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New York to Pass Sweeping Laws to Improve Conditions for Delivery Workers

New York to Pass Sweeping Laws to Improve Conditions for Delivery Workers A package of legislation from the City Council will set minimum pay and working conditions, placing New York at the forefront of regulating a multibillion-dollar industry.   https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/23/nyregion/nyc-food-delivery-workers.html

Hong Kong: Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions to dissolve

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Hong Kong: Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions to dissolve

For the last few months, Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) has suffered attacks from state media. Added with the happenings to the Civil Human Rights Front, Hong Kong Professional Teachers Union, Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China etc, HKCTU’s members have prepared for a new climate under which there is no further room for HKCTU to survive.No choice but to start dissolution after threats to personal safety of office-bearersOver the recent couple of weeks, some members of HKCTU, one following another, received more information, hinting at us with a feeling that to sustain HKCTU may result in certain threats to the personal safety of those members. Since this problem originates from the existence of HKCTU, the resignation of particular office-bearers is simply no remedy. Taking the possible risks and costs the members may encounter if HKCTU continues to operate into account and following through discussion, HKCTU considers only to set out the current risks and perspectives to the affiliates for a deliberation and a resolution on the future of the organisation at the General Meeting.The meeting of the Executive Committee on Thursday, 16 September, resolved on launching the process of dissolution, which will table a motion of dissolution at the General Meeting. Meanwhile, as a consensus built upon mutual trust and solidarity, only WONG Nai-yuen the Chair, TANG Kin-wa the Vice-chair and CHUNG Chung-fai the Treasurer shall remain to enforce the remainder of the process; the rest of the ex-co members left office. On Friday evening, affiliates were notified of an Extraordinary General Meeting to take place on 3 October to discuss and resolve the dissolution. The monthly donations and the enquiry hotline for labour laws cease operation immediately, while no further case of labour disputes will be received for the affiliates. HKCTU is discussing with the affiliates regarding the already received cases in progress, so as to minimise the inconvenience.Right to strike and freedom of association jeopardised with state media criticism as collusion with foreign forcesHKCTU was claimed by Wenweipo as colliding with foreign powers and making exchanges with International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), a “political organisation in the clothing of international union”. However ITUC is actually the largest global trade union confederation and represents 332 trade union organisations from 163 countries and regions.“These are common connections between unions in the international civil society, so in no way do we agree to such political discreditation as so-called a foreign agent,” said Wong, “labour movements have always resorted to international solidarity, so it is reasonable and natural for HKCTU to cooperate and contact unions in different regions. Over the last 30 years the government never claimed this to be unlawful. It is a threat to the right of workers to join a union when engagement with international unions is deemed as collusion with foreign forces.” He also questioned, “We can’t understand the accusation of incitement to strike, set up new unions etc. It is a fundamental right under the protection of the Basic Law to organise a trade union and launch a strike. Why do they suddenly become a crime? Is it the case that trade unions not on the side of the establishment are carrying an original sin?”Gratitude to LEE Cheuk-yan and Carol NG and Apologies to affiliates and people of Hong KongWong acknowledged LEE Cheuk-yan the General Secretary and Carol NG the former chair on behalf of HKCTU for their enormous contribution to the trade union and the movement. He said, “Although they are not present, I’m sure their thoughts are still with us.” He also thanked the affiliates, ex-co members, staff, volunteers and the public for all the engagements and support. He also apologised to the affiliates and the public, “Sorry, HKCTU can’t stand any longer.”“A movement may encounter setbacks and low drives, but we’re always faithful that solidarity is the power,” said Wong, “the 31 years of history of HKCTU witnessed the rise and fall of Hong Kong society. It came to existence because of a great movement and came to an end also because of a great movement. Nevertheless, as long as there are workers, as long as the social conflicts remain severe, the labour movement shall certainly develop onwards. HKCTU’s values and spirits of solidarity are not vanishing; instead time will prove that we shall overcome all the challenges in the era. We hope HKCTU’s previous efforts serve as historical resources that cultivate the labour movement in the future. We wish for more solid and more vivid fruits from the labour movement in Hong Kong in the near future. The flowers fallen are not the flowers heartless; as they become soil in spring, they nourish more flowers.”

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Cal/OSHA Encourages Following New Guidance On Face Masks Indoors

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Cal/OSHA Encourages Following New Guidance On Face Masks Indoors

Aug. 25, 2021 — In addition to the requirements of the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) and as a best practice, CalOSHA encourages employers and workers to follow the recent update from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommending that all individuals wear face coverings while indoors regardless of vaccination status. CDPH recently […]

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First COVID Related Remote Work ADA Discrimination Lawsuit Filed By EEOC

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First COVID Related Remote Work ADA Discrimination Lawsuit Filed By EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC, has filed a remote work ADA discrimination lawsuit in what has been called a first-of-its-kind case that could decide businesses’ obligation to allow employees to work from home as a disability accommodation. ISS Facility Services, Inc., a Denmark-based workplace experience and facility management company with U.S. headquarters in […]

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NLRB Will Seek All Available Remedies To Address Unlawful Conduct, Top Lawyer Says

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NLRB Will Seek All Available Remedies To Address Unlawful Conduct, Top Lawyer Says

Seek All Available Remedies To Address Unlawful Conduct, the NLRB’s top lawyer said in a memo to the board’s regional offices where much of the work of enforcing labor laws takes place. The National Labor Relations Board’s top attorney issued a memo on Wednesday stating that the board will act forcefully to protect workers’ rights. […]

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Car dealership’s ‘class waiver’ arbitration provision was enforceable, did not violate civil rights laws

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Car dealership’s ‘class waiver’ arbitration provision was enforceable, did not violate civil rights laws

http://www.employmentlawdaily.com/index.php/news/car-dealerships-class-waiver-arbitration-provision-was-enforceable-did-not-violate-civil-rights-laws/ By Thomas K. Lauletta, J.D. — An employer’s mandatory arbitration agreement requiring employees to waive their rights to class-action representation did not violate provisions of Title VII, the ADA, or the ADEA, the Sixth Circuit explained in an unpublished decision upholding a district court’s dismissal of a class action discrimination suit. In so ruling, […]

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Unvaccinated Employees Face Increasing Pressure From Employers — News Roundup

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Unvaccinated Employees Face Increasing Pressure From Employers — News Roundup

Unvaccinated employees are facing increasing pressure from employers to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or face firing. Employers Apply Different Requirements to Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Workers From SHRM – Some employers are applying selected workplace rules only to unvaccinated workers in an effort to protect employees from the COVID-19 delta variant, but are inadvertently intensifying conflicts […]

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Americans With Disabilities Act Anniversary July 26, 2021

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Americans With Disabilities Act Anniversary July 26, 2021

The Americans With Disabilities Act Turns 31 Today. On July 26, 1990, then-President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services. This Facts for Features provides a demographic snapshot of the […]

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Republicans And Business Push To Expand Guest Worker Programs

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Republicans And Business Push To Expand Guest Worker Programs

By LAURA CLAWSON, For Daily Kos Labor— Guest worker visas are resurfacing as one of the most contentious parts of immigration reform negotiations. Despite the compromise deal between the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO that went into the bipartisan Senate proposal, there are a number of Republican efforts to increase numbers of guest worker visas or weaken […]

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Making Good On The Promise Of Equal Pay

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Making Good On The Promise Of Equal Pay

By PAMELA COUKOS— Last week, veteran newsman – and father of three daughters – Tom Brokaw published an essay titled “Welcome to the Century of Women.” He talks about the incredible gains women have made in the workforce, politics, media, law, higher education and corporate leadership, but also asks how we can do even more […]

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