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issue 227 jul. 22, 2015

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In the News more

Bills seek more stable hours for low-paid workers

Kansas City raises its minimum wage - but not for teens

Worker schedules should be more predictable, Warren says

Fewer dads take paternity leave because of little to no pay

Work schedules should create consistency, not chaos

Bills seek more stable hours for low-paid workers

In Maine, a Minimum Wage Law With a Surprise Inside

Federal law bans workplace bias against gays, panel rules

Apple faces U.S. class-action lawsuit by employees over bag searches

Here's how many Americans could - and want - to 'work longer hours'

Department Of Labor: "Most Workers Are Employees"

Democrats unveil measure to address unfair scheduling practices

EEOC sues UPS over religious discrimination

Wal-Mart Accused of Bias Against Gay Workers

$20-million settlement reached in guest-worker lawsuits

Topic of the Week more

Staying Alive: Retirement, Not the End, But A New Beginning

Retirement is probably more complicated now for most of us, but you can still take control of the process, rather than letting it take control of you. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Buying American-made products is a good way to support jobs. If you're looking for American-made shoes, New Balance is one of your major options. And the shoe company is pushing the U.S. military on that. read more

Disabilities come in all forms and most employees don't realize that many of their colleagues have a condition that qualifies them as disabled in some way. Organizations can create a positive work environment and culture that brings out the best in their fellow team members with or without disabilities by creating a work atmosphere that fosters creativity, cooperation, trust and respect. read more

Millions of workers who have not been receiving overtime pay would become eligible under a newly announced rule change. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the number of newly overtime eligible workers could be as high as 15 million. read more

We're calling Walmart out on its misleading public relations push. read more

In its third season with Netflix, Orange Is the New Black has had a significant effect on America's consciousness regarding: race, women and incarceration, and transgender issues. This season highlighted many character backstories, but personally, the most interesting plot-line was that of the security guards and their efforts to organize a potential union. read more

Jonathan Tasini

Post-Euphoria: SCOTUS Gears Up To Destroy Unions

July 7, 2015 | Jonathan Tasini

I've kind of laughed at the analysis percolating around that, oh, surprise, the Supreme Court is a liberal bastion...or not so conservative. Well, it was a great day when marriage equality became the law of the land. But, while everyone can now marry, the Supreme Court has a very clear five-vote conservative bloc when it comes to empowering business, enhancing class warfare and making it impossible to make a decent living...married or not. read more

In the Courts more

Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc.

Second Circuit; No. 13-4478 Decision Date: July 2, 2015

In a class action brought by unpaid interns hired by defendant, claiming compensation as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law, the district court's orders granting plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment and conditional certification of plaintiff's nationwide collective are vacated and remanded for further proceedings where: 1) when determining when an unpaid intern is entitled to compensation as an employee under the FLSA, the proper question is whether the intern or the employer is the primary beneficiary of the relationship; and 2) the district court erred by concluding that plaintiff demonstrated predominance of the class because it misconstrued the Circuit standards for determining when common questions predominate over individual ones. read more

Lloyd v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Second Circuit; No. 13-3963 Decision Date: June 29, 2015

In a putative class action alleging violations of state and federal overtime laws, the district court's denial of employer's motion to compel arbitration pursuant to an arbitration clause in the plaintiffs' contracts is affirmed where the court correctly read the arbitration agreement to incorporate the rules of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which bar FINRA arbitrators from hearing claims that have been brought as putative class or collective actions. read more

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