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issue 276 jul. 13, 2016

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In the News more

NLRB Will Report Federal Contractors' Labor Violations

Seattle mayor proposes more paid leave for city employees with newborns, ill family members

New overtime rule could help millions

A new tipping point for the American workforce

Canada Post issues 72-hour lockout notice, work stoppage possible Friday

Part-Time Jobs and Thrift: How Unpaid Interns in D.C. Get By

MIT pay raise shows janitors’ union clout

Behind shrinking middle-class jobs: A surge in outsourcing

San Francisco Considers Tax on Tech Companies to Pay for Boom’s Downside

Unionized janitors in Denver metro area ratify new contract

Unionized janitors in Denver metro area ratify new contract

Rauner signs stopgap budget, school funding bill — but relief from stalemate proves temporary

What happens when we all become our own bosses

For Employees, Workplace Technology Stirs Up Both Angst And Exuberance

To Compete Better, States Are Trying to Curb Noncompete Pacts

Topic of the Week more

Reinventing Yourself--Create New You at Work

Turbulent and ever-changing don't begin to capture today's workplace. Heck, it can be downright disorienting. Which reminds me of two men who tried to rob a pizza delivery truck in Fountain Hill, PA. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Isaiah J. Poole

A Sad And Shameful Day For Puerto Rico

July 5, 2016 | Isaiah J. Poole

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste,” Rahm Emanuel infamously said when he was President Obama’s White House chief of staff. So it is with the legislation that President Obama signs into law Thursday that offers Puerto Rico a process for managing its crushing debt. read more

Union Summer, the cadre of young activists that is training to be the future leaders and union organizers of the labor movement, are hitting the doors hard. After a couple of weeks on the ground, Summeristas have spoken with 300 people one-on-one and engaged 100 of them to commit to forming a union. read more

Sarah Ann Lewis

$1.3 Trillion. 42 Million People

July 1, 2016 | Sarah Ann Lewis

With the problem this big, it’s no wonder so many people are talking about student debt. read more

A Canadian corporation is suing the us because we wouldn’t let them build a pipeline across our country (seizing people’s property along the way) so they could sell oil to China. read more

In the Courts more

Guessous v. Fairview Property Investments

Fourth Circuit; 15-1055 Decision Date: July 6, 2016

In a suit alleging 42 U.S.C. section 1981 claims for race discrimination hostile work environment and retaliation and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. section 2000(e), claims for discrimination based on religion, national origin, and pregnancy, hostile work environment, and retaliation, the District Court's grant of summary judgment to defendant on all counts is vacated where genuine issues of material fact exist with respect to all claims. read more

Worcester v. Springfield Terminal Ry. Co.

First Circuit; 14-1965 Decision Date: June 29, 2016

In a remedies action, challenging the district court's jury instruction on the standard for awarding punitive damages in a case brought under the whistle blower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act, 49 U.S.C. section 20109, the judgment below is affirmed where the court correctly adopted the punitive damages standard from Smith v. Wade, 461 U.S. 40 (1983). read more

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