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Today’s News & Commentary — February 13, 2018

Published February 13th, 2018 -

On Monday, President Trump’s administration “proposed deep spending cuts” in the U.S. Labor Department’s budget for the second consecutive year.  The administration requested a 21% budget reduction over current levels for fiscal year 20... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 9, 2018

Published February 9th, 2018 -

In the first gig economy worker classification case to go to trial, a federal magistrate judge ruled yesterday that a GrubHub worker was an independent contractor under California law.  The decision could have ramifications in suits against other gig companies... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 22, 2018

Published January 22nd, 2018 -

Public Citizen filed a lawsuit on January 19th asking Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to turn over copies of forms employers were required to file with the government. In 2017, for the first time, OSHA required compani... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 19, 2018

Published January 19th, 2018 -

NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb may be seeking to reorganize the NLRB’s field offices, Bloomberg reported yesterday.  His proposal involves consolidating regional offices and placing at the top of each an official who would report directly to him.  This ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 16, 2018

Published January 16th, 2018 -

The Department of Labor released new guidance that makes it easier for companies to hire unpaid interns.  As we discussed here, the dividing line between ‘employee’ and ‘intern’ has been contested.  Finding Obama-era DOL guidance too strict, the Second Circuit... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—December 27, 2017

Published December 27th, 2017 -

The Atlantic reports that the #metoo movement has yet to deliver justice for low-wage workers who are victims of sexual harassment. The piece explains that sexual harassment is rampant in low-wage industries–50% of workers in the restaurant industry repo... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 5, 2017

Published December 5th, 2017 -

The Department of Labor has published a proposed change to the rules around tip pooling.  In 2011, the Obama Administration  clarified the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations to reflect the Wage and Hour Division’s long-standing policy – based on 1974 FLSA am... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 28, 2017

Published November 28th, 2017 -

Employees of online retailers that are acquired by Walmart face significantly increased premiums for company-sponsored health coverage.  As the New York Times reports, the health benefits Walmart provides to the employees of its online retail operations is inf... More »

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 »