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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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Sectoral Approach for Domestic Workers

Published July 16th, 2019 -

This week, Senator Kamala Harris and Representative Pramila Jayapal introduced the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (HR 3760 and S 2112).  The bill provides a number of important protections for domestic workers.  The bill corrects several historical e... More »

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Advocating for a Workers’ Advocate

Published June 27th, 2019 -

With gridlock in Congress the norm for the foreseeable future, the federal regulatory process has taken on greater importance as a policy tool.  But relying on the regulatory process to advance progressive, pro-worker policy is problematic.  The modern federal... More »

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More Epic Fall Out: Your Lawsuit or Your Job

Published June 24th, 2019 -

Last year, Ben and I flagged concerns about the breadcrumbs that the Supreme Court dropped in its opinion in Epic Systems v. Lewis on the path to narrowing the National Labor Relations Act’s protection for concerted activity.  A recent filing by the Board’s Ge... More »

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Questionable Opinion About the Gig Economy

Published May 8th, 2019 -

As OnLabor covered last week (here and here), the Department of Labor recently issued an “opinion letter” finding that the workers deriving income from an unnamed “virtual marketplace company” are independent contractors and not employees covered by the Fair L... More »

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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 »