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Today’s News & Commentary — February 23, 2018

Published February 23rd, 2018 -

In advance of Monday’s oral argument in Janus, Bloomberg and the New York Times consider what might become of public sector unions if Abood is overruled. In These Times has a long feature on the advocacy groups who are funding not only Janus but also oth... More »

Today’s News & Commentary – February 21, 2018

Published February 21st, 2018 -

An article in Law360 describes the National Labor Relations Board Inspector General’s report on the decision of NLRB Member Bill Emanuel not to recuse himself from Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors Ltd.  This case reversed the joint employer standard established... More »

Today’s News & Commentary – February 20, 2018

Published February 20th, 2018 -

A district judge in the Northern District of California certified a class of Uber drivers in Dulberg v. Uber Technologies Inc.  The breach of contract suit alleges that after the company implemented its upfront pricing feature, drivers were not paid adequate w... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 19, 2018

Published February 19th, 2018 -

James Damore, the former Google engineer who is infamous for authoring a politically controversial memo that promoted gender stereotypes, was legally fired according to an NLRB memo from January that was not publicly released until Thursday.  More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 16, 2018

Published February 16th, 2018 -

Yesterday, the Senate rejected a White House immigration proposal that would have increased border security, placed new limits on legal migration like family-based immigration and the diversity visa lottery program, and provided a pathway to citizenship for 1.... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 15, 2018

Published February 15th, 2018 -

In Lawson v. GrubHub Inc., No. 15-cv-05128, the Northern District of California ruled that a driver for Grubhub a meal delivery service, was an independent contractor, not an employee. The Court’s used California Supreme Court’s multi-factor test as stat... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 14, 2018

Published February 14th, 2018 -

On Monday, Local 33-UNITE HERE withdrew its petition to the NLRB to represent student teachers in 8 of the 56 departments of the Graduate School for Arts and Sciences at Yale University.  The micro-unit bargaining strategy, which allowed the union to define ba... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 9, 2018

Published February 9th, 2018 -

In the first gig economy worker classification case to go to trial, a federal magistrate judge ruled yesterday that a GrubHub worker was an independent contractor under California law.  The decision could have ramifications in suits against other gig companies... More »

Today’s News & Commentary – February 7, 2018

Published February 7th, 2018 -

The Boston Globe reports that a group of 500 airport workers at Logan Airport are preparing to strike this afternoon.  Employed by ReadyJet and Flight Services & Systems, these baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaners, and skycaps, have auth... More »

Today’s News & Commentary – February 6, 2018

Published February 6th, 2018 -

Yesterday was the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act.  The FMLA requires employers to provide eligible employees with 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year, with no threat of job loss.  The Act also requires employers to provide co... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 5, 2018

Published February 5th, 2018 -

Less than two years after having finally been recognized as the inspiration for J. Howard Miller’s iconic “We Can Do It!” World War II poster, Naomi Parker Fraley–the “true” Rosie the Riveter–died at age 96 on January ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 2, 2018

Published February 2nd, 2018 -

The NLRB inspector general is investigating whether Board member William Emanuel broke government ethics rules when he took part in the Board’s recent actions overturning the Obama-era joint employer standard, ProPublica reports.   Before Trump appointed... More »