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issue 285 sep. 21, 2016

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In the News more

Last-Minute Work Scheduling Is a Real Health Risk, Research Shows

Allina, nurses contest each other's resolve as strike enters third week

4 Things to Ask Before Accepting a Job Offer

Pushing Employees to Go the Extra Mile Can Be Counterproductive

When labor laws left farm workers behind — and vulnerable to abuse

A Sour Surprise for Public Pensions: Two Sets of Books

Towards universal retirement

New overtime rules mean changes for nonprofits and their employees

Chipotle Avoids DOL Scrutiny Despite ‘Wage Theft’ Claims

Colorado minimum wage proposal gets support of U.S. Labor Secretary

Colorado minimum wage proposal gets support of U.S. Labor Secretary

Workers Pay More for Health Care as Companies Shift Burden, Survey Finds

Silicon Valley's not-so-secret bias: Ageism

Companies Can't Set Own Rules For Injured Workers, Okla. Court Says

The Economic Expansion Is Helping the Middle Class, Finally

Topic of the Week more

Getting The Most From A Job Fair

Job fairs don't have to be a waste of time. Preparation is key. Here are some tips to maximize your time at your next job fair. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Companies extort tax breaks and subsidies by threatening to withhold jobs. After their demands are met, they instead outsource the promised jobs. For the workers who remain, the threat of outsourcing causes their wages to fall. read more

There is no national law ensuring that American workers can take a paid day off of work if they or their family members get sick. But there are now more than 30 of these laws in cities and states throughout the country. read more

For more than a decade, the NLRB considered graduate employees to be students, not workers. As such, they did not have the same legal rights of most employees, including the right to organize. All that changed two weeks ago when the NLRB decision on the Columbia case finally came back, siding with the student-workers and their right to collective bargaining. read more

Leo Gerard

New Rules Needed to Solve Steel Crisis

September 9, 2016 | Leo Gerard

China is gorging itself on steelmaking. It is forging so much steel that the entire world doesn’t need that much steel. Companies in the United States and Europe, and unions like mine, the United Steelworkers, have spent untold millions of dollars to secure tariffs on imports of this improperly government-subsidized steel. read more

The California legislature has passed a bill that would give farmworkers the same overtime protections as other workers. Now the question is whether Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not taken a position on the proposal, will sign the expansion from the state’s current law, which requires employers to pay time-and-a-half after farmworkers put in 10 hours in a day or 60 hours in a week. read more

In the Courts more

Carpenters Health and Welfare Fund of Philadelphia and Vicinity v. Management Resource Systems Inc

Third Circuit; no. 15-2508 Decision Date: September 13, 2016

In a labor action alleging a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) obligated employer-defendant to make employee benefit contributions and submit to audits pursuant to a separate 'me-too' agreement between defendant and the plaintiffs, the District Court's dismissal of plaintiffs' claims pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) is reversed where the complaint adequately pleads with specificity and satisfies the demanding requirement of plausibility, and thus survives a 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss. read more

Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. v. City of Jersey City

Third Circuit; no. 15-3166 Decision Date: September 12, 2016

In a challenge to a City law that conditions certain tax exemptions and abatements to private developers of projects in certain designated areas on the developers' entry into agreements with labor unions that bind the developers to specified labor practices, the District Court's dismissal of the complaint -- on grounds that the City acts as a market participant, not a regulator, when it enforces the law, and therefore that plaintiffs' NLRA, ERISA, and dormant Commerce Clause claims were not cognizable -- is reversed where the City was acting as a regulator in this context, and thus the claims are cognizable. read more

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