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October 9th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—October 9, 2019

Published October 9th, 2019 -

The New York Times and the Washington Post reported on a new study of American tax burdens by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabrieal Zucman of the University of California at Berkeley. The study analyzes the “effective” tax rates paid by Americans since the 196... More »

September 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—September 27, 2019

Published September 27th, 2019 -

On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Eugene Scalia to be labor secretary. The vote was 53-44 along party lines. Scalia received support from 13 former career officials with the Labor Department, who wrote in a letter to lawmakers that Scalia was “very supportive ... More »

September 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—September 25, 2019

Published September 25th, 2019 -

On Tuesday, the Department of Labor announced new rules that will require employers to pay overtime to workers making less than $35,500 per year. The rules, proposed in March, will take effect on January 1, 2020. Employers today are only required to pay overti... More »

September 11th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—September 11, 2019

Published September 11th, 2019 -

On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced a proposal to extend health insurance benefits to the families of approximately 5,000 city employees who assisted police and firefighters with rescue and recovery efforts on and after September 11, 2001... More »

August 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—August 28, 2019

Published August 28th, 2019 -

On Tuesday, union workers at the Ford Motor Co. plant in Louisville, KY, voted 99% to 1% to authorize a strike if Ford fails to negotiate a new four-year labor contract with the UAW before the existing contract expires on September 14. As Rachel reported in Ju... More »

August 14th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—August 14, 2019

Published August 14th, 2019 -

The Nation reported today on working conditions for participants in the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, which provides over 100,000 foreign college students with J-1 visas to work in the United States each summer. According to a recent investigation by the I... More »

July 31st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—July 31, 2019

Published July 31st, 2019 -

On Monday, U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg blocked a New Hampshire rule that would have required that state’s low-income residents to complete 100 hours a month of work, school, job training or volunteering in order to obtain health coverage under Medica... More »

July 14th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—July 14, 2019

Published July 14th, 2019 -

On Friday, July 12, Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta announced his resignation as Democrats and Republicans alike questioned his handling of a sex crimes case involving financier Jeffrey Epstein when Acosta was a federal prosecutor in Florida. Even before l... More »

July 3rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—July 3, 2019

Published July 3rd, 2019 -

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that a group of prominent Republicans will file an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to rule that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination against gay men, lesbians, and transgender people i... More »

June 19th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—June 19, 2019

Published June 19th, 2019 -

On Friday, June 14, the NLRB overturned 38 years of precedent, holding in UPMC and SEIU, 368 NLRB No. 2 (June 14, 2019), that an employer has no duty to permit nonemployee union organizers to use public space on its property to solicit union support. The case ... More »

June 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—June 5, 2019

Published June 5th, 2019 -

The New York Times reports that approximately 11,000 airline catering workers will vote this month on whether to take a first step towards a labor stoppage. Airline catering workers are among the lowest-paid workers at airports. Many make minimum wage, or less... More »

May 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—May 22, 2019

Published May 22nd, 2019 -

On Tuesday, a group of labor organizations filed 23 new sexual harassment charges and lawsuits against McDonald’s. The Fight for $15 organization, the ACLU, and the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund filed 20 complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissi... More »