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Today’s News & Commentary — April 6, 2020

Published April 6th, 2020 -

On Sunday, the Department of Labor issued new guidance clarifying gig workers’ eligibility for unemployment benefits under the CARES Act—the federal government’s coronavirus relief package. The guidance answers some key questions about the administrability of ... More »


Worker Health is Public Health

Published March 30th, 2020 -

In the Covid-19 pandemic, worker health is public health. But worker safety and health is in a crisis in this pandemic. The Federal government is failing to ensure the safety and health of workers—including those most at risk, health care workers. The governme... More »


Employee Surveillance

Published April 29th, 2019 -

“If Privacy Matters in Your Life, It Should Matter to the Phone Your Life is On. Privacy. That’s iPhone.” The focus of Apple’s latest ad campaign is particularly ironic in light of recent news that Apple doesn’t hold employers to the same privacy standards as ... More »


How We Value Investors and Workers

Published September 25th, 2018 -

I wrote about the now-infamous case where Brett Kavanaugh dissented from an opinion upholding a fine by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against SeaWorld after a killer whale lived up to its name by killing a trainer.  As a result of th... More »


Weekend News & Commentary — July 14–15, 2018

Published July 15th, 2018 -

The Fifth Circuit recently ruled that the fast-food chain In-N-Out Burger violated the National Labor Relations Act when it prohibited employees from wearing  “fight for 15” buttons at work.  Amanda Healey wore a quarter-sized button in April of 2015, and a co... More »


Watch Out Workers, Here Comes Brett Kavanaugh

Published July 10th, 2018 -

In 2010, a trainer at SeaWorld drowned when the killer whale she was working with during a performance “grabbed her and pulled her off the platform into the pool, refusing to release her.”  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated ... More »

July 25th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — July 25, 2017

Published July 25th, 2017 -

A New York Times piece covers the impact of drug tests (and drugs) on the economy.  In particular, it profiles various manufacturing companies in the Midwest, revealing the challenges they face filling jobs due to the proportion of applicants who fail drug tes... More »


Regulating Guns in the Workplace

Published March 29th, 2017 -

This January, Ohio adopted a firearm regulation commonly referred to as a parking lot law.  The law’s core provision prevents both private and public employers from enforcing workplace policies that prohibit employees with concealed carry permits from keeping ... More »


The Right to Disconnect

Published March 7th, 2017 -

In the digitally connected workplace, it’s not easy to be “off the clock.”  Email — coupled with the widespread use of smartphones — has made many employees available at a moment’s notice.  In the United States, one in three full-time workers check their work ... More »