Unionizing daycare? California’s child care workers seek a seat at the big kids’ table

Collective action is the most effective tool to get policymakers to pay attention to a low-paid workforce, made up mostly of women of color.

Unionizing daycare? California’s child care workers seek a seat at the big kids’ table

By Ben Christopher (CALmatters) A bill introduced by Assemblywoman Monique Limón, a Democrat from Santa Barbara, would allow self-employed child care workers who serve subsidized families to collectively bargain with the state. Included in this new class of organized laborers would be trained workers like Harvey, but also unlicensed friends, family and neighbors who parents turn […]

Minnesota Supreme Court rules injured workers can claim disability discrimination under the Minnesota Human Rights Act

“The law says employers must make a reasonable effort … under the Human Rights Act … to accommodate the disability. An employer just can’t dislike disabled people and you’re fired." --Employment lawyer Brian Rochel

Minnesota Supreme Court rules injured workers can claim disability discrimination under the Minnesota Human Rights Act

By Neal St. Anthony (Star Tribune) Employment lawyers are buzzing about a recent Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that liberalized workers’ compensation law to permit related discrimination suits under the Minnesota Human Rights Act that were barred by the court’s ruling 30 years ago. Former Minneapolis firefighter Keith Daniel, 57, forced into early retirement in 2016 […]

Lawsuit: Black workers at UPS facility in Ohio faced decades of racial hostility

"African-American employees come to work each day not knowing whether a racist comment or conduct will confront them, being concerned that smirking or laughing white employees are ridiculing them because of their race, and walking on eggshells to avoid triggering a problem," the suit reads.

Lawsuit: Black workers at UPS facility in Ohio faced decades of racial hostility

By N’dea Yancey-Bragg (USA TODAY) Nineteen workers at a United Parcel Service distribution center in Ohio are suing their employer, claiming management at the facility “enabled, tolerated, and purposefully promoted and encouraged a culture of racism and racially discriminatory conduct.” The company itself is named as well as five supervisors and managers who defendants say maintained a […]

Uber reaches tentative settlement with drivers arbitrating over employment status and expense reimbursement

A tentative settlement to pay out 11 cents for every mile driven for Uber (including adjacent services like Uber Eats) to drivers who have been in individual arbitration with the company over their employment classification.

Uber reaches tentative settlement with drivers arbitrating over employment status and expense reimbursement

By Ingrid Lunden (TechCrunch) Uber is reportedly on track to go public in the first quarter next year, and in the lead up to that, it’s sewing up some loose ends. TechCrunch has learned that Uber has offered a tentative settlement to pay out 11 cents for every mile driven for Uber (including adjacent services like […]

Is your closet full of clothes made through forced labor?

"Across the world, an estimated 24.9 million people are victims of forced labor. The lion’s share of them–16 million people–are exploited by companies for a profit, rather than by private individuals, such as in the case of sex trafficking." - Elizabeth Segran, Fast Company

Is your closet full of clothes made through forced labor?

By Elizabeth Segran (Fast Company) We often talk about slavery as if it was a thing of the past–a horror from another era, perpetrated by people who have no resemblance to us. But the truth is that slave labor is still alive and well. And a new report produced by the nonprofit KnowTheChain points out […]

The EEOC in the Trump Era

EEOC litigation picked up in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018, and the agency just held a major public hearing in October to further its focus on workplace harassment.

The EEOC in the Trump Era

By Paul R. Monsees (The National Law Review) Despite having only three active members on its five-member Commission and having no General Counsel, the EEOC has remained quite busy in its strategic enforcement of federal workplace discrimination laws. You may remember that since the 2016 election, the EEOC has been operating with an acting Republican […]

What to Do If Your Employer Switches Its 401(k) Plan Provider

A change in providers means you should make sure there have been no glitches in your account and that your new funds are the ones you really want.

What to Do If Your Employer Switches Its 401(k) Plan Provider

By Brian O’Connell (USNEWS.com) With almost $5 trillion in assets, the 401(k) plan is the primary driving force toward a financially stable retirement for millions of Americans. With that amount of cash on the table, U.S. workers need to stay vigilant on all 401(k) fronts, and should be especially alert and proactive when their company […]

KFC Settles with NYC Department of Consumer Affairs for Violations of City’s Fair Workweek Scheduling Law

"This announcement comes just before the one-year anniversary of the City’s Fair Workweek Law going into effect. During the first year of the Law, DCA has and will continue to educate employers and workers about the law—planning, conducting or attending 230 events to help workers and employers understand their rights and responsibilities under the law." - NYC DCA

KFC Settles with NYC Department of Consumer Affairs for Violations of City’s Fair Workweek Scheduling Law

By NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (Press Release) DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN FOR VIOLATIONS OF CITY’S FAIR WORKWEEK SCHEDULING LAW NEW YORK, NY—Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced a settlement with an owner-operator of 30 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) locations across Brooklyn, Queens, and The […]

Can You Get Out of Jury Duty?

If you are a citizen and 18 years of age, have not been convicted of a felony and can communicate in English, be ready for jury service.

Can You Get Out of Jury Duty?

BROOKLYN (Workers World Today) – You reach your hand into the mailbox only to pull out the most dreaded letter feared by all adults: jury duty. Immediately, you start calculating how to get out of what already feels like a life sentence to you. Rest assured, there are ways to not only avoid jury duty, […]

Are Uber Drivers Independent Contractors or Employees?

A fine-line is drawn on a state-by-state, rather than case-by-case, basis.

Are Uber Drivers Independent Contractors or Employees?

New York City traffic has changed very little since the invention of the stoplight. Traffic continues to jam, jaywalking remains a pedestrian rite of passage, and horse-drawn carriages still make their rounds through Central Park. But change is as inevitable as a long-awaited green light. And when it comes to what New Yorkers consider public […]

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