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January 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 18, 2019

Published January 18th, 2019 -

As the government shutdown lumbers into its 28th day, federal workers are beginning to file for unemployment en masse, reports the New York Times. About 380,000 furloughed federal employees are eligible for unemployment, and the longest government shutdown on ... 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 »

December 6th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — December 6, 2018

Published December 6th, 2018 -

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission voted this week to create a minimum pay standard for the approximately 80,000 drivers in the city working for transportation network companies like Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Via.  The standard establishes a per-minut... More »

November 8th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — November 8, 2018

Published November 8th, 2018 -

In its first opinion of the term, the Supreme Court unanimously (8-0) ruled in favor of the employees in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido, holding that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) applies to all public employers regardless of employee he... 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 19th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — August 18–19, 2018

Published August 19th, 2018 -

In today’s Sunday Review for The New York Times, economic historian Louis Hyman argues that new technology companies like Uber and TaskRabbit did not create the gig economy but only took advantage of a decades-long shift to temporary work arrangements.  He ana... More »

August 17th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 17, 2018

Published August 17th, 2018 -

In the forthcoming September issue of Vanity Fair, Uber engineer-turned-Silicon Valley watchdog Susan Fowler examines the future of the gig economy. In her piece entitled, “What Have We Done?: Silicon Valley Engineers Fear They’ve Created a Monster... 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 »

August 2nd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 2, 2018

Published August 2nd, 2018 -

The NLRB General Counsel has begun to implement parts of a 59-point plan announced in January to reorganize agency operations.  In a memo to regional board directors sent on Monday, Associate to the General Counsel Beth Tursell detailed the immediate formation... More »

July 23rd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 23, 2018

Published July 23rd, 2018 -

New York State’s Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board ruled that Uber drivers are employees, rather than independent contractors, for purposes of unemployment insurance and benefits.  The Board wrote that “credible evidence establishes that Uber exercises suffi... More »