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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Oct 18 2017

Senate committee approves six Trump picks for labor and employment posts

Six Trump administration nominees to top posts at the U.S. Labor Department, National Labor Relations Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission cleared a Senate committee on Wednesday, setting them up for confirmation votes in the full U.S. Senate.

Oct 18 2017

Former workers accuse Tesla of racial discrimination at California factory

Tesla Inc was hit with a racial discrimination lawsuit in California state court accusing the electric car manufacturer of running a workplace so hostile to black workers that it was reminiscent of the “Jim Crow era.”

Oct 17 2017

9th Circuit agrees with NLRB ruling on reviewing arbitration decisions

The National Labor Relations Board correctly decided to apply an old standard for reviewing arbitration rulings rather than its new one, a federal appeals court said in a ruling that tossed unfair labor practice charges against an Ohio-based construction company.

Oct 16 2017

California orchid grower settles EEOC pregnancy discrimination lawsuit

An orchid grower in California agreed to pay $110,000 to resolve an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit claiming that the company treated pregnancy as a fireable offense, the agency announced on Monday.

Oct 13 2017

Employers must pay workers for short rest breaks - 3rd Circuit

Federal wage law requires employers to pay nonexempt workers for all rest breaks lasting up to 20 minutes, a federal appeals court said on Friday in a decision involving an enforcement action against a Pennsylvania publisher.

Oct 12 2017

Industry group challenges requirement in Oregon's state-run retirement program

An employee-benefits industry group on Thursday challenged an employer-reporting requirement in Oregon’s novel state-run retirement program, arguing that federal benefits law preempts that obligation.

Oct 12 2017

U.S. Bank retirees cannot sue for alleged mismanagement of overfunded pension plan

Retired U.S. Bank employees cannot bring a proposed class action for alleged mismanagement of their previously underfunded pension plan because it later became overfunded, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

Oct 11 2017

9th Circuit mostly upholds $3.3 mln verdict in police race bias case

A federal appeals court on Wednesday mostly upheld a $3.3 million jury verdict in favor of three Latino police officers who sued a city in Southern California and four of its former police chiefs for race bias and retaliation.

Oct 11 2017

Labor Dept lays groundwork for rolling back Obama-era ERISA rule

The U.S. Labor Department proposed delaying the effective date of an Obama-era rule designed to strengthen protections for workers seeking disability benefits, saying the public needs the chance to comment on whether the rule should be kept, tweaked or scrapped, according to a Federal Register notice slated for publication Thursday.

Oct 11 2017

In-house counsel survey shows churn among firms hired for workplace cases

Nearly a third of companies hired new law firms for labor and employment work over the past year while almost a quarter said they fired old firms, according to a survey of top in-house lawyers released Wednesday.

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