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August 1st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 1, 2019

Published August 1st, 2019 -

Tuesday night’s Democratic primary debate featured a vigorous exchange over whether union members would abandon the Democrats if the party endorsed Medicare for All.  Representative Tim Ryan said that such a plan “will tell the union members that give away wag... More »

May 9th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 9, 2019

Published May 9th, 2019 -

Yesterday the Senate confirmed Janet Dhillon to serve as the new chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a 50-43 vote.  Dhillon joins Republican Victoria Lipnic and Democrat Charlotte Burrows on the Commission, bringing its membership to three ... More »

April 26th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary – April 26, 2019

Published April 26th, 2019 -

The Eighth Circuit stayed further consideration of Horton v. Midwest Geriatric Management, LLC following the Supreme Court’s decision to take up Bostock and Zarda.  Horton, like the aforementioned cases, concerns whether Title VII’s bar against discrimination ... More »

February 10th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — February 9–10, 2019

Published February 10th, 2019 -

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will likely join the 2020 presidential race today, amid stories depicting her tyrannical style of workplace management.  Klobuchar’s habits as a boss have marred her efforts to launch her campaign and distinguish herself in an i... More »

December 2nd, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published December 2nd, 2018 -

The nation’s minimum wages are lower than the wages the nation’s voters would prefer, according to a Pew Research Center survey. While many workers across the nation have been celebrating recent victories for higher minimum wages, the average state resident pr... More »

November 12th, 2018

Daily News & Commentary

Published November 12th, 2018 -

After winning back the House of Representatives in last Tuesday’s election, House Democrats plan to grill President Trump’s Department of Labor about its policies regarding tipped workers.  In December, the DOL proposed a rule allowing employers who pay tipped... More »

October 11th, 2018

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 »

March 9th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary—March 9, 2018

Published March 9th, 2018 -

Trump officially announced new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum yesterday, with industry workers standing on as he signed the proclamation.  As many have reported, the tariffs are billed as a measure to protect American manufacturing workers, but the ste... More »

 

The Democrats: Unmoored, and Unable to Compete

Published October 24th, 2017 -

Recently the Times chronicled the devastation of the Democratic Party in Iowa, a former swing state that now has a Republican Governor, two Republican Senators, three Republican Representatives (out of four total), and an electorate that voted for Donald Trump... More »

August 16th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — August 16, 2017

Published August 16th, 2017 -

Yesterday, the Boston Globe reported that four members of Teamsters Local 25 were acquitted of all charges by a jury in federal court in Boston.  The Teamsters had each been charged with a single count of conspiracy to extort and a single count of attempted ex... More »

June 8th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — June 8, 2017

Published June 8th, 2017 -

Testifying before a House of Representatives subcommittee, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta highlighted apprenticeships and job training.  These topics also seem to be current priorities for President Trump.  Secretary Acosta’s testimony predictably signale... More »

April 13th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — April 13, 2017

Published April 13th, 2017 -

Yesterday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum calling on the heads of federal agencies to “begin taking immediate actions to achieve near-term workforce reductions.”  This memorandum replaces the federal hiring freeze President... More »