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The Current State of Overtime

Published March 10th, 2017 -

The New Rule In May 2016, the Department of Labor, under the direction of President Obama, issued a final rule updating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The Department raised the minimum annual salary for employees exempt from overtime... More »

Whole Foods: FunJobs at $11/hour

Published June 4th, 2016 -

Whole Foods is advertising job openings in the Boston suburbs starting at $11/hour – a mere $4/hour less than the Fight for Fifteen demand. Is this what conscious capitalism means? More »

Enforcing Seattle’s Minimum Wage Law

Published April 28th, 2016 -

April 1st marked the one-year anniversary of the effective date of Seattle’s headline-making minimum wage law.  The law mandated a graduated increase to $15/hour by 2018 for employers with more than 500 employees and 2021 for all employers with less.  New York... More »

What’s the Deal with Tipping?

Published April 20th, 2016 -

The institution of tipping has recently evoked a firestorm of criticism. Opponents of tipping point out that many servers earn below minimum wage; that servers, particularly women, often tolerate sexual harassment for the sake of earning better tips; and that ... More »

Power At Work: Mass Incarceration’s Shadow

Published March 30th, 2016 -

What does mass incarceration have to do with labor law?  I suggest some new and disturbing answers in a report released earlier today in collaboration with colleagues at the UCLA Labor Center and A New Way of Life Reentry Project.  We highlight the labor marke... More »

Pay Transparency at Work: The Great Equalizer?

Published March 1st, 2016 -

“Pay secrecy fosters discrimination and we should not tolerate it.” So declared President Obama in the Spring of 2014 upon signing an executive order ratcheting up punishments for federal contractors that maintain pay secrecy policies.  Two years on and legisl... More »