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AI: Qatar failing to protect migrant domestic workers from exploitation
April 23, 2014
Migrant workers in Qatar face human rights abuse including forced labor, excessively long working hours, verbal harassment, and physical and sexual violence, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday. The report, entitled "Qatar: 'My sleep is my break': Exploitation of mig....... [more]

Supreme Court upholds Michigan affirmative action ban
April 22, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled 6-2 Tuesday in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action that the judiciary lacks the authority to overturn a Michigan voter initiative that amended the state's constitution to prohibit race- and sex-based discrimination or preferential treatment in public univer....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds controversial Wisconsin collective bargaining law
April 20, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday upheld Wisconsin's controversial Budget Repair Bill which significantly limits the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. Two unions representing the city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed the lawsuit in 2011, all....... [more]

Florida supreme court rules discrimination against pregnant women violates state law
April 18, 2014
The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that employers cannot discriminate against pregnant women under Florida state law. The court held that the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 (FCRA), which makes it "an unlawful employment practice for an employer to discriminate based on an individual," inclu....... [more]

Oklahoma governor signs bill blocking minimum wage increase
April 16, 2014
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Monday signed into law a bill banning cities within the state from creating a mandatory minimum wage. The bill also prohibits cities from enacting various mandatory employee benefits, such as sick and vacation time. Supporters of the legislation believe that it will....... [more]

University requests review of student-athlete unionization ruling
April 10, 2014
Northwestern University on Wednesday asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to review a recent decision that the university's football players have the right to unionize. The attorneys for Northwestern stated, "n this unprecedented decision, the Regional Director set out to alter the under....... [more]

Causal Analyses in ERISA 510 and the Affordable Care Act 1558
April 10, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jia Li, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Class of 2014, discusses the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and how it may potentially interact with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.ERISA 510 is an anti-retaliation provision that prevents e....... [more]

NCAA and the Foundation for Generated Revenue Sharing
April 9, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Aubry Dicks, University of Richmond School of Law, Class of 2014, discusses recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board concerning student athletes' rights to unionize...In January, the National College Players Association (NCPA) filed a petition on behalf of Kain....... [more]

Obama to sign executive actions targeting gender wage gap
April 9, 2014
US President Barrack Obama said Tuesday that he will be signing two executive actions aimed at helping combat pay discrimination between men and women. According to the White House's press release, US Census statistics show, "on average, full-time working women still earn 77 cents to every dollar ea....... [more]

UN experts urge countries to ratify treaty on rights of migrant workers
April 8, 2014
UN experts on the rights and status of migrant workers on Monday renewed calls to states urging the signing and ratification of a treaty more than 10 years old. The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families has only been ratified by....... [more]

Maryland lawmakers pass bill to decriminalize marijuana
April 6, 2014
The Maryland state House of Representatives passed a bill on Saturday that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The House voted 78 to 55 to impose civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana. Those in favor of the bil....... [more]




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