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May 13th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — May 13, 2015

Published May 13th, 2015 -

Facebook, Inc., is taking significant steps to make sure that its contractors treat their workers better. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company recently required that any contractors whose employees perform a significant amount of work for Facebook... More »

April 29th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — April 29, 2015

Published April 29th, 2015 -

A New York Times Magazine profile details a new app designed by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs that targets the income volatility and anxiety faced by many Americans in the low-wage workforce. The company, called Even, developed an app to “smooth[] the irregular... More »

April 15th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — April 15, 2015

Published April 15th, 2015 -

Thousands of workers are rallying today in over 200 cities—some even walking off the job—to demand a higher minimum wage. The “Fight for Fifteen” campaign sought to mobilize on Tax Day to “highlight [its] complaint that many workers must rely on public assista... More »

March 18th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — March 18, 2015

Published March 18th, 2015 -

McDonald’s workers in 19 cities have filed complaints with OSHA, alleging various workplace health and safety violations including burns from popping grease and a lack of protective equipment. According to AP, the complaints, announced by the group Fast Food F... More »

March 4th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — March 4, 2015

Published March 4th, 2015 -

The Senate voted yesterday to reverse a new NLRB rule that would shorten the time between a union’s request for representation and the actual union certification vote. According to AP, the new rule, which is set to take effect in April, also provides for the u... More »

February 18th, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — February 18, 2015

Published February 18th, 2015 -

Yesterday a federal district judge in Texas issued an injunction that will temporarily halt the implementation of President Obama’s immigration actions from last fall. According to the New York Times, the President promised that the ruling would be appealed an... More »

February 4th, 2015

Daily News & Commentary — February 4, 2015

Published February 4th, 2015 -

Craig Becker, general counsel for the AFL-CIO, writes for Law360 that it’s time to reexamine the “companionship exemption” in the Fair Labor Standards Act, through which employers do not need to pay America’s estimated 2 million home care workers minimum wage ... More »

January 21st, 2015

Today’s News & Commentary — January 21, 2015

Published January 21st, 2015 -

The President delivered the State of the Union last night. Among the President’s economic proposals: a renewed call for a higher minimum wage, an initiative to expand paid sick leave and overtime rules, a focus on maternity leave, and a plan to extend two free... More »

December 28th, 2014

Weekend News & Commentary — December 27-28

Published December 28th, 2014 -

The New York Times takes a shot at predicting the economic fortunes of 2015 (or at least asking the right questions). Among the future unknowns the article poses: How much slack remains in the labor market? Will the Federal Reserve treat its target for 2 perce... More »

December 24th, 2014

Today’s News & Commentary — December 24, 2014

Published December 24th, 2014 -

The Wall Street Journal reports that American Airlines will offer 4% pay raises for all unions able to reach post-merger labor contracts with the company, while raising non-union pay by the same. The move comes one year after American and US Airways merged, as... More »

December 10th, 2014

Today’s News & Commentary – December 10

Published December 10th, 2014 -

Yesterday we covered the Supreme Court’s 9-0 decision in Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk. The New York Times, Washington Post, and Reuters have additional coverage of the case. The Senate has confirmed Lauren McGarity McFerran to the NLRB for a five-year ... More »