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issue 299 jan. 6, 2017

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In the News more

Gender pay gap halves for millennials, but will widen with age: study

Manufacturer Not Insulated From Charges It Underpaid Latina Supervisor

Obama administration moves against federal contractors that owed back pay to workers

'It's important for women to stand up and fight back': Gretchen Carlson talks about the need to empower women on Today in triumphant return to TV, six months after $20m Fox News sex suit

One Proven Way Women Can Get a Higher Salary

Trump sees Labor makeover

Deal With Income Inequality to Make America Great Again

New York’s Teamsters May Have Their Pensions Cut. What Went Wrong?

Big Growth in Tiny Businesses

Growing a Different Apple

How Dwindling Union Power Helped Usher In Trump

19 States Increase Minimum Wage at the Start of 2017

Contract workers at National and Dulles look to 2017 for a wage increase win

Noodles & Co. Will Pay $3 Million to Settle Overtime Claims

Wages Are Increasing, But What's Behind It?

Topic of the Week more

Overcoming a Stigma in a Job Interview

Stigma. It's tough to face it for the first time in a job interview. Think of it like extra airport baggage--sure; it makes the journey more challenging; but there's no reason you still can't reach your destination. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

President-“elect” Donald Trump today announced his nomination of Robert Lighthizer for the cabinet-level office of US Trade Representative (USTR). Lighthizer, who served as deputy USTR under President Ronald Reagan, is known for criticizing Republican “free trade” ideology. Before serving in the Reagan administration he was chief of staff for the Senate Finance Committee. read more

Elizabeth Grossman

More U.S. Workers Have Highly Volatile, Unstable Incomes

January 3, 2017 | Elizabeth Grossman

Contributing to this inequality is the fact that while more Americans are working than at any time since August 2007, more people are working part time, erratic and unpredictable schedules—without full-time, steady employment. Since 2007, the number of Americans involuntarily working part time has increased by nearly 45 percent. read more

The suggestion that Trump is responsible for new, previously unannounced jobs is not true. The jobs are coming to the United States, but they are coming as part of a series of investments that were first announced in mid-October. read more

Jackie Tortora

6 Ways We Could Improve NAFTA for Working People

December 30, 2016 | Jackie Tortora

Today we released a blueprint for how to rewrite NAFTA to benefit working families. This past election there was much-needed discussion on the impact of corporate trade deals on our manufacturing sector and on working-class communities. The outline below puts forward real solutions that should garner bipartisan support if lawmakers are truly serious about realigning our trade policies to help workers. read more

The income gap between the classes is growing at a startling pace in the United States. In 1980, the top 1 percent earned on average 27 times more than workers in the bottom 50 percent. Today, they earn 81 times more. read more

In the Courts more

Augustus v. ABM Security ServicesAugustus v. ABM Security Services

California Supreme Court; no. 224853 Decision Date: December 22, 2016

In an employment law class action, the Court held that California Labor Code section 226.7 prohibits on-duty and on-call rest periods and requires employers to relieve their employees of all duties and relinquish any control over how employees spend their break time during rest periods. The Court of Appeal's contrary judgment is reversed. read more

Butts v. Prince William County School Board

Fourth Circuit; 15-1989 Decision Date: December 21, 2016

In an action where plaintiff claims she was improperly reemployed in violation of Section 4313 of USERRA, the district court is affirmed where (1) any claim for reinstatement would be futile, (2) the Board already paid for past lost wages and benefits, (3) plaintiff cannot show that a future lost wages claim could proceed, and (4) plaintiff has not argued, nor presented any facts to demonstrate, that the Board willfully violated USERRA. read more

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