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Today’s News & Commentary — December 7, 2017

Published December 7th, 2017 -

The Trump Administration has sided against public-sector unions by filing a brief in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees in support of a constitutional challenge to fair-share fees. While 28 states already have right-to-work ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 6, 2017

Published December 6th, 2017 -

This week the Supreme Court announced that it will allow the Trump Administration to implement the third version of its travel ban while suits challenging the order are litigated in the lower courts.  The two orders lifting the injunction represent a victory f... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 5, 2017

Published December 5th, 2017 -

The Department of Labor has published a proposed change to the rules around tip pooling.  In 2011, the Obama Administration  clarified the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations to reflect the Wage and Hour Division’s long-standing policy – based on 1974 FLSA am... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 4, 2017

Published December 4th, 2017 -

On Friday, NLRB General Counsel Peter B. Robb told regional board officials via an internally distributed memo to consult with his office in any cases involving precedents decided under the Obama-era NLRB.   Such orders are standard for a new general counsel t... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — December 2-3, 2017

Published December 3rd, 2017 -

On Saturday morning, the Senate passed the Republican tax bill.  The bill is projected to amount to tax cuts of approximately $1.5 trillion over the next ten years.  Supporters of the bill claim it will fuel economic growth and create jobs.  Critics claim the ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 30, 2017

Published November 30th, 2017 -

Yesterday, adding to a prominent series of firings related to sexual harassment and abuse allegations, NBC fired Matt Lauer, the co-host of the channel’s most profitable franchise, “Today.”  NBC News Chairman said NBC news had received an all... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 29, 2017

Published November 29th, 2017 -

The Province of Ontario is testing the effects of a basic income program on poverty, reports the New York Times. Ontario will provide a basic income to 4,000 people who are unemployed or who make an annual salary of less than 34,000 Canadian dollars ($24,000) ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 28, 2017

Published November 28th, 2017 -

Employees of online retailers that are acquired by Walmart face significantly increased premiums for company-sponsored health coverage.  As the New York Times reports, the health benefits Walmart provides to the employees of its online retail operations is inf... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 27, 2017

Published November 27th, 2017 -

The California Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling today in a lawsuit between Gerawan Farming and the United Farm Workers of America.  At issue in the case is a 2002 state law allowing the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board to order mediation... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 24, 2017

Published November 24th, 2017 -

Retailers are expected to hire slightly fewer temporary workers this holiday shopping season.  Although Target plans to hire thousands, Wal-Mart plans to hire none, promising instead to increase existing workers’ hours to accommodate the anticipated surg... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 22, 2017

Published November 22nd, 2017 -

Allegations of sexual harassment against high-profile men continued to mount yesterday with the announcement of accusations against news anchor Charlie Rose and Democratic Representative John Conyers.  As discussions turn to how to prevent sexual harassment in... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 21, 2017

Published November 21st, 2017 -

StreetsBlogUSA recaps a Demos study that recommends improving public transportation in order to address the racial gap in employment rates.  Car ownership tracks race, and, for instance, black workers in Detroit are 13 times more likely to commute via public t... More »