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issue 272 jun. 15, 2016

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In the News more

What If The Drivers Owned Uber, An NYU Professor Asks

Liberal Return Policies for Consumers Can Reduce Retail Workers’ Pay

D.C. Cir. Backs NLRB Award of Union's Bargaining Expenses

New pay regulations may help home health agencies, as well as workers: Jeffrey Grossman, Commonwealth Care Group

Seattle must address the painful realities of on-demand economy

Which Labor Market Data Should You Believe?

'Gig economy' losing appeal as full-time job market improves

Illinois AG sues Jimmy John's over noncompete pacts; chain 'disappointed'

Poll finds Californians are strongly in favor of state's minimum wage increase

Miami Beach sets local minimum wage higher than state rate beginning 2018

The Brutal Journey Back to Work for Millions of Americans

Weighted by Debt, Puerto Ricans Divided Over Federal Oversight

Browning-Ferris fights U.S. ruling on 'joint employment' in court

D.C. lawmakers approve $15 minimum wage, joining N.Y., Calif.

Jobs Threatened by Machines: A Once ‘Stupid’ Concern Gains Respect

Topic of the Week more

Calling All Graduates: Career Advice as You Leave School

You need to earn your own way after leaving school. I've included three Don'ts and one Do to try to help get where you need to go. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

House Speaker Paul Ryan ended up overshadowing his own efforts Tuesday to highlight the Republican Party’s proposals for overhauling aid programs for low-income people by telling reporters that he was still planning to endorse and vote for a presidential candidate that had earlier uttered what he called “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” read more

Not so long ago, Social Security was endangered by a “bipartisan” consensus that sought to cut its benefits – already lower than those of comparable countries – as part of a “grand bargain.” President Obama even put a slow-motion benefit cut into one of his proposed budgets, in the form of a reduction in cost-of-living increases. read more

One of the great benefits of joining the military is the opportunity to learn skills that benefit a soldier after their service is completed read more

Don Creery had been driving for Uber in Seattle for several months when in May 2014 the clutch wore out on his Kia Soul. A former music teacher, Creery had enjoyed his work for Uber and said he made enough to live comfortably. So, anticipating much more driving in the future, he took out a $10,000 loan to purchase a brand new Soul with an automatic transmission—a smart investment, he judged, for his career as an Uber driver. read more

First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled on Friday to provide a commencement address to the graduating class of 3,000 students at The City College of New York in Harlem. As the White House announcement states, her address has some additional historic significance in that CCNY was the first public higher education institution in New York City, “established as a free institution dedicated to overcoming barriers to advancement.” read more

In the Courts more

Cellular Sales of Missouri, LLC v NLRB

Eighth Circuit; 15-1620 Decision Date: June 2, 2016

Cellular Sales petitions for review of the Board's determination that it violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), 29 U.S.C. 157, 158(a)(1). The court concluded that Cellular Sales did not violate section 8(a)(1) by requiring its employees to enter into an arbitration agreement that included a waiver of class or collective actions in all forums to resolve employment-related disputes. Therefore, the court granted the petition for review and declined to enforce the Board’s order with respect to this issue. Because the class-action waiver did not violate section 8(a)(1), Cellular Sales’s attempt to enforce the class-action waiver likewise did not violate section 8(a)(1). Therefore, the court granted the petition for review and declined to enforce the Board’s order with respect to this issue. The court also declined to enforce the Board’s remedies related to this issue. Because Cellular Sales’s unlawful arbitration agreement remained in effect and governed a former employee both as a current and as a former employee during the section 10(b) limitations period, his unfair labor practice charge was not time-barred. Accordingly, the court granted in part and denied in part the petition for review, and denied in part and enforced in part the Board's order read more

Jacob Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation

Seventh Circuit; 15-2997 Decision Date: May 26, 2016

The Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday that arbitration agreements containing class waivers are illegal, adopting the position of the National Labor Relations Board and creating a split with the Fifth Circuit that leaves the issue on the U.S. Supreme Court's doorstep. read more

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