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Backhanded Compliment: Acosta Threatens Workers Centers

Published November 20th, 2017 -

In his hearing before the House Education and Workforce Committee last week, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta issued an ominous warning to worker centers across the country. When asked by Rep. Francis Rooney (R. Fla.) whether the Department of Labor would begin reg... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 16, 2017

Published October 16th, 2017 -

Today, the Department of Labor will announce 23 members of the president’s apprenticeship task force.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the group will consist of corporate executives, labor unions, and governors and that the task force will be charged with... More »

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 »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 15, 2017

Published August 15th, 2017 -

The Wall Street Journal reports on a “rare instance of agreement between immigration-rights activists and the Trump administration”: activists are applauding the DOL’s suit against an Arizona farm employing H-2A visa-holders.  DOL alleged minimum wage violatio... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 7, 2017

Published July 7th, 2017 -

The June jobs report was released this morning. There’s coverage here and here. In anticipation of the report, coverage in major papers this week remarked on the economy’s continued slow expansion and the slower-than-last-year jobs growth in the first five mon... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — June 10-11, 2017

Published June 11th, 2017 -

Lawmakers are moving to reform the H1-B visa program, a hotly contested temporary visa program for specialized workers.  According to Politico, Senator Chuck Grassley met with Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta Thursday to discuss the program.  In the past, Gras... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — May 27-28, 2017

Published May 28th, 2017 -

Democratic lawmakers, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have pledged to increase the minimum wage to $15 within the first 100 hours if Democrats take back control of the House in 2018.  According to Politico, Pelosi endorsed a $15 minimum wage back in... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — May 25, 2017

Published May 25th, 2017 -

The Department of Labor has taken formal steps towards repealing the ‘persuader rule,’ a regulation that has been in full effect for less than a year.  As we summarized last May, the persuader rule was the Obama Department of Labor’s attempt to plug a loophole... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — April 6, 2017

Published April 6th, 2017 -

The Department of Labor has once again delayed the implementation of the Obama Administration’s “Fiduciary Rule,” previously slated to take effect on April 10. According to Forbes, the DOL has responded to President Trump’s February 3 executive order to review... More »