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Today’s News & Commentary—December 27, 2017

Published December 27th, 2017 -

The Atlantic reports that the #metoo movement has yet to deliver justice for low-wage workers who are victims of sexual harassment. The piece explains that sexual harassment is rampant in low-wage industries–50% of workers in the restaurant industry repo... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—December 26, 2017

Published December 26th, 2017 -

Jim Hackett, CEO of Ford Motor Company, apologized to Ford employees last week following accusations of sexual harassment in two Chicago plants to which the plants responded inadequately.  Hackett published an open letter expressing a zero tolerance policy for... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—December 22, 2017

Published December 22nd, 2017 -

Airline and airport workers are organizing and striking this holiday season.  Earlier this week, the European budget airline Ryanair agreed to recognize cabin crew and pilot unions who were threatening a strike.  Now, Ryanair is under investigation by at least... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 21, 2017

Published December 21st, 2017 -

Both the House and Senate passed a tax reform bill, and President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days. The plan provides significant tax cuts for businesses by slashing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. The plan also increases ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 20, 2017

Published December 20th, 2017 -

The House passed the GOP tax reform bill yesterday afternoon, but will have to vote on it again today to avoid potentially violating the Byrd Rule, which governs the types of legislation that can be passed under reconciliation. The Senate passed it last night ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 18, 2017

Published December 18th, 2017 -

According to Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky, Judge Kozinski has announced his retirement from the bench, effective immediately. The Washington Post reported on Friday that nine more women have accused 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski of inappropriate s... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — December 16-17, 2017

Published December 17th, 2017 -

On Thursday, the F.C.C. voted to repeal net neutrality rules that prohibited broadband providers from charging more for better service or content, and from blocking access to certain content.  The repeal is likely to radically change the online landscape.  The... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — December 13, 2017

Published December 13th, 2017 -

Tomorrow, the National Labor Relations Board will publish a Request for Information in the Federal Register, asking for public input regarding the Board’s 2014 “Quickie Election” Rule.  The amendments, which took effect on April 14, 2015, allowed u... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — December 12, 2017

Published December 12th, 2017 -

A piece at the New York Times profiles “disposable workers” in Europe.  Hundreds of thousands of these workers are recruited by agencies each year to perform cheap manual labor and service jobs (e.g. picking vegetables or pouring concrete).  The ar... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 11, 2017

Published December 11th, 2017 -

In the new tax plan, “the amount you make may be less important than how you make it,” reports the New York Times.  Both the House and Senate bills link tax rates to characteristics such as “ownership, day-to-day level of involvement, organiz... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — December 9-10, 2017

Published December 10th, 2017 -

Incarcerated men, women and children make up a third of California’s wildfire-fighting force.  Doing dangerous and demanding 24-hour shifts, inmate-firefighters are paid $1 per hour.  Their work and time off are the subject of a photo essay from the Marshall P... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 8, 2017

Published December 8th, 2017 -

On Capitol Hill yesterday, Senator Al Franken resigned after allegations that he had sexually harassed several women.  Meanwhile, the House Administration Committee held hearings in which it heard from employment law experts as it develops plans to reform how ... More »