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issue 232 aug. 26, 2015

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In the News more

Uber Unleashes Lobbyists in California to Reshape Driver Rules

Hearing Tuesday in Mobile focuses on ramifications behind McDonald's labor dispute

Target Corp. agrees to pay $2.8M discrimination settlement

Home Healthcare Workers Haven't Qualified for Minimum Wage for 80 Years. Now They Do.

As Minimum Wages Rise, Restaurants Say No to Tips, Yes to Higher Prices

How employers can save money – and lives – with paid leave

Boycott Amazon? It's not an easy choice

Amazon and the Realities of the "New Economy"

Why McDonald's Could Suddenly Be Responsible for Millions of New Employees

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?

Topic of the Week more

Fashion Statement: Fashion Do's and Don'ts at Work

All it takes is one hot day to throw your comfortable routine into a tizzy. I've got four strategies to help you sort it all out. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Uber drivers in six major U.S. cities would receive paid holidays and health care benefits worth an average of $5,500 a year, plus thousands more in mileage reimbursement, if the company provided them with the same benefits as its full-time employees, according to a new NerdWallet study. read more

Confronted with a dire situation, a world power last week took strong action to secure its domestic jobs and manufacturing. That was China. Not the United States. read more

Some Missouri state lawmakers have a controversial idea for preventing future sexual harassment cases in the legislature: Imposing a new "modest" dress code for teenage interns. read more

Investigation reveals the devastating effects of the lack of paid family leave: Our data show nearly 1 in 4 employed mothers return to work within two weeks of childbirth. read more

At 3 p.m. on August 16, 2012, Duquan "Day" Davis reported to work at a Bacardi bottling plant in Jacksonville, Florida. It was his first day on the job, on assignment for Remedy Intelligent Staffing, a temporary employment agency. For Davis, 21, a recent graduate of the federal Job Corps program, the temp job at Bacardi was his first job ever. read more

In the Courts more

Jones v. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transp. Auth.

Third Circuit; No. 14-3814 Decision Date: August 12, 2015

Suspension with pay does not typically constitute an "adverse employment action" under the substantive discrimination provision of Title VII. read more

Brennan v. Opus Bank

Ninth Circuit; No. 13-35580 Decision Date: August 11, 2015

In a wrongful termination dispute involving an executive employment agreement containing an arbitration clause, the district court's judgment is: 1) affirmed as to dismissal of plaintiff's diversity action in favor of arbitration; and 2) reversed at to denial, as moot, of employer-defendant's motion for reconsideration of its motion to seal plaintiff's complaint. read more

DeMasters v. Carilion Clinic

Fourth Circuit; No. 13-2278 Decision Date: August 10, 2015

In a former-employee's suit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, alleging that he was terminated for engaging in protected activity, including opposing an unlawful employment practice, the district court's dismissal of the complaint, on the grounds that no individual activity in which plaintiff engaged by itself constituted protected oppositional conduct and that the co-called "manager rule" prevented an employee whose job responsibilities included reporting discrimination claims from seeing protection under Title VII's anti-retaliation provision, is reversed where: 1) the proper test for analyzing oppositional conduct requires consideration of the employee's course of conduct as a whole; and 2) the "manager rule" has no place in Title VII jurisprudence. read more

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