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Today’s News & Commentary — January 30, 2018

Published January 30th, 2018 -

In the wake of many, serious allegations against casino mogul Steve Wynn, casino worker Brittany Bronson uses a New York Times op-ed to shine a bright light on wealth inequality and sexual abuse at work.  Bronson analogizes the confidentiality required in a hi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 16, 2018

Published January 16th, 2018 -

The Department of Labor released new guidance that makes it easier for companies to hire unpaid interns.  As we discussed here, the dividing line between ‘employee’ and ‘intern’ has been contested.  Finding Obama-era DOL guidance too strict, the Second Circuit... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 2, 2018

Published January 2nd, 2018 -

The new tax plan went into effect yesterday and will allow many pass-through companies to deduct up to 20% of their business income.  The Boston Globe predicts that the change will lead gig workers to form LLCs in order to avail themselves of the deduction.  T... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — December 9-10, 2017

Published December 10th, 2017 -

Incarcerated men, women and children make up a third of California’s wildfire-fighting force.  Doing dangerous and demanding 24-hour shifts, inmate-firefighters are paid $1 per hour.  Their work and time off are the subject of a photo essay from the Marshall P... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 5, 2017

Published December 5th, 2017 -

The Department of Labor has published a proposed change to the rules around tip pooling.  In 2011, the Obama Administration  clarified the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations to reflect the Wage and Hour Division’s long-standing policy – based on 1974 FLSA am... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 21, 2017

Published November 21st, 2017 -

StreetsBlogUSA recaps a Demos study that recommends improving public transportation in order to address the racial gap in employment rates.  Car ownership tracks race, and, for instance, black workers in Detroit are 13 times more likely to commute via public t... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — November 4-5, 2017

Published November 5th, 2017 -

1800 workers in New York City are in their eighth month striking against Charter Communications.  After Charter bought Time Warner Cable in May 2016, Charter sought to substitute its standard contract for the collective bargaining agreement between Time Warner... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 24, 2017

Published October 24th, 2017 -

Under Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget proposal, taxes on ride share companies would increase by 15 cents per ride in 2018 and by 5 cents more per ride in 2019. This move comes in part due to advocacy by taxi companies, but ride share would remain the less expensiv... More »

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 »