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Today’s News & Commentary — October 4, 2018

Published October 4th, 2018 -

On Tuesday, the Washington, D.C. City Council voted to overturn a recent referendum in which voters eliminated the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers. The referendum would have gradually raised this wage from $3.89 an hour up to the standard minimum wage by 2... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 6, 2018

Published September 6th, 2018 -

A group of workers at Whole Foods are seeking to unionize, the Wall Street Journal reports. These workers hope to collectively bargain with Whole Foods and its parent company, Amazon, over wages, benefits, and job security. Amazon has successfully avoided unio... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 28, 2018

Published August 28th, 2018 -

President Trump said yesterday that the United States and Mexico have reached a deal on a renegotiated NAFTA, though Canada has apparently been left out of the deal for the time being. Lawmakers and industry expressed concern that the trilateral NAFTA could be... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 24, 2018

Published August 24th, 2018 -

In an interview with the New York Times, Chinese artist Cao Fei discusses how her art examines economic development in her country and broader questions about the nature of labor. Her new video piece takes place in a factor staffed almost entirely by robots. T... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 23, 2018

Published August 23rd, 2018 -

Responding to the #MeToo movement and the Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems, the California State Senate passed a bill that would prohibit employers from requiring a mandatory arbitration provision or nondisclosure agreement as a condition of empl... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 9, 2018

Published August 9th, 2018 -

As expected, the New York City Council voted yesterday to cap the number of Ubers allowed to drive within the city, in a win for taxi drivers, who had complained of deflated incomes. The move came despite opposition from the NAACP and other civil rights organi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 3, 2018

Published August 3rd, 2018 -

The Massachusetts legislature this week passed a new bill that would limit the use of noncompete clauses in that state. The new law, which still must be signed by Republican Governor Charlie Baker, would allow employers to prevent their workers from moving to ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 26, 2018

Published July 26th, 2018 -

The Eleventh Circuit revived a suit brought by the NAACP against the state of Alabama for its law pre-empting Birmingham’s minimum wage hike. The NAACP argued that the Alabama law intentionally discriminated against black workers, who would have benefitted dis... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 12, 2018

Published July 12th, 2018 -

The BBC has made progress in closing the wage gap between its male and female stars, but its dozen highest-paid stars continue to be all men. An enormous pay disparity at the network was revealed last year, causing outrage among many employees and members of t... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — June 28, 2018

Published June 28th, 2018 -

The Supreme Court struck a major blow to public sector unions yesterday. The Janus ruling held that the First Amendment prohibits states from requiring non-union members to pay so-called “agency fees” to the union that represents them. Sharon Block and Ben Sac... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — June 14, 2018

Published June 14th, 2018 -

On Tuesday, Washington governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order intended to mitigate the fallout from the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Epic Systems. In the order, the governor instructs state agencies to contract only with businesses who can demonst... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 31, 2018

Published May 31st, 2018 -

The Economist yesterday questioned the wisdom of the NFL’s new national anthem policy and cited Professor Sachs’ recent piece arguing that the policy change was an illegal violation of federal labor law and possibly the First Amendment. The Economi... More »