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issue 270 may. 31, 2016

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In the News more

Here’s why equal-pay activists are looking toward Maryland

Farmers Wait, And Wait, For Guest Workers Amid H-2A Visa Delays

Verizon Strike to End as Both Sides Claim Victories on Key Points

Labor Department Backs Foot Locker Workers in Pension Spat

The Dynamics Of The Digital Workplace

Court Rules Companies Cannot Impose Illegal Arbitration Clauses

10 Things You Should Know About Work by the Time You're 30

Wedding expenses and Tesla leases: The arms race in employee perks

New York Attorney General Accuses Domino’s of Wage Theft in Lawsuit

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

Topic of the Week more

Blood Money: "What was your previous salary?"

The dreaded salary question. How to skillfully handle this tricky question and get the salary you deserve. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Isaiah J. Poole

The New Agenda For Taking On Wall Street

May 25, 2016 | Isaiah J. Poole

More than 20 progressive organizations representing millions of voters are putting their weight behind a five-point agenda for the next stage of Wall Street reform. What these groups will formally announce Tuesday, in an event featuring Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, sets a high but practical standard for what a candidate would have to embrace to be considered a progressive on reining in the financial sector. read more

Economists are still arguing over whether moving our jobs out of the country affects what the people still here get paid. read more

William Spriggs

More Evidence on Why Inequality Matters

May 23, 2016 | William Spriggs

The evidence has mounted, and is clearly accepted, that extreme income inequality has grown in the United States over the past 40 years—and by extreme income inequality, I mean a huge imbalance in income growth favoring the top 1% of the population. This is extreme because it is large enough and sufficiently imbalanced growth that it must force a rethinking of economic policies. read more

That workers are simply trying to keep what they already have is a point rarely highlighted in the mainstream strike coverage. In fact, the relatively decent living standards of these unionized employees is what makes this strike so important. read more

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has released a report predicting the effect the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will have on the U.S. economy. In the past these reports have been skewed to promote trade agreements, with numbers that turned out to be much better than what actually happened. 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

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