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Today’s News & Commentary — October 5, 2017

Published October 5th, 2017 -

On Tuesday, a House of Representatives bill to narrow the definition of joint employer passed out of committee in a party-line vote.  The Save Local Business Act would limit employer liability under the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 26, 2017

Published September 26th, 2017 -

American cities are going wild as Amazon looks for a place to build its second headquarters and employ 50,000 people.  Tucson businessmen sent a 21-foot cactus to Jeff Bezos’ office.  Philadelphia and Tulsa have expressed openness to modifying their tax ... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — September 16-17, 2017

Published September 17th, 2017 -

Gallup Senior Economist Jonathan Rothwell synthesizes data challenging the notion that globalization and manufacturing’s decline explain President Trump’s electoral victory.  When controlling for demographic factors, Mr. Trump was only three percent more popul... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 29, 2017

Published August 29th, 2017 -

An embattled St. Louis ordinance raised the city’s minimum wage to $10 an hour on May 5, 2017.  Yesterday, the minimum wage dropped back down to $7.70 because a state law took effect prohibiting local minimum wages above the state minimum.  Though many states ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 15, 2017

Published August 15th, 2017 -

The Wall Street Journal reports on a “rare instance of agreement between immigration-rights activists and the Trump administration”: activists are applauding the DOL’s suit against an Arizona farm employing H-2A visa-holders.  DOL alleged minimum wage violatio... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 1, 2017

Published August 1st, 2017 -

Opponents of Missouri’s embryonic right-to-work law celebrated a victory on Friday, when an appeals court found that the language in their repeal-oriented referendum was adequately clear and fair.  Governor Eric Greitens signed the law in February, with August... More »

Daily News & Commentary—July 18, 2017

Published July 18th, 2017 -

Tufts Medical Center nurses returned to work yesterday, ending a four-day lockout.  As we recapped this weekend, the Massachusetts Nurses Association struck last Wednesday in the midst of a contract dispute.  Tufts hired replacement nurses, whose five-day cont... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 4, 2017

Published July 4th, 2017 -

“We have… formed the preliminary view that all employees should have access to unpaid family and domestic violence leave.”  This declaration from the Australian Fair Work Commission acknowledges that medical, legal, housing, childcare, and financial needs migh... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 22, 2017

Published June 22nd, 2017 -

In an effort to reduce the gender pay gap, Delaware has enacted a law prohibiting employers from screening applicants based on salary history.  In doing so, Delaware joins Massachusetts, Oregon, New York City, and Philadelphia.  Philadelphia’s ordinance is und... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 8, 2017

Published June 8th, 2017 -

Testifying before a House of Representatives subcommittee, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta highlighted apprenticeships and job training.  These topics also seem to be current priorities for President Trump.  Secretary Acosta’s testimony predictably signale... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — May 25, 2017

Published May 25th, 2017 -

The Department of Labor has taken formal steps towards repealing the ‘persuader rule,’ a regulation that has been in full effect for less than a year.  As we summarized last May, the persuader rule was the Obama Department of Labor’s attempt to plug a loophole... More »