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August 11th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — August 11, 2019

Published August 11th, 2019 -

On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a petition asking the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to decertify the union of federal immigration judges. The petition claims that immigration judges should be considered “management officials” ineligible t... More »

July 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 23, 2019

Published July 23rd, 2019 -

Yesterday, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released an opinion letter concluding that the time long-haul truckers spend sleeping in the berths of their vehicles is presumptively off-duty and not compensable. The opinion reverses earlier ... More »

June 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 28, 2019

Published June 28th, 2019 -

The Democratic debates kicked off this week on Wednesday and Thursday, and POLITICO reports that all of the candidates support raising the federal minimum wage to $15, except for two.  Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet supports raising the hourly federal minimum to... More »

June 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 27, 2019

Published June 27th, 2019 -

The Supreme Court has declined an invitation to substantially weaken the administrative state.  In a divided decision, the Court chose not to overturn Auer v. Robbins and Bowles v. Seminole Rock & Sand Co., which require courts to defer to administrative a... More »

June 14th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 14, 2019

Published June 14th, 2019 -

The upcoming Supreme Court term could be “the term of ERISA,” according to Bloomberg.  The justices have already agreed to hear two cases involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and could hear up to four.  In Intel Corp. Investment Policy Committ... More »

June 9th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — June 9th, 2019

Published June 9th, 2019 -

Last week, Annie reported on the Vox Media Union’s walkout following a 14-month bargaining process. After 29 final hours of negotiation, the union, represented by Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), reached a tentative agreement on Friday. The union sought t... More »

May 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 16, 2019

Published May 16th, 2019 -

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) wrote to the National Mediation Board yesterday to accuse Delta of illegally interfering with the right of baggage handlers and flight attendants to make a free choice on unionization.  Th... More »

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Law and Politics in Employee Classification

Published April 30th, 2019 -

As has been widely reported, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an “opinion letter” yesterday concluding that an unnamed “virtual marketplace company” does not employ the workers who make the company viable. Instead, the letter finds t... More »

April 14th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — April 13-14, 2019

Published April 14th, 2019 -

On Friday, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) instructed its 15,000 members to fire their agents or face penalties, after talks between the union, which consists of movie and television writers, and the Association of Talent Agents (ATA), the group representin... More »

April 11th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 11, 2019

Published April 11th, 2019 -

On Tuesday the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld the right of unions to serve as the exclusive representatives of employees in public sector bargaining units.  In Branch v. Commonwealth Employment Relations Board, four government employees represente... More »

March 31st, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 30-31, 2019

Published March 31st, 2019 -

The Maryland General Assembly overrode Republican Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of an increase in the state’s hourly minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 by 2025 for businesses with 15 or more employees and by 2026 for smaller employers. As OnLabor previously reporte... More »

March 17th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 16-17, 2019

Published March 17th, 2019 -

Senator Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) 2020 presidential campaign announced on Friday that it will have a unionized workforce.  A majority of staffers signed union cards authorizing United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 to represent them, and the campaign volu... More »