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issue 230 aug. 12, 2015

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In the News more

Minimum wage could go to $15 per hour

Supreme Court upholds right-to-work for state workers

Will there ever be an organics label for worker rights?

Department of Justice investigates fraud in disabled work program

Democrats Want To Extend Civil Rights Protections To Unpaid Interns

Companies have found something to give their workers instead of raises

Philadelphia nursing agency workers get $745,000 in unpaid wages

This San Francisco Cafe Is Just Fine With The $15 Minimum Wage

The Supreme Court: Too liberal?

The Insecure World of Freelancing

Dirty Work

How Do You Make Sure Generous Paid Leave Doesn't Backfire on Women? Focus on Men.

D.C. Circuit Backs NLRB on Hospital Discipline Cases

Applications for US Unemployment Aid Plummet to 42-Year Low

How a Group of Dim Sum Makers Won $4 Million in Back Pay

Topic of the Week more

Survivor: Tough Job Interview Strategies

It's rough out there. Makes you long for the days when the hardest question was "What are your weaknesses?" But you can still survive this gauntlet, and I'll give you four strategies to do it below. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Craig James is a former professional football player and longtime sports broadcaster who, in 2012, took time off from his broadcasting career to mount an unsuccessful bid for the United States Senate. During that campaign, according to a lawsuit James filed Monday, he opposed equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, and called upon "Christians" to "stand up" against the advance of marriage equality. read more

Portland, Oregon's new bar Loyal Legion doesn't just offer customers 99 different beer choices. It also requires them to pay zero in tips. read more

In June, Margie Winters was fired from her job as director of religious education at Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania for being public about her same-sex marriage. read more

New York's State Assembly in May overwhelmingly passed a bill to establish a single-payer-style health care system.The bill isn't expected to pass the Senate or be signed into law anytime soon. But getting it through, with unprecedented support from big unions, shows that state-level campaigns are still a fertile ground for health care justice organizing, despite the recent setback in Vermont. read more

Union busting has become big business in America. It's so common that the run-of-the-mill variety hardly raises an eyebrow. Employers regularly hire anti-union consultants and hold captive audience meetings laced with subtle and not-so-subtle threats of disciplinary action or firings. read more

In the Courts more

Abril-Rivera v. Johnson

First Circuit; No. 14-136 Decision Date: July 30, 2015

In a Title VII suit by employees of the now-closed Puerto Rico National Processing Service Center (PR-NPSA) run by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), alleging that FEMA's actions in implementing a rotational staffing plan at the PR-NPSC and in eventually closing the facility discriminated against them on the basis of their Puerto Rican national origin and constituted unlawful retaliation for protected conduct, the district court's grant of summary judgment to defendants is affirmed where defendants had legitimate, nondiscriminatory reasons for their actions and, with respect to the rotational staffing plan retaliation claim, that plaintiffs had not shown a causal link between their protected conduct and the purported retaliation. read more

Jahir v. Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.

Fourth Circuit; No. 14-1485 Decision Date: July 29, 2015

In an action brought by hotel servers against their employer, alleging violations of the tip-credit provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. section 203(m), their collective bargaining agreement, and Maryland's Wage Payment and Collection Law, the district court's dismissal of the complaint is affirmed where plaintiffs concede that their wages do not fall below the statutory minimum, and the "the statutory language," of the FLSA, including section 203(m), "simply does not contemplate a claim for wages other than minimum or overtime wages." read more

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