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OSHA Turns to Technology In Hopes of Safer Workplaces

It can be easy to forget when we all go to our jobs day in and day out that there is a complex web of laws and regulations that are at work regarding our employment rights. If you are fortunate, you've never had to question whether your employer has paid you what you deserve for hours worked, for example.

FedEx Wants Reconsideration of Bargaining Unit

FedEx recently asked the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that incorporated a heightened standard for employers challenging bargaining unit status. An appropriate bargaining unit is "a group of two or more employees who share a community of interest and may reasonably be grouped together for purposes of collective bargaining." Bargaining units will meet and confer with the employer to reach a collective bargaining agreement that will apply to all employees in that unit. Section 9(b) of the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA") bestows the task of determining the appropriateness of a bargaining unit to the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or "the Board"), but the Board's decision can be appealed to federal district court.

NLRB Asserts Trucking Company Unfairly Misclassified Employees

       Intermodal Bridge Transport Inc. ("Intermodal") violated the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA"), according to a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB"). Intermodal allegedly misclassified drivers as "independent contractors" instead of employees to avoid unionization.

Disabled Employee Accuses University Employer of Discrimination

Last year, Americans celebrated the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Prior to 1990, individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, as well as mental health conditions, were often openly discriminated against by employers and with regard to the infrastructure of both private and public buildings and schools.

NLRB Rules Against Quicken Loans

A National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") judge ruled against Quicken Loans ("Quicken" or "the Company"), saying that its employee handbook contained overbroad rules that could be reasonably interpreted to restrict Section 7 activity.

New DOL Rule Seeks to Protect Retiree Savings

In the shadow of the Center for American Progress, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced that "putting clients first" would no longer just be a "marketing slogan." He was referring to the game-changing regulations the Department of Labor recently proposed that created new standards that stockbrokers needed only to provide "suitable" recommendations. While that may seem sufficient on its face, critics pointed out that it encouraged advisers' lamentable conduct, such as favoring investments that entitled them to higher commissions. The new rule, which is much stronger than that which preceded it, requires brokers that provide retirement advice to work in their client's best interest.

UC Berkeley Comes Under Fire for Handling of Sexual Harassment Claims

The statistics are troubling; with an estimated one-fifth of all female college students reporting being the victims of sexual assault during their college careers. As these startling numbers have come to light, there's been an outcry on campuses across the country as students demand that college administrators do more to both prevent sexual assaults and punish those who are accused of committing such acts.