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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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  • White House: Immigration steps would boost wages

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:39:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10-year period.

  • Suit: Black dispatchers told they speak 'ghetto'

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:50:51 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Three minority women who worked at a county 911 center in Pittsburgh have filed discrimination lawsuits, with one of them saying black dispatchers were made to take calls from inner city residents because they knew how to speak "ghetto."

  • US unemployment aid applications fall to 291,000

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:31:16 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid.

  • Malawi: Children protest over teachers' strike

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:03:33 GMT

    BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — About 500 schoolchildren broke classroom windows and damaged cars to protest a strike by their teachers in Malawi's commercial capital, Blantyre, on Wednesday.

  • Shubert Organization buys off-Broadway complex

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:59:18 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway's biggest landlord has extended its off-Broadway reach by buying the five-theater complex New World Stages.

  • Removal of barricades begins at HK protest site

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 04:32:16 GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Workers in Hong Kong on Tuesday started clearing away barricades at one site of the student protest that has rocked the city for the last two months.

  • Workers begin removal of some barricades at Hong Kong student protest site after court order

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:40:12 GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Workers begin removal of some barricades at Hong Kong student protest site after court order.

  • CAIR condemns 'barbaric murder' of US aid worker

    Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:41:00 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations has condemned what it calls the "barbaric murder" of an American aid worker who was apparently beheaded by Islamic State group militants.

  • School apologizes for video that faked shooting

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 23:35:53 GMT

    ATWATER, Calif. (AP) — A California school district apologized for a video spoof that ended with a security officer pretending to shoot students from a rival high school with a toy gun.

  • German labor chief: VW must halt anti-union group

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:52:16 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The head of the German union representing automotive workers is speaking out against Volkswagen working with anti-labor groups at its plant in Tennessee.

  • Dallas-area teacher fired over racial tweets

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:01:58 GMT

    DUNCANVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Dallas-area school board fired a teacher Friday who posted racially charged tweets about the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

  • Italy's Renzi defies his own allies on Left

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:39:04 GMT

    ROME (AP) — Italy's dynamo premier works with his sleeves rolled up and often without a tie. And Matteo Renzi, on a mission to revive a moribund economy, is bringing his barnstorming style to a fight against cozy links between Italy's political Left and its influential labor unions.

  • US, Japan, Denmark promote labor rights in Myanmar

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 04:07:39 GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The U.S. is teaming with Japan and Denmark to try to improve labor conditions in Myanmar, where poor conditions for workers have long been a concern.

  • Federal contract workers wage one-day "strike"

    Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:31:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of low-wage contract workers walked off the job at the Capitol and other federal buildings and landmarks on Thursday to press for higher pay.

  • VW policy welcomes labor activity at Tenn. plant

    Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:52:24 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — By giving labor groups more access to its lone U.S. plant in Tennessee, Volkswagen signaled Wednesday that it won't follow the lead of other foreign-owned automakers in the South in seeking to tamp down union activity.

  • Volkswagen establishes labor policy for US plant

    Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:17:31 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — By giving labor groups more access to its lone U.S. plant in Tennessee, Volkswagen signaled Wednesday that it won't follow the lead of other foreign-owned automakers in the South in seeking to tamp down union activity.

  • WHO says more than 5,000 have now died of Ebola

    Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:42:34 GMT

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — More than 5,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak that is ravaging West Africa, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday, marking another grisly toll in the epidemic.

  • Marijuana patient sues after firm won't hire her

    Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:24:10 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A graduate student has sued a textile company for refusing to hire her for a two-month internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat frequent and debilitating migraine headaches, a decision her lawyer calls discrimination.

  • Volkswagen establishes labor policy in in Tenn.

    Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:50:39 GMT

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen Chattanooga says it has established a policy that sets guidelines to interact with labor organizations, but the policy stops short of providing a pathway toward a collective bargaining agreement.

  • Port of Seattle defends airport wage increases

    Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:48:37 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — In response to a lawsuit, the Port of Seattle says it has the authority under Washington law to increase the minimum wage for some workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

  • VW sets policy to interact with labor groups

    Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:07:49 GMT

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen Chattanooga says it has established a policy that sets guidelines to interact with labor organizations, but it doesn't appear to clarify how workers at the plant will be represented.