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Can We Fix Gig Workers’ Taxes?

Published March 27th, 2018 -

Last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act gave some gig workers — usually classified as independent contractors — a tax cut.  But the most vexing tax challenges facing these workers are not high rates but convoluted rules and tremendous compliance obstacles that leave... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 23, 2018

Published March 23rd, 2018 -

A policy rider in the spending bill passed last night bars employers from skimming workers’ tips.  As we noted earlier this week, Democrats sought the rider after controversy engulfed the Department of Labor’s effort to repeal an Obama Era tip regulation.  The... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — March 15, 2018

Published March 15th, 2018 -

“Organized labor, once seen as fractured and feckless in the Trump era, gave the Democrat Conor Lamb his edge in Pennsylvania,” says a New York Times analysis of last night’s special election.  A Politico analysis also noted Lamb’s strong support from unions, ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—March 9, 2018

Published March 9th, 2018 -

Trump officially announced new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum yesterday, with industry workers standing on as he signed the proclamation.  As many have reported, the tariffs are billed as a measure to protect American manufacturing workers, but the ste... More »

Coverage After the Janus Oral Argument

Published February 28th, 2018 -

The Supreme Court heard oral argument on Monday in Janus.  Analyses report that, as expected, there were pointed questions for AFSCME and Illinois by Justices Alito and Kennedy; the four liberal justices took every opportunity to highlight the potential effect... More »

Janus Oral Argument Transcript

Published February 26th, 2018 -

The Supreme Court has posted the transcript of this morning’s oral argument in Janus.  Notably, Justice Gorsuch, expected to be the deciding vote, did not speak during the argument.  We’ll have more coverage of the oral argument later this week. More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 23, 2018

Published February 23rd, 2018 -

In advance of Monday’s oral argument in Janus, Bloomberg and the New York Times consider what might become of public sector unions if Abood is overruled. In These Times has a long feature on the advocacy groups who are funding not only Janus but also oth... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 9, 2018

Published February 9th, 2018 -

In the first gig economy worker classification case to go to trial, a federal magistrate judge ruled yesterday that a GrubHub worker was an independent contractor under California law.  The decision could have ramifications in suits against other gig companies... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 2, 2018

Published February 2nd, 2018 -

The NLRB inspector general is investigating whether Board member William Emanuel broke government ethics rules when he took part in the Board’s recent actions overturning the Obama-era joint employer standard, ProPublica reports.   Before Trump appointed... More »

Janus Amicus: Economists & Law Professors

Published January 30th, 2018 -

A group of over two dozen economists and law and economics professors filed an amicus in Janus in support of the respondents.  The brief argues that “decades if not centuries of economic theory and empirical evidence” establish that many who pay ag... More »

Janus Amicus: Labor & Employment Law Professors

Published January 29th, 2018 -

Several leading professors of labor and employment law have filed an amicus brief in support of the respondents in Janus.  The brief, authored by Samuel Estreicher, was filed by Cynthia Estlund, Estreicher, Julius Getman, William Gould, Michael Harper, and The... More »

Janus Amicus: Ben Sachs

Published January 22nd, 2018 -

An amicus filed on Friday in Janus and based on Ben’s new article Agency Fees and the First Amendment, 131 Harv. L. Rev. 1046 urges the Court to reject Janus’s challenge on the ground that it does not raise a valid First Amendment claim.  The amicu... More »