May 2012

Want to help people with disabilities get better jobs?  Now’s your chance! The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has just started an app challenge.  If you’ve got some technical skills, they want to hear from you — specifically, how you would turn job recruitment resources, job training tools, and skill-building resources Read more

New York State legislators can’t seem to agree on a minimum wage increase, meaning the proposed rate hike may be shelved for now. Governor Andrew Cuomo says he wants to raise the state’s minimum wage rate.  However, he says that Republicans in the State Senate are standing in his way — and their opposition will Read more

Instead of holding their own vote on a minimum wage ordinance, the San Jose City Council has decided to let voters have the final say. “It should not be 11 people making this decision.  It should be the voters of San Jose,” said Councilwoman Nancy Pyle. By putting the issue on the November 6th ballot, Read more

New York and California do the best job of keeping people safe from accidental injuries, according a report just released by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Foundation. The report analyzed how each state’s policies protect people from accidental injuries.  Thanks to things like stricter seatbelt laws, bike helmet laws, and tougher Read more

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has made a major decision, and as a result, millions of transgender employees are breathing a sigh of relief. Thanks to a recent EEOC ruling, transgender employees are now officially protected from employment discrimination. Specifically, they are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Read more

If you’re one of America’s small business owners, employees, or customers, this week is for you… SBA and the Obama Administration want to wish you a very happy National Small Business Week! What’s happening this week? National Small Business Week is a public-private partnership that honors small businesses all over the country.  2012 marks the Read more

It’s a case that’s been years in the making, but the California Supreme Court has finally reached a decision in the Brinker Restaurant Corp v. Superior Court case. The big question in the case?  Does an employer have a legal responsibility to make sure that employees take their meal breaks? The answer?  No. The California Read more

It looks like Missouri voters are going to get their say as to whether or not minimum wage workers start earning more money. If passed, the ballot issue would raise Missouri’s minimum wage rate to $8.25 an hour, starting in 2013.  Then, there would be an annual cost-of-living adjustment that would kick in at the Read more

Illinois lawmakers will soon decide whether or not the state’s minimum wage workers deserve a raise, but the issue isn’t as cut and dry as it seems. On the plus side for workers, the proposed law is one in a string of recent minimum wage changes.  In fact, Illinois’ minimum wage rate has been rising Read more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made some changes to Form I-9 — the form that all companies have to fill out for new employees, verifying their identity and that they’re authorized to work in the U.S. But instead of just dumping changes on you, USCIS wants to hear from you.  That’s why they’re Read more