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Today’s News & Commentary — October 8, 2018

Published October 8th, 2018 -

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is facing accusations that he discriminated against Native Americans when reassigning 33 career Interior Department officials last summer. Even though Native Americans represent less than 10% of DOI’s workforce, fully... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 5, 2018

Published October 5th, 2018 -

This morning, the Senate narrowly voted to end debate on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. A final vote could occur as early as tomorrow. 51 Senators, including Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted for clotur... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 25, 2018

Published September 25th, 2018 -

The New York Times reported that thousands of workers at Marriott hotels from Hawaii to Massachusetts have voted to authorize their union, Unite Here, to strike over the past two weeks. But alongside the usual demands, like higher wages and better workplace pr... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 11, 2018

Published September 11th, 2018 -

The New York Times reports that children fare better when their teachers are diverse. The majority of U.S. teachers are white women—77% of teachers are women, and 80% are white—but research shows that students, especially boys, benefit when at least one teache... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 17, 2018

Published August 17th, 2018 -

In the forthcoming September issue of Vanity Fair, Uber engineer-turned-Silicon Valley watchdog Susan Fowler examines the future of the gig economy. In her piece entitled, “What Have We Done?: Silicon Valley Engineers Fear They’ve Created a Monster... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 14, 2018

Published August 14th, 2018 -

President Trump acknowledged on Twitter on Monday that the White House required staff to sign nondisclosure agreements, which his aides have declined to confirm for months. Although legal experts say such agreements are essentially unenforceable for government... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 8, 2018

Published August 8th, 2018 -

In a hard-fought win for organized labor, Missouri voters repealed a so-called “right-to-work” law enacted last year by Missouri’s Republican state legislature and former Republican governor by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. The New York Times repor... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 27, 2018

Published July 27th, 2018 -

The Massachusetts House voted on Tuesday to pass a bill requiring companies seeking large state and local government contracts to disclose workplace safety violations. The bill is a response to the 2016 deaths of two workers, Kelvin Mattocks and Robert Higgins... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 25, 2018

Published July 25th, 2018 -

Today, Bloomberg reported that for the first time in Google’s twenty-year history, the number of people working for the company who aren’t classified as Google employees exceeded the number who are. Google’s Alphabet Inc. employs thousands of contract wo... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 17, 2018

Published July 17th, 2018 -

Seven fast food chains will stop enforcing “no poaching” agreements at all of their locations nationwide after an investigation by 11 state Attorney Generals. About 80% of fast food workers are constricted by these anti-competitive clauses, which c... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 3, 2018

Published July 3rd, 2018 -

After long campaign by thousands of app-based drivers with the Independent Drivers Guild, New York City released a report today analyzing a proposal to establish a minimum pay rate for app-based for-hire vehicle drivers.  The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission,... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 19, 2018

Published June 19th, 2018 -

In the wake of the Epic Systems decision, U.S. companies are flocking to include forced arbitration and class action waiver clauses in their contracts.  Attorney Ron Chapman of Ogletree Deakins helped create an arbitration clause generator on his firm’s ... More »