brought by nurses employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming entitlement to overtime pay under 38 U.S.C. section 7453(e)(1), the Court of Federal Claims final decision dismissing the complaint is reversed where the court erred in requiring that the nurses' overtime be officially ordered or approved by express direction to be compensable. read more

Brown v. Nucor Corp.

Fourth Circuit; No. 13-1779 Decision Date: May 11, 2015

In a case concerning the certification of a class of black steel workers who allege endemic racial discrimination at a South Carolina plant owned by defendants, alleging discriminatory job promotion practices and a racially hostile work environment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C. section 1981, the district court's second denial of class certification is again reversed and remanded where it misapprehended the reach of the Supreme Court's decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S.Ct. 2541 (2011), where: 1) statistics indicate that promotions at Nucor depended in part on whether an individual was black or white; 2) substantial anecdotal evidence suggests discrimination in specific promotions decisions in multiple plant departments; and 3) there is also significant evidence that those promotions decisions were made in the context of a racially hostile work environment. read more

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