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Today’s News & Commentary — June 29, 2018

Published June 29th, 2018 -

In Chicago, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled in favor of sandwich  franchise Jimmy John’s, who argued that the company cannot be liable for the FLSA violations of its individual restaurants.  Jimmy John’s may control mayonnai... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 31, 2018

Published May 31st, 2018 -

The Economist yesterday questioned the wisdom of the NFL’s new national anthem policy and cited Professor Sachs’ recent piece arguing that the policy change was an illegal violation of federal labor law and possibly the First Amendment. The Economi... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — May 26-27, 2018

Published May 27th, 2018 -

On Friday Professor Sachs wrote for Vox to explain how the NFL’s new policy punishing players who kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racism violates labor law and likely the First Amendment.  As Sejal summarized in her post, Pr... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 24, 2018

Published May 24th, 2018 -

The NFL yesterday announced a new policy punishing players who kneel in protest during the national anthem, drawing fierce condemnation from civil rights advocates and the players’ union. The new policy does allow athletes to stay in locker rooms rather ... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — May 5–6, 2018

Published May 6th, 2018 -

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan is retiring in June, but continues to escalate worksite enforcement efforts. Homan appears to be delivering on his promise last fall to oversee a four or fivefold rise in rates of workplace immi... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — May 4, 2018

Published May 4th, 2018 -

Arizona public school teachers have reached an agreement with the state government to end their weeklong strike after the Governor signed a new education funding bill into law.  Under the new legislation, certified teachers will receive a 20% raise by 2020, in... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 30, 2017

Published October 30th, 2017 -

WBUR’s business and technology team, BostonomiX, analyzed data from the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development in order to understand the future of work in Massachusetts.  BostonomiX found that the health care and computer sectors are likely t... More »

NFL Anthem Protests Highlight Another Flaw in Labor Law

Published October 20th, 2017 -

While I agree with Ben that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones violated the National Labor Relations Act when he threatened to bench players who refuse to stand for the national anthem, if the facts were slightly different the players would face a much starker c... More »

Kaepernick’s Grievance and Fancy Retaliation Theories

Published October 18th, 2017 -

It seems like ages ago, but before the President starting telling NFL owners whom to fire, the big anthem story had been the failure of any NFL team to hire Colin Kaepernick out of free agency. Now that topic is back with Kaepernick filing a grievance against ... More »

Kap, Collusion, and Labor Market Competition

Published October 16th, 2017 -

There are only a few dozen people on the planet who can play QB in the NFL. Colin Kaepernick is one of them. Yet, even though he’s expressed an eagerness to return to the playing field, Kaepernick has now been passed over for QB positions on several clubs. Man... More »