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August 6th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 6, 2019

Published August 6th, 2019 -

The New York Times reported yesterday on a letter that a group of Democratic senators sent to Google urging the company’s CEO to convert many of its temporary and full-time contract workers to full-time employees. Citing reporting from earlier this year, the l... More »

July 25th, 2019

Today’s News and Commentary — July 25, 2019

Published July 25th, 2019 -

Yesterday, Chicago’s City Council unanimously approved the Fair Workweek Ordinance, which requires certain employers to provide workers with “fair and equitable” work schedules.  The ordinance imposes predictive scheduling requirements on bus... More »

July 24th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 24, 2019

Published July 24th, 2019 -

The California Supreme Court will rule on whether its landmark Dynamex decision applies retroactively.  In Dynamex v. Operations West, the court previously held that the appropriate test for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor is the “ABC... More »

July 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 12, 2019

Published July 12th, 2019 -

Yesterday, the American Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education over the public service loan forgiveness (PSLF) program.  The lawsuit alleges that PSLF is so dysfunctional that it violates federal law and the Fifth Amendment ... More »

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Exotic Dancers Join the Debate over Dynamex

Published June 17th, 2019 -

In February, Stormy Daniels published an op-ed arguing that exotic dancers should be “treated as freelancers, not employees.”  In doing so, she criticized the California Supreme Court’s adoption of the “ABC test” in Dynamex.  Under that test, a business that w... More »

May 3rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 3, 2019

Published May 3rd, 2019 -

On Thursday, House and Senate Democrats introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which seeks to strengthen workers’ rights to organize and bargain. Some of the bill’s highlights: Amending the definition of employee to prevent misclassificatio... More »

January 17th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 17, 2019

Published January 17th, 2019 -

Yesterday Representatives Bobby Scott, Stephanie Murphy, and Mark Pocan and Senators Patty Murray and Bernie Sanders announced their introduction of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019.  The bill would gradually increase the federal minimum wage from its present ra... More »

October 11th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — October 11, 2018

Published October 11th, 2018 -

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is extending its Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program by six months.  The program protects employers from enforcement action resulting from federal wage-and-hour violations if they work in good f... More »

 

Today’s News & Commentary — August 29, 2018

Published August 29th, 2018 -

The prison strike enters day nine, as the estimated 900,000 incarcerated laborers (out of a population of 2.4 million) demand “an immediate end to prison slavery.”  Sarah Holder of City Lab, quoting ACLU National Prison Project’s David Fathi, breaks down the c... More »

August 15th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 15, 2018

Published August 15th, 2018 -

Gig-economy-giants like Uber, Lyft, and Instacart are quietly lobbying California Democrats to reverse a groundbreaking court ruling protecting gig workers’ rights. In the LA Times, law professor Veena Dubal explains the stakes. In Dynamex, the California Supr... More »

August 10th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 10, 2018

Published August 10th, 2018 -

California is using prison labor — including 58 incarcerated youth — to battle record-breaking forest fires raging across the state this week. As of 2015, more than more than 30 percent of California’s firefighters were incarcerated workers. Incarcerated firef... More »

 

Enough with the Flexibility Trope

Published May 15th, 2018 -

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the death of Pablo Avendano, a 34-year old bike messenger who was killed while delivering food for Caviar, the app-based food delivery service. Because Avendano was classified as an independent contractor and not ... More »