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Continuing the Labor Law Reform Debate in 2018

Published January 3rd, 2018 -

By Sharon Block and Benjamin Sachs In September, we shared our plan to hold a symposium at Harvard Law on the question of whether it is time to end labor preemption.  The symposium brought together leading labor law scholars and practitioners to wrestle with t... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — January 3, 2018

Published January 3rd, 2018 -

The Washington Post examines Congress’s full agenda in the face of impending deadlines.  Priorities include legislation to stave off a government shutdown, the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and concerns over the fate of the... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—December 27, 2017

Published December 27th, 2017 -

The Atlantic reports that the #metoo movement has yet to deliver justice for low-wage workers who are victims of sexual harassment. The piece explains that sexual harassment is rampant in low-wage industries–50% of workers in the restaurant industry repo... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—December 22, 2017

Published December 22nd, 2017 -

Airline and airport workers are organizing and striking this holiday season.  Earlier this week, the European budget airline Ryanair agreed to recognize cabin crew and pilot unions who were threatening a strike.  Now, Ryanair is under investigation by at least... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — December 5, 2017

Published December 5th, 2017 -

The Department of Labor has published a proposed change to the rules around tip pooling.  In 2011, the Obama Administration  clarified the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations to reflect the Wage and Hour Division’s long-standing policy – based on 1974 FLSA am... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — November 29, 2017

Published November 29th, 2017 -

The Province of Ontario is testing the effects of a basic income program on poverty, reports the New York Times. Ontario will provide a basic income to 4,000 people who are unemployed or who make an annual salary of less than 34,000 Canadian dollars ($24,000) ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 29, 2017

Published September 29th, 2017 -

The Supreme Court will consider whether agency-fee agreements in the public sector are constitutional.  Read our round up of coverage on the cert. grant in Janus v. AFSCME here. In other Supreme Court news, at Slate, Daniel Hemel explores Murphy Oil‘s po... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 29, 2017

Published August 29th, 2017 -

An embattled St. Louis ordinance raised the city’s minimum wage to $10 an hour on May 5, 2017.  Yesterday, the minimum wage dropped back down to $7.70 because a state law took effect prohibiting local minimum wages above the state minimum.  Though many states ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — August 2, 2017

Published August 2nd, 2017 -

Yesterday, Judge Robert S. Lasnik of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued an order dismissing all claims in Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America v. City of Seattle, a case challenging the validity of a Seattle or... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—July 21, 2017

Published July 21st, 2017 -

The New York City Council passed the country’s first law requiring ride-hailing apps like Uber to offer in-app tipping. New York’s in-app tipping requirement was first proposed to the City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission this spring in a petition by the ... More »