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July 31, 2014
  • Obama Issues Executive Order to Boost Workplace Standards of Federal Contractors
  • AFL-CIO Asks SEC to Restrict Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Pacts
  • Manager's Sizable Payout Precludes Unconscionability Claim in Arbitration Dispute
  • Canadian Average Earnings Up 0.6 Percent In May, Employment Also Rose, Agency Says
  • CFPB Head Says Agency Action in Response To Issues Includes New Performance System
  • EEOC Allowed to Use Alternate Proof Scheme On All Claims in Bass Pro Hiring Bias Case
  • Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Lopez To Again Serve as EEOC's General Counsel
  • Texas County Settles Retaliation Claim By Deputies Backing Sheriff's Election Foe
  • Tennessee Judge Orders Locked-Out Workers Reinstated at Kellogg, Grants 10(j) Injunction
  • House Committee Approves Bill To Continue Noncompliant Group Plans
  • House Scraps DACA, Border Security Votes, Delays August Recess Over Republican Split
  • San Francisco $15 Minimum Wage Will Appear As Measure on Fall Ballot
  • Jordan Nominated for Another Term on FMSHRC
  • Wisconsin High Court Backs Bargaining Law, Rejecting Public Employee Union Challenges
  • Dollar General Must Give EEOC Information On Background Checks, Business Necessity
  • Warehouse Fined $308,435 for Failure To Abate After Worker Injured by Forklift
  • Justice Department Alleges Gender Bias In Pennsylvania State Police Fitness Test
  • Insourcing-Outsourcing Tax Measure Falls In Senate Amid Debate Over Amendments
  • Court Preliminarily OKs $1.75 Million Deal Between Air Express and Hourly Workers
  • CORRECTION
  • Also in the Courts: A Roundup of Recent Labor and Employment Rulings
  • Private Sector Pay Growth Increased To 2.0 Percent in Second Quarter, BLS Says
  • Jobless Claims in U.S. in Past Month Dropped to Eight-Year Low, ETA Says
  • NLRB's Weekly Summary of Cases, Dated July 21-25, 2014
July 30, 2014
  • Griffin Brief Reflected View on Franchises Before NLRB Official Acted on McDonald's
  • Seventh Circuit Rejects Employer's Appeal Of Pending Withdrawal Liability Arbitration
  • California Jury Awards Engineer $1.1 Million in Discrimination Claim
  • Companies in U.S. Boosted Payrolls By 218,000 Jobs in July, ADP Reports
  • FLSA Collective Action Waiver Invalid Outside of Arbitration Context, 6th Cir. Says
  • New York Applebee's Workers May Advance Their FLSA Collective Actions, Judge Decides
  • Senate Panel OKs Security Clearance Bill, Conference Requirements, All-Circuits Review
  • EBRI: Tax-Advantaged HSA Contributions Help to Prepare for Retiree Medical Costs
  • Internet Vacancies Barely Change, Falling 0.3 Percent to 5.0 Million in July
  • House Republicans Question DACA's Effect On Jobs, Assert It Led to Border Situation
  • Senate Panel Recommends $12.08 Billion In Discretionary Funding for DOL for FY 2015
  • Lawmakers Introduce Labor Relations Bills On NLRA Enforcement, Union Transparency
  • Seventh Circuit Orders Trial in Suit Alleging Union Used Coercive Tactics During Strike
  • Mid-Year MSHA Data Show Increase in Mining Deaths
  • Seventh Circuit Extends Withdrawal Liability To Companies Under Common Control
  • Race Claims of Cop Who Shot Self in Foot, Lost Fake $100 Bill ‘Frivolous,' Court Rules
  • UFCW Ratifies Four-Year Kroger Agreement For 17,711 in Cincinnati and Dayton Region
  • 10th Cir. Rules Forced Quit Claim Untimely, But Revives Ex-Postmaster's Retaliation Claim
  • New OSHA Directive Requires Inspectors To Get More Continuing Technical Education
  • OSHA's Temp Worker Inspection Policy Details Employer, Staffing Firm Obligations
  • New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Workplace Bullying Measure, Citing Potential Lawsuits
  • Roundup of Recent EEOC Settlements And Newly Filed Enforcement Actions
  • UFCW Leader Sees ‘Huge Potential' in Organizing Retail Workers Facing ‘Poor Wages, Lack of Hours, Inflexible Scheduling and Meager Benefits'
  • Fourth Quarter Job Creation Grows, Reverses Course, Climbs to 7.3 Million
  • U.S. GDP Grew in Second Quarter More Than Forecast, After Smaller Drop
July 29, 2014
  • NLRB Scraps Vote by Bergdorf Shoe Sellers, Ruling 5-0 Unit Lacked Community of Interest
  • San Diego Minimum Wage, Sick Leave Bill Passes City Council on Veto-Proof 6-3 Vote
  • Americans’ Confidence Soared In July on Improving Job Market
  • Bankruptcy Judge Allows Class Certification Of MF Global Employees' Vacation Pay Claim
  • Boeing Manager Fired After Requesting Leave for Migraines Has Triable FMLA Claim
  • House OKs Measure Requiring DHS To Raise Cybersecurity Readiness
  • Pennsylvania Teacher's Extreme Comments On Blog Get No First Amendment Protection
  • Federal Contract Workers Stage 9th Strike, Demand Bargaining Rights from Obama
  • Nine Home Health Care Workers Challenge Upcoming SEIU Representation Election
  • Lawsuits Against Aspects of H-2B Wage Rule Dismissed in Light of Impending Rulemaking
  • Obama Said to Be Developing Plans To Give Millions Work Permits to Stay in U.S.
  • House Passes Bill to Force Security Review Of Transportation Worker Credential System
  • MSHA Announces Proposed Civil Penalty Rule To Simplify Process, Focus on Serious Perils
  • PBGC Says It Will Cover Pension Benefits For 2,101 Workers in Estate-Owned Plan
  • Court Says Race Bias Claims Challenging Union Hiring Hall Practices Aren't Preempted
  • FMCSA Official Defends Trucker Hours Rule During Senate Transportation Panel Hearing
  • NLRB General Counsel Acts on McDonald's, Moving 181 Cases on Joint Employer Issue
  • House Passes Longshore Workers' Comp Bill
  • Also in the Courts: A Roundup of Recent Labor and Employment Rulings
July 28, 2014
  • Federal Law Doesn't Preempt California UCL Claim Based on Driver Misclassification
  • AFA Members at Frontier Airlines Reject New Terms on Equity and Profit Sharing
  • Senate Panel OK's Amendment to Change Section 4062(e) Cessation Liability Test
  • New Guidance on ACA Premium Tax Credit Gives Details on Affordability Test Indexing
  • Indiana Scrambles to Save Right-to-Work Law After Steelworkers Win Trial Court Injunction
  • Milwaukee Wage Floor Up to $10.10 For City and Service Contract Workers
  • Bloomberg BNA's Books Division Releases New Labor and Employment Law Treatises
  • Seventh Circuit Rules for Teamsters Retiree Seeking Higher Monthly Pension Benefits
  • New Jersey Wage Law Not Preempted; Third Circuit Orders Remand to State Court
  • Cablevision Worker's Bias Claims Boosted By HR's ‘KKK Without Hood' Observation
  • Fourth Circuit Nixes Steel Company's Bid To Undo Black Class Alleging Harassment
  • Fast Food Workers Approve Resolution To Heighten Campaign Via Strikes, Protests
  • AFL-CIO Demands Better Protections, Union Rights for Tobacco Farmworkers
  • OSHA, FMCSA Clarify Their Authority Over Truck Safety, Whistle-Blowing
  • Female Mechanic May Bring Sex Bias Suit; Handbook Puts Brakes on Retaliation Claim
  • ISU Worker's $1.3 Million Jury Award Cut in Half by Supreme Court of Iowa
  • Conference Calendar
July 25, 2014
  • Indirect Link Between Worker's FMLA Leave, Firing Doesn't Support Interference Claim
  • IBM Must Pay Former Executive $3.7 Million For Marginalizing, Firing Him After 40 Years
  • OPM Rule Updates Nondiscrimination Provisions
  • Temporary, Seasonal Federal Workers Eligible for Health Benefits Under Proposal
  • DOJ Brief Says Administration Intends To ‘Augment’ ACA Contraceptive Rules
  • Employer Health Care Plans Cover One-Tenth of Lowest-Paid Workers
  • Grain Exports Grind to Halt in Vancouver As Lengthy Longshoreman Dispute Continues
  • FAR Clauses Changed to Reflect New Contractor EEO Mandates
  • Corporations Have Big Edge Over Unions In Campaign Spending Leeway, Demos Says
  • UFCW, Kroger Reach Tentative Agreement For 16,000 Workers in Cincinnati and Dayton
  • Boss's Favoritism for Alleged Paramour Not Sex Bias Under Title VII, Court Affirms
  • Excluding Same-Sex Spouses May Land Self-Insured Plans in Court, Attorney Says
  • House Lawmakers Question OMB Proposal on Trade Data Reclassification
  • Mercedes-Benz Cited for Distribution Limits; ALJ Allows Union Activity in Mixed-Use Area
  • DOD Updates USERRA Notification Procedures
  • Cuomo Appoints Board to Consider New York Rate for Tipped Employees
  • Weight Watchers and Meeting ‘Leaders' Settle State Wage Claims for $1.69 Million
  • Exception to Disallowed Contractor Legal Costs Added to FAR Whistle-Blower Final Rule
  • Avoiding Findings of Unconscionability in Arbitration Clauses in Employment Agreements
July 24, 2014
  • Court Revives Sex Bias, Retaliation Claims Of Verizon Worker Terminated in 2007 RIF
  • New York Governor Signs Legislation Protecting Interns from Discrimination
  • Dignity Health's Pension Plan Not Established by Church, Judge Rules
  • Antioch Seattle Adjuncts Vote to Join SEIU, In Campaign's First Washington State Win
  • House Bill Would Shorten Appeals Process, Ease Barriers to Firing Federal Executives
  • House Progressive Caucus Asks White House For Worker-Friendly Contractor Preference
  • Business Stakeholders Object To Reporting, Other ACA Provisions
  • House Panel Approves Resolution Authorizing Lawsuit Against Obama
  • CNA Says Focus Is Quality of Patient Care In Upcoming Bargaining Round With Kaiser
  • Retirees Win Federal Court Bid for Jury Trial; Lawsuit Alleges Benefit Caps Violated CBAs
  • Five-Year Contract for Nebraska Meatpackers Includes Health Clinic, Surcharge on Smokers
  • Harkin Says Senate Will Vote Again On Minimum Wage Hike Legislation
  • Bill Aimed at Limiting ‘Pension Spiking' Heads to North Carolina Governor's Desk
  • Court Finds No Link Between Noose Incidents And Scrutiny of Black Welder's Performance
  • Grain Handler Cited for Fatal Ammonia Vapor Release
  • Outsourcing Bill Clears First Hurdle, But Long-Term Prospects Seen as Dim
  • 21,000 Workers at Apple Stores, Corporate May Advance Denied Break Claims as Class
  • Geico Adjuster May Be Due Premium Pay Although Exempt From State Overtime Law
  • Landscape Workers Get Wage Protection Under Ordinance Approved in Princeton, N.J.
  • Massachusetts Employment Fraud Task Force Recovers $15.6 Million in Wages, UI, More
  • Wisconsin Justices Say Interns Not Protected By Health-Care Workers' Whistle-Blower Law
  • Also in the Courts: A Roundup of Recent Labor and Employment Rulings
  • Women's Full-Time Earnings Increased In Second Quarter, as Men's Declined
  • Weekly Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Drop to Eight-Year Low of 284,000
July 23, 2014
  • Discipline Threat for False EEOC Charges Adverse, But Officers Lose Retaliation Claim
  • Recession-Era Graduates Face Pay Penalty That May Haunt Them After Economy Mends
  • Federal Reserve Must Face Trial on Claims Of Former Worker With 9/11-Related PTSD
  • Senate HELP Committee Advances Bill to Clarify ERISA Section 4062(e)
  • Clark Confirmed as FLRA General Counsel
  • House Approves Bill to Reclassify TSA Workers
  • Union Seeks to Represent CFTC Workers Seeking Parity With Other Financial Agencies
  • ACA Future in Question With Courts Clashing Over Credits Used by Millions to Buy Plans
  • SEIU Lawyer Responds to High Court Ruling That Invalidated Illinois Fair Share Agreement
  • Nurses May Be Entitled to H-1B Visas In Some Cases, USCIS Policy Memo Says
  • Bloomberg Ranking of 401(k) Plans Puts ConocoPhillips At Top, Facebook at Bottom
  • UFCW, JBS USA Meatpacking Plant Ratify Five-Year Contract for 3,000 in Colorado
  • NLRB Issues Long-Awaited Macy's Ruling, Backs Cosmetics/Fragrance Retail Store Unit
  • Quarter of Workers Don't Put Aside Enough To Get Full Company Retirement Contribution
  • House Democrats Ask OMB for Assistance To Slow Poultry Slaughterhouse Rulemaking
  • Severe Violator Program Begins Fifth Year; Construction, Manufacturing Dominate List
  • Lewd Comments May Amount to Bias, But Liaisons on Co-Worker's Desk Were Not
  • DOL Needs to Better Target Guidance, GAO, Former Wage and Hour Chief Say
  • High Violation Rate Brings DOL Scrunity To Restaurants, Wage and Hour Official Says
  • Employer Must Prove Workers' Compensation Unavailable Because of Immigration Status
  • First-Year Average Wage Hike 2 Percent, 2014 Contract Settlements Analysis Finds
  • Compiled Information
  • NLRB's Weekly Summary of Cases, Dated July 14-18, 2014
July 22, 2014
  • Accountants Barred From Overtime Pay By FLSA Professional Exemption, Court Rules
  • Agent's Misclassification Claims Fell Within Arbitration Clause of Contractor Agreement
  • Conservative Professor Claims Liberal Bias, Discrimination; Court Says Suit Can Proceed
  • Obama Adviser Says U.S. Economic Inequality Is Complicated Issue That Is Sticking Around
  • University of St. Thomas Adjuncts Reject Representation by SEIU
  • Business Groups Express Backing for Bill To Repeal ACA Auto-Enrollment Provision
  • As Obama Signs Job Training Bill Into Law, Biden Issues Workforce Development Report
  • Lack of Lawyers, Backlog Impede Miners From Getting Black Lung Benefits, Panel Told
  • State Street Agrees to $60 Million Settlement After Challenges to Foreign Exchange Trades
  • Tops Markets, UFCW Ratify Contracts For 13,000 in New York, Pennsylvania
  • Detroit Workers, Retirees Endorse City's Benefit-Cutting Bankruptcy Plan
  • Male Worker Called ‘Gay,' Mary' Has Same-Sex Harassment Claims
  • NLRB ALJ Says Hospital Illegally Threatened Workers Engaged in Non-Disruptive Picketing
  • Delaware Governor Signs Job Protections Bill For Campaign Finance Law Whistle-Blowers
  • Whistle-Blower Advocates Demand SEC Address Retaliation and Confidentiality Pacts
  • Democrats Introduce Bill Giving Workers Right to Request Scheduling Adjustments
  • Also in the Courts: A Roundup of Recent Labor and Employment Rulings
  • Gasoline, Other Price Hikes Erode Workers' Earnings for Third Month
  • Gains in Consumer Prices Eased Somewhat in June to 0.3 Percent
July 21, 2014
  • Obama Issues Order Banning LGBT Bias, Declines Call to Expand Religious Exemption
  • IAM, American Airlines Ratify Contracts For Three Groups of US Airways Workers
  • Elevator Mechanic's Performance Issues, Not Injury-Related Absence, Sink ADA Claim
  • Illinois Enacts Limits on Employer Use Of Background Checks During Hiring
  • Attorneys Make Predictions, Offer Advice, To ESOP Sponsors Following Dudenhoeffer
  • About a Third of Businesses to Add Workers During the Third Quarter, NABE Survey Shows
  • Drivers Hit Red Light With Overtime Claims Against Staff Agency Under Motor Carrier Act
  • Worker Fired After Seeking FMLA Leave For Pregnant Wife's Appointment Gets Trial
  • Three Atlantic City Casino Properties Notify Workers Ahead of Possible Closures
  • SEIU, NY Hospitals Reach Tentative Deal For 70,000 Workers, Outpatient Neutrality
  • DACA Recipients With Work Permits Eligible For WIA Programs, DOL Guidance Letter Says
  • Iowa's Top Court Nixes Class Case Alleging Implicit Bias by State Against Black Workers
  • OSHA Says Feed Maker Overloaded Bins, Which Led to Roof Collapse That Killed Two
  • Safety of Those Who Work on Towers Is Addressed in New Directive From OSHA
  • Property Firm Not Liable Under Title VII Because It Wasn't ‘Employer,' Court Rules
  • Nebraska Court Allows Appeal to 8th Cir. On Dodd-Frank Definition of ‘Whistle-Blower’
  • Appeals Court Vacates Wrongful Firing Award, Finding No Proof Kraft Promised Job Security
July 18, 2014
  • Job Coach Not Required to Accommodate Worker for Workplace Profanity, 7th Cir. Says
  • Republicans Seek to Repeal Davis-Bacon, Condemn Law as ‘Handout to Labor Unions'
  • Court Penalizes Grocery Store Chain For Violating Terms of Consent Decree
  • Police Officer Fired After Leave Expired Lacks ADA or FMLA Claim, Court Affirms
  • Service Trades Council, Walt Disney World Reach Tentative Agreement Covering 27,000
  • Court Certifies Wage Claims of New York Food Deliverers, Including Against Franchiser
  • Kroger's Narrow Reason for Firing Worker Raises Doubt in FMLA Retaliation Defense
  • Obama to Issue Order Barring LGBT Bias In Federal Hiring, White House Official Says
  • Entergy's Refusal to Submit AAPs, Cooperate With OFCCP Audits Prompts Lawsuit by DOJ
  • Worker Solidarity, Community Outreach Key to Southern Organizing, Panelists Say
  • Firm's Remarks Tainted Decertification Vote; NLRB 2-1 Finds Improper Promise of Benefits
  • In San Francisco, Macy's ‘Last, Best' Offer To Cover 1,400 UFCW Members Is Rejected
  • Oversight, Regulation Lapses in West Virginia Led to Chemical Disasters, CSB Concludes
  • Roundup of Recent WHD Settlements And Newly Filed Enforcement Actions
  • Payroll Jobs Rose in 33 States in June, With Florida and California Leading the Way
July 17, 2014
  • Sears, Kmart Employees Seek Court Nod For $5 Million Settlement of Overtime Claims
  • D.C. Mayor Will Sign Measure to Help Job Applicants With Criminal Records
  • ERISA Preempts Quincy, Mass., Ordinance, First Circuit Voids Apprenticeship Mandate
  • Recent Supreme Court Benefit Decisions Pose Questions for Litigation, Panelists Say
  • Employer's Late Wage Payments Allow Claims Under FLSA and Pennsylvania Wage Statute
  • Birth-Control Coverage Mandate Blocked; Senate Democrats Vow to Keep Pressing
  • Plans That Drop Contraceptive Coverage Must Make Expedited Disclosures, DOL Says
  • Samsung Cuts Ties With Chinese Supplier Due to Concerns Over Child Labor, Safety
  • Activists Amp Up Pressure on Obama Over Religious Exemption in LGBT Order
  • Eighth Circuit Orders Plumbing Company To Continue Contributing to Benefit Fund
  • Court Rejects DOL's Argument That Justices Nixed Title VII Retaliatory Harassment Claims
  • Despite Juror's ‘Knucklehead' Conduct In Browsing ‘Damages,' Judge Nixes Retrial
  • Auto Parts Maker Faces $816,500 Fine After Submitting False Abatement Documentation
  • Senate Bill Would Criminalize Intentional Concealment of Dangers From Workers
  • With Cuomo at Table, MTA, Unions Reach Tentative Agreement to Avert Strike on LIRR
  • FMCSA Lets Drivers Sign Duty Records Electronically Without Printing Them
  • Labor Force Participation Dip Hurts Economy; CEA Chief Urges Action to Offset Retirements
  • Federal Court OKs $3.2 Million Settlement Of Norfolk Police Officers' Overtime Claims
  • Time Warner Violated State Wage Law By Averaging Sales Commission Payouts
  • Also in the Courts: A Roundup of Recent Labor and Employment Rulings
  • New Jobless Claims Decreased Unexpectedly to 302,000 Last Week
July 16, 2014
  • No First Amendment Protection for Teacher Reporting Principal's Conduct, Court Rules
  • Exotic Dancer Must Arbitrate Overtime Claim Despite Pending Collective Action, Court Says
  • San Diego City Council Votes to Approve Minimum Wage Hike, Sick Leave Mandate
  • Army Specialist Didn't Show Mental Illness Should Toll Filing Period for Bias Claims
  • Federal Civil Service System Needs Overhaul After 65 Years, Witnesses Tell House Panel
  • House Appropriations Bill Doesn't Block Pay Raise
  • Caucus Members Attack Wage Theft With Government Funding Amendments
  • California Nurses' Union Asks NLRB To Throw Out Sutter Hospital Election Result
  • Perez Calls on Unions to Continue Efforts To Organize Providers of Home Health Care
  • Second-Quarter Gain in Factory Output Biggest Since 2010, Boosting Economy
  • Coal Processor Subject to Mine Safety Law, Third Circuit Rules, Citing Coal Dust Hazard
  • Workers at Comcast Call Center in Maryland Cannot Move Forward as Class, Judge Says
  • New Hampshire Governor Signs Bill Requiring Equal Pay for Men and Women
  • Foot Locker's Destruction of Evidence Stinks But Isn't Willful in Pension Change Challenge
  • Absent Business Reason, ‘Anticipatory' Firing Of Pregnant Employee May Violate Title VII
  • Ninth Circuit 2-1 Upholds Verdict Against LAPD in Retaliation Case
  • Eight Contractors at Construction Site In Texas Fined After Death of Worker in Fall
  • Texas Shipyard Faces New $305,100 Fine For Failing to Correct Cited Safety Problems
  • Long-Term Unemployment Program Expires; House Lawmakers Go Back to Drawing Board
  • No High Court Review Sought in Horton; Fifth Circuit Nixed NLRB Class Waiver View
  • San Francisco Task Force Says Licenses Of Wage Theft Violators Should Be Revoked
  • CORRECTION
  • Roundup of Recent EEOC Settlements And Newly Filed Enforcement Actions
  • Corrected Table Showing Wage Trend Indicator Data Released July 15 by BNA
  • NLRB's Weekly Summary of Cases, Dated July 7-11, 2014
  • Can Works Councils Be Legally Imported From the EU and Germany?
July 15, 2014
  • Workweek Needn't Maximize Overtime Pay To Comply With FLSA, Fifth Circuit Decides
  • Fifth Circuit Backs Arbitrator on Firing Case; USW Pact Allowed Use of Alternate Sanctions
  • School Employee Fired for Alcohol Violation Fails to Raise ADA Jury Issues, Court Rules
  • RBC Capital's Wealth Accumulation Plan Likely Subject to ERISA, Fifth Circuit Rules
  • Legislative Odd Couple Pushes Measure To Encourage Mobility for Job Seekers
  • House Passes Bill to Change TSP Default Fund
  • House Passes Bill to Extend WPEA All-Circuit Review
  • Court Says Roofing Salesman Likely Violated Noncompete Covenants, Enjoins Certain Sales
  • RadioShack's Method of Calculating Overtime Violates Pennsylvania's Minimum Wage Law
  • 2d Cir. Revives Black Trooper's Bias Claims Based on ‘Fitting in' Comments, Other Proof
  • After Contract Worker's Death, Senator Asks OSHA About Regulatory, Legislative Obstacles
  • Death of Worker Who Fell 72 Feet Leads To $256,800 in Fines for Three Companies
  • GOP Senators Query DOL About Wage Rate For Fast Food Workers on Military Bases
  • Presidential Panel Rejects Unions' Position On Main Issues in Transit Agency Dispute
  • AFSCME Seeks to Defeat Republican Leaders in Wisconsin, Florida and Ohio
  • Court Declines to Slice Burger Franchiser From Wage Suit Based on Economic Realities
  • Also in the Courts: A Roundup of Recent Labor and Employment Rulings
  • WTI Predicts Better Wage Growth This Year for Most U.S. Workers
  • Source Document
  • Technical Notes for Wage Trend Indicator
July 14, 2014
  • EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance On Pregnancy Bias Under PDA and ADA
  • VW to Produce New SUV in Chattanooga, Adding 2,000 Jobs by 2016, to UAW Praise
  • Bill Requires Corporations to Give Workers, Retirees Fair Treatment During Bankruptcy
  • Federal Court in Pennsylvania Clarifies Ruling For EEOC on Pre-Offer Medical Examinations
  • Asking Mexican Worker If He's ‘Illegal Alien' Supports Discrimination Claim Under Title VII
  • Church Plan Challengers Win Third Victory; Magistrate Agrees With Majority Position
  • Three Out of Four STEM Graduates Work in Non-STEM Jobs, Census Data Show
  • Boehner Lawsuit to Focus on Health Care, Won't Test Immigration, Contractor Moves
  • Go Easy on COBRA Model Notice Changes, Allow Electronic Provision, Groups Urge DOL
  • SEIU Members at Johns Hopkins Hospital Ratify 4.5-Year Contract by Large Margin
  • Executive Immigration Action Would Benefit American Workers, Progressive Group Says
  • Baltimore Port Employers Seek Court Order For $3.9 Million From ILA for Unlawful Strike
  • Obama Sends Block NLRB Nomination to Senate
  • PBGC Director Gotbaum to Step Down In August; Groups Praise His Efforts
  • Sixth Circuit Orders Anheuser-Busch to Pay Increased Pensions to Former Employees
  • Female Worker's Sex Bias Claim Not Barred By Railway Labor Act, Seventh Circuit Rules
  • Nonunion Port Drivers Agree to Cooling-Off Period, Ending Indefinite Strike in California
  • Auto Dealer Overstepped NLRA Speech Limits With Comments About Union Organizing Drive
  • AFSCME Attracts 90,000 New Members Through Grassroots Organizing Drive
  • Proposed Labor and Employment Legislation—113th Congress
July 11, 2014
  • Obama Will Again Nominate Block to NLRB; Attorney Held Invalid Recess Appointment
  • Obama, Cabinet Full Steam Ahead On More Executive Actions in 2014
  • Canadian Unemployment Rate Up in June To 7.1 Percent; Jobs Decrease Marginally
  • Former T-Mobile Vice President From India Lacks Bias, Retaliation Claims, 7th Cir. Says
  • FLSA Collective Action Conditionally Approved For ‘Waiting Time' Pay for 340 Mine Workers
  • Temporary Staffing Firm to Pay $1.6 Million In Back Overtime Caused by Per Diem Error
  • Drug Sales Rep Can't Show Termination Was Reprisal for FMLA Leave, Court Rules
  • HSA/HDHP Enrollments Up 12 Percent, Growth Holding Steady, AHIP Report Says
  • Labor Department Ups Investigator Training In Response to Court Ruling, Senators' Letter
  • Elimination of Tipped Minimum Wage Would Help Workers, EPI Paper Argues
  • Guam Lifts Minimum Wage by $1 to $8.25 Per Hour
  • Fidelity Agrees to $12 Million Settlement In Suits by Profit-Sharing Plan Participants
  • Standardized Target Date Fund Illustrations Would Be Confusing, Misleading, Groups Say
  • Court Denies Race Bias Plaintiffs' Move to Inspect Phones of Ex-Employees
  • DOL, Material Distribution Company Settle Retaliation Lawsuit for $100,000
  • Qualified Longevity Annuity Rules Said To Widen Choices but Plans Could Balk
  • AFL-CIO and European Labor Unions Release Principles for TTIP Negotiations
  • Teamsters Call Chicago Faucet Firm's Restroom Policy ‘Below the Belt'
  • Chuck E. Cheese Operator Shows Claims Worth $15 Million to Remain in Federal Court
  • Pennsylvania Whistle-Blower Law Extended to Protect More Workers
  • First-Year Wage Increase of 1.9 Percent Reported in First Half of 2014, Analysis Finds
  • NLRB's Weekly Summary of Cases, Dated June 30-July 3, 2014
July 10, 2014
  • NLRB Gets an Earful in Northwestern Case; University, Union, and Amici Offer Arguments
  • Ramp Workers at Frontier Airlines Vote 60 Percent in Favor of TWU
  • UAW to Seek Voluntary Recognition at VW, Announces Formation of Chattanooga Local
  • Graduates in STEM Fields Earn Most, Spend Least Time Jobless, Survey Finds
  • House Defeats Latest King Proposal To Cut Prevailing Wages Out of Water Bill
  • American Airlines Pilot Loses Challenge To Benefit Calculation in Sixth Circuit
  • GDP Growth Seen Topping 3 Percent As Sixth Year of U.S. Recovery Begins
  • Democrats Offer Bills to Counter Supreme Court's ‘Hobby Lobby' Decision
  • Reid Says Bill to Counter Hobby Lobby Decision Will Go to Floor Next Week
  • SEIU Files Signed Cards to Represent Home Health Care Workers in Minnesota
  • NFAP Report Says More Low-Skilled Visas, Bilateral Agreements Will Ease Border Crisis
  • State Labor Official Outlines Independent Contractor Status Test
  • PBGC to Issue Guidance on ERISA 4062(e), Has Decided Not to Re-Propose Regulation
  • Court Counts 250,000-Member Class In Race Bias Action Against Census Bureau
  • NIOSH Seeking Input on Lockout/Tagout, Seen as Major Hazard in Food Manufacturing
  • U.S., EU Fatality Rates Similar Despite Data Collection Differences, Study Shows
  • Big Lots Worker's Harassment Claim Barred Despite Co-Worker's Lewd Comments
  • Federal Law Doesn't Preempt Class Suit By Drivers Over State Law Break Violations
  • Also in the Courts: A Roundup of Recent Labor and Employment Rulings
  • Fewer Americans Than Forecast Filed Jobless Claims Last Week
July 09, 2014
  • NLRB General Counsel Provides Update On Responses to Noel Canning Decision
  • Worker's ‘Amorphous Litany of Complaints' Isn't Direct Evidence of Age Bias, Court Says
  • Mortgage Sales Workers' Claims Are Timely, And No Indemnity for Executives, Court Says
  • Oil Distribution Driver Permitted to Bring Disabilities and Age Bias Claim, Court Says
  • Court Halts Cincinnati Bidding Ordinance, Finds ERISA May Preempt Provisions of Law
  • J.C. Penney ESOP Participants File Suit, Claim Stock Price Was Artificially Inflated
  • All Regions Saw Pickup in Job Gains In June, With South, West Up the Most
  • Connecticut Limousine Company Pays $500,000 to Settle FLSA Allegations
  • Former Kansas City EMTs Now Designated ‘Fire-Medics' Not Exempt From Overtime Pay
  • FLRA Appoints Jacob as Solicitor
  • House Republicans, Democrats Share Goal Of Getting Phased Retirement Rule Answers
  • Taft-Hartley Plans Must Adapt, Compete In ACA Era, Cigna Insurance Official Says
  • House Passes DOL Job Training Bill To Renew, Update Slew of Programs
  • PBGC Announces Enforcement Moratorium On ERISA Section 4062(e) Cases Until 2015
  • Worker With Baby Under Four Months Still Protected Under Pregnancy Bias Law
  • Rhode Island Governor Signs Social Media Bill
  • Drop in Childhood Farm Injuries Corresponds With U.S. Research Effort Guided by NIOSH
  • Florida Construction Company Fined $228,690 Over Fall Protection Violations
  • KPMG Must Face Sex-Based Class Claims Under Equal Pay Act, Title VII, Court Rules
  • Reid May Bring Up Stalled Bill Offering Tax Credits for Employee Insourcing
  • IRB Recommends Embezzlement Charge Against Teamsters Local Official in Illinois
  • New York Representatives Demand MTA, Unions Resume Talks, as LIRR Strike Looms
  • Highway Fund Proposal Threatens Senate Emergency UI Benefits Bill
  • Agency Fee, Religious Exemption Rulings May Have Biggest Impact, Labor Lawyers Say
  • Analysis of 2014 Contract Settlements Finds First-Year Average Wage Hike of 1.9 Percent
  • Major Collective Bargaining Settlements Reported to Date in 2014
  • NLRB's Weekly Summary of Cases, Dated June 23-27, 2014
July 08, 2014
  • Arizona's Denial of Driver's Licenses To DACA Recipients Blocked by Ninth Circuit
  • Spirit Airlines Fleet Service Workers Vote Heavily for IAM Representation
  • Law Firm Didn't Violate ADA by Firing Support Staff Worker With Lifting Restriction
  • Court Kills Most Claims Against Meriter Plan, Allows Fiduciary Breach Claim to Continue
  • Surge in Part-Time Jobs Takes Little Away From Nation's Labor Recovery
  • San Francisco Janitorial Company to Pay $1.3 Million for Denying Health Benefits
  • Hopkins, SEIU Reach Tentative Agreement With $15 Hourly Minimum for Some Workers
  • ILWU, PMA Extend Previous Contract for Three Days
  • Report Calls for Chicago to Raise Minimum Wage to $13 Over Four Years
  • NLRB Attorney Advises Employers to Ensure Work Rules Don't Chill Section 7 Rights
  • NLRB Names New Regional Director in Newark
  • Black Comcast Technicians in Chicago May Proceed as Class Action, Judge Rules
  • Eighth Circuit OKs Windstream's Reduction Of Retiree Health Benefits, Finds No Vesting
  • Bus Company to Pay $1.6 Million to Settle Drivers' Federal, State Wage Violation Claims
  • Obama Signs Intelligence Whistle-Blower Measure
  • Worker's SOX Whistle-Blower Claim Didn't Relate Back to Earlier OSH Act Complaint
  • Also in the Courts: A Roundup of Recent Labor and Employment Rulings
  • Job Openings Increased in May To Highest in Almost Seven Years
July 07, 2014
  • Barring Male Guards for Female Inmates Might Violate Title VII, Ninth Circuit Rules
  • Pay Inequity in Sex Bias Claim Not Excused By Transfer Policy at Alabama Junior College
  • SAG-AFTRA, Producers Reach Tentative Accord on Three-Year Contract for 160,000
  • Fifth Circuit Says Franchisor Not Liable For Alleged FLSA Violations at Texas Eatery
  • New York Restaurants to Pay $956,482 In Back Pay, Damages Secured by Lien
  • Supreme Court Grants Injunctive Relief To College in ACA Contraception Case
  • Unique Labor Philosophy of Germany, VW Complicate U.S. Works Councils, Experts Say
  • House Set to Take Up Job Training Bill
  • Faith Leaders Lobby White House for Right To Discriminate Based on Sexual Orientation
  • DOL Extends Deadline for Commenting On Federal Contractor Minimum Wage
  • Missouri Governor Signs Bill to Allow Volunteer Workers on Public Works Projects
  • New York City, DC 37 Reach Tentative Deal With 10.4 Percent Raise Over Seven Years
  • Memo Citing Members' Bias Claims Supports Jury Verdict Against Florida Firefighters Union
  • Illinois Supreme Court Voids Law Modifying Retiree Health-Care Benefits
  • Dollar Tree Receives Its Third Six-Figure Fine for Improper Storage, Blocked Exits
  • Drug Company Had Duty to Disclose Ongoing Merger Talks, 11th Cir. Affirms
  • Nonunion Port Drivers Start Indefinite Strike In California, Alleging Anti-Teamsters' Drive
  • NEA Elects Eskelsen Garcia President; Pringle, Moss Elected as VP, Treasurer
  • Roundup of Recent WHD Settlements And Newly Filed Enforcement Actions
July 03, 2014
  • Alleged Pay Disparities in BoA's Raw Data Justified OFCCP's On-Site Review, Judge Says
  • EEOC, Princeton HealthCare System Settle Class Disability Bias Claims for $1.35 Million
  • EEOC, Walgreens Settle for $180,000 ADA Suit Over ‘Grazing' Diabetic Worker's Firing
  • U.S. Service Sector Expanded in June At Second-Fastest Pace in Almost Year
  • Degree Less Important for Advancement Than Training, New Skills, Workers Say
  • 8th Cir. Says ‘Civility Clause' Not Too Vague, Didn't Violate Rights of Discharged Professor
  • Government Contractors Report Mixed Reactions to Minimum Wage Hike
  • Nevada Taxi Cab Drivers Get Green Light For Minimum Wage, State's High Court Says
  • Rhode Island Minimum Wage to Rise to $9 Per Hour
  • Los Angeles School Service Workers' Pact Offers $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage in 2016
  • Fourth Circuit to Reconsider Protected Activity Issue
  • Obama Administration's Rulemaking Failures Put Workers, Public at Risk, Watchdog Says
  • Male Nurse's Failure to Apply for Job Dooms EEOC's Claim of Sex-Based Transfer Denial
  • Bangladesh Hasn't Met Plan's Goals, U.S. Should Continue Sanctions, USTR Says
  • Trade Gap in U.S. Shrinks More Than Forecast on Record Exports
  • Entergy Files Appeal in Case Against OFCCP
  • Also in the Courts: A Roundup of Recent Labor and Employment Rulings
  • Payrolls Jumped by 288,000 in June; Unemployment Rate Fell to 6.1 Percent
  • Numbers of Long-Term Jobless Dwindle, As Hiring and Economy Pick Up Speed
  • Jobless Claims Edged Up Last Week, Averaged 315,000 Per Week in June
July 02, 2014
  • Amicus Briefs Describe High-Stakes Debate As NLRB Revisits ‘Joint Employer' Standards
  • DOL Clarifies When Public Entities Qualify As Joint Employers of Home Care Workers
  • Exotic Dancers Are ‘Employees' Under FLSA, Judge Decides, Certifying Collective Action
  • Proposed Rule Calls for Tax Levies to Apply to TSP
  • School District Can't Regulate Speech Of Association Officer, 11th Circuit Rules
  • Employers Requiring Workers to Pay More As Health Costs Continue to Rise, PwC Finds
  • Small Business Tax Credit Regulations ‘Game Changer' for Firms Mulling Coverage
  • New Massachusetts Law Limits Number of ICU Patients to Two Per Nurse
  • Job Vacancies Climbed in June, Stayed Flat for First Half of Year
  • H-2A Guestworkers Harvest $60,426 In Federal Court Ruling on Wage Claims
  • Governors: DOL Workforce Grant Recipients With Best Outcomes Favor Similar Strategies
  • ILWU, PMA Continue Negotiating Pact For 20,000 Workers at West Coast Ports
  • Treasury, IRS Modify Tax Code Rules To Expand Access to Retirement Annuities
  • California Governor Signs Measure Updating Workplace Retaliation Law
  • Efforts to Improve Worker Safety Plateaued, CPR Finds, Urging More Action on State Level
  • Los Angeles Airport Workers Ratify New Contract That Ends in October 2016
  • Companies Added Most Workers Last Month Since 2012, ADP Says
  • Stockwell v. City & County of San Francisco: What It Doesn't Say About Statistics in Age Discrimination Cases
  • Supreme Court Docket Watch: List of Granted Labor and Employment Law Cases Pending During 2013-2014 Term
July 01, 2014
  • Justices Will Review Accommodation Issue Arising Under Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • Justices Won't Review Appeals Court Order That Backed NLRB on Shareholder's Liability
  • Banana Republic Worker States FLSA Claims But Must Wait for U.S. Supreme Court Ruling
  • Former Court Reporter of Missouri Judge Isn't FMLA Eligible Employee, Court Affirms
  • Obama Pledges to Issue Executive Order Barring Discrimination in Federal Agencies
  • 11th Cir. Enjoins Contraceptive Mandate Enforcement Against Catholic TV Network
  • ACA Supporters, Opponents React To Supreme Court's Contraception Decision
  • Despite Pledge for Immigration Action, Obama's Plan, Legal Authority Still Unclear
  • Immigration Advocates Shifting Focus From Legislation to President, Election
  • Obama Vows Executive Action on Immigration After Blaming Congress for Lack of Overhaul
  • Canadian Government Says May Contracts Had 1.6 Percent Average Wage Increases
  • Job Corps Head Sought After Kilbane's Retirement
  • ISM Index Shows Manufacturing Pickup As U.S. Emerges From Slump in May
  • Griffin Considering NLRB Office Restructuring
  • PBGC Multiemployer Program at High Risk Of Insolvency by 2025, Agency Report Says
  • Safety, Health Inspection Directive Unchanged From 2013 for Federal Government Worksites
  • Small Power Generators, Distributors Exempt Now From Programmed Inspections by OSHA
  • U.S., Jordan Reaffirm Free Trade Pact's Labor Tenets
  • Missouri Governor Signs Measure Extending Shared-Work Program
  • California High Court Delivers for Newspaper Carriers, Affirming a Misclassification Class
  • Hoglander Takes Over NMB Chairmanship
  • Also in the Courts: A Roundup of Recent Labor and Employment Rulings
  • Supreme Court Denies Review in Seven Labor, Employment Cases July 1, 2014
  • Supreme Court Docket Watch: List of Granted Labor and Employment Law Cases Pending During 2013-2014 Term
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