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Archive: August, 2012

Temporary employees earn less

Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 2:05 PM
Temporary workers tend to earn 18 percent less than people in the same occupation who have fulltime work, says a study from the UC Berkley's Center for Labor Research and Education. The guy mowing the lawn may come to mind, but these days, temps are everyone, from the gardener to the accountant keeping... Read more

Union-management: Just talking

Monday, August 27, 2012, 7:10 AM
How much talking can a company and union do before the employees have voted to approve the union? In a case involving Michigan automotive parts manufacturing workers, the NLRB ruled that as long as it's not specific or binding, it's fine. The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals didn't agree or disagree... Read more

Huge declines in tool and die employment

Friday, August 24, 2012, 5:00 AM
America's tool and die companies find themselves in an odd place. On the one hand, according to a Congressional report, one-third of all tool, die and mold businesses have gone under since 1998, according to a report done for the U.S. Congress by the Congressional Research Service. On the other hand... Read more

Enforcing non-compete contracts

Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 3:55 AM
More and more employers are enforcing non-compete and confidentiality provisions in court, employment lawyer Sara A. Begley told me as she was heading into court Tuesday on a related case. More important, she said, courts are more willing to enforce these types of contracts. Why? Because of computers... Read more

Employment lawyer vs. labor lawyer

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 2:24 PM
An employment lawyer and a labor lawyer walk into a bar... OK, that was to lure you in, but I spent some time with Michael D. Jones and John A. DiNome from ReedSmith's Philadelphia office. Both are employment/labor lawyers on the management side and they had some interesting comments about the difference... Read more
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