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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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  • Town's leaders defend firing of first black police chief

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:37:52 GMT

    POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) — Leaders of a small, predominantly black town on Maryland's Eastern Shore are defending their decision to fire the town's first black police chief and call for healing racial tensions that have divided the community.

  • Firing of town's first black police chief leads to turmoil

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:10:53 GMT

    POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) — Residents of a small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore vented their frustrations and concerns about the ouster of the town's first black police chief at a City Council meeting Monday that devolved into angry shouting.

  • Report: US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria killed 459 civilians

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:09:46 GMT

    BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday.

  • Christie stirs outrage of an old enemy, teachers unions

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:06:21 GMT

    HADDONFIELD, N.J. (AP) — More than any single Democrat, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's greatest rival has been the biggest teachers union in his home state.

  • Get Started: Employee or freelancer? Govt issues opinion

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:29:29 GMT

    EMPLOYEE OR FREELANCER?

  • Walt Disney experts rebut dogged anti-Semitic allegations

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 02:54:20 GMT

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Walt Disney was a complex figure, both celebrated and condemned, but allegations that he was a rabid anti-Semite are unproven, Disney experts said.

  • Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 23:25:15 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier.

  • Meeting unions, Clinton offers support for $12 minimum wage

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:17:37 GMT

    SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday offered some support for a proposal in the Senate that would raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour, hinting that the higher rate sought by labor unions doesn't have enough support.

  • Bosnians protest against EU-recommended labor law

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:35:04 GMT

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Amid the protests of thousands of workers, the Bosnian-Croat regional parliament on Thursday adopted a new labor law that aims to create a more business-friendly environment with the intention of creating jobs.

  • Emporia State couple claims racial harassment at university

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:24:08 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A black couple who have been working for a small university in eastern Kansas says the school is retaliating against them for complaining about a racial incident.

  • Fed holds steady on rates, seeks further economic gains

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:24:53 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but signaled Wednesday that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so.

  • Eurotunnel: 37,000 migrant crossing attempts blocked

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:22:27 GMT

    CALAIS, France (AP) — Migrants rushed the tunnel linking France and England repeatedly for a second night on Wednesday and one man was crushed by a truck in the chaos, deepening tensions surrounding the thousands of people camped in this northern French port city. Eurotunnel said it had blocked more than 37,000 such attempts by migrants to reach Britain since January.

  • Mitsubishi, UAW to work together on buyer for Illinois plant

    Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:48:00 GMT

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors and the United Auto Workers said Monday that they will work together to look for a buyer for the central Illinois plant the company plans to close.

  • Minimum wage levels in Midwestern states as of Aug. 1

    Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:26:59 GMT

    Minnesota's minimum wage for all but the smallest employers rises to $9 per hour on Aug. 1. It will give Minnesota the highest rate of any state in middle America.

  • With new bump, Minnesota ushers in region's top minimum wage

    Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:47:39 GMT

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota will vault past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota this week to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour, which also will rank among the most-generous state wage floors in the country.

  • Teachers in Chile vote to end 7-week strike

    Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:45:02 GMT

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Thousands of teachers in Chile are ending one of their longest strikes in decades, which protested a bill in Congress that would tie pay to performance.

  • Texas county where inmate died has history of racial tension

    Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:12:45 GMT

    HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — In the searing 100-degree Texas heat, Sylvester Nunn uses three worn beach umbrellas to protect himself and the produce piled in the bed of his old Chevy pickup truck as he carries on a generations-old summer tradition.

  • Sanders visits Louisiana, talks civil rights, gun control

    Mon, 27 Jul 2015 01:46:17 GMT

    KENNER, La. (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders wrapped up a weekend campaign swing in Louisiana with a typically fiery speech railing against income inequality and touching on issues of racism and criminal justice during a rally that drew close to 4,000 people to a suburban New Orleans convention center Sunday night.

  • Verizon workers vote to authorize strike, if necessary

    Sun, 26 Jul 2015 03:47:30 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon workers in nine states have voted to go on strike if necessary over a dispute about a new contract, a union official said at a rally Saturday.

  • Missouri legislator accused by interns submits resignation

    Sat, 25 Jul 2015 02:45:01 GMT

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri state Sen. Paul LeVota submitted his resignation Friday following allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward interns, claims that the Democrat denied but that prompted party leaders to question his ability to serve.

  • Advocates hopeful about $15 minimum wage in Connecticut

    Fri, 24 Jul 2015 21:03:40 GMT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Momentum is building for a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Connecticut, at least for some workers, given the formation of a new low-wage worker advisory panel and this week's recommendation to raise pay for fast-food workers in neighboring New York, according to some state lawmakers and activists.