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October 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary – October 15th, 2019

Published October 15th, 2019 -

Yesterday, members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) rallied and marched in downtown Chicago. Taking advantage of yesterday’s school holiday, the marchers hoped to rally public support for the nearly 35,00... More »

September 22nd, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— September 22nd, 2019

Published September 22nd, 2019 -

More than 1,200 students at 17 universities have signed a pledge not to take jobs with Palantir, a big data analytics company, until it drops its software development contracts with ICE. Under the name #NoTechForICE, the campaign is modeled on similar efforts ... More »

September 15th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— September 15th, 2019

Published September 15th, 2019 -

  Before the California legislature’s session ending on Friday, lawmakers brought a broad variety of labor issues to the forefront. As Jared reported, the legislature passed AB5, a bill that would largely codify the Dynamex decision and potentially correc... More »

September 8th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — September 7-8, 2019

Published September 8th, 2019 -

Workers at the Battery Wharf Hotel in Boston, represented by UNITE HERE Local 26, have been on strike since Thursday following a year and a half of contract negotiations.  Workers are calling for improved pay and pensions; protections for immigrant workers; an... More »

September 3rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 3, 2019

Published September 3rd, 2019 -

Yesterday, Mark Joseph Stern reported in Slate about Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson’s plan to alter the process by which the state deducts union member dues from public employees’ paychecks. The plan was released last Tuesday in the form of a legal opi... More »

July 21st, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary —July 21, 2019

Published July 21st, 2019 -

Last week, Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann authored an op-ed for CNN arguing for a hybrid-method to “empower gig workers” without undermining the purported “flexibility” that many gig companies tout as justification for gig workers’ exemption from traditional la... More »

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Exotic Dancers Join the Debate over Dynamex

Published June 17th, 2019 -

In February, Stormy Daniels published an op-ed arguing that exotic dancers should be “treated as freelancers, not employees.”  In doing so, she criticized the California Supreme Court’s adoption of the “ABC test” in Dynamex.  Under that test, a business that w... More »

May 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 28, 2019

Published May 28th, 2019 -

This Friday is the deadline for the California Assembly to send bills originating in the chamber to the state senate for approval. One of those bills, AB-5, seeks to codify and clarify the holding of last year’s California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Ope... More »

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Fox v. Netflix and Injunctions in Hollywood

Published May 15th, 2019 -

As Netflix evolved from a streaming platform to a producer of original films and series, it needed to hire executives with experience developing and marketing original programming. To find such talent, Netflix looked to the ranks of studios like Twentieth Cent... More »

May 14th, 2019

Today’s News and Commentary—May 14, 2019

Published May 14th, 2019 -

Five states are suing the Trump administration to block a rule that would ban automatic deductions for union dues from the paychecks of home health workers paid for by Medicaid.  The attorneys general of California, Washington, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and ... More »

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Writers v. Agents: A Fight that Could Change Hollywood

Published May 13th, 2019 -

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Association of Talent Agents (ATA) are currently engaged in a dispute over conflicts of interest that has the potential to completely change how the entertainment industry operates. The WGA is a union representing 13,... More »

March 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 5, 2019

Published March 5th, 2019 -

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled Monday that the Trump administration illegally prevented the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from collecting more robust pay data from employers.  U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan found that the Office of... More »