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issue 289 oct. 20, 2016

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In the News more

Contract Talks Resume Between Jim Beam, Union Officials

Sallie Mae Delivers New Parental Leave Benefits

McDonald's to Pay $56,500 Settlement With EEOC

Can Employees Really Speak Up Without Retribution?

Lawsuit against Dave & Buster's challenges reducing employee hours to avoid health insurance mandate

Business seeks quick overtime shutdown

Metro sues transit union, refusing to negotiate over punishment guidelines

Fair Pay Order Is Safe, Former White House Attorney Says

McDonald’s Workers Have Filed 15 Complaints of Sexual Harassment in the Past Month

Caregiving Is Forcing Women 50+ To Leave The Workforce

Twin Cities janitors declare victory in union fight after 44-month campaign

Judge Says Disney Didn’t Violate Visa Laws in Layoffs

Anaheim settles discrimination lawsuit from city's first Latina attorney for $1.45 million

10 Black Employees at New York Fire Department Cite Bias

Uber Drivers Ruled Eligible for Jobless Payments in New York State

Topic of the Week more

You Lost Me at Hello: Job Interview Success tips

It's tough when you've been out of work for a while to muster the energy and focus for a job interview. This week's tips will ensure you don't leave your job interview performance incomplete. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

School schedules aren’t working for parents, and haven’t caught up to the reality of modern families’ lives. The vast majority of parents 70 percent, work full-time from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the median closing time for a school is 2:30 p.m. read more

Chicago teachers will likely take to the streets early Tuesday in an escalation of their campaign to defend their jobs and improve the education of the students and the communities they serve. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has said it will strike if no deal is reached by midnight. read more

“Trade” is generally considered a good thing. But consider this: closing an American factory and firing its workers (not to mention the managers, supply chain, truck drivers, etc affected) and instead producing the same goods in a country with low wages and few environmental protections, then bringing the same goods back to sell in the same stores increases “trade” because now those goods cross a border. read more

This past week, the SEC brought its first enforcement action ever to be based solely on retaliation against a whistleblower. On September 29, 2016, the SEC ordered International Game Technology (IGT) to pay a $500,000 penalty for terminating the employment of a whistleblower because he reported to senior management and the SEC that the company’s financial statements might be distorted. read more

Workers who are underpaid are all too often exploited and abused in other ways—after all, their employers know they’re vulnerable and need the paycheck. 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

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