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December 19th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — December 19, 2018

Published December 19th, 2018 -

In wage and Auer news, Bloomberg reports that a potential Supreme Court ruling upending “Auer deference” could magnify judicial oversight of federal agencies enforcing labor and employment law.  Named after the Supreme Court’s decision in Auer v. Robbins and d... More »

April 10th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — April 10, 2018

Published April 10th, 2018 -

Today is equal pay day.  The date each year symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.  The National Committee on Pay Equity encourages people to wear red in honor of equal pay day. On Monday, the 9th Circuit... More »

April 5th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — April 5, 2018

Published April 5th, 2018 -

The Washington Post recently commented on the long delays faced by federal employees alleging sexual harassment in the workplace, with some lawyers and federal officials feeling that the federal government is lagging behind the private sector in terms of addre... More »

March 21st, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — March 21, 2018

Published March 21st, 2018 -

Bloomberg Law reports that congressional lawmakers are negotiating a funding bill for the government that would include a provision to calm controversy surrounding a proposed Department of Labor rule about pooling tips. The proposed DOL rule would reverse an O... More »

March 8th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — March 8, 2018

Published March 8th, 2018 -

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Department of Labor plans to roll out a new pilot program next month in which employers may avoid civil penalties for wage and hour violations in exchange for voluntarily reporting their infractions to the federal gover... More »

January 16th, 2018

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 »

 

Second Circuit Judges Teach Interns a Valuable Lesson

Published January 2nd, 2018 -

Unpaid interns who sued Hearst magazines under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) recently learned an important lesson:  judges often make law in the guise of statutory interpretation.  The lawsuit against Hearst, along with a similar lawsuit against Fox Sear... 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 »

June 11th, 2017

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 »

June 2nd, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — June 2, 2017

Published June 2nd, 2017 -

British Airways’ cabin crew have announced they will hold a four-day strike later this month. This strike comes on the heels of an IT meltdown prompting the airline to strand 75,000 passengers at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick. The crew is striking over inferio... More »