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May 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 8, 2019

Published May 8th, 2019 -

The biggest internationally coordinated strike by Lyft and Uber drivers is expected to take place today in major U.S. cities and in the United Kingdom, Australia, and South America.  Driver demands vary by organizing group, but include calls for livable income... More »

February 13th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — February 13, 2018

Published February 13th, 2018 -

On Monday, President Trump’s administration “proposed deep spending cuts” in the U.S. Labor Department’s budget for the second consecutive year.  The administration requested a 21% budget reduction over current levels for fiscal year 20... More »

October 17th, 2017

Daily News & Commentary—October 17, 2017

Published October 17th, 2017 -

In an interesting take, Austin Frakt at the New York Times, discusses how a healthy economy can shorten life spans—at least in the short term.  According to Frakt, this counterintuitive finding (counterintuitive because economic growth promotes higher li... More »

 

After Work: Automation and Employment Law, Part Three

Published August 3rd, 2017 -

For over a century, workers and their organizations have struggled to raise labor standards and expand employee rights and benefits.  Whatever the benefits to workers and the society, to any one private firm those laws represent a tax on employing human labor,... More »

 

After Work: Automation and Employment Law, Part Two

Published August 2nd, 2017 -

The challenge of automation is in many ways continuous with the challenges of “fissured” work – to use David Weil’s influential formulation.  In particular, both trends are driven in significant part by the costs and risks of employing human beings.  According... More »

 

After Work: Automation and Employment Law, Part One

Published August 1st, 2017 -

The labor world took notice when Andy Stern emerged from a years-long deep dive into the future of work, and concluded that the future will bring a lot less work.  His book, Raising the Floor, helped to spur a debate over the universal basic income (UBI), incl... More »

July 25th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — July 25, 2017

Published July 25th, 2017 -

A New York Times piece covers the impact of drug tests (and drugs) on the economy.  In particular, it profiles various manufacturing companies in the Midwest, revealing the challenges they face filling jobs due to the proportion of applicants who fail drug tes... More »

April 19th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — April 19, 2017

Published April 19th, 2017 -

The New York Times weighs in on the effect that Trump’s “Hire American” order may have on tech worker visas.  According to the Times, the order “represents a small win for bigger tech companies,” but may hurt smaller technology co... More »

April 19th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — April 19, 2017

Published April 19th, 2017 -

The New York Times weighs in on the effect that Trump’s “Hire American” order may have on tech worker visas.  According to the Times, the order “represents a small win for bigger tech companies,” but may hurt smaller technology co... More »