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Today’s News & Commentary — April 6, 2017

Published April 6th, 2017 -

The Department of Labor has once again delayed the implementation of the Obama Administration’s “Fiduciary Rule,” previously slated to take effect on April 10. According to Forbes, the DOL has responded to President Trump’s February 3 executive order to review... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 5, 2017

Published April 5th, 2017 -

Title VII protects LGBT workers from discrimination, a federal appeals court ruled for the first time yesterday.  The plaintiff in the case, Kimberly Hively, alleged that she had been fired from her teaching job because she is a lesbian.  In an 8-3 decision, t... More »

Thinking About The Equal Pay Act on Equal Pay Day

Published April 4th, 2017 -

Equal Pay Day, April 4, 2017, symbolizes how far into the year women, on average, must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. In fact, Asian American Women’s Equal Pay Day is on March 7th, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is on July 31st, Native America... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 4, 2017

Published April 4th, 2017 -

Google’s self-driving car program, Waymo, finds itself in an intense legal battle with Uber. Seven weeks ago, Waymo sued the ride sharing company stealing trade secrets, according to the Wall Street Journal. At the center of the battle is Anthony Levando... More »

Gig News: Seattle Gig Unionization Ordinance On Hold

Published April 3rd, 2017 -

Despite surviving multiple court challenges, the revolutionary Seattle municipal ordinance giving gig economy independent contractors the right to unionize appears to be on hold. According to Bloomberg BNA, a Seattle city attorney announced the city will delay... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 3, 2017

Published April 3rd, 2017 -

The New York Times has a thorough feature about how Uber is using “psychological tricks” to subtly control the drivers who use the service. The article focuses on how the company “solves” the problem of how it cannot exert too much control over its drivers—cur... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — April 1-2, 2017

Published April 2nd, 2017 -

Fox News has paid out as much as $13 million to fend off sexual harassment claims against their top anchor, Bill O’Reilly.  A New York Times investigation has revealed that five women (including employees) have received payouts either from O’Reilly... More »

Guest Post: A Letter from Sharon Block

Published March 28th, 2017 -

Sharon Block is the Executive Director of Harvard University’s Labor and Worklife Program.  She formerly served in the Obama Administration as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Labor and Senior Counselor to the Secretary ... More »