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Show BioHide BioBenjamin Sachs is the Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry at Harvard Law School and a leading expert in the field of labor law and labor relations. Professor Sachs teaches courses in labor law, employment law, and law and social change, and his writing focuses on union organizing and unions in American politics.  Prior to joining the Harvard faculty in 2008, Professor Sachs was the Joseph Goldstein Fellow at Yale Law School.  From 2002-2006, he served as Assistant General Counsel of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington, D.C.  Professor Sachs graduated from Yale Law School in 1998, and served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. His writing has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the New York Times and elsewhere.  Professor Sachs received the Yale Law School teaching award in 2007 and in 2013 received the Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence at Harvard Law School.  He can be reached at bsachs@law.harvard.edu.

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Rebuilding Labor Law from a Clean Slate

Published April 18th, 2018 -

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be sharing more about a project that Sharon and I are launching at Harvard Law School, “Rebalancing Economic and Political Power:  A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law.” With support from the Ford Foundation and joined by a wide ... More »

The NLRB Should Withdraw Hy-Brand

Published February 21st, 2018 -

As Bloomberg and Law360 report, the NLRB’s Inspector General (IG) has concluded that Board member William Emanuel should have been recused from Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors – the decision that overruled Browning-Ferris and retreated on the defin... More »

Estlund on Elizabeth Anderson’s Private Government

Published January 19th, 2018 -

Cindy Estlund (NYU Law Professor and OnLabor contributor) has a terrific new piece in the Harvard Law Review. In Rethinking Autocracy at Work, Estlund reviews Elizabeth Anderson’s Tanner Lectures (published as Private Government) which “aim to brin... More »

Law and Organizing

Published January 18th, 2018 -

I have a new essay in the Texas Law Review that aims to help explain how a legal regime like labor law can (if actually enforced) facilitate organizing and collective action.  The essay – Law, Organizing, and Status Quo Vulnerability – draws on soc... More »

Continuing the Labor Law Reform Debate in 2018

Published January 3rd, 2018 -

By Sharon Block and Benjamin Sachs In September, we shared our plan to hold a symposium at Harvard Law on the question of whether it is time to end labor preemption.  The symposium brought together leading labor law scholars and practitioners to wrestle with t... More »

Benching Anthem Protesters is Illegal

Published October 12th, 2017 -

On Sunday, Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, said he would bench players who did not stand during the national anthem. This threat was publicized nationally and applauded by President Trump. (In the last few hours, the President told Fox News that ... More »

Janus and Gerrymandering

Published October 6th, 2017 -

Two cases before the Supreme Court this Term will determine the extent to which political parties can entrench themselves in office.  The most obvious of these cases is Gill v. Whitford, which involves the constitutional permissibility of partisan gerrymanderi... More »

Janus, Agency Fees and the First Amendment

Published October 5th, 2017 -

In light of the Court’s grant of cert. in Janus v. AFSCME, I’m posting my new draft article on the subject. The article, Agency Fees and the First Amendment, 131 Harv. L. Rev. (forthcoming Feb. 2018), makes two related arguments, both of which aim ... More »