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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 »

 

After Work: Automation and Employment Law, Part One

Published August 1st, 2017 -

The labor world took notice when Andy Stern emerged from a years-long deep dive into the future of work, and concluded that the future will bring a lot less work.  His book, Raising the Floor, helped to spur a debate over the universal basic income (UBI), incl... More »

July 21st, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary—July 21, 2017

Published July 21st, 2017 -

The New York City Council passed the country’s first law requiring ride-hailing apps like Uber to offer in-app tipping. New York’s in-app tipping requirement was first proposed to the City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission this spring in a petition by the ... More »

 

Today’s News & Commentary—July 20, 2017

Published July 20th, 2017 -

According to the Washington Post, the U.S. Postal Service violated federal law by pressuring managers to approve employees’ requests for time off last year to campaign for Hilary Clinton. While federal workers can use their time to off to campaign or donate to... More »

May 11th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary—May 11, 2017

Published May 11th, 2017 -

The New York Times reports that Canada’s technology sector may benefit from the Trump Administration’s efforts to restrict immigration and immigration’s increased centrality in the American political debate.  After the travel ban was announced, Canada re... More »

May 3rd, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — May 3, 2017

Published May 3rd, 2017 -

Hollywood writers have achieved victory.  As the New York Times reports, the Writers Guild of America reached a “middle-of-the night deal” with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the group that bargains on behalf of studios.  ... More »

 

Today’s News & Commentary — April 5, 2017

Published April 5th, 2017 -

Title VII protects LGBT workers from discrimination, a federal appeals court ruled for the first time yesterday.  The plaintiff in the case, Kimberly Hively, alleged that she had been fired from her teaching job because she is a lesbian.  In an 8-3 decision, t... More »