The Labor & Employment Blog is a forum for practitioners and Bloomberg BNA editors to share ideas, raise issues, and network with colleagues.
July 27, 2012
by Patrick Dorrian
An issue that seems to be at the forefront of more and more Americans with Disabilities Act cases is whether the the plaintiff was able to perform the essential functions of the job in question, with or without reasonable accommodation.
July 25, 2012
by Robert Combs
As the scope of Houston’s janitors’ strike extends to other cities nationwide, let’s take a look at how SEIU compares with other major unions when it comes to the number of employees involved per work stoppage.
July 23, 2012
by Michael Rose
heat of July may not seem like the most appropriate time for a blog post about
flu vaccination, but a recent National Labor Relations Board decision brought
the issue of mandatory vaccinations for health care workers back to the fore of
the labor world. The board recently ruled that a hospital did not violate the law when it
implemented a flu-prevention program without bargaining with the nurses’ union.
July 18, 2012
by Louis C. LaBrecque
If you've been wondering exactly how much money the U.S. Postal Service has been losing lately, go to a website established by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the House Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, and Federal Services, which has oversight over USPS.
July 16, 2012
by Lydell C. Bridgeford
Valerie J. Vickers, board chair of the National Industry Liaison
Group, asserts that federal contractors deserve a
prominent seat at the table as the Office of Federal Contract
Compliance Programs aims to overhaul regulations to ensure
contractors are not discriminating against applicants and workers
based on race, sex, disability and veteran status.
July 13, 2012
A question I’ve frequently considered in deciding which cases to report on is what value, if any, do state court decisions hold for employment discrimination lawyers in other jurisdictions?
July 11, 2012
Employers aren't the only ones that get hit with unfair labor practice charges. Unions also can be a target. Sometimes, these charges come from the employer. But most ULP charges leveled against unions come from a source that might surprise you: the unions’ own members.
July 6, 2012
The Supreme Court wrapped up its term last week, with the
release of the long-awaited decision on President Obama's health
care overhaul law. But at the state level, the California Supreme
Court this week released a decision that will have ramifications
throughout the nation's most popular state.The issue? Whether cities are obligated to
pay construction workers prevailing wages on municipal
July 4, 2012
Mind readers and bicycle building exercises likely will never again be featured at a federal training conference in the wake of the scandal involving the General Services Administration's 2010 Western Regional Conference, where a Las Vegas conference for approximately 300 GSA employees cost more than $822,000.
July 3, 2012
Employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) has been on the
market for over 20 years, but a slow economic recovery and
increased enforcement activity by federal civil rights agencies
have produced new trends affecting claims covered by EPLI, says Thomas P. Hams,
EPLI practice leader for Aon Risk
July 2, 2012
What is the impact of D.R. Horton, or Dukes and Concepcion? Only time will tell, but the recent developments in the longstanding battle between employee advocates and employers over the fairness of arbitration clauses and class action waivers, which was once thought to have been settled largely in favor of employers, rages on.
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