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IBM faces suit over age discrimination

Big Blue is facing a class action lawsuit after being accused of illegally dismissing thousands of U.S. employees. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the suit alleges that three plaintiffs were fired because of their age. The suit goes on to point out that IBM laid off older employees in disproportionate numbers to younger employees. The complaint also alleges that the company did not hire older individuals for open positions.

Colins Kaepernick's case against the NFL will go forward

Nike's new ad featuring Colin Kaepernick courts controversy but it more than delivers on raising the profile of the athletic wear company. The company now has doubled down with a signature athletic wear line for the out-of-work quarterback. 

Right to work law overturned in Missouri

Georgia is one of 27 U.S. states who have right to work laws on the books. This law ensures that employers have the freedom to choose their own employees. Unions, on the other hand, prefer that employers hire union employees or at least require non-union employees to pay certain fees for the union’s work negotiating contract terms regarding pay and benefits as well as protecting rights of workers.

Lack of security protocols can cause PR nightmares

Everyone knows about the importance of changing passwords. This is particularly true for those operating businesses. Not every employee is going to leave under the best of terms, and they may intend to cause harm to the company regardless of their termination and severance agreements.

Five mistakes employers make with FMLA

It is common for small and mid-sized employers to have employees who need to take several weeks of unpaid leave due to serious illness or a family emergency. This often means that employees will trigger that leave through the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides employees who are eligible up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave per year. This act is designed enable employees to balance work and family responsibilities for a reasonable amount of time.

Pregnancy still impacts women’s professional advancement

Many companies have put a lot of time and effort into developing, supporting and retaining women employees. Yet the New York Times articles recently published a series articles about the plight of women in the workplace. One example zeros in on the negative impact pregnancy has upon professional advancement, pointing out that this is often the issue women bumps into before the glass ceiling, but impacts employees ranging from Wall Street executives to Walmart cashiers.

Starbucks closes for anti-bias training

The Starbuck’s coffee chain closed 8,000 stores and offices across the U.S. for three or more hours on May 29 for anti-bias training. All sites would remain closed afterwards for the rest of the day. Starting after lunch rush, an estimated 180,000 employees received a “tool kit” that focused on educating them on “prejudice and the history of public accommodations in the U.S.” According to the company, this is the first of a series that will address all types of bias and experience.

Supreme Court rules against labor unions

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of employers in resolving employee disputes. In a 5-4 decision that broke down as the conservative wing versus the liberal wing of the court, the court said that employers do have the right to insist that labor disputes should be handled individually with the employee rather than allowing workers to join together for class action lawsuits. According to USA Today, the Ruling affects an estimated 25 million workers who sign agreements to arbitrate as part of their employment contracts.

Flight attendants still subjected to sexual harassment

Jobs in the service industries can be particularly challenging. Nevertheless, flight attendants would seem to have it worse than most. Not only do they work in close quarters with customers, there is a long and continuing tradition of objectifying or sexualizing the flight attendant. While the rules for acceptable behavior have changed from the days when flight attendants were called stewardesses, apparently things have not changing fast enough to suit those in the industry.

Department of Labor hits Alabama company for $110,000

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently investigated JPO Contractors, Inc. and determined it owed $90,904 in back wages and liquidated damages to 43 employees. The company was found guilty of improperly categorizing its laborers as independent contractors instead of employees, thus creating a violation of overtime and record keeping laws. There was also a penalty of $19,737 for willful and repeated violation.

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