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Private Sector Employees Have Few Constitutional Rights

Brad Reid | Posted 10.10.2016 | Business
Brad Reid

A recent decision by the federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit determined that private sector employees could be fired for refusing to be in...

The Pros And Cons Of Fingerprinting Uber Drivers

Maurice Emsellem | Posted 07.14.2016 | Business
Maurice Emsellem

Most importantly, while we strongly agree that the FBI database has serious limitations, Uber's position advocating for the rights of workers with records rings hollow unless it can demonstrate, with hard data, that its commercial background checks are more accurate than the FBI's records.

Pumping Milk at 40,000 Feet: Four Women Pilots Are Navigating a Course toward Fairness

Joan Williams | Posted 06.30.2016 | Women
Joan Williams

Women who work in roles traditionally held by men often face stereotypes and unfair treatment on the job. This was certainly true for four Frontier Airlines pilots who filed complaints yesterday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after Frontier denied their right to accommodations for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Shaky Safety Record for Billion-Dollar Contractor AECOM Overseeing Nuclear Facilities

Mary Bottari | Posted 04.02.2016 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Federal agencies doling out billions in contracts for construction projects, nuclear facilities management, weapons disposal, and other high-risk tasks, need to be informed about the records of the corporations vying for those dollars. No lobbyist spin should get in the way of keeping American workers safe.

Striking Out: Michigan's Anti-Strike Legislation and the Detroit Public Schools Sick-Outs

The Heller School | Posted 03.01.2016 | Detroit
The Heller School

January 20, 2016. President Obama, invited to the North American International Auto Show, begins his tour of the Cobo Center. Hours before, teachers and their supporters wave signs that decry the deplorable conditions of Detroit Public Schools (DPS). This protest shut down 88 of DPS' 100 schools for the day.

Fundamental Fairness Reform of Arbitration Agreements Is Essential

Brad Reid | Posted 07.29.2016 | Business
Brad Reid

Prior to 1900, English and U.S. legal traditions tended not to favor or enforce pre-dispute arbitration agreements. Attempts to "oust the jurisdiction...

The Devil Is in the Details

Nora T. Akins | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Nora T. Akins

Overly broad rules regarding employee conduct can easily be viewed to ban protected criticism of management or the employer. Therefore, general statements encouraging respectful conduct are found to be unlawful.

Supporting Deaf Employees

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 04.05.2015 | Business
Lydia L. Callis

Deaf people have to constantly push back against a society that was not designed for them to succeed. As an interpreter and CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), it can be hard to witness the structural injustice faced by my deaf colleagues and family members on a daily basis.

What Do Factory Workers In Asia Want?

Heather Franzese | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Heather Franzese

What do factory workers want? They sew our clothes and assemble our mobile phones -- things we use every day -- but they remain a mystery to us. Most are working thousands of miles away behind secure company gates.

Some Countries Realize You Have A Life Outside Work. The U.S. Isn't One Of Them.

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.18.2014 | Business

Working in the U.S. ain't what it used to be. While other countries are coming up with new ways to promote work-life balance, such as France's late...

Happy 50th Birthday, Equal Pay Act!

Lenora M. Lapidus | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Lenora M. Lapidus

June 10th is the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. On June 10, 1963, Congress enacted the first law to require employers to pay women the same sa...

Mother's Day Is Over -- But Pregnancy Discrimination Isn't.

Lenora M. Lapidus | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Lenora M. Lapidus

Women make up almost half the workforce today, and, if they become pregnant, most will work throughout their pregnancy. Given this reality, you probably think the stories below are works of a bygone era. Well, you'd be wrong.

Dave Jamieson

CEO Rips Obamacare In Election Email To Employees | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Scott Farmer, CEO of the massive uniform company Cintas Corp., sent a get-out-the-vote email to employees last week suggesting the Affor...

Christina Wilkie

Supreme Court Will Define What A 'Supervisor' Is | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, in the term that began Monday, will rule on at least two disputes that could have a major impact on how employees fig...

Anti-Age Laws

Jim Selman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Fifty
Jim Selman

Let's loudly let our fellow citizens know that we are engaged in using our experience and wisdom for the benefit of all -- and we do not need permission or laws to do so.

City May Stop Hiring Smokers

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business

If a new policy is adopted, smokers in Fort Worth, Texas, may no longer be eligible to work for the city, WFAA is reporting. In reevaluating its he...

Rights Have to Be Enforced Somehow

Joshua Shulman | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Joshua Shulman

We as a country have to decide what rights we want to enforce, and whether to enforce them with government agencies, or with private contractors. But whipsawing back and forth is unfair.

Big Brother May Be Your Employer, Not Just Your Government

Brett Greene | Posted 05.09.2012 | Denver
Brett Greene

How much ongoing access to your personal information, including your online login information, do you want your employer to have?

NLRB Fight Shows How Far We've Fallen

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.19.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

Here is how far we have fallen: Republicans and big corporations are going to extremes, even threatening to shut down entire agencies of the government, just to keep people from knowing what their rights are.

Labor Dept.: Bank Of America Used 'Illegal Retaliatory Tactics' Against Worker

Posted 11.14.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp must reinstate a Countrywide whistle-blower fired shortly after the two companies merged in 2008 and pay t...

Four Steps to Workplace Flexibility and Smart Scheduling

Joan Williams | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business
Joan Williams

The common assumption is that workplace flexibility is impractical for hourly workers. Not so.

Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away: The Supreme Court Closes Up Shop

David Coleman | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
David Coleman

Closing down for the summer is not the Roberts Court's only disappearing act. During this past term, a disturbing trend emerged of withdrawing the courts from their historic and institutional role in providing justice for ordinary Americans.

Can Social Media Get You Fired?

Lewis Maltby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lewis Maltby

Indeed, it can. You may want to think twice before posting about the horribleness of your job or your boss' lack of basic managerial skills.

Labor Board: Employers Can't Fire Workers Over Facebook Statements

New York Times | STEVEN GREENHOUSE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

In what labor officials and lawyers view as a ground-breaking case involving workers and social media, the National Labor Relations Board has accused ...

Peaceful Revolution: Let Sick Workers Stay Home

Katie Bethell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Katie Bethell

What employer would want someone with the swine flu to show up at work? As it turns out, lots of them.