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issue 273 jun. 22, 2016

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In the News more

Labor Department needs to clarify change to overtime rules, rules Supreme Court

Fed Chair Janet Yellen: Slowdown in job market likely ‘transitory’

Has your workplace turned into a political battleground?

Why the buffet of employee benefits has exploded over the past 20 years

Why America’s men aren’t working

Airbnb Vows to Fight Racism, but It's Users Can't Sue to Prompt Fairness

Cleveland councilmen propose phased-in approach to city's $15 minimum wage plan

Why U.S. companies hope French workers lose their sweet deal

Union Authorizes July Strike Against 5 Atlantic City Casinos

Microsoft fights ruling that strengthens definition of employee

BPS teachers take part in ‘walk-in’ over union contract

Paid sick leave proposal passes City Council committee

Beer Distributor Fighting NLRB Drug Test Ruling in 2nd Cir.

Visa Abuses Harm American Workers

Macy's strike apparently avoided

Topic of the Week more

Getting That First Real Job

How do you balance your need to appear attractive to potential employers with the confidence that you can actually do the job? read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Stephen Franklin

The War on Workers’ Comp

June 15, 2016 | Stephen Franklin

For nearly a century, millions of workers have endured punishing jobs in construction, mining and factory work—jobs with high levels of work-related disability and injury. As a tradeoff for the dangers, they’ve had the assurance of workers’ compensation if injured permanently on the job. Employers accepted this deal, albeit sometimes grudgingly, because it removed the possibility of being sued over work-related injuries. read more

When corporations or the government value money over lives and safety, injure people, or discriminate against them, the courts are where they can be held accountable. But corporate and government wrongdoers don’t want to be held accountable. read more

High school graduation season is in full bloom in many communities around the nation, but in some places, parents with children still in schools have to be worried about the conditions of the schools they’ll return to in the fall – or even if the schools will open at all. read more

The Advocate has a piece by Catalina Velasquez, director of People For the American Way Foundation’s “Young People For” program, that explains why the recently passed transgender discrimination law in North Carolina hurts everyone, not just the direct targets of the legislation. read more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is cracking down on some of the payday lending industry’s most abusive practices, and boy are payday lenders getting whiny about it. So very whiny—and all kinds of poutraged. read more

In the Courts more

McFeeley v. Jackson Street Entertainment

Fourth Circuit; 15-1583 Decision Date: June 8, 2016

In a suit brought by exotic dancers against their dance clubs for failure to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act and corresponding Maryland wage and hour laws, the District Court's judgment in favor of plaintiffs is affirmed over defendant's claims of error where plaintiffs were employees of the defendant companies and not independent contractors. read more

Bermudez v. Ashley Furniture Indus., Inc.

Ninth Circuit; 13-56606 Decision Date: June 8, 2016

In a class action alleging violations of California's minimum wage and hour laws, the District Court's order granting class certification under Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 to a plaintiff representing a class of former and current sales associates of Stoneledge Furniture, LLC is affirmed where: 1) plaintiff established commonality, as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(a), and the District Court permissibly concluded that plaintiff pleaded a common injury capable of class-wide resolution; 2) plaintiff established the predominance of class claims, as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(b)(3), and the District Court permissibly ruled that individual claims did not predominate in this case; and 3) class certification did not alter the parties' substantive rights, and the District Court did not violate the Rules Enabling Act in certifying the class. read more

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