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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 »

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 »

May 29th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 29, 2019

Published May 29th, 2019 -

Google’s temporary employees and contractors now outnumber full-time employees, according to a New York Times expose. Contingent employees are formally employed by independent staffing agencies, but work side-by-side with Google employees, but “make less money... More »

May 5th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — May 4–5, 2019

Published May 5th, 2019 -

The NLRB granted a win to Volkswagen Friday when it ordered a stay on Chattanooga workers’ election to unionize.  This action arrived unexpectedly in a one-sentence no-reasoning opinion from NLRB Chairperson John Ring (R) and Member Marvin Kaplan (R).  NLRB Me... More »

April 26th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary – April 26, 2019

Published April 26th, 2019 -

The Eighth Circuit stayed further consideration of Horton v. Midwest Geriatric Management, LLC following the Supreme Court’s decision to take up Bostock and Zarda.  Horton, like the aforementioned cases, concerns whether Title VII’s bar against discrimination ... More »

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Apple’s Disregard of Employee Privacy

Published April 1st, 2019 -

The world was recently introduced to Apple’s “enterprise developer certificate” system after Google and Facebook were busted for abusing their certificates in January. These Apple-issued certificates allow businesses to develop apps on iPhones. Because these a... More »

February 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 28, 2019

Published February 28th, 2019 -

Later this morning, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representatives Hank Johnson and Jerry Nadler will hold a press conference announcing the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, a bill that would amend the Federal Arbitration Act to exempt mandatory... More »

February 22nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 22, 2019

Published February 22nd, 2019 -

Google is ending forced arbitration for all current and former employees, a policy that will go into effect on March 21.  This change comes after months of advocacy efforts from employees, who staged a 20,000 employee walk out in November and took to Twitter a... More »

February 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 5, 2019

Published February 5th, 2019 -

New Jersey on Monday became the fourth state to raise its hourly minimum wage to $15.  Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill into law, paving the way for the new minimum wage to be phased in over five years.  New Jersey joins California, Massachusetts, N... More »

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Google to NLRB: Shut Down Employee Email Access

Published January 30th, 2019 - and

This past November, 20,000 Google employees staged global, rolling walkouts protesting gender and racial discrimination at the company. Employees had been organizing to address these issues for some time when a New York Times article, published in late October... More »

January 25th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 25, 2019

Published January 25th, 2019 -

This year Google employees have organized protests against the tech giant, taking aim at the company’s use of forced arbitration agreements and its work with the military.  Unsurprisingly the demonstrations were planned primarily over company email.  Though th... More »