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issue 237 oct. 1, 2015

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In the News more

Attorney general says no quota on excessive force cases

Tobacco manufacturers revive lawsuit against FDA

Tobacco manufacturers revive lawsuit against FDA

Suit alleges UPS unjustly fired Phoenix employee

Citing WHO report, former farmhand sues Monsanto over glyphosate

Cleveland estimates police department reforms will cost $45M

Fifth Third Bank fined for discriminating against minorities seeking auto loans

Target Expands List of Chemicals It Wants Out of Consumer Goods

Chief Justice John Roberts' Supreme Court at 10, defying labels

Promoters added to class action suit vs. TelexFree

Workplace violence: Know the numbers, risk factors and possible warning signs

Fight Erupts Over Protecting Rooftop Workers Many contractors refuse to comply with new rules on harnesses or nets.

Texas Roadhouse Age Discrimination Lawsuit Could Affect Hiring Practices

EEOC files first transgender discrimination lawsuits

Former employees sue Kraft Heinz Co. over discontinued charity program

Topic of the Week more

Paycheck Unfairness

Women earn 77% of what men earn, this is up from 61 cents per dollar of a man's salary 50 years ago. But it's still not nearly enough for any woman earning only a fraction of what men earn for the exact same job. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Rubio would give tax credits to companies that offer paid leave. The problem is, such tax credits already exist for other things the government wants to encourage companies to do-and we know that it doesn't work very well. read more

Last night, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in cities all over the world to stand in solidarity around global goals to alleviate poverty, economic inequality and climate change. read more

Tens of millions of vulnerable Americans would lose their food stamps benefits if Republicans bent on defunding Planned Parenthood force the second government shutdown of the Obama era next week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) warned on Tuesday. read more

The Pope's visit to the USA this week comes just two months before pivotal UN climate talks that could lead to a global climate agreement. Climate change will be high on his agenda in planned addresses to the UN and Congress, and it is likely that one of his central concerns will be the economy. read more

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) threw down the gauntlet for Congress and President Obama Tuesday morning, joining hundreds of low-wage contract workers from federal buildings who are striking in advance of Pope Francis' visit to Washington, D.C. read more

There are no less than three cases in the Court's upcoming term that could be disastrous for consumers, workers and small businesses cheated by anti-competitive behavior that violates antitrust and other laws. read more

The WAGE Act would give workers the same remedies as employees whose civil rights are violated: the ability not just to get their jobs and back pay, which is the rule now, but to win punitive damages, to engage in legal discovery that gives lawyers access to an employer's internal files, and win attorneys' fees when workers prevail. read more

What we need in America are state and federal court systems that are fair -- and biased in no one's favor. Unfortunately, the Chamber of Commerce's latest propaganda piece shows we are far from that goal and, for some time, things have been getting worse. read more

Dean Baker

NPR Does Mind-Reading on Overtime Rule

September 16, 2015 | Dean Baker

NPR had a bizarre piece on the Labor Department's new overtime rules which seemed intended to undermine support for them. These rules would increase from $23,660 to $50,440, the floor under which salaried workers would automatically qualify for overtime regardless of their work responsibilities. read more

In the Courts more

Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail N. Am.

Ninth Circuit; 13-55184 Decision Date: September 27, 2015

In an employment action raising the question of whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts California law barring waiver of representative claims under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA), as announced in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, 59 Cal. 4th 348 (2014), the district court's granting of defendant's motion to compel arbitration and dismiss the amended complaint is reversed and where Iskanian does not obstruct the FAA's objectives and is not preempted by the FAA. read more

Int'l Franchise Ass'n, Inc. v. City of Seattle

Ninth Circuit; 15-35209 Decision Date: September 24, 2015

In an action challenging Seattle's minimum wage law with regard to classifying franchisees as large employers subject to steeper wage raise increments, the district court's denial of plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction is affirmed where plaintiff did not show that it was likely to succeed on the merits or that an preliminary injunction is in the public interest. read more

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