March 22nd, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 22, 2019

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President Trump erroneously blamed the United Auto Workers union for the closure of the Lordstown GM factory in Ohio, stating in a speech that “[t]hey could’ve kept that gorgeous plant . . . Lower your dues. Lower your dues.”  The plant’s closure—which was a decision made by GM, not the […] More »

March 20th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 20, 2019

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Facebook has reached a settlement in a group of lawsuits alleging that its policy of allowing targeted advertisements for employment, housing, and credit applications discriminates on the basis of age, gender, and other protected categories.  The lawsuits were brought by the National Fair Housing Alliance, the Communication Workers of America, […] More »

March 19th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 19, 2019

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The Maryland State Senate just approved a $15 minimum wage by 32 to 15 — with enough votes to override a possible veto by Republican Governor Larry Hogan. Hogan has instead proposed raising the minimum wage to $12.10 an hour in 2025, and Senate Democrats believed he was likely to […] More »

March 18th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 18, 2019

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On Friday, a white supremacist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing fifty people and injuring dozens more.  In the aftermath of the attack, Facebook said that it removed 1.5 million videos of the mass shooting.  However, directly hired facebook workers do not review violent material or other posts […] More »

March 17th, 2019

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Weekend News & Commentary — March 16-17, 2019

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Senator Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) 2020 presidential campaign announced on Friday that it will have a unionized workforce.  A majority of staffers signed union cards authorizing United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 to represent them, and the campaign voluntarily recognized the union.  The bargaining unit will include all campaign employees […] More »

March 15th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 15, 2019

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Workplace deaths hit a 10-year high in 2018, with over 5,000 workers were killed on the job. But, according to a disturbing new report by the National Employment Law Project, OSHA investigations have fallen steadily during the Trump Administration — even as three million workers suffered serious workplace injuries last […] More »

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Religious Freedom for All, and Accommodation for Some

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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination based on religion. With respect to religion, 42 USC 2000e(j) requires an employer to “reasonably accommodate” an employee’s beliefs and practice... More »

March 14th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 14, 2019

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Yesterday Democrats in both the House and the Senate reintroduced the Equality Act, a bill that would bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.  Forty-four business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, wrote to congressional leaders to express their […] More »

March 13th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 13, 2019

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Uber just agreed to a $20 million settlement with 13,600 California drivers, bringing an end to lawsuits challenging their classification as independent contractors who can be denied employment protections like the minimum wage, unemployment insurance, and health insurance. The settlement comes as Uber prepares for an IPO this year and California […] More »

March 12th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 12, 2019

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Hundreds of Texas public school teachers, support staff, and their unions rallied outside the state capitol in Austin yesterday, calling for more state education funding as the legislature debates issues including teacher pay.“Education funding is an emergency in Texas,” Noel Candelaria, president of the Texas State Teachers Association, said, and […] More »

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