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issue 269 may. 25, 2016

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In the News more

Foreign-Born Workforce at Two Decade High

Homefront pressures have workplace lawsuits soaring

High tech firms lag in diversity, EEOC says

For Workplace Creativity, Find the Right Dose of Competition

How boosting workplace diversity would lift the economy

Justices Remand Title VII Legal Fees Dispute

US Foods Strikes Continue With Sympathy From Denver Workers

Verizon Is Seeing a Big Dip in New Customers Due to Strike

UAW wants union for Tesla factory

Kroger workers vote to authorize strike, meetings scheduled for next week

Laid off Oreo bakery workers question Mondelez CEO on job cuts

Making Overtime Fair Again

EEOC to investigate equal pay

What happens every 7 seconds: A workplace injury

Hiring Hurdle: Finding Workers Who Can Pass a Drug Test

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Getting on Their Radar

We've all heard of people who've done outrageous stunts and gotten hired for great jobs. We hear less from people who've done dumb things and lost all chances of getting hired. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Dave Johnson

New Verizon Strike Day Of Action Thursday

May 18, 2016 | Dave Johnson

The Verizon strike is still going on, and has passed the one-month mark. This is about working people versus giant corporations that have vast power. The 40,000 striking workers want a few things, but the immensely profitable corporation and its wealthy executives want to crush the union and have been refusing to even negotiate. The workers have been without a contract since August. read more

It’s been in the works for months, but on Wednesday it becomes official: The Obama administration is making millions of workers eligible for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week. read more

Magdalena Zylinska has been working in people’s homes for most of the last two decades since she came to the United States from Poland. She spent some time as a nanny and a caregiver, but since 1997, she’s been a full-time housekeeper. read more

The struggling corporate giant behind The Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, and other national restaurant chains is forcing tens of thousands of workers to effectively pay rent on their own money. read more

The cafeteria workers at “The Most Magical Place on Earth” are trying to organize a union. About three-quarters of the cafeteria workers at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, have signed cards indicating that they want the union UNITE HERE to represent them. read more

In the Courts more

Green v. Brennan

U.S. Supreme Court; 14-613 Decision Date: May 23, 2016

In a suit brought by a former U.S. Postal Service employee, alleging discrimination or retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 29 CFR section1614.105(a)(1), the Tenth Circuit's judgment upholding the District Court's dismissal of the complaint as untimely, is reversed where: 1) because part of the "matter alleged to be discriminatory" in a constructive-discharge claim is an employee's resignation, the 45-day limitations period for such action begins running only after an employee resigns; and 2) a constructive-discharge claim accrues--and the limitations period begins to run--when the employee gives notice of his resignation, not on the effective date thereof. read more

Mazzarella v. Fast Rig Support LLC

Third Circuit; 15-3116 Decision Date: May 23, 2016

In an employer's appeal of a stipulated judgment requiring them to pay plaintiffs overtime, the District Court's judgment is affirmed where the District Court correctly determined that defendants have not met their burden to show that the Motor Carrier Act (MCA) exemption to the overtime provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (PMWA) applies, 29 U.S.C. section 207(a)(1), 43 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. section 333.104(c).f read more

Zubik v. Burwell

U.S. Supreme Court; No. 14-1418 Decision Date: May 16, 2016

In a case brought by nonprofit organizations that provide health insurance to their employees, challenging the federal regulations require them to cover certain contraceptives as part of their health plans, unless they submit a form either to their insurer or to the Federal Government, stating that they object on religious grounds to providing contraceptive coverage, and alleging that submitting this notice substantially burdens the exercise of their religion, in violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, 107 Stat. 1488, 42 U.S.C. section 2000bb, the Court, following oral argument and supplemental briefing from the parties: 1) vacates the judgments below and remands to the respective United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuits, in light of the positions asserted by the parties in their supplemental briefs; and 2) expresses no view on the merits of the cases. read more

Lal v. Merit Sys. Prot. Bd.

Federal Circuit; No. 2015-3140 Decision Date: May 11, 2016

In an action brought by a plaintiff who was terminated from her position as a distinguished consultant at the Centers for Disease Control, the Board's decision that it lacked jurisdiction over petitioner's removal because she had been appointed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. section 209(f), is reversed where although 209(f) places petitioner into the excepted service, it does not exempt her from the Civil Service Due Process Amendments of 1990, which provide appeal rights to certain excepted service employees. read more

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