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Precedent Overturned NLRB Revamps ‘Past Practice’ Unilateral Change Doctrine

By Joy Waltemath and  Lisa Milam-Perez, J.D. — On remand from the D.C. Circuit, a divided four-member NLRB held that DuPont violated Section 8(a)(5) of the Act when it made unilateral changes to bargaining unit employees’ benefit plans after expiration of a collective bargaining agreement. Reaffirming its prior stance that the employer’s unilateral changes were unlawful, the majority, more […]

U.S. Lags World In Temporary Worker Protections

By Michael Grabell ProPublica– For nearly six years, Limber Herrera has toiled as a temporary worker doing the same work for the same company in Mira Loma, Calif. About 40 hours a week, he unloads shipping containers for NFI2014one of the largest freight distribution firms in America2014moving goods that will eventually stock the shelves of […]

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Imports Helped Kill The Twinkie, Hostess Brands Workers Get Assistance

By WideWorldOfWork.com— Imports of cheap baked goods helped kill the Twinkie and the Ding Dong. A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found that increased imports of baked products contributed importantly to Hostess Brands’ sales declines, worker layoffs and ultimately its bankruptcy liquidation. The DOL says that the approximately 18,000 workers laid off in 48 […]

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NLRB Decides 341 Cases In Fiscal 2012, Including Some Of Its Oldest

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued decisions in 341 cases during fiscal  2012,  1 Oct. 2011 through 30 Sept. 2012, tackling many of its oldest cases. The NLRB cut the median age of pending cases in half, resolving nine of the 10 oldest cases it faced at the start 2012, . The age of pending cases dropped […]

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AARP: How To Improve State Caregiver Protection Laws And Employer Polices

As of 2012, only four states—Alaska, Connecticut, New Jersey and Oregon, plus the District of Columbia—have laws over and above federal laws protecting family caregivers and those proving elder care. The AARP report says additions to workplace discrimination laws are necessary to help family caregivers. The AARP recommends the following changes to state laws regarding caregivers. […]

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VPP Failure? OSHA Lacks Proof Voluntary Protection Programs Work

By Chris Hamby, iWatchNews, Center for Public Integrity — Almost 30 years after workplace safety regulators decided to encourage a select number of companies to police themselves, the basic question – does it work? – remains unanswered. Supporters can’t prove that a softer, voluntary approach is more effective at making workplaces safer. Some critics suspect the concept […]

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Tool: OSHA Quick Links

OSHA Quick Links OSHA Training Requirements How to Find Outreach Training How to Obtain Replacement Outreach Training Program Cards Training FAQs    Worker Training Through the Outreach Training Program and the OTI Education Center Program, OSHA offers a broad selection of occupational safety and health classes designed for workers and employers. 10-Hour & 30-Hour Worker […]

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Flat Taxes Are Big in the Former USSR: Have They Worked?

By Braden Goyette, ProPublica GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich have all introduced proposals for flat taxes, which aim to tax everyone at the same rate. The idea is to simplify the tax code, getting rid of loopholes and reducing entitlements and deductions. Gingrich and Perry have both promised that Americans […]

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Context on Obama’s Vague Proposed Millionaires’ Tax

By Lois Beckett and Marian Wang, ProPublica This morning, (19 Sept. 2011) as part of his broader deficit reduction plan [1], President Obama called for a new rule that would raise taxes on the the wealthiest Americans. The proposal was quick to spark reaction from Republicans, who labeled it “class warfare [2].” But politics aside, […]

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Momentum Builds for Global Crackdown on Tax Loopholes

By Vanessa Houlder, Financial Times In a sign of growing anxiety about tax competition that costs governments billions of dollars a year, international economic policymakers are exploring the need for a global crackdown on tax loopholes. Experts at the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development are examining tactics that companies employ to exploit different tax […]

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