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June 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 27, 2019

Published June 27th, 2019 -

The Supreme Court has declined an invitation to substantially weaken the administrative state.  In a divided decision, the Court chose not to overturn Auer v. Robbins and Bowles v. Seminole Rock & Sand Co., which require courts to defer to administrative a... More »

June 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 12, 2019

Published June 12th, 2019 -

Five senators signed on to a letter by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) calling on McDonald’s to require franchisees to implement its newly updated harassment policies.  The letter points out that “independently owned operations make up the vast majority of the o... More »

June 6th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 6, 2019

Published June 6th, 2019 -

In the ongoing case of Chamber of Commerce v. City of Seattle dealing with the legality of Seattle’s for-hire vehicle driver collective bargaining ordinance, the Chamber and co-plaintiffs moved for summary judgment in February, arguing that the ordinance is pr... More »

April 28th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — April 27-28, 2019

Published April 28th, 2019 -

On Thursday, Andrew Lelling, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, charged a Massachusetts district court judge and a former court officer with three federal obstruction offenses.  Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph and Wesley McGregor are accused of... More »

April 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 25, 2019

Published April 25th, 2019 -

In Lamps Plus v. Varela, the Supreme Court held yesterday that “[u]nder the Federal Arbitration Act, an ambiguous agreement cannot provide the necessary contractual basis for concluding that the parties agreed to submit to class arbitration.”  In the case, Lam... More »

April 2nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—April 2, 2019

Published April 2nd, 2019 -

The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday proposed a rule that would sharply limit the ability of workers to sue companies for violations of minimum-wage and overtime laws under a theory of joint employer liability.  If the rule becomes final, workers will face n... More »

March 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 27, 2019

Published March 27th, 2019 -

A group of labor unions on Tuesday secured a temporary injunction blocking portions of the lame-duck laws that Wisconsin Republicans passed to limit the powers of Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul following the election victories of the two Democr... More »

February 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 28, 2019

Published February 28th, 2019 -

Later this morning, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representatives Hank Johnson and Jerry Nadler will hold a press conference announcing the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, a bill that would amend the Federal Arbitration Act to exempt mandatory... More »

February 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 22, 2019

Published February 22nd, 2019 -

Google is ending forced arbitration for all current and former employees, a policy that will go into effect on March 21.  This change comes after months of advocacy efforts from employees, who staged a 20,000 employee walk out in November and took to Twitter a... More »

January 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 16, 2019

Published January 16th, 2019 -

Yesterday, the Supreme Court announced a rare, unanimous victory for workers in New Prime v. Oliveira, ruling that transportation workers cannot be forced into mandatory arbitration when their rights are violated at work. Section 1 of the Federal Arbitration A... More »