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September 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—September 5, 2019

Published September 5th, 2019 -

The observance of Labor Day earlier this week has inspired a bumper crop of commentary on the history, present, and future of the American worker.  In the New York Times, Noam Scheiber examines the relationship between established unions and grassroots labor a... More »

June 2nd, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — June 1-2, 2019

Published June 2nd, 2019 -

Cai Shuang Chen, a delivery worker in New York, won $327,738 in a wage theft case in September 2017.  However, Chen is unable to collect this money under New York state law, as the restaurant he worked for changed its name and thus technically no longer exists... More »

February 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 5, 2019

Published February 5th, 2019 -

New Jersey on Monday became the fourth state to raise its hourly minimum wage to $15.  Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill into law, paving the way for the new minimum wage to be phased in over five years.  New Jersey joins California, Massachusetts, N... More »

January 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 18, 2019

Published January 18th, 2019 -

As the government shutdown lumbers into its 28th day, federal workers are beginning to file for unemployment en masse, reports the New York Times. About 380,000 furloughed federal employees are eligible for unemployment, and the longest government shutdown on ... More »

November 12th, 2018

Daily News & Commentary

Published November 12th, 2018 -

After winning back the House of Representatives in last Tuesday’s election, House Democrats plan to grill President Trump’s Department of Labor about its policies regarding tipped workers.  In December, the DOL proposed a rule allowing employers who pay tipped... More »

June 22nd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — June 22, 2018

Published June 22nd, 2018 -

Both chambers of the Massachusetts state legislature have passed a “grand bargain” bill that — if signed by Governor Charlie Baker — will increase the minimum wage for most workers from $11/hour to $15/hour over the course of five years and will in... More »

June 4th, 2018

Today’s News and Commentary — June 4, 2018

Published June 4th, 2018 -

The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 has reached tentative agreements that would cover about half of its 50,000 hotel and casino workers who voted to strike this month in Las Vegas. Local 226 has now reached tentative agreements with both Caesars and MGM, but ... More »

March 21st, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — March 21, 2018

Published March 21st, 2018 -

Bloomberg Law reports that congressional lawmakers are negotiating a funding bill for the government that would include a provision to calm controversy surrounding a proposed Department of Labor rule about pooling tips. The proposed DOL rule would reverse an O... More »

December 10th, 2017

Weekend News & Commentary — December 9-10, 2017

Published December 10th, 2017 -

Incarcerated men, women and children make up a third of California’s wildfire-fighting force.  Doing dangerous and demanding 24-hour shifts, inmate-firefighters are paid $1 per hour.  Their work and time off are the subject of a photo essay from the Marshall P... More »

December 5th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — December 5, 2017

Published December 5th, 2017 -

The Department of Labor has published a proposed change to the rules around tip pooling.  In 2011, the Obama Administration  clarified the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations to reflect the Wage and Hour Division’s long-standing policy – based on 1974 FLSA am... More »

 

Where Tips End and Wages Begin

Published April 17th, 2017 -

One year ago, this blog featured a post that outlined various reasons why the restaurant industry’s use of tips in lieu of guaranteed wages had come to provoke, in the author’s words, “a firestorm of criticism”: that reliance on tips as a significant component... More »