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issue 248 dec. 16, 2015

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In the News more

Lawmaker wants FBI investigation into military's handling of Afghanistan attack whistleblower

Freddie Gray jury deliberations enter day 3 while Baltimore braces for verdict

After Calif. Shootings, Workplaces Examine Emergency Plans

Connecting the Dots Between Therapist Training and Workplace Wellness

Seattle Will Allow Uber and Lyft Drivers to Form Unions

Supreme Court rejects class-action suit against DirecTV

Slavery labels sought for U.S. goods as SEC reporting law mulled

No One Is Actually Sure If The 'Sharing Economy' Even Exists

Seattle Considers Measure to Let Uber and Lyft Drivers Unionize

When Will Labor Laws Catch Up With the Gig Economy?

A Middle Ground Between Contract Worker and Employee

Selling Stardom: Aspiring actors are reeled in by talent listing firms

A Safety Net for On-Demand Workers?

Deaf employee sues UPS

Judge expands scope of Uber lawsuit

Topic of the Week more

Millennial Bosses

If you haven't already worked for a younger boss, it won't be long. So the days of forcing younger employees to adjust to the rest of us are in the past, it's now our job to adjust to them. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Isaiah J. Poole

A Big Win for Senate Cafeteria Workers

December 15, 2015 | Isaiah J. Poole

A sustained campaign on behalf of Senate cafeteria workers -- including a 63-year-old employee who was homeless because he could not earn enough money to afford an apartment -- has succeeded this week in getting these workers a desperately needed boost in pay and benefits. read more

Companies like Uber and Lyft consider their drivers to be "independent contractors," which is all about freedom-specifically, the company's freedom to not pay for things like workers comp, unemployment, or even the minimum wage. That's a system facing significant court challenges in some places, and now another form of challenge in Seattle. The Seattle City Council on Monday night passed a bill giving drivers union rights. read more

As unions file their legal briefs in the epic Friedrichs vs. CTA anti-union Supreme Court case, one clever legal scholar argues that Friedrichs is "an unexpected tool for labor." read more

Kenneth Quinnell

Working People Must Be Protected in 'On-Demand Economy'

December 9, 2015 | Kenneth Quinnell

Today, the AFL-CIO released its "Statement of Principles on the On-Demand Economy" laying out ways to protect working people in an ever-changing work environment. read more

If you want to know why a political revolution is necessary (and why the status quo's most intellectually fraudulent campaign in recent Democratic primaries is such a threat to working people), you need only check out this new report from our friends at the Economic Policy Institute. Wal-Mart (that would be the board the status quo candidate sat on without uttering a peep while millions of women were discriminated against and the Waltons pursued their middle-class killing business plan) essentially obliterated, conservatively, 400,000 jobs in a decade or so. read more

In the Courts more

Marzuq v. Cadete Enterprises, Inc.

First Circuit; No. 14-1744 Decision Date: December 10, 2015

In a suit brought by former managers of Dunkin' Donuts claiming they were improperly denied overtime pay in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. section 207(a)(1), the district court's rejection of the magistrate judge's recommendation and grant of summary judgment to the defendant employees is vacated and remanded for further proceedings where material factual disputes remain concerning the exemption's applicability to plaintiffs. read more

Palacio v. Jan & Gail's Care Homes

California Court of Appeal; No. 070861 Decision Date: December 7, 2015

In a putative class action suit alleging violations of the wage and hour laws arising out of employer's failure to inform employees that they have the right to revoke an agreement waiving the right to uninterrupted meal periods, the trial court's order denying plaintiff's motion for class certification is affirmed where she failed to establish a well-defined community of interests among class members. read more

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