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January 4th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 4, 2019

Published January 4th, 2019 -

Senior Contributor Charlotte Garden has a great new piece up at Take Care examining the ways antitrust law inhibits worker power — and how the growing movement to update anti-trust for the 21st century should protect workers instead As Charlotte writes, “... More »

December 21st, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 21st, 2018 -

Chipotle’s forced arbitration agreements are backfiring spectacularly, reported the Huffington Post. Like the 12,000 drivers pursuing arbitration against Uber, workers are flooding the burrito chain with arbitration cases after the company blocked their claims... More »

December 20th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 20th, 2018 -

As the NLRB continues its comment period for a proposed rule to codify a “direct and immediate control” 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 fr... More »

December 9th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary

Published December 9th, 2018 -

Civil unrest in France continued and even expanded this weekend, as French police arrested over a thousand protesters. A large police presence seemed better able to control the violence this weekend, the fourth weekend in a row in which the Yellow Vests (as pr... More »

December 7th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 7th, 2018 -

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report: unemployment remains at 3.7% for the third month, and the U.S. added 155,000 nonfarm jobs.  Reactions are mixed; while the report is “weaker than expected,” it is also a sign of an ... More »

December 6th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published December 6th, 2018 -

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission voted this week to create a minimum pay standard for the approximately 80,000 drivers in the city working for transportation network companies like Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Via.  The standard establishes a per-minut... More »

November 9th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published November 9th, 2018 -

After more than 20,000 workers walked out last week in protest of the company’s handling of sexual misconduct, Google announced that it would no longer require claims of sexual harassment or assault to be funneled into secret forced arbitration—one of the walk... More »

October 18th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published October 18th, 2018 -

Uber has reached a settlement with 5,000 drivers who argue they were misclassified as independent contractors. The drivers were not covered by an arbitration agreement, though most drivers are now required to sign such an agreement before driving for the compa... More »

October 11th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary

Published October 11th, 2018 -

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is extending its Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program by six months.  The program protects employers from enforcement action resulting from federal wage-and-hour violations if they work in good f... More »

August 28th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 28, 2018

Published August 28th, 2018 -

President Trump said yesterday that the United States and Mexico have reached a deal on a renegotiated NAFTA, though Canada has apparently been left out of the deal for the time being. Lawmakers and industry expressed concern that the trilateral NAFTA could be... More »

August 19th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — August 18–19, 2018

Published August 19th, 2018 -

In today’s Sunday Review for The New York Times, economic historian Louis Hyman argues that new technology companies like Uber and TaskRabbit did not create the gig economy but only took advantage of a decades-long shift to temporary work arrangements.  He ana... More »