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August 14th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—August 14, 2019

Published August 14th, 2019 -

The Nation reported today on working conditions for participants in the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, which provides over 100,000 foreign college students with J-1 visas to work in the United States each summer. According to a recent investigation by the I... More »

 

Today’s News & Commentary—July 11, 2019

Published July 11th, 2019 -

Dunkin’ (formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts), has been systematically cracking down on franchisees that hire undocumented workers, The New Food Economy reports.  Since last September, a Dunkin’ parent company has sought to terminate dozens of f... More »

June 30th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary—June 30th, 2019

Published June 30th, 2019 -

The Wall Street Journal reported this weekend that many companies are requiring summer interns to sign noncompete, non-disclosure, and forced arbitration agreements that can negatively impact their employment prospects. The report notes that while summer inter... More »

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Rise Up Retail Helps Workers Win Severance

Published June 5th, 2019 -

On September 18, 2017, Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy.  The toy retailer had been in decline since at least 2000, but ran into real trouble after a consortium of private equity and real estate firms bought the ailing private company in 2005 in a $6.6 billion l... More »

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Garcetti’s Impact on Teachers

Published June 3rd, 2019 -

The Supreme Court’s First Amendment decision in Garcetti (2006), which concerned the speech of public employees, has since been applied in several cases concerning public school teachers. Although some have been correctly decided, the reasoning lower courts ha... More »

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Fox v. Netflix and Injunctions in Hollywood

Published May 15th, 2019 -

As Netflix evolved from a streaming platform to a producer of original films and series, it needed to hire executives with experience developing and marketing original programming. To find such talent, Netflix looked to the ranks of studios like Twentieth Cent... More »

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The Bogus Justification for Worker Non-Compete Clauses

Published April 24th, 2019 -

Even as employers have deprived nearly 30 million workers of the freedom to leave using non-compete clauses, they and their advocates insist that non-competes promote the public good. The case for robbing workers of the freedom to earn a living where they want... More »

April 7th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — April 6–7, 2019

Published April 7th, 2019 -

The March jobs report revealed that the U.S. added 196,000 jobs last month, exceeding forecasts and demonstrating recovery from February’s slowdown. The numbers in Friday’s monthly report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate strong, sustainable economi... More »

March 10th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 9-10, 2019

Published March 10th, 2019 -

Labor activist and union organizer Nerexda Soto was arrested Wednesday when she met with Unite Here workers on site at the Hyatt-owned Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood.  A small group of Unite Here Local 11 workers and supporters protested the arrest Friday.  Pro... More »

February 24th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — February 23-24, 2019

Published February 24th, 2019 -

Employee pay and benefits comprise a declining percentage (52.7%) of the gross domestic income, even as unemployment rates remain low and demand for workers high.  According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the percentage figure for labor income fell again ... More »

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Protecting Worker Power with Antitrust

Published February 19th, 2019 - and

Workers principally have two ways to exercise power in the labor market: exit and voice (as labor scholar and former Department of Labor Administrator David Weil has explained). Labor law is concerned with worker voice, namely the right of workers to engage in... More »