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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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  • US jobless aid applications rose last week; total still low

    Thu, 28 May 2015 12:57:52 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the overall level remains low and points to a healthy job market.

  • Latest on flooding: Tornado hits Panhandle gas rig; 3 hurt

    Thu, 28 May 2015 02:30:22 GMT

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  • Drilling cutbacks drag down job growth in oil patch

    Wed, 27 May 2015 17:13:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota.

  • Amnesty: Researcher refused entry to United Arab Emirates

    Wed, 27 May 2015 15:32:47 GMT

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Amnesty International says one of its researchers was denied entry to the United Arab Emirates, where he was planning to speak about companies' responsibility in ensuring the rights of migrant laborers in the Gulf.

  • Oregon proposal would outlaw sneak photos up women's skirts

    Wed, 27 May 2015 00:38:08 GMT

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal aimed at closing a loophole in state privacy laws that recently let a man go unpunished after he took photographs up a teenager's skirt.

  • Lawsuit: officials delay immigrants' work authorization

    Tue, 26 May 2015 21:11:26 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new lawsuit alleges federal immigration officials routinely delay issuing employment authorization documents to eligible immigrants and fail to issue interim documents, thwarting their ability to work legally.

  • Portuguese transport unions hold out against privatization

    Tue, 26 May 2015 09:53:59 GMT

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese labor groups are vowing to keep up their fight against the government's privatization plans for public transport, as Lisbon subway staff walked off the job for the 43rd time in four years.

  • Businesses quietly switch to dollar in socialist Venezuela

    Mon, 25 May 2015 18:38:56 GMT

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — It's still possible to buy a gleaming Ford truck in Venezuela, rent a chic apartment in Caracas, and snag an American Airlines flight to Miami. Just not in the country's official currency.

  • Correction: Nigeria-Fuel Crisis story

    Mon, 25 May 2015 12:34:50 GMT

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In a story May 25 about Nigeria's fuel crisis, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the country produces more than 2 billion barrels of oil a day. The correct figure is more than 2 million barrels a day.

  • Nigerian cellphone provider needs fuel to prevent shut-down

    Sun, 24 May 2015 18:16:47 GMT

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's leading cellphone provider said Sunday it urgently needs diesel to prevent shutting down services countrywide — the latest business hit by a months-long fuel crisis in Africa's biggest oil producer.

  • Alitalia calls 24-hour strike 'disrespectful' of passengers

    Sat, 23 May 2015 16:10:50 GMT

    MILAN (AP) — Italy's flagship airline Alitalia said a 24-hour strike called for Monday that will force flight cancellations is "disrespectful" of passengers when the Rome airport is still suffering disruptions due to a fire two weeks ago.

  • West Coast dockworkers union ratifies 5-year contract

    Fri, 22 May 2015 20:51:00 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The labor dispute that hobbled international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year officially ended Friday when the union representing dockworkers announced its members had ratified a five-year contract.

  • Greece, Spain lead Europe's jobless parade

    Fri, 22 May 2015 12:42:27 GMT

    SINTRA, Portugal (AP) — The European Central Bank has called on governments in the eurozone to clear away bureaucracy that burdens businesses and loosen rules on hiring and firing workers. The goal: bring down chronically high unemployment rates.

  • Boy Scouts' leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

    Thu, 21 May 2015 21:23:34 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and called for change in order to prevent "the end of us as a national movement."

  • Correction: McDonald's Shareholders-Salaries story

    Thu, 21 May 2015 18:43:14 GMT

    OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — In a May 20 story about a protest outside of McDonald's corporate headquarters near Chicago, The Associated Press erroneously reported that about 100 protesters were arrested. Nobody was arrested at Wednesday's demonstration, but more than 100 people were arrested at a protest there last year.

  • McDonald's CEO faces shareholders amid protests, sales woes

    Thu, 21 May 2015 14:15:56 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook is set to make his debut before shareholders at the company's annual meeting Thursday at a time when the chain is facing declining sales and ongoing protests over worker pay.

  • McDonald's CEO to greet shareholders amid declining sales

    Thu, 21 May 2015 13:41:07 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook is set to make his debut before shareholders at the company's annual meeting Thursday at a time when the chain is facing declining sales and ongoing protests over worker pay.

  • Rising inequality holding back economic growth, report warns

    Thu, 21 May 2015 09:51:13 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — The widening gap between haves and have-nots in much of the developed world not only raises concerns about the fraying social fabric — it's also dramatically holding back economic growth, according to a new global study.

  • Global watchdog warns on economic cost of rising inequality

    Thu, 21 May 2015 09:02:06 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — The widening gap between haves and have-nots in much of the developed world not only raises concerns about the fraying social fabric — it's also dramatically holding back economic growth, according to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

  • German train drivers, rail operator to enter arbitration

    Thu, 21 May 2015 07:12:31 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A German train driver's union says it's ending its strike early after it agreed with the country's largest rail operator to take a labor dispute to arbitration.

  • Clinton says childcare needs to be a national priority

    Thu, 21 May 2015 01:33:58 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Improving child care needs to become a national priority, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday, and she urged Republicans in Congress to provide more federal money to help working families care for their children.