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issue 231 aug. 19, 2015

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In the News more

Amazon's brutal workplace is an indicator of an inhumane economy

Americans Are Becoming More Pro-Union

Gov. Brown signs job protections for grocery workers

Why erratic schedules are one of the worst parts of low-wage work

The labor market is tightening. Will that mean raises for employees?

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

She thought she was entitled to maternity leave. After asking for it, she lost her job.

Are Graduate Students 'Workers'?

Businesses brace for game-changing labor decision

Minimum wage increases haven't grown the middle class. $15 might be different.

Minding the Gap

White House to Hold Summit to Amplify Employees' Voice in Workplace

Give Fast Food Workers a Raise, Already

Are Bank Tellers the Fast Food Workers of Wall Street?

Most Oregon minimum wage workers are part-time: Editorial

Topic of the Week more

How to Train Your Dragon: Surviving Constant Complainers

In researching this topic I came across a great word, one-downmanship. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Gary Phelan

The ADA at 25: A Celebration

August 12, 2015 | Gary Phelan

When asked to say something to employment law practitioners about the ADA's 25th Anniversary, I decided that the best contribution I could make - besides letting everyone know what accessibility means - would be to share what I have learned that you will not read in a case or in a treatise. read more

In the pre-dawn chill of Black Friday 2012, a half-dozen yellow school buses pulled up at a South Side Chicago Walmart store, disgorging a small group of striking Walmart workers and nearly 250 supporters. read more

Leo Gerard

Lacie Little: You're Un-Fired

August 11, 2015 | Leo Gerard

Lacie Little won back last week everything Indiana University Health Inc. took from her - except her job. Her beloved nursing job. She got back wages and a formal public statement by the hospital corporation saying that it removed the firing from her work record. So she's un-fired. read more

After Jake Tapper, host of CNN's State of the Union, asked Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina about Netflix's announcement that it will offer a year of unlimited paid family leave, the former Hewlett Packard CEO said she opposes any requirement that employers offer their workers paid leave. read more

BALTIMORE-Boosters of the Maryland horse racing industry cheered earlier this year when Baltimore's annual Preakness Stakes attracted a record-breaking crowd of more than 130,000. But there's a dark side of Baltimore's sports and entertainment complex: Local residents toil at low-wage jobs to support the huge venues and the extravagant incomes of out-of-town performers, whether those performers are football players, rock stars, or even horses (who, of course, don't pocket their own pay). read more

In the Courts more

Cheeks v. Freeport Pancake House, Inc.,

Second Circuit; No. 14-299 Decision Date: August 7, 2015

In an a case alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York state law, the district court's refusal to enter the parties' stipulation of settlement, dismissing with prejudice, plaintiff's claims is affirmed where absent such approval, plaintiffs cannot settle their FLSA claims through a private stipulated dismissal with prejudice pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(ii). read more

France v. Johnson,

Ninth Circuit; No. 13-15534 Decision Date: August 5, 2015

In an action by a border patrol agent alleging violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the US Department of Homeland Security is reversed where plaintiff has established a prima facie case of age discrimination. read more

Roman-Oliveras v. Puerto Rico Electric Power Auth.,

First Circuit; No. 13-1991 Decision Date: August 5, 2015

In an suit brought by a former employee against his former employer and two individual supervisors, alleging unlawful targeting due to disability and union activities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. sections 12101 - 12213; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. sections 2000e - 2000e-17, 42 U.S.C. section 1983, and several Puerto Rico laws, the district court's dismissal is affirmed where the settlement negotiations produced a binding oral settlement agreement that the District Court had jurisdiction to enforce. read more

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