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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.

Top Headlines

  • Why the Fed thinks US economy still needs its help

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:05:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you didn't know about the lingering damage from the Great Recession, the U.S. economy would appear remarkably strong.

  • Democrat Lauren McFerran sworn in as new labor board member

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:48:48 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Lauren McFerran is the newest member of the five-member National Labor Relations Board.

  • UK unemployment rate at 6-year low of 6 percent

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:04:13 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Official figures show Britain's unemployment rate was 6 percent in the three months to October, its lowest level since the 2008 financial crisis.

  • McDonald's in Japan limits orders of fries

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:06:24 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Only small fries with that? McDonald's in Japan has begun limiting the serving size of fries as stocks of spuds run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast.

  • Ex-staffer for congressman alleges harassment

    Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:37:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former staffer for Rep. Blake Farenthold is suing the office of the Texas Republican, saying she was sexually harassed and fired soon after she complained of a hostile work environment.

  • Tensions mount between NYC mayor, police union

    Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:10:59 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered the latest volley Tuesday in his ongoing battle with the city's police union, dismissing their ability to speak for rank-and-file officers in the wake of their call to ban him from future New York Police Department funerals.

  • Southwest bag workers picketing over flight delays

    Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:24:22 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Saying Southwest Airlines is neglecting workers and its customers, baggage handlers are bringing attention to the company's slide in on-time performance as they seek a new contract.

  • Belgian strike paralyzes traffic, idles industry

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:18:59 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — A general strike paralyzed Belgium's air and rail traffic and idled scores of companies across the country Monday as trade unions capped a month of labor action against government austerity policies.

  • NLRB issues rule to speed up union organizing

    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:09:18 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule on Friday aimed at modernizing and streamlining the union election process.

  • Tribes wary of selling pot, even if feds allow it

    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:10:36 GMT

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even if it could present an economic windfall and the U.S. Department of Justice says it's OK.

  • Thousands of Italians protest economic reforms

    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:27:07 GMT

    MILAN (AP) — Tens of thousands of union workers marched through more than 50 Italian cities on Friday to protest government economic reforms that they say erode their rights.

  • US Capitol staffers raise their hands for Ferguson

    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:11:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A gathering of black congressional staffers and other Capitol employees stood silently on the House steps Thursday and raised their hands in the air to protest the killing of unarmed black men by police.

  • Labor board OKs personal use of company e-mail

    Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:43:45 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time.

  • Italian PM not backing down on reform plans

    Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:08:59 GMT

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Facing nationwide strikes, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says he's not backing down on plans to shake up the country's labor market in an effort to fight double-digit unemployment and bring it out of recession.

  • Multiemployer pensions could face cuts

    Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:26:53 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retirees covered by financially troubled multiemployer pensions could soon see their benefits cut under a congressional spending deal to keep the government running.

  • Deal to allow multiemployer pension benefits cuts

    Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:27:38 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retirees covered by financially troubled multiemployer pensions could soon see their benefits cut under a congressional spending deal to keep the government running.

  • France makes new effort to encourage hiring

    Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:07:53 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — Creating jobs in France is proving harder than expected.

  • Malala, Satyarthi receive Nobel Peace Prize

    Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:37:10 GMT

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India on Wednesday received the Nobel Peace Prize for risking their lives to fight for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives.

  • Sierra Leonean docs strike again over Ebola care

    Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:56:57 GMT

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's junior doctors went on strike for a second day Tuesday, a move they dubbed a "tactical retreat" to demand better care for medical workers who catch Ebola after a spate of deaths.

  • France steps up effort to encourage hiring

    Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:40:53 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — Creating jobs in France is proving harder than expected.

  • 223 arrested in third night of California protests

    Wed, 10 Dec 2014 03:11:30 GMT

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol will deploy 80 percent off its available staff to monitor a protest planned for Tuesday night in Berkeley, an official said.