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Today’s News & Commentary—May 12, 2017

Published May 12th, 2017 -

The New York Times Editorial Board calls a bill just passed by the House, “an invitation to wage theft.” The bill, called the “Working Families Flexibility Act,” lets employees choose paid time off instead of collecting time-and-a-half wages for overtime.  How... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 28, 2017

Published April 28th, 2017 -

Alexander Acosta will head up the Labor Department under President Trump after the Senate voted yesterday to approve his appointment. Acosta formerly served as a member of the National Labor Relations Board, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, ... More »

Are Lyft and Pepsi Playing the Same Game?

Published April 27th, 2017 -

Recently, following swift and widespread backlash, Pepsi pulled an advertisement that was accused of co-opting imagery from Black Lives Matter protests and other social movements. The advertisement’s storyline centered on model Kendall Jenner abandoning a phot... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 14, 2017

Published April 14th, 2017 -

The New York Times reports that rules for immigrant detainees are likely  to change soon. Over the last 15 years, the federal government has instituted some protections for immigrant detainees including requirements to “[n]otify immigration officials if a deta... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 14, 2017

Published April 14th, 2017 -

The New York Times reports that rules for immigrant detainees are likely  to change soon. Over the last 15 years, the federal government has instituted some protections for immigrant detainees including requirements to “[n]otify immigration officials if a deta... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — March 31, 2017

Published March 31st, 2017 -

Department of Labor officials told the The Guardian that it is getting harder to conduct workplace investigations because undocumented workers are refusing to cooperate with investigators. According to the report, the current government’s policies have stoked ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 17, 2017

Published March 17th, 2017 -

President Trump released his budget proposal yesterday and it includes deep cuts to almost every area of discretionary spending. Of seventeen spending categories only Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs have proposed increases. The budget proposal ... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — March 3, 2017

Published March 3rd, 2017 -

The Guardian reports that the Fight for $15 mid-south organizing committee is suing the Memphis police for engaging in a “campaign of harassment” against its members. According to the article, the lawsuit alleges that police officers “followed organizers home ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 17, 2017

Published February 17th, 2017 -

President Trump has announced his new nominee for Labor Secretary and it is Alexander Acosta.  According to the Washington Post Acosta currently serves as Dean of Florida International University, and formerly served as Supreme Court Justice Alito’s law ... More »