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Today’s News & Commentary – February 20, 2018

Published February 20th, 2018 -

A district judge in the Northern District of California certified a class of Uber drivers in Dulberg v. Uber Technologies Inc.  The breach of contract suit alleges that after the company implemented its upfront pricing feature, drivers were not paid adequate wages.  Before upfront pricing, drivers were paid roughly 80% of the cost of a ride while Uber received the remaining 20%.  According to the ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 19, 2018

Published February 19th, 2018 -

James Damore, the former Google engineer who is infamous for authoring a politically controversial memo that promoted gender stereotypes, was legally fired according to an NLRB memo from January that was not publicly released until Thursday.  More »

Weekend News & Commentary — February 17-18, 2018

Published February 18th, 2018 -

According to Liz O’Donnell at The Atlantic there is a looming crisis facing America’s working daughters. While advocates already face challenges with regards to paid family and medical leave, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there are currently 44 million unpaid eldercare providers in the United States and the majority are women. With few formal or informal support systems, women ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 16, 2018

Published February 16th, 2018 -

Yesterday, the Senate rejected a White House immigration proposal that would have increased border security, placed new limits on legal migration like family-based immigration and the diversity visa lottery program, and provided a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers.  The Senate also rejected two other immigration measures. Also yesterday, AirBnb cafeteria workers ratified a contract w... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 15, 2018

Published February 15th, 2018 -

In Lawson v. GrubHub Inc., No. 15-cv-05128, the Northern District of California ruled that a driver for Grubhub a meal delivery service, was an independent contractor, not an employee. The Court’s used California Supreme Court’s multi-factor test as stated in S.G. Borello & Sons, Inc. v. Department of Industrial Relations, 48 Cal.3d 341 (1989), focusing on “whether the person to whom ser... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 14, 2018

Published February 14th, 2018 -

On Monday, Local 33-UNITE HERE withdrew its petition to the NLRB to represent student teachers in 8 of the 56 departments of the Graduate School for Arts and Sciences at Yale University.  The micro-unit bargaining strategy, which allowed the union to define bargaining units at Yale as individual departments instead of the whole school, had been upheld by the NLRB in Specialty Healthcare & Reha... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 13, 2018

Published February 13th, 2018 -

On Monday, President Trump’s administration “proposed deep spending cuts” in the U.S. Labor Department’s budget for the second consecutive year.  The administration requested a 21% budget reduction over current levels for fiscal year 2019.  In particular, reductions in funding for job training and placement programs, training and employment service programs, and Job Corps p... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 12, 2018

Published February 12th, 2018 -

This evening, the Senate is expected to begin an open-ended debate on immigration reform.  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is using a neutral House bill unrelated to immigration as the base legislation, giving senators wide discretion to propose whatever they want.  A proposal must receive 60 votes to become part of the base bill, and a bill must receive 60 votes in order to leave the Senate.  Pro... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — February 10-11, 2018

Published February 11th, 2018 -

Jon Steingart at Bloomberg Law details how the GrubHub litigation could find new legs at the trial court level. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held on Feb. 8 that former GrubHub delivery driver Raef Lawson was not an employee as Lawson had contended. Judge Coreley used the “Borello” test for worker classificat... More »

Today’s News & Commentary – February 8, 2018

Published February 8th, 2018 -

Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer reached a bipartisan agreement yesterday evening in the hopes of avoiding another government shutdown.  The deal would raise caps on military and domestic spending and is seen by some as a victory for both sides.  Their proposal faced vocal opposition from Representative Nancy Pelosi, who took to the House floor for eight hours to protest the deal’s failu... More »

Estlund on Elizabeth Anderson's Private Government

Published January 19th, 2018

Law and Organizing

Published January 18th, 2018

Continuing the Labor Law Reform Debate in 2018

Published January 3rd, 2018

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