April 18th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — April 18, 2019

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A taskforce charged with proposing reforms to combat workplace misconduct has chosen to leave open an important escape hatch for judges accused of sexual harassment or other misconduct: the opportunity to end an investigation by retiring. As a result, judges are able to prevent a potentially embarrassing inquiry and immunize […] More »

April 17th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — April 16, 2019

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According to data analyzed by the Wall Street Journal, black workers have benefitted the least from the United States’s recent economic boom.  While inflation-adjusted weekly earnings for the median American rose 5.3% in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the beginning of the 2007 recession, the median wages of […] More »

April 16th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary—April 16, 2019

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Microsoft announced Monday that it would overhaul its procedures for handling workers’ complaints of harassment and discrimination, less than two weeks after a report revealed widespread sexist treatment of female employees at the firm.  Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told workers in an internal memo that the company plans to speed […] More »

April 15th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — April 15, 2019

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For the fifth day, over 30,000 Stop & Shop workers at over 240 stores across New England stayed off the job and on the picket lines as negotiations continue.  As previously reported in OnLabor, these workers — represented by five United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) locals — walked off […] More »

April 14th, 2019

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Weekend News & Commentary — April 13-14, 2019

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On Friday, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) instructed its 15,000 members to fire their agents or face penalties, after talks between the union, which consists of movie and television writers, and the Association of Talent Agents (ATA), the group representing the major agencies in negotiations, deteriorated ahead of a […] More »


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Uber’s $100b IPO

Published April 12th, 2019 -

David Streitfeld has a great story in the NYT this morning about life as an Uber driver and the vast distance between what drivers earn and what investors will reap from the firm’s public offering. Drivers: $40,000 in a... More »

April 12th, 2019

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News & Commentary—April 12, 2019

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Uber acknowledged Thursday in a filing for its initial public offering that classifying its drivers as employees, rather than independent contractors, would require a fundamental shift in the ride-hailing app’s business model.  Uber currently classifies its drivers as independent contractors, which excuses the company from providing benefits, overtime pay, and a […] More »

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