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Archive: July, 2013

NLRB trifecta for Philadelphia law firm

Thursday, August 1, 2013, 3:05 AM
Morgan Lewis, the national law firm with Philadelphia roots, scored a trifecta this week, landing its third lawyer onto the National Labor Relations Board. All three have generally represented management. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved Philip Miscimarra's nomination to the NLRB. Miscimarra,... Read more

A Jersey jury job for the jobless

Monday, July 29, 2013, 4:10 AM
New Jersey's statewide jury manager Michael Garrahan gets a lot of advice on how New Jersey should fill its juries. Use unemployed people, his advisers say. They have the time. Maybe the $5 a day they earn has some appeal. I met Garrahan on Thursday at a "Law School for Journalists" workshop sponsored... Read more

A salute to a family friendly law in Maryland

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 4:10 AM
A salute the state of Maryland for enacting a law that will really make a difference to a group of employees who deserve consideration, and thanks. Effective October 1, immediate family members (spouse, parents, stepparents, siblings, children, stepchildren) can have one day unpaid leave on the day... Read more

Redeem the dream: Jobs, Philadelphia and the Urban League

Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 4:05 AM
The National Urban League conference opens in Philadelphia Wednesday with the theme "Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America." Absolutely. The job situation is improving, but not fast enough. The conference begins Wednesday, but the focus on jobs strengthens on Thursday with workshops in the morning... Read more

Coming soon: Full house for the NLRB

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 4:50 AM
Today, Tuesday, the U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee will interview two candidates for openings on the National Labor Relations Board. On Wednesday, the committee is set to vote on them, and will likely recommend them for a confirmation vote in the Senate. If Kent Yoshiho... Read more

Tipping sacred cows: Not udderly ridiculous

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 3:05 AM
Don't know if this is really true, but someone told me that kids growing up in farm country tip over cows when they are being vandals. So naturally when a workplace book titled "Tipping Sacred Cows" crossed my desk a few months ago, I had to save it for a rainy day read (even though it's sunny now)... Read more

Keeping safe in Hurricane Sandy cleanup

Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 3:30 AM
Storm cleanup and recovery is not an emergency, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration reminds employers, after last Wednesday's collapse of a house being repaired after Hurricane Sandy. Three workers were injured at the house in Little Egg Harbor Township in... Read more

Calendar: Safety seminar for temporary workers

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 4:50 AM
Let's start with the problem: "Thousands of workers ...die each year on the job from preventable hazards," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "Many of those killed and injured are temporary workers who often perform the most dangerous jobs have... Read more

Suburban loss, urban gain? Location still counts

Monday, July 15, 2013, 12:04 PM
Will the decline of the suburban office finally be the juice that cities need to revitalize their stock of abandoned factories? The signs seem to point that way, as noted in my story in Sunday's Inquirer. Well, maybe... Suburban office campuses are emptying out, some jobs their lost to technology... Read more

High school dropouts: Volunteering boosts job chances

Friday, July 12, 2013, 4:40 AM
Volunteers without high school diplomas increase their chances of getting a job by 51 percent. Jobless high school dropouts, please take note. The employment consequences of leaving high school are lasting and ghastly. In June, according to the U.S. Labor Department, the unemployment rate for people... Read more
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