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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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NFL Anthem Protests: Protected Concerted Activity

Published September 25th, 2017 -

I’ve been getting a number of press calls asking whether the NFL players who are sitting down during the national anthem might be disciplined by the League for doing so, or whether they enjoy legal protection against such employment action. I recommend, ... More »

London Bans Uber

Published September 22nd, 2017 -

In a major gig economy development, London’s transit authority announced today that it will revoke Uber’s operating license.  Among the reasons cited for the revocation are problems in the way Uber conducts background checks of its drivers. Employm... More »

Is it Time to End Labor Preemption?

Published September 11th, 2017 -

By Sharon Block and Benjamin Sachs Serious thinking about labor law reform seems to be coalescing around a few themes.  One of these is the possibility of allowing state and local intervention into the rules of union organizing and collective bargaining.  Purs... More »

Sharon Block Testifies on Gig Economy

Published September 6th, 2017 -

Sharon Block is testifying this morning before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in a hearing on “The Sharing Economy: Creating Opportunities for Innovation and Flexibility.”  The hearing and a video of the testimony is available h... More »

The Un-Newness of Uber’s Arguments

Published July 12th, 2017 -

I thought readers would appreciate the opening paragraph of a new article on regulating ridesharing platforms: In 1933, Elizabeth Rhone called Try Me Cab Company’s advertised phone number to order a cab. The company dispatched a vehicle bearing its logo. Unfor... More »

Pope Francis’ Union Message

Published July 8th, 2017 -

Pope Francis delivered an address to the Confederation of Trade Unions in Italy (CISL), and his message is a compelling one.  It can be read in its entirety here.  For me, there were at least four important points. We should not think about labor without under... More »

UBI: Playing Defense or Playing the Long Game?

Published July 7th, 2017 -

The debate between Brishen Rogers and Andy Stern points to important questions about the best strategy for achieving a progressive UBI in the United States.  We look forward to publishing Rogers’ reply to Stern soon.  In the meantime, I want to offer a t... More »

Seattle and the Economics of Minimum Wage

Published June 26th, 2017 -

As FiveThirtyEight reports today, in a story titled Seattle’s Minimum Wage Hike May Have Gone Too Far, a team of researchers at the University of Washington is out with a new economic analysis of the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance. Here’s the abstr... More »

Uber Adds a Tip Option

Published June 21st, 2017 -

Lost in the extensive coverage of Travis Kalanick’s resignation is the news that Uber is adding an in-app tip option.  According to the Washington Post, the option is already available in Houston, Minneapolis, and Seattle, and should be part of the app n... More »