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Unions & Collective Action

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Topic of the Week

Forced Arbitration: Be Prepared

No employee is legally required to sign an arbitration agreement. However, employers often condition valuable benefits - such as getting or keeping a job - on your "agreement" to submit claims to arbitration which otherwise could have been presented to th

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Blog of the Week

For Big Corporations Like Walmart, Wage Theft Penalties Are Just the Price of Doing Business

A scathing new report finds that hundreds of major corporations in the United States are repeat wage-theft offenders—committing the violations and then paying the subsequent fines as part of the cost of doing business.

Thought for the Week

"When disputes arise over pay, working conditions, or whatever else, workers must now face off against their employers one-on-one. If that sounds like an unfair fight, it is."

–Alan Blinder, economist, discussing recent SCOTUS decision permitting class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements

List of the Week

from Workplace Fairness

 Top Five Discrimination Searches This Week: 

  • Sex/Gender discrimination
  • Relgious discrimination
  • Proving discrimination
  • Language discrimination
  • Pregnancy discrimination

Top Five News Headlines

  1. Roseanne’s hard lesson: The First Amendment protects you, not your job
  2. Tesla Cutting About 9% of Global Workforce
  3. If the Robots Come for Our Jobs, What Should the Government Do?
  4. Teens face a gender pay gap, too. Here’s how to help them navigate it.
  5. A brief (and depressing) history of LGBT workers’ rights