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Chamber says Facebook OT collective action notice violates FAA

4:48pm EDT

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has urged a federal appeals court to rule that hundreds of Facebook Inc advertising sales workers who signed arbitration agreements should not be given notice of a collective action accusing the social media giant of improperly denying them overtime pay.

Acosta's replacement at DOL could be friendlier to businesses

Jul 12 2019

U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta's resignation on Friday passed the reins of the Department of Labor to his top deputy, Patrick Pizzella, a former lobbyist and DOL official during the George W. Bush Administration, who some experts said is viewed more favorably than Acosta by the business community.

Washington state law bars discrimination against obese workers -court

Jul 12 2019

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that a state law banning workplace discrimination against the disabled provides protections for obese people, after business groups warned the court such a ruling could lead to a flood of new lawsuits.

Mitsubishi loses bid to toss former top in-house lawyer's sex bias lawsuit

Jul 11 2019

A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday declined to dismiss sex discrimination claims by a former top lawyer for Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings America Inc who says she was denied a promotion to general counsel because of her sex and fired for complaining.

11th Circuit says 'no magic number' of racial slurs required in Title VII cases

Jul 11 2019

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday revived discrimination claims by a Florida school district worker who says his supervisor routinely made derogatory comments about him because he is Puerto Rican.

Michigan crane company violated labor law by firing union workers -6th Circuit

Jul 10 2019

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday agreed with the National Labor Relations Board that a Michigan crane-rental company violated federal labor law by firing a group of workers whose union was pushing for exclusive rights to perform certain jobs at the firm.

6th Circuit says ERISA preempts ex-Safelite CEO's claims over deferred compensation plan

Jul 10 2019

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday said claims by the former chief executive of Safelite Group Inc that the glass-repair company's deferred compensation plan caused him to incur tax penalties are preempted by the federal law governing employee pension plans.

NLRB must revisit ruling that Penn. hospital is not public employer- D.C. Circuit

Jul 09 2019

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday said the National Labor Relations Board must reconsider Temple University Hospital's claims that its ties to the university and the state of Pennsylvania place it out of reach of the agency's jurisdiction.

Conservative group seeks SCOTUS review of Massachusetts law on exclusive union representation

Jul 09 2019

A conservative group has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its case claiming that two Massachusetts unions violated teachers' constitutional rights by forcing them to choose between becoming union members and paying dues or having no say in the collective bargaining process.

EEOC Monitor: New guidance on Obama-era pay data reporting rule

Jul 09 2019

The commission on July 2 updated its website to provide more information about new pay-data reporting requirements, ahead of a September 30 filing deadline for employers. The EEOC in 2016 adopted a rule requiring larger employers to report pay data broken down by sex and race, but the Trump administration blocked the rule the following a year. In March, a federal judge in Washington D.C. said the White House did not follow the proper administrative procedures and revived the requirements, which business groups say are burdensome and will not help address discriminatory pay gaps as intended.

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