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issue 280 aug. 5, 2016

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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

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The Case For Naps

Who knew that science actually supported the life long appreciation of getting twenty minutes of shut-eye during the middle of the workday? Here are four advantages of finding the time to nap at work. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

I recently attended a memorial service for James Haughton, an alumnus of the City University of New York (CUNY). As founder of a group called Harlem Fight Back, Haughton was a central figure in the fight against racist hiring in the construction industry. One of the eulogists spoke about the first time he joined a Harlem Fight Back “shaping” crew, walking onto a job site to demand work for people of color from the community. The contractor claimed not to be hiring and quickly offered the delegation a payoff of $35,000, in cash, to go away. Shaken, crew members went asking for guidance from Haughton, who said simply, “Don’t. Take. The Money.” read more

Massachusetts has leapfrogged over all other states to pass the most robust equal pay law in the country. read more

The Department of Labor [last] week confirmed persistent charges of labor abuses at the U.S. Senate dining room on Capitol Hill, ruling that workers there are owed more than a $1 million in back wages. read more

One such often-abused financial scheme is debt collection. It’s an entire industry. read more

Elites take “globalization” as a given because “trade” deals have pushed sovereignty off the table and locked governments out of decision-making over things like stopping offshoring of jobs and protecting domestic industries read more

In the Courts more

Sandquist v. Lebo Automotive, Inc.

California Supreme Court; Case No. 220812 Decision Date: July 28, 2016

In a case to determine whether a court or an arbitrator decides if an arbitration agreement permits or prohibits classwide arbitration, the Court of Appeal decision in favor of the arbitrator is affirmed where: 1) no universal rule allocates this decision in all cases to either arbitrators or courts; 2) who decides is in the first instance a matter of agreement, with the parties' agreement subject to interpretation under state contract law; 3) under state law, these parties' arbitration agreement allocates the decision to the arbitrator; and 4) under federal arbitration law, no contrary presumption requires a different result, so the issue remains one for the arbitrator. read more

Mitchell v. Dept. of Public Health

California Court of Appeal; Case No. 265769 Decision Date: July 27, 2016

In a former employee's suit against his former government employer for racial discrimination in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Gov. Code section 12900 et seq., the trial court dismissal of the complaint after sustaining a demurrer on the statute of limitations ground is reversed where the allegations of the complaint are sufficient to establish a claim of equitable tolling. read more

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