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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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The Legal Implications of Nontraditional Workweeks

October 16, 2008
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As employers consider adopting nontraditional schedules, what some of them are not doing is taking a clear-eyed look at the wage and hour ramifications of these arrangements. There are potential pitfalls—under both federal wage and hour law and the requirements of other jurisdictions—that demand close attention.
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No WARNing Ex-Workers Sue Bill Heard Enterprises

October 2, 2008
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The former employees allege that they did not receive notice before losing their jobs when car dealerships were closed. The suit seeks to encompass all employees who lost their jobs.
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Are Plaintiffs Getting a Raw Deal in Employment Law Cases

September 26, 2008
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One of the authors of a new study argues that a drop in the number of employment law cases filed in federal court is not a reflection of diminishing bias in the workplace, but the result of workers being discouraged about their chances of success in a system dominated by conservative judges appointed by the Bush administration.
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Lawsuit Side Effect A Bad Reputation

September 16, 2008
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Highly publicized allegations of employee mistreatment can tarnish a company’s reputation with consumers, damage its employment brand and diminish the company’s value in the eyes of investors.
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