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issue 249 jan. 6, 2016

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In the News more

Say goodbye to restaurant tips? What restaurateurs think

Mayor de Blasio to Raise Base Pay for City Workers

What top researchers discovered when they re-ran the numbers on income inequality

Lesbian widow's lawsuit seeking benefits from FedEx to proceed

Analysis of NLRB Elections Shows Quicker Elections, More Union Wins

Workplace diversity policies 'don't help' - and 'make white men feel threatened'

Could working out solve your workplace woes?

When alcohol abuse enters the workplace

What To Consider Before Inviting Children Into The Workplace

'Presenteeism' not healthy for workplace

How a Browser Add-On Aims to Help Women in the Workplace Stop Selling Themselves Short

The scientific case for letting go of your workplace grudges

Lawsuit claims U of L biosafety violations

How An Introvert And Extrovert Found Workplace Happiness

The 6 most popular New Year's resolutions at work

Topic of the Week more

Over 55 Is The New 40

Many people in their fifties think they're unemployable. But, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the jobless rate of people 55 and older is the lowest of any age group. Here are some tips on how to make your age work for you. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

A Massachusetts court has ruled against a private Catholic school that denied employment to a man because he was married to a man. This warranted unlawful discrimination on the basic of sexual orientation, the court found. read more

At two months pregnant and the mom of a one-year-old, Georgene Huang found herself looking for a job after a management shakeup at her employer, Dow Jones. She knew that she'd be needing to take maternity leave shortly after starting any new position and would also need a work culture that would support her leaving the office in time to pick her kids up. read more

Leo Gerard

Joy to the Workers

December 23, 2015 | Leo Gerard

The spirit of the season is generosity. Eight toys for Hanukkah. A partridge in a pear tree and 11 other quirky presents. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday. It's the thought that counts. And the thought is good-hearted. That's why the season works so well. To keep it all rolling happily along, however, workers need to earn enough money so that they can afford gifts and charitable donations. With wages stagnant for decades, that's increasingly difficult. read more

For the first time in 45 years, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is poised to increase safety standards for worker exposure to the silica dust that can cause deadly and incurable lung disease. A rule that would cut in half the amount of silica dust to which most workers could be exposed-and limit levels further for construction and maritime workers-is expected to be finalized in February. read more

A ship building and repair company will pay $5 million to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) race and national origin discrimination lawsuit with 476 Indian guest workers who worked at the company's facilities after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. While Indian workers lived in squalid containers "the size of a double-wide trailer," non-Indian workers were not subjected to the same conditions. read more

In the Courts more

Williams v. Genex Services

Fourth Circuit; 14-1996 Decision Date: December 18, 2015

In an employment action, the district court's grant of summary judgment to defendant employer on plaintiff's Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Maryland Wage and Hour Law claims are affirmed where plaintiff, a registered nurse working in the health care field, is exempt from FLSA overtime rules as an employee working in a bona fide professional capacity whose primary duty involves work requiring knowledge of an advanced type of science or learning acquiring through a prolonged course of specialized instruction. read more

Ai v. US

Ninth Circuit; 13-17491 Decision Date: December 17, 2015

In a tax action, the district court's entry of judgment on the pleadings to the government is affirmed where temporary foreign workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and their employers are required to pay FICA taxes under section 606(b) of the Covenant governing relations between the U.S. and the CNMI. read more

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