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issue 245 dec. 2, 2015

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In the News more

To protect N.J. consumers, a call to end forced arbitration

A Harlem Man's First Steps Toward Self-Reliance

Meet the millennial who coaches people feeling trapped by bureaucracy

VW's Audi suspends two engineers in emissions probe

Widows: Railroad knew of defect before veterans killed

White House eyes better pay for top civil servants

You Could Get Your Student Debt Wiped Out

The group of moms who struggle especially hard with daycare

'Concussion' tackles the hot-button issue of brain injuries in the NFL

Judge: Retaliation claim against Arpaio to remain in lawsuit

Airport workers hope to get Thanksgiving travelers' attention

The Doctor the NFL Tried to Silence

The Doctor the NFL Tried to Silence

Ex staffer sues Gowdy and Benghazi panel

Wal-Mart employee fired for redeeming $5 in discarded bottles

Topic of the Week more

Holiday Spirit: Bring Thanksgiving to Work Everyday

We all know that the holiday season is the time of the year to be thankful. Are you kidding me? With our portfolios in the tank, our jobs at risk and our confidence gone, thankfulness is not the first thing that leaps to mind for most of us today. But, read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Richard Trumka

We Rise: Building Immigrant Working People Power

November 25, 2015 | Richard Trumka

For the labor movement, the answer is simple. We know that every worker in our country has rights, and we want each worker to be able to exercise those rights, regardless of immigration status. read more

Agricultural workers have fewer job protections than most other workers even as they do physically grueling labor for low pay. It's a vicious circle-most of the people who work in the fields come from vulnerable groups, and the low wages and lack of prote read more

Smith was in charge of rounding up shopping carts from the lot outside the store, and started collecting trash from the lot while making his rounds. After storing up cans for a couple months, he recycled them in the store's machines in early November. He got $5.10 for them.Then he got fired. read more

Terrance Heath

An Economy That Works For Everyone Starts With Women

November 21, 2015 | Terrance Heath

There's good news and bad news. The good news is that the gap between women's earnings and men's earnings has closed a little. The bad news is the narrowing of the gender wage gap is not due to women's gains in the workplace, but to declining wages for men and growing inequality overall. read more

Temps-who are employed by agencies and whose labor is simply rented out by third-party businesses-have become seen as some of America's most vulnerable workers. Labor advocates say that, in treating workers as replaceable units of labor, the temp industry can overlook workers' most basic human needs. read more

In the Courts more

Cal. Dep't Justice v. Bd. of Admin. Of Cal. Pub. Employees' Retirement Sys.

California Court of Appeal; B257492 Decision Date: November 12, 2015

In the DOJ's appeal from a judgment in favor of CalPERS, in an action concerning reinstatement to a peace officer position following disability retirement, the trial court's judgment is affirmed where: 1) CalPERS properly made its reinstatement determination based on the condition for which the employee received disability retirement; 2) DOJ has a mandatory duty to reinstate employee after CalPERS concludes she in no longer incapacitated; and 3) DOJ may not require employee to comply with conditions prior to reinstatement. read 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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