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August 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 16, 2019

Published August 16th, 2019 -

Senate Republicans won’t even consider legislation to raise the federal minimum wage. Last month, the House approved the Raise the Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15, by a vote of 231 to 199. But to get to the President’s desk, the leg... More »

August 13th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 13, 2019

Published August 13th, 2019 -

Yesterday, the Trump Administration issued its “public charge” rule, which allows U.S. Customs and Immigration Services to deny greencards to any documented immigrants who have used, or who USCIS believes are likely to use, public benefits like food stamps or ... More »

August 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 7, 2019

Published August 7th, 2019 -

This year, public sector employees in blue states have organized to expand their collective bargaining right—scoring significant legislative gains in spite of the Supreme Court’s 2018 Janus decision. The Intercept reports that more than 22,000 public sector wo... More »

July 28th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — July 28, 2019

Published July 28th, 2019 -

Democratic Presidential contender Pete Buttigieg released a labor and employment policy platform on Friday. Buttigieg’s new platform includes raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, paid sick and family leave, and a series of proposals aimed at strengthening ... More »

July 10th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 10, 2019

Published July 10th, 2019 -

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t plan to impeach Labor Secretary Alex Acosta—even as Acosta faces widespread calls to resign over a plea deal he negotiated with Jeffrey Epstein, a powerful money manager accused of using his wealth and access to cover up his ... More »

June 26th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 26, 2019

Published June 26th, 2019 -

Wayfair employees are walking out today to protest the furniture company’s contacts with the contractors running child internment camps on the border. Wayfair workers learned that the company placed a $200,000 furniture order with BCFS, a federal contractor th... More »

June 21st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 21, 2019

Published June 21st, 2019 -

This week, Democratic Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders floated support for decriminalizing sex work, joining Cory Booker, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and long-shot candidate Mike Gravel, who even lists decriminalization as a platform prior... More »

May 29th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 29, 2019

Published May 29th, 2019 -

Google’s temporary employees and contractors now outnumber full-time employees, according to a New York Times expose. Contingent employees are formally employed by independent staffing agencies, but work side-by-side with Google employees, but “make less money... More »

May 15th, 2019

Today’s News and Commentary—May 15, 2019

Published May 15th, 2019 -

The National Labor Relations Board issued a memorandum concluding that Uber drivers are independent contractors, not employees under Section 2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act. Because the NLRA’s protections apply to employees, the decision leaves ride-h... More »

April 30th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 30, 2019

Published April 30th, 2019 -

The Department of Labor issued a new opinion letter saying that the Department considers gig workers in the so-called “sharing” economy (like Uber drivers or Instacart shoppers) to be independent contractors, rather than employees. The letter is a notable shif... More »

April 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary —April 24, 2019

Published April 24th, 2019 -

A federal judge in Washington ruled yesterday that Amazon drivers aren’t bound by an individual arbitration agreement, allowing a massive class action over employee misclassification to proceed. Amazon drivers allege that they have been improperly designated i... More »

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SCOTUS Weighing LGBTQ Workers’ Rights: What’s At Risk

Published April 22nd, 2019 -

This morning, the Supreme Court granted cert. in three cases asking whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act’s prohibition on workplace discrimination based on sex also prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ workers. The Court granted cert. in Harris Funeral ... More »