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Today’s News & Commentary — January 5, 2018

Published January 5th, 2018 -

After the recent slashing of the corporate tax rate, companies continue to announce bonuses for workers.  Jet Blue (whose flight attendants filed for an NLRB election in December) and Southwest join the list.  Yet the union representing Southwest’s techn... More »

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—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 »

Miscimarra’s Parting Shot: Was It a December Massacre?

Published December 19th, 2017 -

In recent years, the end of a National Labor Relations Board member’s term occasioned an odd death watch for controversial precedent.  Last week, Board Chair Phil Miscimarra finished his term with a flurry of big decisions, including five cases that overturned... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — December 13, 2017

Published December 13th, 2017 -

Tomorrow, the National Labor Relations Board will publish a Request for Information in the Federal Register, asking for public input regarding the Board’s 2014 “Quickie Election” Rule.  The amendments, which took effect on April 14, 2015, allowed u... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 31, 2017

Published October 31st, 2017 -

On Friday, the Trump administration announced that it will nominate Scott Mugno to lead the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  Mugno, a safety official at FedEx Corporation, is an attorney who has worked at FedEx sinc... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 26, 2017

Published September 26th, 2017 -

American cities are going wild as Amazon looks for a place to build its second headquarters and employ 50,000 people.  Tucson businessmen sent a 21-foot cactus to Jeff Bezos’ office.  Philadelphia and Tulsa have expressed openness to modifying their tax ... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 19, 2017

Published September 19th, 2017 -

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing on the Trump administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nominations.  Janet Dhillon and Daniel Gade are the nominees.  Dhillon, who is currently... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 18, 2017

Published September 18th, 2017 -

Last Thursday, a new union of nontenure-track faculty at Northwestern University filed a charge with the NLRB that accused the university of violating labor laws by refusing to bargain over a first contract.  The Chicago Tribune reports that the NLRB certified... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — September 1, 2017

Published September 1st, 2017 -

Yesterday, a federal judge invalidated the Obama administration’s overtime rule, which would have doubled the overtime salary threshold to around $47,000.  The rule would have made around 4 million additional workers overtime eligible.  In an 18-page opi... More »