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Continuing the Labor Law Reform Debate in 2018

Published January 3rd, 2018 -

By Sharon Block and Benjamin Sachs In September, we shared our plan to hold a symposium at Harvard Law on the question of whether it is time to end labor preemption.  The symposium brought together leading labor law scholars and practitioners to wrestle with t... More »

Second Circuit Judges Teach Interns a Valuable Lesson

Published January 2nd, 2018 -

Unpaid interns who sued Hearst magazines under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) recently learned an important lesson:  judges often make law in the guise of statutory interpretation.  The lawsuit against Hearst, along with a similar lawsuit against Fox Sear... More »

Miscimarra’s Parting Shot: Was It a December Massacre?

Published December 19th, 2017 -

In recent years, the end of a National Labor Relations Board member’s term occasioned an odd death watch for controversial precedent.  Last week, Board Chair Phil Miscimarra finished his term with a flurry of big decisions, including five cases that overturned... More »

Sexual Harassment and our Undemocratic Workplaces

Published November 27th, 2017 -

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a flood of alarming reports about powerful men who have engaged in repeated acts of sexual harassment, sometimes stretching across decades.  Many women who had previously remained silent or shared their stories only with clo... More »

Backhanded Compliment: Acosta Threatens Workers Centers

Published November 20th, 2017 -

In his hearing before the House Education and Workforce Committee last week, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta issued an ominous warning to worker centers across the country. When asked by Rep. Francis Rooney (R. Fla.) whether the Department of Labor would begin reg... More »

The Democrats: Unmoored, and Unable to Compete

Published October 24th, 2017 -

Recently the Times chronicled the devastation of the Democratic Party in Iowa, a former swing state that now has a Republican Governor, two Republican Senators, three Republican Representatives (out of four total), and an electorate that voted for Donald Trump... More »