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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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Janus and the Private Sector

Published July 3rd, 2018 -

In the grim aftermath of Janus v. AFSCME, discussion has focused on what the decision portends for agency fee agreements in the private sector. Given the cloud of doom that has descended on many of us, it’s not surprising that pessimism abounds. There is... More »

Trump on Janus

Published June 27th, 2018 -

Recognizing the potential folly in engaging with a Trump tweet, I thought it was worth two quick comments on what the President had to say about Janus. Here’s the tweet: Supreme Court rules in favor of non-union workers who are now, as an example, able t... More »

Janus

Published June 27th, 2018 -

Alito writes Janus, decision is 5-4. Reversed and remanded. More soon. More »

In Memoriam: Judge Stephen Reinhardt

Published June 13th, 2018 -

The Harvard Law Review dedicated its latest issue to Judge Reinhardt and published a series of In Memoriam pieces about the Judge. The series is available here. My own contribution focused on Rizo v. Yovino, the Equal Pay Act case that Judge Reinhardt authored... More »

Uber, Flexibility and Employee Status

Published May 18th, 2018 -

Professor Estlund argues that if gig firms have to classify their workers as employees (as I believe the law now requires, and as the Dynamex decision makes more likely), those firms will respond by “exercising greater control over hours and scheduling, ... More »

Enough with the Flexibility Trope

Published May 15th, 2018 -

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the death of Pablo Avendano, a 34-year old bike messenger who was killed while delivering food for Caviar, the app-based food delivery service. Because Avendano was classified as an independent contractor and not ... More »

Looks like the gig is up for Uber in California

Published May 1st, 2018 -

We’ll have more complete analysis in the days ahead, but, as Ross reports, the California Supreme Court has issued a decision with major implications for Uber, the gig economy, and the question of worker classification more broadly. In Dynamex Operations... More »

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 »