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DOL Publishes Final Regulations on Some FLSA Provisions

 Today the Department of Labor (DOL) issued regulations on a series of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) issues, some of which apply to fire fighters.  Going back to July 2008, the Bush Administration DOL had issued a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" - an NPRM - that sought to unwind some imp... [More]

401(k)s Disappoint Baby Boomers

This is a good article from the Wall Street Journal, with lots of useful points, on the failure of 401(k)s to meet the expectations of retiring (or, would-be-retiring) baby boomers. It summarizes the findings of a study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. The Center’s... [More]

US Dept of Labor Begins Review of Online Voting

Today the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), within the U.S. Department of Labor, will issue what is called a "Request for Information" (RFI) on the use of electronic voting systems, such as web- and telephone based voting, for union officer elections.  It initiates a process (that wi... [More]

Union Antagonists Targeting Dues Checkoff

Last month, the Alabama legislature passed (and outgoing Governor Riley signed) the latest in a series of anti-union attacks happening around the country, as it prohibited dues deductions for public employees if any of those dues are to be used for “political activity.”  The provisi... [More]

Public vs. Private Sector Employees

This study by a Rutgers University professor analyzes public employee compensation and compares the compensation between public and private sectors. Using education level as a comparative element, the study finds that by and large public employees receive considerably less salary... [More]

Fearing fear itself

Here is an excellent column summarizing just what the hold-up appears to be on the continuing, abysmal jobless numbers.  A slight majority in Congress favors continued assistance to the unemployed and a minor stimulus package to boost employment; but as we've all learned, a majority can't get a... [More]

Bipartisan support for Kagan

Going into next week's confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan, nominated by President Obama for Supreme Court, Kagan has landed support from past Solicitors General (her current post in the Obama Administration). Solicitors General from the Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II administrations all sig... [More]

Supreme Court rules on public employee privacy case

As discussed in an earlier blog entry here, the Supreme Court has ruled that a public employer does not violate an employee's Fourth Amendment rights (which protect against unreasonable searches and seizures) when it obtained copies of text messages sent by the employee (with a pager provided b... [More]

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