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Stimulus Bill Includes Unemployment Insurance Update

January 27, 2009
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Legislation approved last week by a House committee would give states incentives to make it easier for part-time workers to qualify for unemployment benefits and provide benefits to people leaving work for a ‘compelling family reason.’
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Jobless Claims, Median Wages Rise

January 22, 2009
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The number of U.S. initial jobless claims climbed higher the week ended January 17. Median wages for the fourth quarter of 2008 were up 4 percent from a year earlier.
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Treasury Requires CEOs of Banks in TARP to Certify Executive Comp Curbs

January 21, 2009
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Only the banks’ compensation committees have been required to put their names on the line in asserting institutions’ compliance with curbs on senior executives’ severance pay and other incentives.
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Pay Discrimination Hits Fast Track House Vote Set Friday

January 9, 2009
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After an election that increased the Democratic majorities in both chambers and put a Democratic president in the White House, the prospect for the bills becoming law has improved dramatically.
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Chrysler to Shutter Plants for a Month as U.S. Sales Drop

December 18, 2008
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The company says the ongoing credit crisis and plunging sales are forcing it to shut down all its factories for a month, extending its normal holiday shutdown.
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Mortgage Underwriter Exempt from Overtime

December 12, 2008
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Exempt status will be denied only if there is either an actual practice of making deductions for quality or quantity of work, or a clear policy effectively communicating that deductions will be made in specified circumstances.
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California Court Rejects Punitives in Labor Case

December 8, 2008
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A state appellate court denies punitive damages in a case involving meal and rest breaks and minimum wages, reversing a lower court’s jury verdict.
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Wage and Hour Cases May Fuel Uptick in Business Lawsuits

November 10, 2008
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Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, such litigation has tripled in the past decade, and that trend shows no signs of abating, an attorney says.
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Study Pregnancy Discrimination Persists 30 Years After It’s Made Illegal

October 30, 2008
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An analysis of EEOC data from fiscal year 1992 to fiscal year 2007 shows a 65 percent increase in pregnancy discrimination charges, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.
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