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issue 224 jul. 1, 2015

THIS WEEK: What a great week to be an employee rights advocate! Between marriage equality, the Affordable Care Act, and now overtime upgrades, it feels like the workers are winning -- at least this week, anyway.

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In the News more

Working overtime hours across the world: how does the US compare?

Behind the momentum for paid sick leave

Fast Food CEO Blames Low-Wage Workers for Poverty

Tech's threat to low-wage workers

Victoria's Secret Is Getting Rid Of On-Call Scheduling In Stores

Valley businesses prepare for state's new earned sick time law which takes effect Wednesday

This is the next front in the battle for gay rights

Justices Back Broad Interpretation of Housing Law

Farm and ranch workers now eligible for workers' compensation

Philadelphia Teachers Union Files Complaint Over Outsourcing of Substitute Teachers

The New Law That Would Outlaw LGBT Discrimination Everywhere

IKEA workers are getting another raise

Teacher union 'fair share' fees may face Supreme Court

A higher minimum wage would help me invest in my workers

McDonald's Accused Of Hanging California Produce Workers Out To Dry

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Burned Out at Work

Are you checked-in or checked-out at work? Find out. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

President Obama's administration took another promised step on Tuesday towards raising the living standards of American workers, and Republicans and business groups are not likely to be able to stop it. Using the administration's power to update workplace rules regarding premium pay for overtime work, the Department of Labor on Tuesday began taking steps that could bring higher pay or more leisure time to an estimated 5 million middle-income workers by next year. read more

For the past several decades, the idea that high levels of inequality were good for the economy dominated political and economic thought. Politicians believed the trickle-down theory that enabling "job creators" to get richer would help us all, and economists provided cover for this line of thinking because they thought there was a tradeoff between growth and equity. read more

The Fight for 15 has another win. Home healthcare workers, who are represented by SEIU, will get a raise to $15 by July 2018, up from a current pay rate of $13.38, with a raise of 30 cents an hour effective next week. read more

William Spriggs

What Is the Federal Reserve Doing?

June 26, 2015 | William Spriggs

Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its numbers for inflation and for real wage movements. The numbers reflected the weak numbers of the first quarter for economic growth: Zero inflation and zero real wage growth in the past three months. The economy is showing signs that it is fragile. It can be spoofed by international developments that raise the value of the dollar and slow U.S. export growth, or by bad weather-events, the Federal Reserve cannot control or easily predict. read more

The Montgomery County, Maryland council voted unanimously to pass a paid sick leave bill on Tuesday, making the town the 23rd place in the country to enact such a requirement. The law is one of the most robust to be passed at the city or state level so far. read more

In the Courts more

Addington v. US Airlines Pilots Association

Ninth Circuit; No. 14-15874 Decision Date: June 26, 2015

In a labor dispute over the pilot seniority list of two airlines that merged in 2005, the district court's judgment is: 1) reversed as to the conclusion that union-defendant did not violate its duty of fair representation to the plaintiffs; and 2) vacated as moot the portion of the district court's decision denying the plaintiffs separate representation in the McCaskill-Bond proceedings. read more

Hansler v. Lehigh Valley Hospital Network

Third Circuit; No. 14-1772 Decision Date: June 22, 2015

In a case brought by a former employee who took leave under the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), 29 U.S.C. section 2601, and was terminated without her employer seeking any clarification about her medical certification, the District Court's dismissal of the complaint is reversed where in failing to afford plaintiff a chance to cure any deficiencies in her medical certification, the employer violated the Medical Leave Act. read more

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