Criminal Records Exclusion, “Rational Discrimination,” and Ban the Box

Criminal Records Exclusion, “Rational Discrimination,” and Ban the Box

It is now well understood that employers discriminate against applicants with criminal records, but less is known about why they...
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A New Moment for Wrongful Discharge Law

A New Moment for Wrongful Discharge Law

At-will employment is out of favor. In recent polling from Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Data for Progress, and the Omidyar Network, a...
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A Union Default for the U.S.

A Union Default for the U.S.

Unions have traditionally had a strong levelling effect on incomes, transferring money from capital to labour, particularly to the low-waged....
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Trump’s Labor Board to U.S. Workers:  “Shut Up and Work”

Trump’s Labor Board to U.S. Workers: “Shut Up and Work”

I recently wrote about how the Trump National Labor Relations Board has allowed employers to fire workers for urging their...
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Why Workers Need Voice on the Job Now More than Ever

Why Workers Need Voice on the Job Now More than Ever

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred multiple crises in our country including a public health crisis and an economic one.  The...
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The Classification of “Gig” Workers in Canadian Work Law

The Classification of “Gig” Workers in Canadian Work Law

The central legal conundrum for labor law when it encounters platform or ‘gig’ work is one of legal classification. The...
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Today’s News & Commentary — August 4, 2020

The Department of Labor's rule restricting certain workers from taking leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act has been stricken down. A New York federal judge found that the rule's denial of benefits to workers of employers that "do...not have...

Weekend News & Commentary — August 2, 2020

As Congress has allowed the $600 weekly unemployment bonus to lapse, some states are taking advantage of the CARES Act provision offering extended unemployment benefits for states suffering from high unemployment rates. Extended benefits in eligible states are...

Today’s News & Commentary – July 31, 2020

The $600 CARES Act unemployment benefit ends today, leaving millions of Americans in jeopardy. Though Senate Republicans and the White House have insisted that the $600 benefit discourages Americans from working, a new study by Yale economists tells a different...

Today’s News & Commentary — July 30, 2020

On July 24, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that an unemployed worker who had qualified for unemployment benefits could not be disqualified based on classification as “self-employed” when he then started driving for Uber. The worker in this case, Donald Lowman...

Today’s News & Commentary — July 29, 2020

The Transportation Trades Department (TTD), a coalition of labor unions representing transportation workers, has formally asked that the U.S. Department of Transportation issue an emergency rule that both orders passengers to wear masks “covering the nose and mouth...

Today’s News & Commentary—July 28, 2020

In moments of national crisis, workers and management in critical industries tend to form fragile truces. Most famously, the AFL and CIO both pledged not to strike during World War Two in order to support the war effort. Now, while workers are striking more and in...

Today’s News & Commentary—July 27, 2020

Senate Republicans are expected to unveil plans for a new stimulus package today. White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow stated that the new plan will include another round of $1,200 checks for Americans. The Republican plan will also include enhanced...

Today’s News & Commentary — August 4, 2020

The Department of Labor's rule restricting certain workers from taking leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act has been stricken down. A New York federal judge found that the rule's denial of benefits to workers of employers that "do...not have...

Weekend News & Commentary — August 2, 2020

As Congress has allowed the $600 weekly unemployment bonus to lapse, some states are taking advantage of the CARES Act provision offering extended unemployment benefits for states suffering from high unemployment rates. Extended benefits in eligible states are...

Today’s News & Commentary – July 31, 2020

The $600 CARES Act unemployment benefit ends today, leaving millions of Americans in jeopardy. Though Senate Republicans and the White House have insisted that the $600 benefit discourages Americans from working, a new study by Yale economists tells a different...

Today’s News & Commentary — July 30, 2020

On July 24, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that an unemployed worker who had qualified for unemployment benefits could not be disqualified based on classification as “self-employed” when he then started driving for Uber. The worker in this case, Donald Lowman...

Today’s News & Commentary — July 29, 2020

The Transportation Trades Department (TTD), a coalition of labor unions representing transportation workers, has formally asked that the U.S. Department of Transportation issue an emergency rule that both orders passengers to wear masks “covering the nose and mouth...

Today’s News & Commentary—July 28, 2020

In moments of national crisis, workers and management in critical industries tend to form fragile truces. Most famously, the AFL and CIO both pledged not to strike during World War Two in order to support the war effort. Now, while workers are striking more and in...

Today’s News & Commentary—July 27, 2020

Senate Republicans are expected to unveil plans for a new stimulus package today. White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow stated that the new plan will include another round of $1,200 checks for Americans. The Republican plan will also include enhanced...

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