Ryan Z. Cortazar

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August 25th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — August 25, 2015

Published August 25th, 2015 -

Target has agreed to pay $2.8 million to more than 3,000 applicants for upper-level jobs at the company who were rejected due to tests that had disparate impact across race and gender groups, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.  The EEOC’s acting ... More »

August 11th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — August 11, 2015

Published August 11th, 2015 -

Irregular work schedules and the increased use of on-call scheduling are making workers sick, according to Teresa Tritch in the New York Times.  Studies have found that workers with little advance notice of work schedules experienced greater stress, anxiety, f... More »

August 2nd, 2015

Weekend News & Commentary — August 1-2, 2015

Published August 2nd, 2015 -

In the past quarter, labor costs showed their smallest increase in 33 years, according to the New York Times.  The small gain reflects diminished worker commissions and bonuses.  Experts believe the the small growth in labor costs is a temporary setback and th... More »

July 28th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary ––- July 28, 2015

Published July 28th, 2015 -

Senator Mitch McConnell has asked President Obama to appoint G. Roger King to the National Labor Relations Board as a replacement for outgoing Republican Board Member Harry Johnson, according to Politico.  King served as a lead attorney in NLRB v. Noel Canning... More »

July 14th, 2015

Today’s News and Commentary – July 14, 2015

Published July 14th, 2015 -

The Washington Post‘s Lydia DePillis wrote about efforts by employers to reach young adults who are unemployed and not in school, a demographic that is “disproportionately non-white, overwhelmingly poor, live far away from large employers and often... More »

July 12th, 2015

Weekend News & Commentary — July 11–12, 2015

Published July 12th, 2015 -

The New York Times Opinionator Blog examined the efforts of domestic workers to win labor rights.  When passing the Fair Labor Standards Act and other employment-rights statutes, Congress excluded domestic workers, who were often African-Americans working in t... More »

June 30th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — June 30, 2015

Published June 30th, 2015 -

President Obama announced plans to expand overtime eligibility to nearly 5 million workers in a column published on the Huffington Post.  The proposed change would raise the salary cutoff for automatic overtime eligibility from $23,660 to $50,400 next year.  F... More »

June 16th, 2015

Today's News — June 16, 2015

Published June 16th, 2015 -

The Washington Post‘s Lydia DePillis profiled technologies designed to help workers navigate the complexities of the modern workplace.  The piece details a variety of products, ranging from electronic versions of anonymous comment boxes to human resource... More »

June 14th, 2015

Weekend News & Commentary — June 13-14, 2015

Published June 14th, 2015 -

On Friday, the House of Representatives “effectively scuttled legislation granting the president trade promotion authority” to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a fast-track basis, according to the New York Times.  Democrats voted overwhel... More »

June 2nd, 2015

Today's News & Commentary — June 2, 2015

Published June 2nd, 2015 -

In an opinion piece at the New York Times, Jonathan Smith examines the role that police unions have played in blocking reform of law enforcement practices.  Smith, who served as the chief of the special litigation section of the Department of Justice’s C... More »