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issue 222 jun. 17, 2015

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In the News more

The Lessons Unions Learned From the 'Justice for Janitors' Protests

America can afford a $15 minimum wage, tech CEO says

Workers in America have problems. Meet the technologies trying to solve them.

Unpredictable Hours Are Becoming a Workers' Worst Enemy

FedEx settles suit for $228 million, records $2.2 billion non-cash pension charge

Workers' schedules could be the next labor fight in the D.C. Council

A Big Win for Big Labor

Worker protections? There's no app for that

Nannies And Housekeepers See Workplace Progress, Finally Granted Days Off And Overtime

Federal judge: Wal-Mart violated state minimum wage laws, owes truckers millions

How to pay the help

Richard Branson has announced a great paid leave policy for 0.2 percent of his workers

Detroit teachers union chief takes on Lansing, recall bid

New York City Council to Vote on Bill to Protect Carwash Workers

Chipotle to offer tuition reimbursement to hourly workers

Topic of the Week more

Calling All Graduates: Career Advice As You Leave School

You need to earn your own way after leaving school. I've included three Don'ts and one Do to try to help get where you need to go. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Erik Idoni

"Ban the Box" Continues to Take Off

June 11, 2015 | Erik Idoni

Yesterday, June 10, 2015, the National Employment Law Project and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights called on President Obama to "Ban the Box" and give everyone a fair chance to get a job... read more

Last week, domestic workers - those who care for children and clean inside people's homes - won two surprise victories securing more rights in Connecticut and Oregon. read more

Zara, the fast-fashion retailer that brought you a children's t-shirt that looks like a concentration camp uniform and a handbag decorated with swastikas, is facing a $40 million discrimination lawsuit. read more

Emily Foster

St. Louis Mayor Joins the Fight for $15

June 8, 2015 | Emily Foster

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is announcing today a bill that will raise the city's minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour for those who work for the city's larger employers. read more

Paying employees through prepaid debit cards that incur fees when workers try to withdraw their cash is illegal in Pennsylvania, a judge ruled Tuesday. read more

There's not much point in American candidates soliciting votes from workers at factories that U.S. corporations closed here and moved overseas with the help of free trade agreements (FTAs). read more

In the Courts more

Oregel v. PacPizza

California Court of Appeal; No. A141947 Decision Date: June 1, 2015

In a class action brought by a pizza delivery driver against his former employer, alleging failure to reimburse expenses in violation of Labor Code section 2802 and violation of California's Unfair Competition Law, Bus. & Prof. Code section 17200 et seq., denial of defendant-employer's motion to compel a purported arbitration agreement between the parties is affirmed where, after seventeen months of litigation and more than 1,300 attorney hours, defendant waived his right waived its right to enforce the agreement. read more

Noe v. Super. Ct.

California Court of Appeal; No. B259570 Decision Date: June 1, 2015

In a wage and hour class action against an entertainment company brought by food and beverage vendors contracted by the company, alleging failure to pay minimum wage and willfully misclassifying plaintiffs as independent contractors in violation of Labor Code section 226.8, plaintiff's petition for writ of mandate denied where: 1) section 226.8 is not limited to employers who make the misclassification decision, but also extends to any employer who is aware that a co-employer has willfully misclassified their joint employees and fails to remedy the misclassification; but 2) section 226.8 cannot be enforced through a direct private action. read more

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