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Sleeping to the Top: Recognizing a Sex-Based Stereotype

Published July 8th, 2019 -

In February, the Fourth Circuit ruled on Parker v. Reema Consulting Services., holding that rumors in the workplace that a female manager received a series of promotions because she was sleeping with a male manager constituted sexual harassment under Title VII... More »

June 23rd, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— June 23, 2019

Published June 23rd, 2019 -

  Southern California grocery store workers, represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 135, plan to vote Monday on whether to authorize a strike against several SoCal grocery chains due to stalling contract negotiations. The union... More »

June 20th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 20, 2019

Published June 20th, 2019 -

Two decades after its introduction, the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act passed both the New York State Assembly and Senate yesterday.  The bill guarantees farmworkers collective bargaining rights, workers’ compensation, and unemployment benefits, and also... More »

June 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 12, 2019

Published June 12th, 2019 -

Five senators signed on to a letter by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) calling on McDonald’s to require franchisees to implement its newly updated harassment policies.  The letter points out that “independently owned operations make up the vast majority of the o... More »

May 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 27, 2019

Published May 27th, 2019 -

The Department of Health and Human Services finalized a rule that will prevent independent provider (IP) homecare workers paid by Medicaid from deducting union dues from their paychecks.  SEIU, which represents around 500,000 homecare workers across the countr... More »

April 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 18, 2019

Published April 18th, 2019 -

A taskforce charged with proposing reforms to combat workplace misconduct has chosen to leave open an important escape hatch for judges accused of sexual harassment or other misconduct: the opportunity to end an investigation by retiring. As a result, judges a... More »

April 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—April 16, 2019

Published April 16th, 2019 -

Microsoft announced Monday that it would overhaul its procedures for handling workers’ complaints of harassment and discrimination, less than two weeks after a report revealed widespread sexist treatment of female employees at the firm.  Microsoft CEO Satya Na... More »

April 15th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 15, 2019

Published April 15th, 2019 -

For the fifth day, over 30,000 Stop & Shop workers at over 240 stores across New England stayed off the job and on the picket lines as negotiations continue.  As previously reported in OnLabor, these workers — represented by five United Food and Comm... More »

April 10th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 10, 2019

Published April 10th, 2019 -

Yesterday, House Democrats introduced a groundbreaking new bill to fight workplace sexual harassment. The #BeHeard Act (Bringing an End to Harassment By Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination in the Workplace Act) was written to ensure that the ... More »

March 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 27, 2019

Published March 27th, 2019 -

A group of labor unions on Tuesday secured a temporary injunction blocking portions of the lame-duck laws that Wisconsin Republicans passed to limit the powers of Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul following the election victories of the two Democr... More »

March 4th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 4, 2019

Published March 4th, 2019 -

Oakland teachers voted to ratify their union’s tentative agreement with the school district, thus ending their strike.  As reported yesterday in OnLabor, the Oakland Education Association – Oakland Unified School District contract includes an 11% raise o... More »

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Is New Prime a Poison Pill for Title VII?

Published January 22nd, 2019 - and

The Supreme Court’s opinion in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira is rightly being heralded as a victory for workers. The Court, after all, has finally found a mandatory arbitration agreement that it won’t enforce. But it seems odd that this Supreme Court would hand w... More »