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September 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—September 25, 2019

Published September 25th, 2019 -

On Tuesday, the Department of Labor announced new rules that will require employers to pay overtime to workers making less than $35,500 per year. The rules, proposed in March, will take effect on January 1, 2020. Employers today are only required to pay overti... More »

September 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—September 5, 2019

Published September 5th, 2019 -

The observance of Labor Day earlier this week has inspired a bumper crop of commentary on the history, present, and future of the American worker.  In the New York Times, Noam Scheiber examines the relationship between established unions and grassroots labor a... More »

July 19th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—July 19, 2019

Published July 19th, 2019 -

President Trump plans to nominate Eugene Scalia to succeed Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor.   Scalia—son of Nino—served as Solicitor of Labor under President George W. Bush, and is currently Co-Chair of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Group at Gib... More »

 

Today’s News & Commentary—July 11, 2019

Published July 11th, 2019 -

Dunkin’ (formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts), has been systematically cracking down on franchisees that hire undocumented workers, The New Food Economy reports.  Since last September, a Dunkin’ parent company has sought to terminate dozens of f... More »

May 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 23, 2019

Published May 23rd, 2019 -

Yesterday the NLRB ruled against the UAW in its bid for a new election to represent both skilled production and maintenance employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  In December 2015, the Board certified the UAW as the representative of onl... More »

April 30th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 30, 2019

Published April 30th, 2019 -

The Department of Labor issued a new opinion letter saying that the Department considers gig workers in the so-called “sharing” economy (like Uber drivers or Instacart shoppers) to be independent contractors, rather than employees. The letter is a notable shif... More »

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 »