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Today’s News & Commentary — January 15, 2018

Published January 15th, 2018 -

Congress will need to pass a stopgap spending measure to avoid a government shutdown next Saturday.  Democrats are seeking to use the measure to pass a Congressional version of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which offers some protection to the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.  Some Republicans, including Presi... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — January 13-14, 2018

Published January 14th, 2018 -

The Trump administration has announced that millions of people will have to use a new Internal Revenue Service online calculator to make sure their new paychecks are accurate.  This change comes in the wake of administration issuing guidelines for the implementation of the new tax law.  The new calculator will be used to determine how much should be withheld in taxes from employees’ paychecks.  Em... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 12, 2018

Published January 12th, 2018 -

The Trump administration announced Thursday it would allow states to impose work requirements in Medicaid. According to The New York Times, this large policy shift toward a more conservative vision for Medicaid will provide waivers to states that wish to condition benefits on work requirements.  More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 11, 2018

Published January 11th, 2018 -

Early Wednesday morning, agents descended on 98 7-Eleven stores in 17 states, from California to Florida, and arrested 21 employers.  Federal immigration authorities are beginning to heavily scrutinize businesses that hire unauthorized workers.  Wednesday morning’s enforcement operation was the largest operation against employers under the Trump administration.  7-Eleven has terminated the f... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 10, 2018

Published January 10th, 2018 -

Late yesterday, a federal district court judge in San Francisco issued a national injunction ordering the Trump administration to “maintain the DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] program on a nationwide basis” while litigation over the program plays out.  Therefore, previous DACA beneficiaries must be allowed to renew their status, though the government will not be required to accept ne... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 9, 2018

Published January 9th, 2018 -

“Employers Brace for the Loss of an Immigrant Work Force,” says the New York Times.  On Monday, the Trump administration announced that about 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador would have to leave the U.S. by September 2019.  Over 45,000 Haitian immigrants will have to leave the U.S. by July 2019.  The article describes the bind that immigrant workers from Central America and Haiti, w... More »

Continuing the Labor Law Reform Debate in 2018

Published January 3rd, 2018 -

By Sharon Block and Benjamin Sachs In September, we shared our plan to hold a symposium at Harvard Law on the question of whether it is time to end labor preemption.  The symposium brought together leading labor law scholars and practitioners to wrestle with this big question.  To help give context to the symposium discussion, we had asked several thought leaders to help paint the picture of what ... More »

Second Circuit Judges Teach Interns a Valuable Lesson

Published January 2nd, 2018 -

Unpaid interns who sued Hearst magazines under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) recently learned an important lesson:  judges often make law in the guise of statutory interpretation.  The lawsuit against Hearst, along with a similar lawsuit against Fox Searchlight Pictures, alleged that interns received little training, and often performed repetitive tasks that should be compensated.  The FLSA ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—December 26, 2017

Published December 26th, 2017 -

Jim Hackett, CEO of Ford Motor Company, apologized to Ford employees last week following accusations of sexual harassment in two Chicago plants to which the plants responded inadequately.  Hackett published an open letter expressing a zero tolerance policy for workplace harassment.  The letter was published in response to a New York Times profile of rampant misconduct at the two plants. “Emp... More »

At the NLRB, GOP Board Members Show How to Play Hard Ball

Published December 21st, 2017 -

While the media was focusing on the drama over the Republican tax bill, last week the new Republican majority on the National Labor Relations Board issued five decisions overturning precedents:  UPMC, Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, The Boeing Company, Raytheon Company, and PCC Structurals, Inc. Sharon Block has provided a short summary of each of these cases here.  While each decision was substa... More »

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