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Exotic Dancers Join the Debate over Dynamex

Published June 17th, 2019 -

In February, Stormy Daniels published an op-ed arguing that exotic dancers should be “treated as freelancers, not employees.”  In doing so, she criticized the California Supreme Court’s adoption of the “ABC test” in Dynamex.  Under that test, a business that w... More »

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Rise Up Retail Helps Workers Win Severance

Published June 5th, 2019 -

On September 18, 2017, Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy.  The toy retailer had been in decline since at least 2000, but ran into real trouble after a consortium of private equity and real estate firms bought the ailing private company in 2005 in a $6.6 billion l... More »

May 1st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 1, 2019

Published May 1st, 2019 -

Joe Biden kicked off his presidential campaign by making an appeal to labor unions.  At a union hall rally in Pittsburgh on Monday, Biden spoke before 600 people, promising to advocate for middle-class families and painting himself as a “union man.”  While the... More »

April 17th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 16, 2019

Published April 17th, 2019 -

According to data analyzed by the Wall Street Journal, black workers have benefitted the least from the United States’s recent economic boom.  While inflation-adjusted weekly earnings for the median American rose 5.3% in the first quarter of 2019 compared with... More »

April 3rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 3, 2019

Published April 3rd, 2019 -

Yesterday was National Equal Pay Day, a holiday created in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to raise awareness of gender pay disparities.  In the United States, it is observed on the day of the year until which women would have to work to earn what... More »

March 20th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 20, 2019

Published March 20th, 2019 -

Facebook has reached a settlement in a group of lawsuits alleging that its policy of allowing targeted advertisements for employment, housing, and credit applications discriminates on the basis of age, gender, and other protected categories.  The lawsuits were... More »

March 6th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 6, 2019

Published March 6th, 2019 -

The California Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the state may roll back or eliminate certain pension benefits without violating the state’s Constitution.  In Cal Fire Local 2881 v. CalPERS, the court upheld the California legislature’s elimination of a... More »

March 1st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 1, 2019

Published March 1st, 2019 -

The Department of Labor is close to passing a new overtime law, reports Bloomberg.  Under the proposed regulation, which would update federal overtime requirements for the first time in 15 years, workers who earn less than $35,000 per year will automatically b... More »

February 20th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 20, 2019

Published February 20th, 2019 -

Yesterday, Senator Bernie Sanders announced that he would make a second run at the presidency.  At his announcement, Sanders railed against “the powerful special interests that dominate our economic and political life.”  In response, the Trump camp... More »

February 6th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 6, 2019

Published February 6th, 2019 -

The National Labor Relations Board is calling for amicus briefs on whether it should continue to exert jurisdiction over charter schools.  In two decisions handed down in 2016, the Board held that charter schools, which are privately owned but publicly funded,... More »

January 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 23, 2019

Published January 23rd, 2019 -

Bloomberg reports that NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb wants to ban workers from displaying Scabby the Rat at strikes and picket lines.  Scabby is an inflatable balloon created by labor organizers from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftwor... More »