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Weekend News & Commentary — December 15–16, 2018

Published December 16th, 2018 -

Friday night, Grinnell College’s undergraduate union announced that it will withdraw its petition to the National Labor Relations Board in order to prevent a ruling from harming other student unions.  The student union earlier voted to expand membership to cov... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 13, 2018

Published December 13th, 2018 -

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island have announced their effort to unionize with the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU).  Workers cite inadequate pay; 12-hour shifts with insufficient breaks; unreasonable hourly quotas; unpaid ti... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018

Published December 9th, 2018 -

Civil unrest in France continued and even expanded this weekend, as French police arrested over a thousand protesters. A large police presence seemed better able to control the violence this weekend, the fourth weekend in a row in which the Yellow Vests (as pr... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 29, 2018

Published November 29th, 2018 -

Harvard Law School’s Pipeline Parity Project saw another success in its campaign to end forced arbitration in employment disputes when Sidley Austin, one of the United States’ 10 largest law firms, announced that it would bow to pressure and elimin... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 15, 2018

Published November 15th, 2018 -

In a first for the federal judiciary, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has hired a director of workplace relations. The move comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement and specifically sexual harassment allegations against Judge Alex Kozinski, a prominent judg... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — November 3–4, 2018

Published November 4th, 2018 -

Commenting on the Google walkout last Thursday, Professor Brishen Rogers told CNBC that the “numbers and level of coordination involved” were “unprecedented” in the tech sector.  In white-collar tech, where employers pose as “family” and salaries are high, uni... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 19, 2018

Published October 19th, 2018 -

Amazon’s discriminatory hiring algorithm is not alone, Cathy O’Neill writes. Rather, many companies use algorithms for hiring and human resources tasks and intentionally seek to maintain plausible deniability about whether the algorithm perpetuates... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 18, 2018

Published October 18th, 2018 -

Uber has reached a settlement with 5,000 drivers who argue they were misclassified as independent contractors. The drivers were not covered by an arbitration agreement, though most drivers are now required to sign such an agreement before driving for the compa... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 11, 2018

Published October 11th, 2018 -

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is extending its Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program by six months.  The program protects employers from enforcement action resulting from federal wage-and-hour violations if they work in good f... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — October 6–7, 2018

Published October 7th, 2018 -

On Saturday afternoon, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The 50-48 vote is among the closest in history, and the tenor of battles over Kavanaugh’s fitness revealed and further rived a divided a country.  Much c... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 4, 2018

Published October 4th, 2018 -

On Tuesday, the Washington, D.C. City Council voted to overturn a recent referendum in which voters eliminated the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers. The referendum would have gradually raised this wage from $3.89 an hour up to the standard minimum wage by 2... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 27, 2018

Published September 27th, 2018 -

Yesterday the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey voted to approve a minimum pay rate of $19 an hour for around 40,000 workers at JFK, La Guardia, and Newark Liberty International Airports.  The board was originally scheduled to vote on the ... More »