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April 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 25, 2019

Published April 25th, 2019 -

In Lamps Plus v. Varela, the Supreme Court held yesterday that “[u]nder the Federal Arbitration Act, an ambiguous agreement cannot provide the necessary contractual basis for concluding that the parties agreed to submit to class arbitration.”  In the case, Lam... More »

April 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary —April 24, 2019

Published April 24th, 2019 -

A federal judge in Washington ruled yesterday that Amazon drivers aren’t bound by an individual arbitration agreement, allowing a massive class action over employee misclassification to proceed. Amazon drivers allege that they have been improperly designated i... More »

April 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary —April 23, 2019

Published April 23rd, 2019 -

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will decide next term whether federal employment discrimination laws protect LGBT employees. The Court granted certiorari in three cases: Bostock v. Clayton County; Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda; and R.G. & G... More »

April 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary —April 22, 2019

Published April 22nd, 2019 -

Stop & Shop workers ended their strike after reaching an agreement with their employer Sunday night, WPRI reports.  The strike has been ongoing since April 11, and was triggered by proposed changes to pay and healthcare benefits, Fox Business reports.  Man... More »

April 21st, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — April 20-21, 2019

Published April 21st, 2019 -

The New York Times reported that workers at a Boeing manufacturing plant in South Carolina have complained of defective manufacturing and retaliation for reporting violations—in the wake of systemic safety concerns about two of Boeing’s flagship planes, ... More »

April 19th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 19, 2019

Published April 19th, 2019 -

The Stop & Shop strike continues, with over 31,000 workers off the job to protest attempted cuts to their pay and benefits.  Workers were visited yesterday by former Vice President Joe Biden, who offered support.  “I know you’re used to hearing polit... More »

April 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 18, 2019

Published April 18th, 2019 -

A taskforce charged with proposing reforms to combat workplace misconduct has chosen to leave open an important escape hatch for judges accused of sexual harassment or other misconduct: the opportunity to end an investigation by retiring. As a result, judges a... More »

April 17th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 16, 2019

Published April 17th, 2019 -

According to data analyzed by the Wall Street Journal, black workers have benefitted the least from the United States’s recent economic boom.  While inflation-adjusted weekly earnings for the median American rose 5.3% in the first quarter of 2019 compared with... More »

April 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—April 16, 2019

Published April 16th, 2019 -

Microsoft announced Monday that it would overhaul its procedures for handling workers’ complaints of harassment and discrimination, less than two weeks after a report revealed widespread sexist treatment of female employees at the firm.  Microsoft CEO Satya Na... More »

April 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 15, 2019

Published April 15th, 2019 -

For the fifth day, over 30,000 Stop & Shop workers at over 240 stores across New England stayed off the job and on the picket lines as negotiations continue.  As previously reported in OnLabor, these workers — represented by five United Food and Comm... More »

April 14th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — April 13-14, 2019

Published April 14th, 2019 -

On Friday, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) instructed its 15,000 members to fire their agents or face penalties, after talks between the union, which consists of movie and television writers, and the Association of Talent Agents (ATA), the group representin... More »

April 12th, 2019

News & Commentary—April 12, 2019

Published April 12th, 2019 -

Uber acknowledged Thursday in a filing for its initial public offering that classifying its drivers as employees, rather than independent contractors, would require a fundamental shift in the ride-hailing app’s business model.  Uber currently classifies its dr... More »