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For Retail Workers, Time Is Money

By Marjorie E. Wood – A new law in San Francisco to curb erratic retail scheduling practices could be the first of many. In late November, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights — the first law of its kind in the nation. The focus of the new law might […]

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<a href=http://www.gallup.com/poll/180212/investor-optimism-remained-positive-november.aspx?utm_source=tagrss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=syndication target=_blank >Gallup - U.S. Investor Optimism Remained Positive in November</a>

Prior to the recent slide in the stock market, American investors’ mood remained fairly upbeat this quarter, with the Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index coming in at +48 in mid-November, similar to the +46 reading in August. While still far from the +178 high point recorded in early 2000, the index is notably […]

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<a href=http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/realer_12172014.htm target=_blank >Real Average Hourly Earnings Up 0.6% In November</a>

Real average hourly earnings rose 0.6% in November, seasonally adjusted, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average hourly earnings increased 0.4% and the CPI-U decreased 0.3%. Real average weekly earnings increased 0.9% during the month. Source: Real Earnings   [subscribe2]

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<a href=http://www.employmentlawdaily.com/index.php/news/no-trial-by-formula-in-wal-mart-wage-hour-class-action-187m-verdict-upheld/ target=_blank >Walmart Wage-Hour Class Action $187M Verdict Upheld, No ‘Trial By Formula’ </a>

By Joy Waltemath By Ronald Miller, J.D. Finding that there was a single, central, common issue of liability in the case—whether Walmart failed to compensate its employees in accordance with its own written policies—a divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the giant retailer was not the subject of a “trial by formula” in a wage-hour class action proceeding. […]

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Federal Contractor Rule Prohibits LBGT Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a new rule implementing an executive order signed by President Obama in July that prohibits discrimination by federal contractors on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity. July’s executive order was the first federal action ensuring LGBT workplace equality in the private sector. Currently 18 states, the […]

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Keep Black Friday Trample-Free

Retailers don’t let your employees get trampled on Black Friday is the message from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is encouraging retail employers to implement safety measures to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events, including Black Friday. Tragic consequences and risk to workers can occur if the proper safety procedures […]

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Despite GOP Government Shutdown EEOC Makes Progress In 2014

Despite the lingering effects of the Republican-led government shutdown, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made progress toward accomplishing its goals and fulfilling its mission during fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30, fighting to overcome extraordinary fiscal constraints and operational challenges. “Despite these hurdles, the employees of the EEOC remain committed to meeting […]

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Chicago Marshmallow Maker Doumak Resolves EEOC Disability Suit

Doumak, Inc., a longtime Chicago-area marshmallow manufacturer, will change its leave policies and pay $85,000 to five people, ending a disability discrimination suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In its complaint, the EEOC alleged Doumak capped leaves of absence at its Elk Grove Village and Bensenville, Ill., manufacturing facilities without making […]

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Southern California Garment Workers Owed Millions In Unpaid Wages

Widespread labor violations by Southern California apparel manufacturing industry employers costs garment workers millions of dollars a year in unpaid wages, the U.S. Labor Department reports. Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Labor Department conducted 221 investigations this year of garment industry employers, mostly in and around Los Angeles. Investigators found more than $3 […]

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Fatal Wichita Fall Highlights Communication Tower Worksite Dangers

These days there are fewer linemen and more communications tower technicians in Wichita. Both jobs can be very hazardous. On Nov. 23, 2013, 25-year-old Douglas Klein, a worker performing maintenance, fell about 50 feet to his death while descending from a communications tower at work site in Wichita, Kan. He was one of 13 workers who […]

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