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Today’s News & Commentary — December 19, 2018

Published December 19th, 2018 -

In wage and Auer news, Bloomberg reports that a potential Supreme Court ruling upending “Auer deference” could magnify judicial oversight of federal agencies enforcing labor and employment law.  Named after the Supreme Court’s decision in Auer v. Robbins and d... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 18, 2018

Published December 18th, 2018 -

NPR and PBS Frontline spent years investigating a recently discovered outbreak of advanced black lung disease, known as progressive massive fibrosis. A federal monitoring program reported just 99 cases of advanced black lung disease nationwide from 2011-2016, ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 17, 2018

Published December 17th, 2018 -

Workers at Silicon Valley firms are using their stock-based compensation to demand changes in their companies, the New York Times reports.  In late November and early December this year, over a dozen Amazon employees filed identical shareholder petitions askin... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 14, 2018

Published December 14th, 2018 -

A restaurant workers’ organization is appealing a D.C. Superior Court’s order that blocked a referendum to raise D.C.’s sub-minimum base wage for tipped workers. In many states, including D.C., tipped workers like waiters, bartender, and manicurists can be pai... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 13, 2018

Published December 13th, 2018 -

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island have announced their effort to unionize with the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU).  Workers cite inadequate pay; 12-hour shifts with insufficient breaks; unreasonable hourly quotas; unpaid ti... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 12, 2018

Published December 12th, 2018 -

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board has announced that it will extend the deadline for receiving public comments on its proposed joint-employer rule until at least January 14.  Under the the proposed rule, a company would be deemed a joint employer o... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — December 11, 2018

Published December 11th, 2018 -

French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the French people Monday as France headed into a fourth week of civil unrest, introducing a series of measures he hopes will quell violent protests across the country. In a 13-minute speech, Macron declared a state of... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

Published December 10th, 2018 -

Labor unrest is growing at NPR, the United States’ largest radio news organization. The nonprofit group, which recently faced a staff rebellion over its handling of sexual harassment allegations against a top newsroom executive, now faces criticism that ... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018

Published December 9th, 2018 -

Civil unrest in France continued and even expanded this weekend, as French police arrested over a thousand protesters. A large police presence seemed better able to control the violence this weekend, the fourth weekend in a row in which the Yellow Vests (as pr... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 6, 2018

Published December 6th, 2018 -

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission voted this week to create a minimum pay standard for the approximately 80,000 drivers in the city working for transportation network companies like Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Via.  The standard establishes a per-minut... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 5, 2018

Published December 5th, 2018 -

The Fight for $15 movement has raised wages by $68 billion for 22 million low-wage workers, according to a new study published by the National Employment Law Project (NELP). In a remarkable sign of the campaign’s effectiveness, NELP found that the $68 billion ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 4, 2018

Published December 4th, 2018 -

Yesterday, striking hotel workers and Marriott reached a contract agreement to end San Francisco’s largest hotel strike in decades. The strike, which began nearly two months ago on October 4, affected seven San Francisco hotels operated by Marriott. Almo... More »