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issue 233 sep. 2, 2015

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In the News more

As His Term Wanes, Obama Champions Workers' Rights

Justice Dept. Louisiana company settle discrimination suit

Seattle might try something crazy to let Uber drivers unionize

The undercarriage of the car-wash industry: Wage fraud and other abuses

Minimum-Wage Work Alone Won't Get You Through College

St. Louis Leaders Agree to Minimum Wage Increase to $11/hour

In landmark case, labor board will let more workers bargain with their employer's employer

Farmworkers See Jobs, Earnings Shrivel In California Drought

The Labor Prospect: Getting Sick of No Paid Sick Leave

Gap To End On-Call Scheduling For Workers

Longer Hours, More Stress, No Extra Pay: It's Not Just Amazon, It's the Modern Workplace

Brooklyn Nail Salons Protest Increased Regulations With One Day Strike

The New Workplace Normal, uncertain work

Labor secretary pledges support to Detroit workers

Bracing for labor board decision, franchises spend recess courting Democrats

Topic of the Week more

Surviving Job Insecurity

According to economists the recession is mostly in our rear view mirror so there should be more job security, correct? Welcome to the new normal, unfortunately, where job insecurity is the norm. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Recently, the Department of Labor proposed a rule to bring overtime up-to-date. If the proposal goes into effect, an additional 5 million white-collar workers are expected to benefit from overtime. The Department of Labor wants to hear your voice on this proposal and until this Friday, September 4, 2015, they are taking comments on the proposed rule. read more

That minimum wage? It's not enough to pay rent on an average one- or two-bedroom apartment in any state. But the median household income falls short of living costs in many places, as a new report from the Economic Policy Institute shows. read more

Nearly half of part-time workers and just under 40 percent of full-time workers don't find out their schedules until a week ahead or less. It's concentrated in retail, where erratic schedules impact 27 percent of the workforce. read more

When the October cuts were announced, 24 people were arrested staging a sit-in and shutting down traffic in front of the Trump Taj Mahal. In June, 68 more were arrested for participating in a similar action. Workers authorized the union's contract negotiating committee to a call a strike if necessary on July 16, a decision that was followed up by reports that the Trump Taj Mahal was preparing to take on several hundred replacement workers. read more

Jackie Tortora

What the Boy Scouts Have to Do with Unions

August 30, 2015 | Jackie Tortora

The Boy Scouts work to instill values in its young members and one of those values is workers' rights on the job. Mainly, the ability to join and form unions. read more

According to an analysis of new data on business creation from the Census Bureau conducted by the National Women's Business Council, woman-owned businesses increased 27.5 percent between 2007 and 2012, adding 2.1 million to the total, outpacing the 20 percent growth they saw in the five years before that. Women now run more than 36 percent of all businesses (that aren't farms), up from just under 30 percent in 2007. read more

In a unanimous decision, a federal appeals court reversed a district court and ruled that the U.S. Department of Labor was within its authority to issue a rule change meant to provide home care workers with a minimum wage and overtime protections. read more

Robert Reich

The Upsurge in Uncertain Work

August 27, 2015 | Robert Reich

As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don't know how much they'll be earning next week or even tomorrow. read more

In addition to wages rising with productivity, a main tenant of evidence of full employment, the Fed needs to embrace some additional senses of full employment. One is that discrimination would disappear, since it would become prohibitively costly in a full-employment economy. read more

There isn't just a gender wage gap among the highest-paid employees in the country. Pay for female executives also drops further when companies perform poorly compared to men but rises less during good times. read more

In the Courts more

Nosal-Tabor v. Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center

California Court of Appeal; No. D065843 Decision Date: August 27, 2015

In an action brought by a registered nurse alleging wrongful termination and two causes of action premised on claims of improper workplace retaliation, the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of employer is reversed where the document that hospital-employer-defendant maintains constitute its standardized procedures do not contain several elements that are required by the Board of Registered Nursing and the Medical Board of California, and in light of these deficiencies, a reasonable juror could find that defendant improperly retaliated against, and wrongfully terminated plaintiff when she complained about, and refused to perform, nurse-led stress testing pursuant to defendant's legally deficient procedures. read more

Sprauve v. West Indian Co. Ltd.

Third Circuit; No. 13-4371 Decision Date: August 25, 2015

In a case brought against plaintiffs' former employers, alleging claims under the First and Fourteenth Amendments and 42 U.S.C. section 1983, the district court's dismissal for failure to state a claim because the employer is not a government entity, is reversed in part, where under the analysis in Lebron v. National Railroad Passenger Corp., 513 U.S. 374 (1995), defendant is a governmental entity and is therefore subject to claims under the US Constitution and section 1983. read more

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