August 12th, 2019

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Today’s News & Commentary — August 12, 2019

Published August 12th, 2019 -

On Friday, Oregon became the first state to offer 100% wage replacement for minimum-wage workers. The state will provide 12 weeks paid time off to new parents, survivors of domestic violence, and those who need to care for a family member, significant other, or any other “close associate.” Oregon’s law […] More »


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Sleeping to the Top: Recognizing a Sex-Based Stereotype

Published July 8th, 2019 -

In February, the Fourth Circuit ruled on Parker v. Reema Consulting Services., holding that rumors in the workplace that a female manager received a series of promotions because she was sleeping with a male manager constitute... More »

May 21st, 2018

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Today’s News & Commentary — May 21, 2018

Published May 21st, 2018 -

The Editorial Board of the New York Daily News yesterday drew attention to what has been a repeated “pilgrimage” in a stymied search for equal rights and fair treatment: the yearly trip of “some of New York State’s 100,000 field hands to the Capitol” to ask for rights to overtime […] More »

October 29th, 2017

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Weekend News & Commentary — October 28-29, 2017

Published October 29th, 2017 -

The Labor Department will file an appeal on Monday of the ruling which struck down the Obama administration’s overtime-pay rule. A Labor Department official said Friday evening that in filing the appeal, the Department is seeking to maintain Secretary Acosta’s ability to establish overtime regulations, and that the appeal should […] More »

May 30th, 2017

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Today’s News & Commentary — May 30, 2017

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Uber and Lyft returned to Austin, TX on Monday after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 100 into law, eliminating Austin’s fingerprint requirements for drivers.  As the LA Times describes, the bill designates the state, not local, government as the regulator of the “ride-hailing industry.”  Uber and Lyft left Austin […] More »

October 25th, 2016

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Today’s News & Commentary — October 25, 2016

Published October 25th, 2016 -

After a 20-day strike, Harvard University and the union representing its dining services workers have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract.  The strike has attracted considerable campus, local, and national attention to difficulties faced by low-wage workers facing seasonal unemployment and untenable health-care costs.  According to The Harvard […] More »

October 19th, 2016

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Today’s News & Commentary — October 19, 2016

Published October 19th, 2016 -

On Tuesday, Harvard University and the Harvard Graduate Student Union–United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW) signed an agreement on election terms for eligible students to vote on unionization.  An email sent to the student body about the election can be accessed here.  HGSU-UAW seeks to represent all Harvard students who serve in research […] More »

October 17th, 2016

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Today's News & Commentary — October 17, 2016

Published October 17th, 2016 -

Eleven striking Harvard dining hall workers will appear in court today after being arrested on Friday for blocking traffic during their protest, according to the Harvard Crimson. The workers, which included the president and lead negotiator of their union UNITE HERE Local 26, were to be charged with disorderly conduct. […] More »

October 9th, 2016

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Weekend News & Commentary — October 8-9, 2016

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The Harvard University dining service workers’ strike continues.  Students are rallying to the cause by joining the picket lines, buying food for the striking workers, setting up a fundraising page, writing op-eds, and more. At the New York Times, Isabel Escolar argues for a “bill of rights” for housekeepers.  After Escolar […] More »