Today’s News & Commentary — August 9, 2016

Published August 9th, 2016 -  - 08.09.161


Donald Trump delivered a major economic speech on Monday, highlighting some proposals we can expect him to push for if he is elected. He questioned the accuracy of the official unemployment numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the speech was perhaps more notable for what it didn’t include. Trump did not mention the minimum wage or whether he supported the Right to Work laws that are gaining popularity around the country. The New York Times and Wall Street Journal offered fact checks of the speech.

M.I.T., N.Y.U. and Yale were sued on Tuesday, accused of failing to monitor the  excessive fees charged on employees’ retirement accounts. The suit follows the Department of Labor’s April announcement of new rules intended to strengthen investor protections.

A federal administrative judge ruled that a casino’s policy prohibiting employees from conducting personal business during work hours violates employees’ right to engage in concerted activity under Section 7 of the NLRA. The judge reasoned that the provision was overly broad, as it could reasonably be read to prohibit union activity or other protected rights, and that the work hours restriction could include lunch and other breaks.

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