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Backhanded Compliment: Acosta Threatens Workers Centers

Published November 20th, 2017 -

In his hearing before the House Education and Workforce Committee last week, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta issued an ominous warning to worker centers across the country. When asked by Rep. Francis Rooney (R. Fla.) whether the Department of Labor would begin regulating these “union front organizations,” Acosta previewed that DOL may be taking a step in the next few weeks to impose regulations on wor... More »

Today’s News & Commentary – November 20, 2017

Published November 20th, 2017 -

A federal judge has approved a $209 million settlement deal in a class action suit against the NCAA on behalf of student athletes. The approval partially resolves the case, which resulted from the 2014 consolidation of multiple lawsuits in the Northern District of California. The class action suit challenges the NCAA’s rules that prohibit each member university from paying student athletes more th... More »

Deliveroo Riders in Europe Demand Job Security – Can They Win the Fight?

Published November 19th, 2017 -

On Tuesday, Deliveroo - an online on-demand food delivery company currently operating in 11 countries - won a UK court decision that frees the company from the responsibility of offering minimum wages and holiday pay to their bike-riding delivery workers (or “riders”). On the very same day, Deliveroo riders in the Netherlands took to the streets of Amsterdam to voice their dissatisfaction with the... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — November 18-19, 2017

Published November 19th, 2017 -

Twenty states suspend people’s professional or driver’s licenses for falling behind on student loan payments, according to the New York Times.  Licensing laws developed as government losses from student loans rose rapidly, hitting the billion-dollar mark in the 1980s.  Texas and Illinois were the first states to enact licensing laws, and the Department of Education recommended that other states fo... More »

Gig News: More Details Emerge about Amazon Flex

Published November 17th, 2017 -

Over the last couple decades, Amazon has built out an extensive shopping service, making it second nature to order an item and expect it on your doorstep in a couple days. But how many customers know that their deliveries are arriving courtesy of a controversial, Uber-like program called Amazon Flex? When news of Amazon Flex first bubbled up just over two years ago, Ben Sachs highlighted two conce... More »

Will Proposed Tax Legislation Tilt the Worker Classification Debate?

Published November 16th, 2017 -

Tax reform is in the air. On Thursday, November 9, Senate Republicans released a Description of the Chairman’s Mark (prepared by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT)), which contains in substance the Senate version of proposed tax reform legislation. Among other things, that JCT description stated that the bill would clarify the treatment of many workers as independent contractors by providing a ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary –November 16, 2017

Published November 16th, 2017 -

A new report from U.C. Berkeley’s Labor Center studied the effect of 51 policy measures, collectively labeled “California Policy Model” addressing workers’ rights, environmental issues, safety net programs, taxation, infrastructure, and more, from 2011 – 2015.  The report found that among other things, wages for low-wage workers rose, wage inequality declined modestly... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 15, 2017

Published November 15th, 2017 -

The ACLU filed a lawsuit in the Middle District of North Carolina on behalf of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) alleging that a new state law would make it all but impossible for the farmworkers’ union to continue operations. The lawsuit challenges the North Carolina Farm Act of 2017, which targets FLOC in two ways. First, the law invalidates contracts guaranteeing that employers w... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 14, 2017

Published November 14th, 2017 -

Writing for the Atlantic, Sarah Lacy describes that  Women in Tech Are Rising Higher in China Than in the U.S.  Lacy notes the disparity between the percent of U.S. tech companies that, when asked how many women have C-level jobs at their company, answered “one or more” (53%), and the percentage of Chinese tech companies that answered “one or more” (almost 80%). Also at the... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — November 11-12, 2017

Published November 12th, 2017 -

In honor of Veterans Day, Fast Company has collected twenty-four resources to help veterans re-entering the workforce. Jessica Mason argues in Slate’s Better Life Lab that chosen family should be included in paid leave policies, and she cites a few examples of where such policies are already working, including in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Program of Comprehensive Assista... More »

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