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Wisconsin Law Repeals Punitive, Compensatory Damages in Bias Cases

April 9, 2012
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The bill, which was supported by numerous business groups, was signed into law by the governor April 5, but not announced until April 6.
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NLRB Hones Workplace Social Media Policies

March 7, 2012
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The case of a worker at a popcorn packaging facility who was fired for criticizing a supervisor in a Facebook posting has attracted the most interest, as it ‘highlight[s] what is likely to become the NLRB's new test for deciding whether the action for which an employee was disciplined was so out of line that it lost the protection of the NLRA.'
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Study: Wage Bill Would Benefit 1M New Yorkers

February 17, 2012
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The study found that 880,100 New York employees earn less than $8.50 an hour. About 352,000 of those are in New York City, about 40 percent of the state total. In the city, 92 percent of those workers are at least 20 years of age.
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Arbitration Pact Barring Class Lawsuits Violates NLRA

February 13, 2012
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In a Jan. 3 decision, the NLRB ruled that "employers may not compel employees to waive their National Labor Relations Act right to collectively pursue litigation of employment claims in all forums, arbitral and judicial."
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Lactation Discrimination Is not Sex Discrimination: Judge

February 10, 2012
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The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 amends Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to say discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII, according to the EEOC.
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EEOC Issues Final Rule on Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Records

February 6, 2012
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GINA, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush in May 2008, protects job applicants, current and former employees, labor union members and apprentices and trainees from discrimination based on their genetic information.
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Lockout of Union Workers in New York Shines Light on NLRB Appointees

February 2, 2012
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In a memo released last month, the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel wrote that President Obama was justified in making the appointments.
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NLRB: Employer Social Media Policies Should not Bar Protected Worker Activity

January 26, 2012
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An analysis of the NLRB's rulings also indicates that if an employee makes a comment on Facebook and fellow employees respond, it is considered protected activity. It is not protected, however, if only friends respond to the posting.
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Bloomberg Outlines Ambitious 2012 Agenda

January 12, 2012
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will push for a minimum-wage increase, a $20,000 salary hike for top teachers and the firing of lousy educators from failing schools.
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