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issue 263 apr. 13, 2016

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Verizon Workers To Strike This Week If They Don't Get A Contract

Photographer: PeopleImages.com/Getty Images How the Tech Industry's Women Problem Is Advancing Paid Family Leave

Work in the Only Industrialized Country Without Paid Maternity Leave

2 Airmen Dead in 'Workplace Violence' Shooting at Texas Air Force Base

10 Best Workplace Habits for Landing a Promotion

A Workplace-Diversity Dilemma

Are Grad Students Employees? Labor Board To Again Weigh In

Why Parental Leave Policies Are Changing

Our Business Leaders Can Change Our Democracy

Labor Department rule sets new standards for retirement advice

Is America Having the Wrong Conversation About Income Inequality?

San Francisco Approves Fully Paid Parental Leave

Despite Fears, Affordable Care Act Has Not Uprooted Employer Coverage

Teachers union touts victory in evaluation fight

Older people are powering the on-demand economy

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Filling in Your Resume Gaps

One of the biggest challenges facing most job seekers right now are resume gaps. Here are some strategies to consider. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a law raising the state's minimum wage. In New York City and some more prosperous suburbs, the new minimum wage will be $15, while in the rest of the state, the new minimum wage will be $12.50. The increases will be phased in, and millions will see wage increases. Future wage increases will be tied to economic indicators. The law also establishes 12 weeks of paid family leave for working people. read more

As healthcare costs continue to soar, many employers are using wellness programs as a way to help curb their costs. In addition, employees who enroll in wellness programs also enjoy the program's great health incentives and rewards, however, unbeknownst to them, the personal information collected may also be used for other undisclosed financial or discriminatory purposes. read more

ed by Jim Winkler, general secretary of the National Council of Churches and Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the Catholic social justice lobby NETWORK, an interfaith coalition of religious leaders is issuing a call for "moral action on the economy." They will seek to meet with presidential candidates, asking each to pledge that, if elected, he or she would issue an executive order to reward model employers "that pay a living wage of at least $15.00 an hour, provide decent benefits and allow workers to organize without retaliation." read more

Working Partnerships USA and Silicon Valley Rising released a report Wednesday, Tech's Invisible Workforce, that looks at the contract industry workers at Silicon Valley's "booming" tech companies. read more

The Supreme Court today rejected an attempt by wealthy special interests to restrict the voices of America's teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses and others who provide vital services for our communities. The court issued a 4-4 decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, upholding a lower court ruling in favor of working people and their right to join together to build a better future for their families. read more

In the Courts more

Baughn v. Dep't of Forestry

California Court of Appeal; 072462 Decision Date: April 6, 2016

In a government employment suit appeal from the denial of an anti-SLAPP motion under Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16, and an award of attorney fees to the successful plaintiff, the trial court's judgment is: 1) affirmed as to denial of the motion where defendant failed to demonstrate plaintiffs' action arose from conduct taken by defendant in furtherance of its right of speech in connection with a public issue or an issue of public interest; and 2) reversed as to the award of attorney fees, where the trial court relied on an improper basis for awarding fees to plaintiff. read more

Hamilton Park Health Care Center v. 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

Third Circuit; 15-2595 Decision Date: April 1, 2016

In an arbitration action arising from a collective bargaining dispute, the district court's denial of a petition to vacate an arbitration award is affirmed in part and reversed in part where: 1) the parties consented to a multi-year arbitration award; but 2) a provision authorizing a new round of arbitration violates both the Federal Arbitration Act and the National Labor Relations Act and should be severed. read more

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