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June 10th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — June 9 – 10, 2018

Published June 10th, 2018 -

Starting tomorrow, no Costco employee will earn below $14 an hour.  While some locations already saw a $13.50 an hour minimum wage, the new mark, which nearly doubles the federal minimum of $7.25, signals that the “fight for $15” is edging forward, and the nat... More »

May 17th, 2018

Today’s News and Commentary — May 17, 2018

Published May 17th, 2018 -

A group of MIT engineers have managed to replace human chefs with robots, and a new restaurant in Boston will now operate with a fully robotic kitchen. The restaurant, named Spyce, will serve mostly vegetarian meals under the supervision of Michelin-starred ch... More »

April 6th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — April 6, 2018

Published April 6th, 2018 -

Over the last few weeks, Walmart announced plans to lean more heavily on automation and the gig economy, reports The Atlantic. The piece discusses two ways by which employers, like Walmart, keep wages down. First, by creating platforms for gig workers that all... More »

February 2nd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — February 2, 2018

Published February 2nd, 2018 -

The NLRB inspector general is investigating whether Board member William Emanuel broke government ethics rules when he took part in the Board’s recent actions overturning the Obama-era joint employer standard, ProPublica reports.   Before Trump appointed... More »

January 5th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — January 5, 2018

Published January 5th, 2018 -

After the recent slashing of the corporate tax rate, companies continue to announce bonuses for workers.  Jet Blue (whose flight attendants filed for an NLRB election in December) and Southwest join the list.  Yet the union representing Southwest’s techn... More »

December 22nd, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary—December 22, 2017

Published December 22nd, 2017 -

Airline and airport workers are organizing and striking this holiday season.  Earlier this week, the European budget airline Ryanair agreed to recognize cabin crew and pilot unions who were threatening a strike.  Now, Ryanair is under investigation by at least... More »

December 8th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — December 8, 2017

Published December 8th, 2017 -

On Capitol Hill yesterday, Senator Al Franken resigned after allegations that he had sexually harassed several women.  Meanwhile, the House Administration Committee held hearings in which it heard from employment law experts as it develops plans to reform how ... More »

November 14th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — November 14, 2017

Published November 14th, 2017 -

Writing for the Atlantic, Sarah Lacy describes that  Women in Tech Are Rising Higher in China Than in the U.S.  Lacy notes the disparity between the percent of U.S. tech companies that, when asked how many women have C-level jobs at their company, answered ... More »

November 8th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — November 8, 2017

Published November 8th, 2017 -

Democrats won the gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey yesterday.  Ralph Northam will be the new governor of Virginia, and Phil Murphy will be the new governor of New Jersey.  Read more here.  Bill de Blasio was also reelected and will serve a se... More »

September 15th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — September 15, 2017

Published September 15th, 2017 -

Google was sued yesterday in a class action alleging that the company pays women less than it pays men for similar work and that the company places women into lesser job tracks.  The suit comes on the heels of last week’s New York Times report of salary ... More »

 

After Work: Automation and Employment Law, Part Three

Published August 3rd, 2017 -

For over a century, workers and their organizations have struggled to raise labor standards and expand employee rights and benefits.  Whatever the benefits to workers and the society, to any one private firm those laws represent a tax on employing human labor,... More »

 

After Work: Automation and Employment Law, Part Two

Published August 2nd, 2017 -

The challenge of automation is in many ways continuous with the challenges of “fissured” work – to use David Weil’s influential formulation.  In particular, both trends are driven in significant part by the costs and risks of employing human beings.  According... More »