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September 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 24, 2019

Published September 24th, 2019 -

As the UAW strike enters its second week, General Motors announced yesterday that more than 1,200 U.S. and Canadian workers in the U.S. and Canada would be furloughed. Meanwhile, the Texas Observer reported on autoworkers from GM’s immensely profitable A... More »

September 20th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — September 20, 2019

Published September 20th, 2019 -

Over 80 Kickstarter project creators have signed onto a statement in support of the Kickstarter Union. As reported last week, Kickstarter fired two of its employees, Taylor Moore and Clarissa Redwine, both leaders in the unionizing movement at the company oste... More »

August 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 23, 2019

Published August 23rd, 2019 -

On Thursday, Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke released a plan to strengthen unions and boost workers’ wages.  O’Rourke’s plan, which he calls “A 21st Century Labor Contract,” includes extending collective bargaining rights to more public sector ... More »

August 18th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— August 18, 2019

Published August 18th, 2019 -

This week, Politico reported on tensions between the Trump administration and the once-supportive building trades unions, after revelations about a Labor Department proposal to push forward an industry-led “apprenticeship program” have proven controversial. Th... More »

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 »