D.C. Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act Sent To Mayor For Approval

On December 20, 2016, the District of Columbia Council passed the Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (B21-0244) (the “Act”) which, if enacted, would amend the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977 to prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants and current employees based on their credit information.  On February 2, 2017, the…

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‘Joint Employer’ Lawsuit vs Amazon, Trucking Companies Illustrates Reach of Doctrine Pushed by NLRB

Gauri Punjabi, an attorney with Mintz Levin, sees an expanded reach for labor under the NLRB approach.

“With the NLRB loosening the joint employment rules, more employees are now possibly able to unionize and have the ability to seek greater benefits and negotiate the terms and conditions of employment with a possibly bigger employer,” she said.

Right now, there seems to be focus primarily on the franchise model, as in a pending NLRB action against McDonald’s. Punjabi stated there are a few risks to employers from these kind of actions.

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Employees Unlawfully Disciplined for In-Store Protest, Labor Board Decides

Six employees who stopped work and engaged in an in-store protest over their alleged mistreatment by a supervisor and to secure permanent jobs for temporary employees were unlawfully disciplined, the National Labor Relations Board has determined. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 364 NLRB No. 118 (Aug. 27, 2016). The Board termed the protest a “relatively small, brief, peaceful…

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Black-White Wage Gaps Expand with Rising Wage Inequality

Black-white wage gaps are larger today than they were in 1979, but the increase has not occurred along a straight line. During the early 1980s, rising unemployment, declining unionization, and policies such as the failure to raise the minimum wage and lax enforcement of anti-discrimination laws contributed to the growing black-white wage gap. During the…

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Entrepreneur program to offer training, microloans to 50 ex-inmates in Detroit

The Aspire Entrepreneurship Initiative is a three-year, $2.1 million pilot project to connect former prisoners with entrepreneurship training and microloans. It is hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Justine Petersen, a St. Louis-based organization that helps low-income people with credit building and other financial needs.

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