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A Bungling Barbarism: Court Baselessly Holds That Child Abuse, Used to Get Kids to Do Chores, Cannot Be Forced Labor
August 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan H. Bitensky of Michigan State University College of Law discusses the error of the court's holding that using child abuse to make children do their chores cannot be forced labor ... Pity the poor children of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, for they have come with....... [more]

Federal judge rules Florida workers' compensation law unconstitutional
August 15, 2014
The 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Miami on Wednesday ruled that Florida's workers' compensation law is unconstitutional. Prior to the ruling Attorney General Pam Bondi issued a response to the court's order to show cause, asking the court to rule the law as unconstitutional in the form o....... [more]

Brazil president signs law expanding rights of domestic workers
August 10, 2014
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday signed into law a measure providing basic protections to Brazilian domestic workers. The law limits domestic workers' work weeks to 44 hours, and the work day to eight hours. The law also creates a minimum wage and requires employers to register their do....... [more]

New York advocacy groups challenge teacher tenure
August 4, 2014
An education advocacy group on Monday filed suit in New York to challenge the state's teacher tenure laws, becoming the second group in the state to do so. The challenges, brought by the New York City Parents Union and the Partnership for Educational Justice, claim that existing laws protecting tea....... [more]

US House approves lawsuit against Obama
July 31, 2014
The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker of the House John Boehner to move ahead with a lawsuit which would challenge President Barack Obama's 2013 decision to waive the federal healthcare law's employer mandate without Congress's consent. The measure was....... [more]

Obama signs order on LGBT job discrimination
July 22, 2014
US President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order also explicitly bans discrimination against transgender employees of the federal government. The order does not include a rel....... [more]

Bolivia lowers child labor age restriction
July 6, 2014
The Bolivian National Congress on Wednesday passed legislation permitting children as young as 10 to join the workforce as long as it does not interfere with one's education and is done independently in an effort to provide for their family. The U.N. International Labor Organization's (ILO) Carmen....... [more]

Germany summons US Amabassdor in surveillance investigation
July 5, 2014
The German government summoned the US ambassador John B. Emerson on Friday after the arrest of a man who is claimed to be a US spy working surveillance throughout the country. The German foreign ministry believes that a 31 year old employee of the German intelligence service BND has been working wit....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on pregnant workers' rights
July 1, 2014
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in eight cases Tuesday. In Young v. United Parcel Service the court will consider whether, and in what circumstances, an employer that provides work accommodations to non-pregnant employees with work limitations must provide work accommodations to pregnant emp....... [more]

Supreme Court adds 5 cases to docket
June 30, 2014
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in five cases. In Mach Mining v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission the court will consider whether and to what extent a court may enforce the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) mandatory duty to conciliate discrimination claims befor....... [more]

Supreme Court rules home health care workers not required to pay union fees
June 30, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Harris v. Quinn that the state cannot require home health care workers to pay union fees. The court stopped short of overruling its 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which held that state employees who choose not to join a public-sector u....... [more]




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