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issue 288 oct. 12, 2016

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In the News more

Tyson Foods Settles a $1.6 Million Discrimination Lawsuit

Chicago teachers strike averted with 11th-hour tentative contract

Group sues Feds over labor violations reporting rule

Baltimore Police union says city has underpaid officer overtime for years

Volkswagen readies challenge to NLRB 'micro union' test

No Dreadlocks for You

Why Men Are Scared to Take Paternity Leave

Fusion Staff Pushes Back Against Management Opposition To Union Drive

After Wells Fargo, union fund adviser seeks other bank reviews

Chobani To Start Offering Paid Family Leave To All Its Employees

In a tight market, stores lure holiday workers with perks

Amazon Drivers Sue for Not Being Paid As Employees

University of Denver responds to EEOC lawsuit filed over pay discrimination at law school

Harvard dining hall workers could strike, so students are hoarding food like doomsday preppers

Paid Time Off to Care for Your Parents—Seriously

Topic of the Week more

Don't Show Me The Money--Getting a "Cashless" Raise

Trying to get a raise in tough times feels impossible to most people. Luckily, there are things that don't cost your employer much, but provide a great benefit to you. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Louisiana’s governor just sued its attorney general over whether lawyers the state hires should be allowed to discriminate against LGBT people. If that sounds odd, that’s because it is. And though there’s an easy moral answer to the conundrum, the legal answer might be far more complicated. read more

Privatization is bad news for federal, state and local government workers, and the communities where they live. That’s according to a new report released Wednesday by In the Public Interest, a research group focused on the effects of privatization. read more

“Gig economy” corporations depend on a low-wage economy in which lots of people are looking for ways to get by. Their business model requires disposable people willing to take low-wage jobs with long hours and no benefits so they can pay the rent, doing things for people who need to save as much as they can, so they can pay the rent. read more

Arthur Macewan

Will Artificial Intelligence Mean Massive Job Loss?

September 30, 2016 | Arthur Macewan

In the late 1970s, my early years at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB), the Department of Economics had two secretaries. When I retired, in 2008, the number of faculty members and students in the department had increased, but there was only one secretary. All the faculty members had their own computers, with which they did much of the work that secretaries had previously done. read more

In the Courts more

Smiley v. EI DuPont de Nemours & Co.

Third Circuit; No. 14-4583 Decision Date: October 7, 2016

In a putative collective action and class action brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) against DuPont, seeking overtime compensation for time plaintiffs spent donning and doffing their uniforms and protective gear and performing 'shift relief' before and after their regularly-scheduled shifts, the District Court's grant of summary judgment to defendant is reversed where the FLSA and applicable regulations, as well as circuit precedent in Wheeler v. Hampton Twp., 399 F.3d 238 (3d Cir. 2005), compel the opposite result. read more

Hill v. Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Inc.

Second Circuit; no. 15-1518 Decision Date: October 3, 2016

In a labor suit against the company that operates the food, beverage and merchandise sales concessions at Oriole Park, alleging claims for overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. section 201 et. seq., the District Court's grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants is affirmed where an establishment that operates on the premises of an amusement or recreational host, selling goods or services to the host's customers for their consumption or use as they engage in the host's amusement or recreational activities, is a 'concessionaire' with an 'amusement or recreational' character. read more

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