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Welcome to Work in Progress

August 9, 2011
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Lawmakers Wrangle Over Labors Definition of Fiduciary in Retirement Plans

July 29, 2011
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Labor Department officials say that extending the standard would better protect workers and retirees. Opponents contend that it would raise liability costs and force broker-dealers to abandon the individual retirement account market, leaving smaller investors without investment advice.
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Firefighters Reverse Discrimination Lawsuit Finally Settled

July 29, 2011
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Of the 17 plaintiffs in the case—Frank Ricci et al. v. John DeStefano et al.—16 were Caucasian and one was Hispanic.
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Union Workers Filing Federal Complaint Over Heat Lamps at Chicago Hotel

July 29, 2011
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Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corp., which runs the hotel, has already apologized for the incident, saying the decision ‘was not in line with our values or with our corporate policies.’
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Allstate Agents Group Hopes to Affiliate With AFL-CIO

July 19, 2011
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The National Association of Professional Allstate Agents Inc., formed more than two decades ago to protest Allstate’s move to shift more overhead costs to agents, will begin soon to solicit votes from its members on joining the Office and Professional Employees International Union as a guild.
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Heightened Union Activity Putting HR on Notice

July 11, 2011
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The NLRB’s ‘EFCA light’ proposal to speed up the union election process and the Labor Department’s plan to clarify when employers must disclose pacts with labor relations consultants are signals to HR practitioners to review policies to ensure compliance with the National Labor Relations Act, to stay informed on laws and regulations and union tactics, and stay connected with their employees.
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A Little Labor Knowledge Could Go a Long Way for HR as Unions Push Into Private Sector

July 11, 2011
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A more sophisticated approach to organizing and a more labor-friendly National Labor Relations Board make knowledge of current labor laws that deal with collective bargaining, the right to union representation during disciplinary situations and other employee rights increasingly important.
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Deadline Nears for Massive Strike in N.Y

June 30, 2011
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A strike would idle more than 11,000 workers at private-sector projects costing nearly $10 billion, according to the Real Estate Board of New York.
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Employment Law Landscape Changes With Wal-Mart Ruling

June 20, 2011
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The decision makes it more difficult for employees to file large class-action lawsuits unless they are able to clearly identify a common injury, such as a companywide discriminatory policy.
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Bloggers Hit Huffington Post With Labor Lawsuit

April 12, 2011
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A class-action lawsuit alleges that as many as 9,000 unpaid bloggers for the Huffington Post were unjustly denied compensation.
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