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issue 282 aug. 31, 2016

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In the News more

Seattle’s ‘secure scheduling’ offers hourly workers protection

Why mental health programs in the workplace are good for business

Apple, GM Join White House Initiative to Address Gender Pay Gap

Injured Workers Face Stacked Deck During Workers’ Comp Appeals Process, Critics Say

A Labor Movement That’s More About Women

Chipotle under fire for illegal workplace policies

EEOC settles case over Muslim server fired for wearing headscarf

CFPB Must Protect Consumers From Rip-Offs Hidden in the Fine Print

Company can't ban employees from pursuing workplace claims as a class, 9th Circuit says

Paying People to Stay Home When They’re Sick Results in Fewer People Getting Sick

Worker Hours Are More Unpredictable Than Ever

Appeals court upholds NLRB actions in labor dispute

Domestic workers could soon have extended overtime pay protections as bill heads to governor

'Not becoming of a woman': lawyers may finally get recourse for harassment

6 Months After Settling Sexual Harassment Claims, a Worker Faces the Consequences

Topic of the Week more

Getting a Raise Before You Start

45% of employers expect to negotiate with a job candidate for a larger salary during an initial job offer. Sadly, almost half of workers simply accept the first offer given to them. Here are four tips to utilize during your next salary negotiation. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Dave Johnson

Postal Workers To Rally Against TPP Tuesday

August 24, 2016 | Dave Johnson

The 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is holding its biennial convention in Orlando this week. As part of that convention, there will be a rally to publicize opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). read more

Laura Clawson

Labor Board Says Graduate Students Can Unionize

August 24, 2016 | Laura Clawson

According to the George W. Bush-era National Labor Relations Board, graduate students at private universities didn’t count as employees of those universities, no matter how much employment-type work they did. That means those students couldn’t unionize. read more

William Spriggs

The Federal Reserve and Black Unemployment

August 23, 2016 | William Spriggs

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) that determines U.S. monetary policy met in July. Its job is to weigh the state of the American economy, both the labor market and inflationary pressures to set policy. In an interesting note, its discussion of the labor market explicitly noted the condition of the African American and Hispanic unemployment rates. read more

Domestic workers in Illinois are celebrating a new bill of rights. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law last week, capping a 5-year campaign and making Illinois the 7th state to adopt such a protection. read more

After working at the investment bank Jefferies Group for nearly 12 years, Shabari Nayak thought she was on track to become a managing director. She says everything changed after she announced that she would be having a baby. read more

In the Courts more

Ricciuti v. Gyzenis

Second Circuit; No. 12-432 Decision Date: August 24, 2016

In a labor and employment action, arising after plaintiff was allegedly fired in retaliation for speaking to local officials about her police supervisors assigning themselves unnecessary overtime to increase their pay and pensions, the district court's denial of defendants' motion for summary judgment is affirmed where, accepting plaintiff's facts as true, defendants are not entitled to qualified immunity on plaintiff's claim that they retaliated against her for engaging in protected speech under the First Amendment. read more

Morris v. Ernst & Young

Ninth Circuit; No. 13-16599 Decision Date: August 22, 2016

In a dispute resolution and arbitration action, arising from a bar on concerted legal claims contained in the employment contracts of defendant Ernst & Young, the district court's order compelling individual arbitration is vacated where an employer violates sections 7 and 8 of the National Labor Relations Act when it requires employees to sign an agreement precluding them from brining, in any forum, a concerted legal claim regarding wages, hours, and terms of conditions of employment. read more

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