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Weekend News & Commentary — September 8–9, 2018

Published September 9th, 2018 -

Elon Musk, Tesla, Inc.’s CEO, has been no stranger to scrutiny.  But a recent appearance on a radio show has exacerbated concerns that Musk is unfit to lead the automobile company, all while infuriating lower-level workers who have been held to far higher stan... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 7, 2018

Published September 7th, 2018 -

Jobs don’t fall prey to higher minimum wages, according to researchers at U.C. Berkeley. Completing the first comprehensive empirical study of its kind, Sylvia Allegretto, Anna Godoey, Carl Nadler, and Michael Reich analyzed the impact of incremental wage incr... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — July 28–29, 2018

Published July 29th, 2018 -

Entry-level pay for some Disneyland workers will rise to $15 an hour by January 2019, and $15.45 by mid-June 2020.  Hourly workers will see yearly raises of 3 percent.  The new wages – up from an $11 an hour minimum – follow months of negotiations and disputes... More »

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 »