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issue 243 nov. 18, 2015

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In the News more

The end of exploitative work schedules?

St. Louis area taxi drivers file suit against Uber

Second largest for-profit chain to pay $95 million to settle fraud charges

FDA orders recall of machine used to clean medical scopes

Tech companies, labor advocates, and think tankers of all stripes call for sweeping reforms to the social safety net

Efforts to Rein In Arbitration Come Under Well-Financed Attack

Allegiant Accused of Firing Pilot for Evacuating Smoky Plane

The fatal trend among white working class Americans

VW Calls On Whistleblowers to Step Forward

Why the success of the $15 minimum wage movement has surprised its leaders

Cuomo to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 for All New York State Employees

Mortgage rates pushed upward following strong employment data

Millennials actually like government work, and other myths about them

Low wage workers rally for union rights, higher pay in cities across US

Minimum wage debate Meet people living on it

Topic of the Week more

Job Hunting Through the Ages: Similarities and Differences

Technology today is changing everything, including how companies hire new employees and how job hunters find work. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Yesterday morning in Stoughton, Massachusetts, 14 IKEA workers walked out on a one-day strike-the first ever in the furniture giant's U.S. stores. read more

Dawn O'Neal

Childcare Workers Need a Living Wage

November 17, 2015 | Dawn O'Neal

Nearly half of all workers across the country make less than $15 an hour workers in fast food, home care, child care, airports and universities. We are uniting with low wage workers throughout the country because poverty wages must end. read more

Jackie Tortora

Economists React to October Jobs Report

November 16, 2015 | Jackie Tortora

October provided good news for the economy. The economy added 271,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a big increase over September's number of 137,000 jobs. The unemployment rate also fell fractionally from 5% to 5.1%. read more

Branigan Robertson

Is Pregnancy Discrimination On The Rise?

November 14, 2015 | Branigan Robertson

When you're pregnant the last thing you should have to worry about is your job. Unfortunately, pregnancy discrimination seems to be on the rise in American workplaces. Employment lawyers like me seem to be getting more and more phone calls from women claiming that they were fired because of their pregnancy. read more

The lack of interest in disabled workers - and especially in the rate at which they were called back for an interview - was most pronounced in workplaces with fewer than 15 employees, the study found. Businesses that small are not covered by the federal law. read more

In the Courts more

Jumaane v. City of Los Angeles

California Court of Appeal; B255763 Decision Date: November 10, 2015

In an employment suit brought by an African-American fireman alleging racial discrimination, racial harassment and retaliation, the trial court's partial grant of summary judgment to the city employer defendant is reversed where: 1) most of plaintiff's claims are barred by the statute of limitations; and 2) the evidence of events within the limitations period was insufficient to establish a prima facie case of disparate impact discrimination, harassment or retaliation. read more

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