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When problems arise at the workplace, employment laws can have an enormous impact on both employees and businesses. There are many laws that govern employee rights and obligations at work, but the interpretation and application of those laws can change considerably as the workplace itself changes. FindLaw’s Employment News section is the leading source of legal news and information affecting the workplace, with breaking legal news, analysis from attorneys and important stories from around the Web.

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  • Japan's inflation slips as jobless rate edges up

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:43:55 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economic recovery remained in the doldrums in September, as household spending fell, inflation edged lower and unemployment ticked up.

  • Nevada court says Strip club dancers are employees

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:08:10 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a legal decision with wide implications for strip clubs in Sin City, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday that dancers at one Las Vegas club are employees, not independent contractors, and are entitled to be paid minimum wage.

  • German unemployment dips again in October

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:28:04 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent in October as the labor market in Europe's biggest economy continued to gain steam.

  • As Fed ends bond buys, Yellen to expand influence

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:08:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Federal Reserve announced the end of its landmark bond buying program Wednesday, it also signaled the start of something else:

  • Fed ends bond buying and cites brighter job market

    Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:05:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve cited an improving economy Wednesday as it ended its landmark bond-buying program and pointed to gains in the job market — a key condition for an eventual interest rate hike.

  • Fed keeps rate at record low, ends bond buying

    Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:13:01 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that's improving but still isn't fully healthy and to help boost unusually low inflation. As expected, it's also ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low.

  • Small business divided over minimum wage votes

    Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:29:26 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Workers in five states could get a raise after Election Day.

  • National Democrats return to Kentucky airwaves

    Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:20:55 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Democrats' campaign committee on Tuesday released an ad that criticizes Republican Leader Mitch McConnell as spending three decades amassing wealth in Washington while his Kentucky constituents struggled.

  • AP Interview: NEA president opposes 'toxic' tests

    Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:45:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The new president of the nation's largest teachers union is a guitar-playing, Spanish-speaking author who takes over as once-sacred tenure protections are challenged and new Common Core standards roll out in much of the country.

  • Arkansas court: Minimum wage issue stays on ballot

    Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:36:05 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' highest court ruled Monday that a proposal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage can remain on the November ballot.

  • Arkansas court: Minimum wage can stay on ballot

    Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:24:21 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' highest court ruled Monday that a proposal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage can remain on the November ballot.

  • Amazon workers in Germany on strike again

    Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:10:52 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Workers at in Germany are on strike again as a union pushes its demands in a long-running wage dispute with the American online retailer.

  • Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:43:45 GMT

    TULALIP, Wash. (AP) — A newly hired teacher confronted a gunman and was being hailed as a hero on Saturday after a deadly shooting rampage in the cafeteria of a Washington state high school.

  • Rome protesters target plans to make firing easier

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:51:32 GMT

    ROME (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Rome Saturday to protest against Premier Matteo Renzi's drive to make it easier to fire workers.

  • WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:35:24 GMT

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.

  • Review: Army biased against transgender worker

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:12:56 GMT

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Army officials discriminated against a transgender employee who underwent a sex change while working at an Alabama installation, restricting her from the women's restroom and using her male name despite her preference to be referred to as a woman, a federal investigation found.

  • APNewsBreak: Icahn says Taj casino likely to close

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:05:58 GMT

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Billionaire investor Carl Icahn says the struggling Trump Taj Mahal casino "will almost certainly close."

  • 4 more workers allege racial bias at Daimler plant

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:47:33 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment.

  • Ohio State: Fired band director was dishonest

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:34:31 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's fired band director witnessed more sexually charged incidents than previously reported, once proposed punishing a female band member who reported sexual assault and had a calendar of nearly nude male band members in his office that he never brought to investigators' attention, school attorneys said in response to his federal lawsuit.

  • Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:04:36 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Many Asian and African women working as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates have reported being overworked, beaten or sexually abused by their employers but are often trapped in slave-like conditions because they're excluded from the country's labor law protections, a rights group said Thursday.

  • Postal workers appeal to Harvard president

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:47:01 GMT

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The American Postal Workers Union is calling on Harvard University's president to oppose a business arrangement between Staples Inc. and the U.S. Postal Service, or resign her seat on the office supply company's board.