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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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  • GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:58:14 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses.

  • Union: American Airlines pressuring mechanics on safety

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:13:42 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — A union group is suing American Airlines, claiming supervisors are pressuring mechanics to release planes before they are safe to fly.

  • US reports slight decline in union membership during 2014

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:54:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Union membership in the United States is down slightly, accounting for just over 11 percent of the workforce last year, the Labor Department reported Friday.

  • West Coast seaport talks resuming after hiatus, rallies

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:59:52 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Labor strife at seaports along the West Coast prompted thousands of dockworkers to rally against employers they say are trying to exploit a crisis of cargo congestion at harbors that handle about $1 trillion worth of goods annually.

  • Talks to end West Coast seaports deadlock go on 1-day hiatus

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:07:24 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiators trying to resolve labor strife at West Coast seaports took Thursday off, as thousands of dockworkers rallied against employers they say are trying to exploit a crisis of cargo congestion at harbors that handle about $1 trillion worth of goods annually.

  • NTSB: Planes should have technologies so they can be found

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:49:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to recent incidents in which airliners vanished, U.S. accident investigators recommended Thursday that all passenger planes making long flights over water carry improved technology that will allow them to be found more readily in the event of a crash.

  • Talks to solve West Coast seaports deadlock on 1-day hiatus

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:55:03 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiations over a new contract that would restore order at West Coast seaports are on a one-day hiatus, as dockworkers planned rallies against employers they say are trying to exploit a cargo congestion crisis at harbors that are a vital trade link with Asia.

  • McDonald's faces employee lawsuit over franchisee behavior

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:14:45 GMT

    Several fired McDonald's employees who say they were subject to racial discrimination and sexual harassment have sued the fast-food chain's corporate parent, which they say controls nearly every aspect of how franchisees operate.

  • Strikes, attacks bring turbulent politics back to Bangladesh

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:19:26 GMT

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A 2½-year-old victim of a homemade bomb lies in an intensive care unit with burns to his face, head and other body parts. In another hospital, 17 people, including students and a teacher, are being treated for similar injuries. Another victim, a schoolboy, lost both his eyes.

  • Judge: Jeffs' brothers can avoid some queries in labor probe

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:01:00 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs can cite their religion in refusing to answer some questions about suspected child labor violations on a Utah pecan farm, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • Judge: Jeffs' brothers can avoid some child labor questions

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:08:21 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge says two brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs can cite their religion in refusing to answer some questions about suspected child labor violations on a Utah pecan farm.

  • Scalia could be surprise vote in Supreme Court housing case

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:44:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration may need the vote of a frequent conservative antagonist on the Supreme Court to preserve a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination.

  • Judge: Sect leader's brothers can avoid child labor queries

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:40:03 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs can cite their religion in refusing to answer questions about suspected child labor violations on a Utah pecan farm, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • Supreme Court sharply divided over housing bias cases

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:06:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided Wednesday in a debate over a decades-old strategy for fighting discrimination in housing.

  • Kosovo striking miners want government to run mining complex

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:27:02 GMT

    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Over 400 employees have gone on strike inside the Trepca mine in Kosovo demanding the government takes over the administration of the Yugoslav-era giant complex to stop it from liquidation.

  • FACT CHECK: Obama claims credit for an incomplete recovery

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:39:18 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. may not have "risen from recession" quite as rousingly as President Barack Obama suggested in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Seven years after that severe downturn began, household income hasn't recovered and healthy job growth is complicated by the poor quality, and pay, of many of those jobs.

  • In State of the Union, Obama aims to influence 2016 debate

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:16:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Key elements of the economic proposals President Barack Obama will outline in his State of the Union address Tuesday appear to be aimed at driving the debate in the 2016 election on income inequality and middle-class economic issues, rather than setting a realistic agenda for Congress.

  • 5 goals from Obama's 2014 State of the Union: Yay or Nay?

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:05:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama used his last State of the Union to declare 2014 a "Year of Action," and he can claim credit for accomplishing several of the goals he laid out. The smaller ones.

  • Euro currency's missing pieces challenge policymakers

    Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:30:48 GMT

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's struggle with economic stagnation is raising questions about whether its prized project — the shared euro currency — can bounce back or even just survive.

  • Democrats offer Clinton an economic road map

    Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:18:38 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Inside the Democratic Party, economic policy is often seen as a contest between President Barack Obama's track record and the anti-Wall Street approach advocated by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

  • NY servers seek raise as restaurant owners defend tip system

    Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:27:49 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — In more than a decade slinging drinks, bartender Autumn Alston has depended on tips to earn a living, leading to an often-inconsistent income from some customers who tip a lot, some who stiff and a few who make cringe-inducing suggestions.