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Weekend News & Commentary — February 3-4, 2018

Published February 4th, 2018 -

On Friday, Indiana became the second state to get approval from the Trump administration to impose a work requirement on Medicaid beneficiaries. The Wall Street Journal reports that the approval is “the first major health-policy move since Alex Azar was ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 25, 2018

Published January 25th, 2018 -

New tariffs announced by the Trump administration on Tuesday for the import of solar panels will have ripple effects on the solar industry and undertaking of solar projects in the U.S.  Though the tariffs, starting at 30% next year, were implemented to “... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 12, 2018

Published January 12th, 2018 -

The Trump administration announced Thursday it would allow states to impose work requirements in Medicaid. According to The New York Times, this large policy shift toward a more conservative vision for Medicaid will provide waivers to states that wish to condi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 10, 2018

Published January 10th, 2018 -

Late yesterday, a federal district court judge in San Francisco issued a national injunction ordering the Trump administration to “maintain the DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] program on a nationwide basis” while litigation over the program plays... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 15, 2017

Published December 15th, 2017 -

After loud resistance from Democrats, the FCC voted to repeal Obama-era rules requiring broadband providers to treat all internet traffic as equal. The New York Times reports the now-repealed Obama-era regulations regulated high-speed internet as if it were a ... More »

NLRB Overrules Browning-Ferris Industries

Published December 14th, 2017 -

Today in a 3-2 decision, the National Labor Relations Board overruled its 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries. Today’s decision means a return to the pre–Browning Ferris standard for joint-employer liability. Under this standard,  two or more ent... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 14, 2017

Published December 14th, 2017 -

Walmart announced yesterday that it would allow its workers to take their pay before their payday.  Workers would be able to access the wages for hours which they have already worked before the 2-week pay period mark.  The new initiative is meant to help worke... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 6, 2017

Published November 6th, 2017 -

U.S. job growth picked up in October after hurricanes impeded growth in September, but wages remained flat.  Nonfarm payrolls increased by 261,000.  In general, wage growth has failed to keep up with job growth in past few years.  This in part reflects the the... More »

Gig News: Q Services is Profitable

Published October 27th, 2017 -

Some gig economy startups are eschewing the route Uber and Lyft have taken and are, instead, classifying their workers as employees, not independent contractors. What I’ve referred to in the past as the “poster child” of this strategy is Managed by Q, which be... More »