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Canada Supreme Court upholds workers' right to strike
January 30, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada held on Friday that a worker's right to strike is constitutionally protected. The court's decision came after a challenge to the constitutionality of a Saskatchewan statute that limited the ability of "essential service employees" from participating in any strike action a....... [more]

South Carolina judge vacates 'Friendship Nine' convictions
January 29, 2015
South Carolina Circuit Court judge John Hayes III on Wednesday overturned the 54-year-old convictions of nine African American student-activists jailed during the civil rights movement. Arrested while undertaking a lunch counter sit-in, the "Friendship Nine"?Clarence Graham, Mack Workman, Robe....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on collective bargaining agreements
January 26, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett on collective bargaining agreements for retirement healthcare benefits. The case was brought by retired employees of an M&G Polymers-owned plant, who sued the company when it was announced that retirees would be expected t....... [more]

No Excuses: The "N-Word" Does Not Belong in the Workplace
January 21, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Ayanna Thomas, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the tenth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Thomas discusses racial discrimination in the workplace... A federal jury i....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on exception to whistleblower protection law
January 21, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean that unless a disclosure is specifically prohibited by law, the code of Prohibited Personnel Practices can bar an agency from taking action against an employee who intentionally divulges sensitive security information....... [more]

Evaluating and Understanding Police Use of Force
January 17, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist John Mario Acosta Jr., Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses and evaluates several methods of force used by police ... Throughout recent history police officers have been scrutinized for the things they do. Even today not much has changed. The evolution of....... [more]

Back Pay in the Sex Industry: Why Sex Workers Deserve Their Pay
January 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Pauline Wein, Valparaiso University Law School, discusses why sex workers should be paid even though their work is illegal...Suppose your employer fails to pay you for work you have done. The US Department of Labor states that your employer owes you back pay and that you can f....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on EEOC, False Claims Act
January 14, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Mach Mining, LLC v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission the court has been asked to settle a circuit split regarding whether and to what extent courts can enforce the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) statutory obl....... [more]

Obama threatens to veto proposed health care changes
January 8, 2015
A White House spokesperson said Wednesday that US President Barack Obama would veto proposed legislation that would reinstate the 40-hour work week requirement for employer health care coverage. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) reduced the original 40-hour work week requirement t....... [more]

Federal judge blocks use of Arizona identity theft laws
January 6, 2015
Judge David Campbell for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Monday ruled Maricopa County officials may not enforce two Arizona identity-theft laws used to convict hundreds of undocumented immigrant workers. The court ordered an immediate halt to the state's enforcement of identity....... [more]

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
December 20, 2014
12/03/2014: Supreme Court heard arguments on workplace pregnancy discrimination 07/01/2014: Supreme Court granted certiorari to case addressing pregnant worker's rights 04/17/2014: Florida supreme court ruled discrimination against pregnant women violates state law 06/19/2014: EU court ruled....... [more]




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