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How Bad Could it Get (Legally)?

Published May 26th, 2017 -

It’s a good moment to think creatively and expansively about how to revitalize the U.S. labor movement.  This important work is underway, with contributions from academics, labor lawyers, union organizers, and others.  Substantive debates about the futur... More »

Pensions v 401(k)s: An Illinois Case Study

Published May 26th, 2017 -

Illinois’ pension liability is estimated to stand at more than $130 billion.  The reason behind Illinois’ ever-growing pension liability is one of debate.  Some attribute the deficit to legislators voting on pension bills they didn’t fully understand.  Others ... More »

Sign of the Times?

Published May 25th, 2017 -

Notable that as commentators in the U.S. call for a move from enterprise to sectoral-level bargaining, relying in part on the the French example, France’s new President wants his country to move from sectoral to enterprise-level bargaining. More »

Workers Need a Bill of Rights

Published May 24th, 2017 -

Except for about a month in the summer of 2009 when the Democrats had 60 votes in the Senate, for the entire twenty-first century any proposal to substantially increase workers’ rights at the national level has had to be prefaced by the comment that, “of cours... More »

Alito on Work-Life Balance

Published May 22nd, 2017 -

In an interview published last week in Seminarian Casual, Justice Alito offered some important remarks about work-life balance.  Asked how he has managed to balance “work and family life,” Alito answered: I have been fortunate to have jobs that all... More »

Service Animals and Employee Mental Health

Published May 22nd, 2017 -

Mental health conditions are a growing concern for a number of veterans.   According to the Rand Center for Military Health Policy Research, about 20% of veterans that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from a mental health issue, including post-trauma... More »

Equal Pay [for Teens] for Equal Work

Published May 15th, 2017 -

Tyeshawn Clark,[1] is a 17-year-old high school student who lives with his mom and 2-year-old brother in Dorchester, MA. Every day after school Tyeshawn works at the Transformative Culture Project, a job placement he found through the Boston Private Industry C... More »

Regulating Surrogacy: In Whose Interest?

Published May 12th, 2017 -

On April 7th, Washington D.C.’s new surrogacy statute went into effect, making contracts for surrogacy both legal and enforceable, subject to certain minimum qualifications.  D.C. now joins eight states that also fully recognize and enforce surrogacy contracts... More »