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issue 292 nov. 9, 2016

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In the News more

Have Businesses Give Workers Time Off on Election Day

Employers big and small are giving workers Election Day off

Facebook sued for housing and employment bias

Finally, pay for workers across much of economy is climbing

Starbucks Barista Tips Tax Issues Sent to State Court

US manufacturing economy fails employers and workers

No Dreadlocks Allowed

FBI Applicant’s Sex Bias Claim Won’t Get High Court Review

At Trader Joe’s, Good Cheer May Hide Complaints

Here's the trick Airbnb and other companies use to beat racial discrimination lawsuits

Strike by Philadelphia Transit Workers Enters 2nd Day

FedEx Ground settles overtime pay case for $15 million

$2M settlement in whistleblower case that allowed mayor to skip testimony

A Woman Says She Was Fired Over Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Gretchen Carlson Takes on Mandatory Arbitration, a Battle Previous Warriors Always Lost

Topic of the Week more

No Thanks To Us

When it comes to expressing gratitude, the workplace is dead last. Ironically expressing gratitude will not only create a healthier workplace, it will also create a healthier you. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Freedom of peaceful assembly and association, says a new United Nations report, “are essential to human dignity, economic empowerment, sustainable development and democracy. They are the gateway to all other rights; without them, all other human and civil rights are in jeopardy.” But these rights, says the report, are being jeopardized by the recent dramatic rise in the power of large multinational corporations and their dependence on global supply chains and the growing informal and migrant workforce read more

McDonald’s is still insisting it isn’t a joint employer of workers in franchise restaurants, but even so, it’s paying out millions to settle a lawsuit over labor law violations by a franchisee. read more

It’s National Save for Retirement Week, a time when financial services industry experts offer Americans conventional advice for preparing for their golden years. However, saving for retirement isn’t as simple as these people would have you believe. read more

Trade agreements can be used to boost prosperity on all sides of trade borders by increasing business opportunities, raising wages and increasing choices. Or they can be used to concentrate corporate power, cutting wages and choices. read more

Disgruntled Burgerville workers began covertly organizing in 2015. The Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU) went public on April 26 with a march of more than 100 people through Portland, Oregon, and the delivery of a letter to the corporate headquarters in Vancouver. Some BVWU members call their effort “Fight for $15, 2.0,” playing off the name of the fast-food worker campaign launched in 2011 by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). read more

In the Courts more

Cleaton v. Dep't of Justice

Federal Circuit; no. 2015-3126 Decision Date: October 13, 2016

In an appeal of the Merit Systems Protection Board's decision sustaining petitioner's removal from his position as Correctional Officer pursuant to 5 U.S.C. section 7371, which mandates the removal of any law enforcement officer who is convicted of a felony, the Board's decision is affirmed where the Board did not err in finding that petitioner was convicted of a felony on May 6, 2014. read more

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