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issue 235 sep. 16, 2015

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In the News more

These are the hardest places for minimum wage workers to live

The "Sharing Economy" Is Dead, And We Killed It

Port of Long Beach Truck Drivers Wait for Court Ruling, Enter Week 10 of 6th Strike Against Employer

It's Not Just Uber: Why the Taxi Industry Needs an Overhaul

House delays bill to block cities from raising minimum wage

Unions rally against 'right-to-work' override in Missouri

Nationwide raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour

Number of Open Jobs Surges, but Employers Are Hiring Less

Five Female Migrant Workers Awarded $17 Million In Rape, Harassment Case

Five Female Migrant Workers Awarded $17 Million In Rape, Harassment Case

New York State OKs $15 Minimum Wage for Fast-Food Workers

Unions 30 Years Ago Are Somehow Making People Richer Today

Judge to decide on halting teacher evaluation system

After Labor Day, Dig In for the Fight Ahead

'Right to work' dominates Labor Day

Topic of the Week more

Checkmate: Using a Daily Checklist to Focus Your Efforts

[W]ho can afford not to figure out a way to do a better job each day given our faltering economy? Which reminds me of how some upscale restaurateurs believe that diners will soon willingly pay more for a beef dish if it comes with disclosure of the DNA of read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

A woman says she was fired after being told to "stay home and take care of [her] pregnancy." Another says she was fired after being told her pregnancy would make her "move too slow." The terminations can be swift: one woman claimed she was fired two weeks after telling her employer she was pregnant, while another says it only took hours. read more

Leo Gerard

Corporations Deploy Anti-Worker Weapon

September 15, 2015 | Leo Gerard

The growing use of lockouts to force workers to accept corporate demands demonstrates that the already powerful corporations have secured even more might in their relationship with workers. Corporations' lopsided hold on power in the United States has suppressed labor unions and contributed significantly to wage stagnation and income inequality. read more

Study after study, report after report, and of course common sense and our own eyes are telling us that unions help people and the economy do better. It's obvious. But the billionaires and big corporations want to keep pay and benefits low, and pay politicians to keep it that way. read more

Bryce Covert

Woman Fired For Being Transgender Scores A Victory

September 15, 2015 | Bryce Covert

Federal law doesn't explicitly enumerate gender identity as a protected class against workplace discrimination. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that employer discrimination on that basis violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on sex. read more

William Spriggs

Raising the Minimum Wage Has a Negligible Effect on Jobs

September 15, 2015 | William Spriggs

It continues to be the case that minimum wages are presented as a creator or destroyer of jobs. In reality, job growth is driven by rising incomes and growing customer bases that demand products, prompting businesses to respond by hiring more people to increase their output and serve the growing customer demand. read more

In the Courts more

Resilient Floor Covering Pension Trust Fund Bd. of Trustees v. Michael's Floor Covering, Inc.

Ninth Circuit; 12-17675 Decision Date: September 10, 2015

In an ERISA case, the district court's judgment, after a bench trial, holding that a construction industry employer was not subject to "withdrawal liability" under the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendment Act (MPPAA), is reversed where: 1) a bona fide successor employer in general and a construction industry successor employer in particular, can be subject to MPPAA withdrawal liability, so long as the successor took over the business with notice of the liability; and 2) the most important factor in assessing whether an employer is a successor for purposes of imposing MPPAA withdrawal liability is whether there is substantial continuity in the business operations between the predecessor and the successor, as determined in large part by whether the new employer has taken over the economically critical bulk of the prior employer's customer base. read more

EEOC v. Sterling Jewelers, Inc.

Second Circuit; 14-1782 Decision Date: September 9, 2015

In an enforcement action under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. section 2000e et seq., alleging that defendant engaged in a nationwide practice of sex-base pay and promotion discrimination, the district court's grant of summary judgment is reversed where the magistrate judge improperly reviewed the sufficiency of the evidence of the EEOC investigation rather than whether there was an investigation. read more

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