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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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  • 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.

  • Lawyers: Suspects retract claims they killed Brits

    Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:56:47 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Two Myanmar migrant workers have retracted their confessions to killing two British travelers on a southern Thai resort island and now claim to have neither raped the female victim nor slain the pair, the men's lawyers said Wednesday.

  • New efforts to ban tobacco farm child labor

    Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:50:44 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years after the Obama administration backed off a rule that would have banned children from dangerous agriculture jobs, public health advocates and lawmakers are trying anew to get kids off tobacco farms.

  • Multiple efforts to ban tobacco farm child labor

    Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:45:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Public health advocates and lawmakers are working anew to bar children from working on tobacco farms.

  • Strike shuts Lisbon subway for 12th time this year

    Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:14:29 GMT

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Portuguese government's plan to privatize debt-heavy public transport companies is meeting tough opposition from trade unions as Lisbon subway workers walked off the job for the 12th time this year.

  • Court rejects Lufthansa bid to block strike

    Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:57:05 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A German court has rejected a bid by Lufthansa to force a union representing the company's pilots to call off a strike, the latest in a string of walkouts over retirement benefits.

  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot

    Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:16:20 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour.

  • Fire exposes illegal Chinese factories in Italy

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:06:35 GMT

    PRATO, Italy (AP) — The first thing the firefighters saw was the arm sticking out of the barred window on the second floor of the factory. Flames reached through the partially collapsed roof and a high column of smoke darkened the winter sky. This fire had been burning for some time.

  • Pilots at Lufthansa long-haul fleet to strike

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:16:02 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A planned strike by pilots at Lufthansa has been expanded to include a one-day walkout Tuesday at the German airline's long-haul fleet.

  • Pilots at Lufthansa to start 35-hour strike Monday

    Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:32:20 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A union representing Lufthansa's pilots has announced a new 35-hour strike against the airline's short-haul fleet starting Monday, the latest in a string of walkouts over retirement benefits.

  • Judge voids Taj Mahal casino union contract

    Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:08:39 GMT

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort may survive after all, but it's likely to do so with angry employees.

  • Yellen: Greatly concerned by widening inequality

    Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:37:42 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.

  • Yellen says US experiencing widening inequality

    Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:12:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the last several decades have seen the most sustained rise in income inequality in a century.