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Today’s News & Commentary—April 5, 2020

Published April 5th, 2020 -

Floridians are enraged about the state’s dysfunctional unemployment insurance system, Politico reports. The online system was introduced by Governor Rick Scott in 2013 with a specific goal of reducing benefits paid out, a result that would both lower unemploym... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — Thursday, April 2nd

Published April 2nd, 2020 -

  6.6 million people signed up for state unemployment benefits last week, according to Department of Labor data released this morning. As EPI notes, today’s earth-shattering number—over double last week’s record-breaking 3.3. million jobless claims—is lik... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — Wednesday, April 1st

Published April 1st, 2020 -

The newest coronavirus projections from the White House paint a grim picture: the best case scenario predicts 100,000 to 240,000 fatalities in the United States. This scenario requires continued extensive social distancing: without community mitigation, 1.5 mi... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — Tuesday, March 31st

Published March 31st, 2020 -

This week has continued a wave of strikes and collective action from workers amidst the pandemic. As Mackenzie discussed yesterday, workers at Amazon’s Staten Island Fulfillment Warehouse walked out of work on Monday in protest of the company’s lack of protect... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary—March 23, 2020

Published March 23rd, 2020 -

On Thursday, the President signed into law federal legislation that will, among other things, require employers with 50 to 499 employees to provide two weeks of paid sick leave for employees self-quarantining and/or experiencing the symptoms of coronavirus, as... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 18, 2020

Published March 18th, 2020 -

Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced a plan for a $1 trillion stimulus, which would include $250 billion in direct checks to Americans by the end of April. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Republican senators that he envisioned direct payments co... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — March 5, 2020

Published March 5th, 2020 -

France’s high court has ruled that Uber drivers are properly classified as employees.  The court’s opinion described drivers’ relationship to the ride-share platform as one of “subordination,” because drivers do not build their own clientele or set prices.  Th... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 28, 2020

Published February 28th, 2020 -

Yesterday, a group of major unions filed a petition with the Federal Trade Commission (F.T.C.) asking the F.T.C. to investigate Amazon. The petition highlights a range of Amazon business practices that have received scrutiny over the past few years for the imp... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — February 19, 2020

Published February 19th, 2020 -

Yesterday, Kickstarter employees voted to unionize, becoming the first well-known technology company to do so. The New York Times reports that the employees will be affiliated with the Office and Professional Employees International Union and will begin contra... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary — January 28, 2019

Published January 28th, 2020 -

Chipotle has been fined $1.3 million for child labor violations in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the settlement on Monday, noting that the chain was responsible for an estimated 13,253 child labor violations. The fine is ... More »

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Today’s News & Commentary – January 22, 2020

Published January 22nd, 2020 -

In an effort to reach young people interested in careers in security, policing, or the military, the U.S. Border Patrol continues to offer a program for 14-to-20-year-olds called Border Patrol Explorers that has been in existence since 1984. For $25 plus the c... More »