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Privacy, Employment, and the Third Party Doctrine

Published April 3rd, 2014 -

Changes in technology are putting pressure on the constitutional rules that determine when law enforcement officers need a search warrant to gather information. One rule that seems particularly strained is the “third party doctrine,” which maintains that the p... More »

Robots and Labor (Continued)

Published January 24th, 2014 -

The Financial Times (behind paywall) reports on a speech by Google’s Eric Schmidt on the effects of robot technology on labor, in which Schmidt says: “There is quite a bit of research that middle class jobs that are relatively highly skilled are being automate... More »

Working at Wal-Mart, Part One: Wages and Benefits

Published November 19th, 2013 -

What is it like to work at America’s largest private employer? Wal-Mart’s labor and business practices matter deeply, not only for the ripple effects the company causes throughout the retail industry and the economy as a whole, but more directly, for the 1.3 m... More »

Is There A Public-Sector/Private-Sector Pay Gap?

Published September 4th, 2013 -

A major theme in the debate over public-sector unions has been the idea that public-sector workers get paid more than their counterparts in the private sector.  Joe Slater has an important new paper that sheds helpful light on this question.  Slater reviews th... More »

Why I Am Blogging About Labor

Published August 8th, 2013 -

My academic fields of expertise are at the intersection of national security law and international law, and I already blog at a site devoted to these topics.  One thus might wonder why I am participating in this blog on labor law and politics.  The short answe... More »

Welcome to On Labor

Published August 8th, 2013 -

Welcome to On Labor, a new blog by Jack Goldsmith and myself dedicated to current developments in the world of workers, unions, and politics.  Labor is a complicated field today.  Complicated because the traditional labor movement is in dramatic decline, and, ... More »