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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 »

April 10th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 10, 2019

Published April 10th, 2019 -

Yesterday, House Democrats introduced a groundbreaking new bill to fight workplace sexual harassment. The #BeHeard Act (Bringing an End to Harassment By Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination in the Workplace Act) was written to ensure that the ... More »

March 19th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 19, 2019

Published March 19th, 2019 -

The Maryland State Senate just approved a $15 minimum wage by 32 to 15 — with enough votes to override a possible veto by Republican Governor Larry Hogan. Hogan has instead proposed raising the minimum wage to $12.10 an hour in 2025, and Senate Democrats belie... More »

March 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 15, 2019

Published March 15th, 2019 -

Workplace deaths hit a 10-year high in 2018, with over 5,000 workers were killed on the job. But, according to a disturbing new report by the National Employment Law Project, OSHA investigations have fallen steadily during the Trump Administration — even as th... More »

March 13th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 13, 2019

Published March 13th, 2019 -

Uber just agreed to a $20 million settlement with 13,600 California drivers, bringing an end to lawsuits challenging their classification as independent contractors who can be denied employment protections like the minimum wage, unemployment insurance, and hea... More »

February 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 27, 2019

Published February 27th, 2019 -

Yesterday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) reintroduced the Child Care for Working Families Act, which dramatically expand access to high-quality child care to low- and middle-income families. The legislation would cap childcare ... More »

February 13th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 13, 2019

Published February 13th, 2019 -

The Merit Systems Protection Board, a quasi-judicial agency that hears grievance appeals for federal workers, is about to lose its last member. The Board has three seats, two of which have been vacant throughout the Trump administration because of a deadlocked... More »

January 30th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 30, 2019

Published January 30th, 2019 -

Democrats are pushing legislation to provide back pay to low-wage federal contractors who lost paychecks during the federal shutdown. Congress routinely approves funding to reimburse federal employees who go unpaid during the federal shutdown will be getting b... More »

January 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 16, 2019

Published January 16th, 2019 -

Yesterday, the Supreme Court announced a rare, unanimous victory for workers in New Prime v. Oliveira, ruling that transportation workers cannot be forced into mandatory arbitration when their rights are violated at work. Section 1 of the Federal Arbitration A... More »