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Brief Round-up for New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira (Part 3 of 3)

Published August 20th, 2018 -

Last week we summarized the briefs submitted by petitioner New Prime Inc. and respondent Dominic Oliveira in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, as well as the briefs submitted by amici curiae for New Prime.  Today we examine the briefs submitted by amicus curiae for Oliveira. Amicus Briefs for Oliveira The American Association for Justice explains that when the American Federation of Labor (AFL) successf... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 20, 2018

Published August 20th, 2018 -

Incarcerated people across the United States will go on strike starting tomorrow (Tuesday, August 21st) to protest mass incarceration, poor prison conditions, and exploitative prison labor practices.  While the 13th Amendment bars slavery and involuntary servitude, it creates an exception for involuntary work imposed “as a punishment for crime;” and many states force prisoners to work for pennies ... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — August 18–19, 2018

Published August 19th, 2018 -

In today’s Sunday Review for The New York Times, economic historian Louis Hyman argues that new technology companies like Uber and TaskRabbit did not create the gig economy but only took advantage of a decades-long shift to temporary work arrangements.  He analogizes the current historical moment to the Industrial Revolution.  While new factory technology reflected the changing nature of work in t... More »

Brief Round-up for New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira (Part 2 of 3)

Published August 17th, 2018 -

Yesterday we summarized the briefs submitted by petitioner New Prime Inc. and respondent Dominic Oliveira in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, the latest case before the Supreme Court to address the extent of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA)’s reach in the employment context.  Today we summarize the briefs submitted by amici curiae for New Prime, and next week we will summarize those submitted fo... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 17, 2018

Published August 17th, 2018 -

In the forthcoming September issue of Vanity Fair, Uber engineer-turned-Silicon Valley watchdog Susan Fowler examines the future of the gig economy. In her piece entitled, “What Have We Done?: Silicon Valley Engineers Fear They’ve Created a Monster,” Fowler recalled from when she worked at Uber how the company manipulated fares to “trick” drivers into working longer hours for lit... More »

New Work Towards a New Labor Law

Published August 16th, 2018 -

The New York Times editorial last week celebrating the landslide victory of the ballot initiative to repeal Missouri’s right-to-work (for less) law was entitled, “The Wind at Labor’s Back.”  Those words haven’t been put together in that order in a long time, as we have witnessed a decades-long decline in the size, power, and vitality of the U.S. labor movement.  This pro-labor momentum, building f... More »

Brief Round-up for New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira (Part 1 of 3)

Published August 16th, 2018 -

On October 3 the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, the first arbitration case before the justices since they decided Epic Systems in May.  Today we recap the briefs submitted this summer by petitioner New Prime Inc. and respondent Dominic Oliveira.  Tomorrow we will summarize the briefs submitted by amici curiae for New Prime, and next week we will summarize thos... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 16, 2018

Published August 16th, 2018 -

Yesterday Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced the Accountable Capitalism Act, a plan to reduce income inequality while still operating within a capitalist framework.  The goal is to make large companies responsive not only to their shareholders, but also to their employees.  Under the bill, corporations with more than one billion dollars in annual revenue would be required to procure a federal cor... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 15, 2018

Published August 15th, 2018 -

Gig-economy-giants like Uber, Lyft, and Instacart are quietly lobbying California Democrats to reverse a groundbreaking court ruling protecting gig workers’ rights. In the LA Times, law professor Veena Dubal explains the stakes. In Dynamex, the California Supreme Court updated the state’s test for which workers are employees — entitled to protections like state minimum wage, overtime, and sick lea... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 14, 2018

Published August 14th, 2018 -

President Trump acknowledged on Twitter on Monday that the White House required staff to sign nondisclosure agreements, which his aides have declined to confirm for months. Although legal experts say such agreements are essentially unenforceable for government employees because they infringe on First Amendment rights, the admission raises the question of how nondisclosure agreements—even those tha... More »

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