Employment Law

UK workers making clothes for high street brands on paltry wages: TV investigation

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Workers in Britain making clothes for popular high street retailers like River Island and New Look are being paid less than half the minimum wage, an investigation by Britain's Channel 4 television has found.<p>The investigation, due to be broadcast on Monday …

Channel 4

McDonald’s could get some relief from Trump-appointed labor regulators

Trump's administration could impact a pending case that would make McDonald’s liable for its franchisees<p>McDonald’s has spent the past couple of years trying to win back customers who have lost interest in the Golden Arches in favor of fast-casual eateries. In 2015, the company reduced the number of …

Black Market

When Their Shifts End, Uber Drivers Set Up Camp in Parking Lots Across the U.S. - Bloomberg

<b>In the 1970s, the Safeway grocery store in San Francisco’s gleaming Marina neighborhood, known as the Social Safeway, was a cornerstone of the</b> …

Technology

Love to Hate Regulation? What's Realistic to Expect Under Trump

The opportunity for change is bigger than it has been for decades. Here's the outlook for 2017.<p>Donald Trump and the 115th U.S. Congress ride into Washington as crusaders battling a business-strangling regulatory apparatus. Small company owners and entrepreneurs have faith in their rescuers: The …

Small Business

Civil rights lawsuits plague the corporation run by Department of Labor pick Andrew Puzder

Capital & Main <i>is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political and social issues.</i><p>Last month, when President-elect …

Civil Rights

Less Than Half of United States Women Taking Maternity Leave are Paid

The period of time that a new mother takes off from work following the birth of her baby is known as maternity leave. Many organizations have similar …

Maternity Leave

Can ‘chucking a sickie’ be grounds for dismissing an employee?

The summer months can be frustrating for employers, as hot weather and sunny skies may tempt employees to ‘chuck a sickie’ and enjoy a day away from …

Australia

NY gov requires insurance companies to cover contraception

New York governor Andrew Cuomo sends a message to women that their bodies are safe under President Donald Trump<p>ALBANY, N.Y. — New York governor Andrew Cuomo is requiring health insurance companies to cover medically necessary abortions and most forms of contraception at no cost to women.<p>The …

Women's News

Starbucks Just Made Its Great Parental Leave Policy Even Better

Parental leave was a hot topic this campaign season: After all, America is one of two countries with no paid maternity leave (the other is Papua New …

Lifestyle

Oracle lays off more than 1,000 employees

Oracle is firing numerous employees, mostly from its hardware SPARC division. SPARC, and its Unix-based Solaris operating system, appear to be …

Technology (UK)

Los Angeles’ ungracious response to minimum wage consequences

The consequences of California’s unprecedented minimum wage experiment are playing out in real time, as the state’s papers cover the stories of …

California

New concerns over BPA as workers exposed to levels 70 times the average

A new study has raised fresh concerns over the chemical commonly found in plastic packaging, which has been linked to variety of potential health issues<p>Health concerns over Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly found in plastic packaging and the lining of food cans, are well documented. Previous …

Chemicals

Protests in Bangladesh Shake a Global Workshop for Apparel

At first, the police knocked. Then they tried to kick the door down.<p>Protests over low wages had erupted at dozens of garment factories in Bangladesh, one of the top suppliers of clothing for global brands like H&M and Gap, and the officers had come to question Jahangir Alam, the president of a …

Bangladesh

A Worker's Right To Disconnect From Work

The French have a reputation for long lunches and short work weeks. And, a law went into effect on January 1 that gives French workers the “right to disconnect” from their companies outside of working hours. Do the French have a balanced life figured out? Maybe. Maybe not.<p>They have the reputation …

Bipartisan bill aims to reform H-1B visa system

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> A new bill wants to give first dibs on H-1B visas to the "best and brightest" foreign students educated in the U.S.<p>Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin, both long-time H-1B reform advocates, plan to reintroduce their bill for revamping the program imminently. The bill was first …

Government

Andrew Cuomo: States, use your power to protect women's rights

<b>(CNN) —</b> Earlier this month, I delivered my State of the State address for 2017. This annual message is an opportunity for the governor to lay out his initiatives, priorities and goals to meet the needs of New Yorkers for the coming year. There is rarely a clear consensus on every initiative. But on …

Equality

2 Singapore unionists slam Surbana Jurong over sacking of 54 workers

Two union officials on Friday (20 January) slammed infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong for terminating 54 workers in Singapore over the past …

Study Finds Workplace Peer Pressure Impacts Performance

A new study has found that the presence of high-performing co-workers can improve an individual’s performance, which boosts earnings.<p>Researchers from …

Psychology

It makes sense, owner John Henry said, for Red Sox to stay below $195 million CBT threshold this year because doing so will reset the penalties, according to terms of new collective bargaining agreement.

It makes sense, owner John Henry said, for Red Sox to stay below $195 million CBT threshold this year because doing so will reset the penalties, …

Boston

Sexual harassment and inadequate laws *

IN Trinidad and Tobago, no charge as sexual harassment ­exists under the Sexual Offences Act.<p>There have, however, been complaints by women employees …

Sexism

Minimum Wage Hikes Will Help Amazon Kill Millions Of Sales Jobs Sooner Than Later

In a few years, local communities in America will be totally different places. There will be very few iconic retail chain stores, or sales people behind counters and on the shopping floor. Automated Amazon Go stores and remote warehouses will replace most local retail stores, killing millions of …

Fortune 500

Employment Agreements: Employers Need To Pay Attention to Growing Government Activism - IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

In the past, employers typically only needed to be concerned that confidentiality and non-compete clauses in their employment agreements may be …

Intellectual Property

Small businesses hope to see Obama-backed rules scrapped

NEW YORK — Small businesses are hoping to see some high-profile Obama administration regulations scrapped now that Donald Trump has taken office, with rules affecting overtime, sick leave and the environment among those that may be taken off the books.<p>Complying with federal, state and local …

Small Business

Here are 7 Concrete Steps Congress Could Take to Make Women's Lives Better at Work

Women are marching and they are upset. For lawmakers who wants to get right with this large group of voters, here are seven concrete things they could do.<p><b>1. Pass a real national paid leave law.</b><p>Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton did not agree on much during the presidential campaign, but they did …

The truth about whether you can be fired for expressing your political views at work

Inauguration Day may be upon us, but proceed with caution before making your political views known in the office.<p>It's actually not illegal in the US for bosses to terminate employees based on speech.<p>But what about the First Amendment? Well, as Sydney Ember at The New York Times reported in 2016, …

Career Development

Life Isn’t Great for the Overseas Factory Workers Making Ivanka Trump’s Shoes | Broadly

Today, Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States. Online betting sites are offering even odds that he'll be impeached at some point during his first term, but let's not get too hopeful. Whatever happens from this day out, one thing is certain: that Ivanka Trump will sail, …

Ivanka Trump

Uber Agrees to Pay $20 Million to Settle Claims It Misled Drivers

“This settlement will put millions of dollars back in Uber drivers’ pockets.”<p>To hear Uber tell it, its “driver partners” can make a comfortable living, earning as much as $90,000 a year in some markets by driving for the company. In 2015, Uber released a study that showed its drivers earned an …

Uber

For teens, a higher minimum wage could be an effective form of birth control

It doesn’t work to stop pregnancy like the birth control pill or an intrauterine device. But for teenage girls flipping burgers, sorting widgets or working retail, a bit more bling in the paycheck appears to reduce the likelihood of becoming a mother before her time.<p>In an analysis that looked at …

Public Health

Workplace lawsuits could rise under Trump, but Supreme Court still a wild card

Workplace lawsuits targeting employers' pay practices have been on the rise for years, some yielding massive settlements, but a major Supreme Court decision expected this year could reverse that trend if the justices allow companies to use arbitration agreements that prohibit class actions.<p>The …

Law

Greece’s derailed labor market: Workers on 2h or 4h contracts

Posted by keeptalkinggreece in Economy<p>One in five Greeks works in flexible work forms and only half (42.6%) of employees work full time. More than …

Labor Economics