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issue 250 jan. 13, 2016

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In the News more

Supreme court justices put on defensive in overturning 1977 teachers' union case

McDonald's gouging consumers in EU, complaint alleges

How worker-friendly laws changed life as a server in San Francisco restaurants

Nannies in Mass. often denied overtime, survey says

Word of the year candidate 'gig' reflects a new economic order

Supreme Court majority is critical of compelled public employee union fees

More than 60 DPS schools closed due to teacher sickout

College sports exploits unpaid black athletes. But they could force a change.

At the Supreme Court, a Big Threat to Unions

Why Are Unions So Worried About an Upcoming Supreme Court Case?

McDonald's Business Model Goes On Trial

Workers are saving more for retirement, led by Millennials

Why Do Americans Work So Much?

One Step Closer To Collective Bargaining, Some Temp Workers Unionize

Paid Family Leave Gets More Attention, but Workers Still Struggle

Topic of the Week more

New Year's Resolutions at Work: Increasing Your Odds of Success

88% of New Year's Resolutions result in failure. So should we just avoid making resolutions? Absolutely not, especially when there are specific strategies that can allow everyone to dramatically increase their odds of success. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

n December 15, 2015, the United Auto Workers (UAW) International Executive Board (IEB) nullified the resolution passed last year by members of UAW Local 2865, the 13,000 teaching assistants and student-workers at the University of California system, that called on the International to endorse the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel by withholding their financial investments in companies "complicit in severe and ongoing human rights violations as part of the Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people. read more

Some of the top experts on income inequality released a study of new, more accurate data this week, revealing that Americans in the top 1 percent have done far better than everyone else for the last half century - and why they've gotten so far ahead. read more

About 150 Muslim workers at a meat processing plant have been fired for refusing to show up for work during an ongoing dispute over prayer accommodations. read more

Paid sick leave is high on the list of policies that are popular with the public but won't become federal law as long as Republicans control Congress. But, like the minimum wage, cities and states and employers and the president can expand paid leave to many workers, and in 2015, some did. read more

In the Courts more

Calderon v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co.

Fourth Circuit; No. 142111 Decision Date: December 23, 2015

In an employment action brought by insurance investigators working for defendant and alleging denial of overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act and related New York state law, the district court's grant of partial summary judgment to plaintiffs is affirmed in part where defendant failed to show plaintiff investigators' primary duty is directly related to GEICO's management or general business operations. The Court reversed in part on the issue of prejudgment interest. read more

Willis v. UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Third Circuit; No. 15-1526 Decision Date: December 22, 2015

In an age discrimination action, the district court's grant of summary judgment to defendant-employer is affirmed where: 1) plaintiff did not produce sufficient evidence to raise an inference that defendant treated similarly situated, substantially younger employees more favorably; and 2) plaintiff did not produce enough evidence to establish the necessary pretext for her case to survive summary judgment. read more

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