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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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  • Governor in a political firestorm over Indiana law

    Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:54:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just a week ago, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was considered one of the few Republican presidential prospects who could unite the GOP's business wing with religious conservatives.

  • McDonald's: Workers to get pay hikes at company-owned stores

    Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:53:48 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy.

  • McDonald's joins Wal-Mart, Gap, other cos. in raising wages

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:50:15 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's said Wednesday it is raising pay for workers at restaurants that the company owns. Here's a look at all the big companies that recently have announced they are boosting hourly wages for their employees:

  • Why businesses are speaking out on religious-objections laws

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:22:52 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas.

  • Seattle begins to phase in $15 minimum wage

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:10:12 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages.

  • Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:53:33 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious-objection measure that provoked a backlash from businesses and gay-rights groups, saying it was not intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.

  • Thousands strike at Nike, Adidas shoe factory in Vietnam

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:20:19 GMT

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory were on strike for a sixth day Wednesday over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy.

  • Thousands strike at major shoe factory in Vietnam

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:11:30 GMT

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory were on strike for a sixth day Wednesday over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy.

  • Protesters block telescope construction on Hawaii mountain

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:20:16 GMT

    HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Protesters blocked a road this week as part of a push to prevent construction of a giant telescope near the top of a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians.

  • Abused boy's ex-guardian apologizes, gets up to 17 months

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:48:50 GMT

    MONROE, N.C. (AP) — A former social worker apologized for failing to protect the kids in her care as she was sentenced Tuesday to up to 17 months in prison over the abuse of a boy who was found handcuffed to her porch with a dead chicken around his neck.

  • Obama vetoes measure against swifter union elections

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:08:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure passed by the Republican-run Congress blocking the National Labor Relations Board from streamlining the process for union elections, saying government should not make it harder for workers to be heard in the workplace.

  • Transportation strike in Argentina shuts down country

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:38:52 GMT

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Transportation unions brought Argentina to a standstill on Tuesday with a one-day national strike to protest income tax rates and high inflation they say is eroding their earnings.

  • Eurozone deflation eases, unemployment at near 3-year low

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:35:09 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The 19-country eurozone isn't going to be the driving force of the global economy anytime soon, but it's increasingly evident that its numbers are heading the right way.

  • Mexican growers offer 15 pct in Baja farm strike

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:23:22 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Export-oriented commercial farms in Mexico's Baja California state say they have offered farm workers a 15-percent wage increase to end a two-week-old strike.

  • Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:27:26 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A long legal battle over accusations that a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm demeaned women and held them to a different standard than their male colleagues became a flashpoint in the ongoing discussion about gender inequity at elite technology and venture capital firms.

  • Jury rejects woman's bias claims against Silicon Valley firm

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:36:42 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A discrimination lawsuit that put a spotlight on gender balance and working conditions for women at Silicon Valley firms ended with a jury rejecting the female plaintiff's claims.

  • Jury says Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:01:11 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that debated gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.

  • Jury says Silicon Valley firm did not retaliate

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:42:27 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury has affirmed its decision that a Silicon Valley firm did not retaliate by firing a female worker. .

  • Judge fines Washington florist over same-sex wedding flowers

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:25:13 GMT

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding was fined $1,000 Friday, plus $1 for court costs and fees.

  • Judge orders jury to resume deliberations in bias case

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:01:42 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered a jury to resume deliberations in a high-profile Silicon Valley gender bias case after a discrepancy was discovered in the jury count on one claim involving retaliation.

  • Jury decides Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:18:21 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that shined a light on gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.