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The Safe Haven That’s Not So Safe

Published March 8th, 2016 -

The New York Times and This American Life recently collaborated to publish two harrowing accounts of Alan Pean, a hospital patient in Houston, Texas.  Pean went to the hospital seeking medical attention during a manic episode and was held overnight.  When he b... More »


Protect Those Who Protect Our Food

Published November 13th, 2014 -

Jake Gersen and I have an op-ed in today’s New York Times arguing that the law should recognize “food workers” as a legal category and then offer a set of heightened employment protections to this class of employees.  (Jake is a professor at ... More »


The Battle Against Black Lung Disease

Published October 10th, 2014 -

For many years, black lung disease has been thought of as a relic of the past.  The last great debate over black lung disease and occupational hazards for miners happened over 40 years ago, resulting in a federal statute that requires coal companies to compens... More »


House Committee Hearing on "OSHA's Regulatory Agenda"

Published February 3rd, 2014 -

On Tuesday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m., the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing entitled “OSHA’s Regulatory Agenda: Changing Long-Standing Policies Outside the Public Rulemaking Process.” The subcomm... More »