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April 2nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—April 2, 2019

Published April 2nd, 2019 -

The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday proposed a rule that would sharply limit the ability of workers to sue companies for violations of minimum-wage and overtime laws under a theory of joint employer liability.  If the rule becomes final, workers will face n... More »

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Your Tax Dollars at Work at the NLRB

Published March 29th, 2019 -

The House Education and Labor Committee recently revealed that the Trump appointees on the NLRB are hiring a private contractor to help review the public comments submitted in response to their proposed joint employer rule.  NLRB Chairman John Ring told the Me... More »

March 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 18, 2019

Published March 18th, 2019 -

On Friday, a white supremacist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing fifty people and injuring dozens more.  In the aftermath of the attack, Facebook said that it removed 1.5 million videos of the mass shooting.  However, directly hired fa... More »

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NLRB Changes Course on Charter Schools

Published February 22nd, 2019 -

Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board announced that it again would wade into the murky waters of whether charter schools are employers under the National Labor Relations Act.  The question that the Board has put before itself this time, howev... More »

February 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 18, 2019

Published February 18th, 2019 -

Since late January, tens of thousands of unionized and non-unionized workers in Matamoros, Mexico — a city which borders Brownsville, Texas — have gone out on strike.  Workers at maquiladoras (tax-advantaged factories), delivery drivers and others ... More »

February 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 7, 2019

Published February 7th, 2019 -

The grocery-delivery service Instacart caved to public outrage over its tipping policy and will now pass along the full value of a customer’s tip to the delivery worker. Beginning in November, Instacart had in some cases reduced the rate the company paid... 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 27th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — January 26–27, 2019

Published January 27th, 2019 -

The government shutdown ended Friday afternoon after 35 days.  Many political players and commentators are attributing Trump’s “caving” on the border wall to Nancy Pelosi’s prowess at controlling the struggle between the parties, or to rising public resentment... More »

December 20th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — December 20, 2018

Published December 20th, 2018 -

As the NLRB continues its comment period for a proposed rule to codify a more restrictive standard for joint employer status, NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb has voiced his view that the rule does not go far enough in insulating lead employers from labor law l... More »

December 19th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — December 19, 2018

Published December 19th, 2018 -

In wage and Auer news, Bloomberg reports that a potential Supreme Court ruling upending “Auer deference” could magnify judicial oversight of federal agencies enforcing labor and employment law.  Named after the Supreme Court’s decision in Auer v. Robbins and d... More »

December 13th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 13th, 2018 -

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island have announced their effort to unionize with the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU).  Workers cite inadequate pay; 12-hour shifts with insufficient breaks; unreasonable hourly quotas; unpaid ti... More »