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Some tips to avoid the heat while working

This summer is set to be one of the (if not the) hottest on record. Unfortunately, summer isn't all beaches and tanning. Working outdoors in extreme heat can be incredibly dangerous. The human body needs to maintain a certain temperature, any deviation up or down by a few degrees could be fatal. The body cools off by sweating; unfortunately, in hot and humid environments sweat is insufficient.

"Deflate-gate" decision implicates larger employee rights

Yes, this story is as ridiculous as it sounds. For those of you that do not remember, Tom Brady, the Patriot's star quarterback, was suspended by the NFL for four games because league officials determined that he played a role in having footballs deflated slightly to facilitate more effective grip. It was deemed this was against the rules, and therefore he was punished. Tom Brady appealed the decision, and the case took on a life of its own after.

House committee to debate bill regarding LGBT workplace rights

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform plans on taking up a new bill that addresses LGBT rights in the workplace. The debate is planned on July 12th and it is widely expected to pass Committee. The bill, the First Amendment Defense Act, would allow business, government, and other entities that receive taxpayer funds to ignore laws that conflict with their religious beliefs. This bill is the latest in a series of laws that the Republican lead House has taken up regarding LGBT rights.

Former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson files harassment lawsuit

Sexual harassment is not limited to the stereotypical positions, although it happens there as well, it happens in every job to everyone. As a recent news story illustrates, it can even happen to news anchors at prominent television networks. According to reports, Gretchen Carlson, a Fox news host, who was a regular on Fox and Friends and had her own show, the Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, the Chairman of Fox News.

Homecare workers have same wage rights as other employees

One of those most over-worked and under-appreciated occupations are home care workers. These workers are at the forefront of ensuring that the oldest and weakest Americans are properly cared for. The United States will grapple with unprecedented demographic shifts in the coming decades as the population continues to age. During that time, home care workers will only grow in importance. They are the only occupation that provides care for the elderly and allows them to stay in their own home. In short, they provide services that are critical for the economy.

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