Alison Deich

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May 26th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary–May 26

Published May 26th, 2014 -

According to the New York Times, the IRS recently ruled that employers may not give their workers tax-free stipends to buy health insurance in the individual marketplace. Instead, large employers must provide insurance coverage for their employees, or pay a pe... More »

May 12th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary–May 12

Published May 12th, 2014 -

According to the New York Times, Lynn R. Williams passed away last week at the age of 89. Mr. Williams was the president of the United Steel Workers from 1983 until 1994. During his tenure, he helped steel workers weather layoffs and convinced the steel indust... More »

April 28th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary–April 28

Published April 28th, 2014 -

According to the Washington Post, Republicans are expected to block a Senate bill that would gradually increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Nevertheless, Democrats are hoping that their fight to increase the minimum wage will help them win votes in Nov... More »


Privacy, Employment, and the Third Party Doctrine

Published April 3rd, 2014 -

Changes in technology are putting pressure on the constitutional rules that determine when law enforcement officers need a search warrant to gather information. One rule that seems particularly strained is the “third party doctrine,” which maintains that the p... More »

March 31st, 2014

Today's News and Commentary–March 31

Published March 31st, 2014 -

The Washington Post reports that the federal minimum wage has become a contested political issue. Congressional Democrats, who represent more low-wage workers than Congressional Republicans, are making a big push to raise the minimum wage. By contrast, Republi... More »

March 17th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary–March 17

Published March 17th, 2014 -

The New York Times reports that a growing number of low-wage workers are struggling to escape poverty. Today’s low-wage workers are older and more educated than low-wage workers in years past, but many have been unable to find higher-paying jobs. According to ... More »

March 7th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary–March 7

Published March 7th, 2014 -

According to the Washington Post, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued new, detailed guidelines to help employers understand what constitutes religious discrimination under Title VII. Claims of religious discrimination in the workplace... More »


New York City's Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Published February 28th, 2014 -

In October of 2013, New York City enacted the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (Act). Under the new law, most employers in New York City must provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. This post will explain what the Act accomplishes, why it was nece... More »

February 17th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary–February 17

Published February 17th, 2014 -

According to the New York Times, Volkswagen officials in Germany have renewed their efforts to create a German-style works council at the company’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. On Friday, workers at the Chattanooga plant voted against unionization. The vot... More »

February 3rd, 2014

Today's News and Commentary–February 3

Published February 3rd, 2014 -

According to the Washington Post,  Democrats and Republicans may have found common ground in the debate surrounding immigration reform: both parties seem to think that the government should issue more employment-based visas. Despite this apparent consensus, so... More »

January 20th, 2014

Today's News and Commentary–January 20

Published January 20th, 2014 -

Happy Martin Luther King Day! The Washington Post reports that, this week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Harris v. Quinn. OnLabor has covered Harris v. Quinn extensively, and we will continue to provide coverage as the case develops. A summary ... More »