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issue 261 mar. 30, 2016

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In the News more

The Uber business model loses some of its sheen

How a $15 Minimum Wage Went From Fringe to Mainstream

Victory for Unions as Supreme Court, Scalia Gone, Ties 4-4

California looks to set a $15-an-hour minimum wage, raising the floor while others add ceilings

66 more Oreo bakery workers receive layoff notice

California proposal for state-run retirement plan for private-sector workers moves forward

DFL takes battle over paid family leave to Minnesota Capitol

California Lawmakers, Unions Reach $15 Minimum Wage Deal: Reports

Labor Secretary Calls Workers' Comp Opt-Out Plans A 'Pathway To Poverty'

Companies in Middle America Want to Recruit More LGBT Workers

Senators finally won their cafeteria workers a raise. Millions of Americans still wait their turn.

Teachers Are Warned About Criticizing New York State Tests

CTU votes yes to April 1 'showdown' strike

Federal, State Moves Aim To Protect LGBT Workers

These 15 jobs have the widest gap in pay between men and women

Topic of the Week more

Leading by Listening

41% of bosses had a de-motivating impact on the team's performance! Here are four strategies for more effective bossing. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Terrance Heath

What Will Discrimination Cost Georgia?

March 23, 2016 | Terrance Heath

Fifty-two years after Lester Maddox famously chased African-Americans out of his restaurant with an ax handle, the phrase "We don't serve your kind here" may be heard once again in Georgia. read more

President Obama's long-awaited increase in overtime pay eligibility has taken the next step to being a reality-a reality that would mean five million American workers would get overtime pay if they worked extra hours read more

Despite hardline Senate Republican opposition to meeting with, let alone voting on, any potential replacement for recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, on Tuesday, President Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia after his recent, unexpected death. read more

The Chicago Transit Board awarded a contract this week to CSR Sifang America JV to build the newest generation of Chicago Transit Authority rail cars as part of the city's modernization program. read more

In the Courts more

Ling v. P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc.

California Court of Appeal; 039367 Decision Date: March 25, 2016

In an award for attorney's fees arising from an employment action in arbitration, the trial court's correction of an award of attorney's fees to plaintiff as opposed to defendant was affirmed where: 1) the arbitrator's award to employer-defendant was contrary to California Labor Code section 1194's one-way fee shifting provision; 2) statutory rights to attorney's fees are not waived or forfeited by an arbitration agreement; 3) trial court's remand to the arbitrator did not violate federal law; and 4) additional award of attorney's fees to plaintiff which was vacated as it was not supported by the arbitration agreement or statute. read more

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