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issue 286 sep. 28, 2016

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In the News more

Union seeks to organize rideshare drivers in NYC

Why Employers Are Making Pay Equity a Reality

The Right and Wrong Ways to Help Pregnant Workers

Employer Groups Don’t See Eye to Eye on EEOC Wellness Plan Ruling

Former employees file class action against Wells Fargo

Would Amazon’s 30-Hour-Week Experiment Work in Your Company?

Jobs Recovery Reaches Plateau, Posing a Challenge for Forecasters

Companies must prove need for permanent replacements in strikes, NLRB officer says

To fight wage gap, D.C. bill would bar employers from asking about past salaries

Dads Are Taking Longer (Paid) Paternity Leaves

Evidence suggests employers can make a simple fix to help close the gender wage gap

Southwest Union Leaders Send Contract to Pilots for Vote

21 States Sue To Block Labor Department's Overtime Rule

CTU strike vote begins Wednesday but no date set yet

'Fair scheduling' bill dies in D.C.Council

Topic of the Week more

Dealing with Distractions

Blogs, texts and apps are just some of the things enticing us to play hooky instead of getting work done. Here are four tips to help you remain focused. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

If you were lamenting that Labor Day’s current day association with leisure has obfuscated the true meaning of the holiday—don’t despair because the working people of Boulder Station Hotel & Casino got together over the Labor Day weekend and after a long battle said, “Union Yes!” read more

Courts have an important responsibility to approve class action settlements and ensure that the plaintiffs and their attorneys are not selling out the class by colluding with the defendants. Sometimes, though, in their zealous protection of the absent class members, courts wind up forgetting the old aphorism attributed to Confucius: “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” read more

Bryce Covert

The Gender Wage Gap Hasn’t Budged in 9 Years

September 19, 2016 | Bryce Covert

The average woman who had a full-time, year-round job in 2015 made just 80 percent of what a man did, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau. That’s up from last year’s 79 percent, but the increase is not statistically significant. The wage gap hasn’t closed significantly since 2007. read more

The Labor Center at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) at Amherst is in turmoil. Its director, Eve Weinbaum, says she was abruptly pushed out of the position. In an alarming e-mail to alumni, students and allies, she protested funding cuts to teaching assistants and part-time instructors and, more troublingly, threats to the “Labor Studies faculty’s autonomy to make programmatic decisions and to designate a Director.” read more

Terrance Heath

Minimum Wage Increases On the Ballot In Four States

September 16, 2016 | Terrance Heath

This year, People’s Action affiliates in four states have seen their hard work pay off by successfully getting initiatives to increase the minimum wage on the ballot. read more

In the Courts more

Perez v. U-Haul Co. of CA

California Court of Appeal; no. 262029 Decision Date: September 16, 2016

In a representative action under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA), Lab. Code sections 2698 et seq., alleging that defendant violated several provisions of the Labor Code, including overtime and meal break requirements, the trial court's denial of defendant's motion to compel plaintiffs to individually arbitrate whether they qualified as 'aggrieved employees,' and therefore had standing to pursue a PAGA claim, under Labor Code section 2699(a), is affirmed where California law prohibits an employer from compelling an employee to split the litigation of a PAGA claim between multiple forums. read more

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