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Show BioHide BioSharon Block is the Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. Prior to coming to Harvard Law School in 2017, she was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor and Senior Counselor to Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. While serving in the Obama White House as Senior Public Engagement Advisor for Labor and Working Families, Block led the historic White House Summit on Worker Voice. Early in her career she worked as an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board’s Appellate Court Branch, and returned to the NLRB in 2012 when she was appointed to serve as a member of the Board by President Obama. She also served as senior labor and employment counsel to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee under Senator Edward Kennedy. Block received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she received the John F. Kennedy Labor Law Award.

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NLRB Changes Course on Charter Schools

Published February 22nd, 2019 -

Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board announced that it again would wade into the murky waters of whether charter schools are employers under the National Labor Relations Act.  The question that the Board has put before itself this time, howev... More »

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A Response: Is the New Prime Pill Even More Bitter?

Published January 23rd, 2019 -

Yesterday, Ben and Adrienne sounded a note of caution about the Supreme Court’s opinion in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, which in many ways constitutes a rare win for workers at the Court.  They found a potential long-term problem for Title VII in the origi... More »

 

Clean Slate Update

Published December 12th, 2018 - and

Last spring, we promised to share information about the project we’ve launched at Harvard Law School, “Rebalancing Economic and Political Power: A Clean Slate for the Future of Labor Law Reform.” On Labor Day,  we laid out our vision for this ambitious project... More »

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Joint Employer NPRM: Hy-Brand Returns

Published September 17th, 2018 -

Today, the National Labor Relations Board issued a proposed rule to change its joint employer standard.  The proposed rule is the latest step in the Trump Board’s tortuous path to achieving its goal of replacing the Obama Board’s Browning Ferris Industries dec... More »

 

This Labor Day, A Clean Slate for Reform

Published September 3rd, 2018 - and

As divided as we have become as a country, we arrive at this Labor Day with a shared national understanding: both economic and political power are wildly out of balance, with dire consequences for the vast majority of Americans who find themselves on the losin... More »

 

New Work Towards a New Labor Law

Published August 16th, 2018 -

The New York Times editorial last week celebrating the landslide victory of the ballot initiative to repeal Missouri’s right-to-work (for less) law was entitled, “The Wind at Labor’s Back.”  Those words haven’t been put together in that order in a long time, a... More »

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The Kavanaugh Nomination and Labor

Published July 10th, 2018 -

Yesterday, President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.  Kavanaugh currently serves as a judge on the United States Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was nominated to the D.C. ... More »