Supreme Court expands civil rights protections for employees

Especially since the appointments to the Supreme Court during the last administration, the Supreme Court ordinarily has not rendered progressive decisions. To the contrary, as exemplified by majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organ… Read More

Much-needed and decisive enforcement agency action triggers lawsuits by corporate interests

Based on longstanding statutory authority, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) just issued a regulation that prohibits noncompete “agreements” regarding all employees – including senior executives. This tr… Read More

Unanimous Supreme Court expands whistleblower protections

The current Supreme Court has been increasingly criticized in recent years for restricting and even eliminating core rights, as illustrated by the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization opinion discussed in a prior blog post. In sharp contras… Read More
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Workplace democracy remains only a dream for many – but there is reason for hope

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released startling data about union membership in the United States. Specifically, union membership in 2023 declined to 10% of the workforce in the private and public sectors combined. This may be… Read More

DOL targets gig economy abuses

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently announced the adoption of an administrative rule that better addresses the escalating problem of employee misclassification. In particular, companies increasingly misclassify employees as ind… Read More

Rampant child labor violations associated with prominent corporations underscore the need for coordinated enforcement

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) is currently investigating approximately 700 child labor cases around the country. In one such case, the DOL found that the corporation under investigation employed over 100 children across nearly 10… Read More

Employers increasingly using stay-or-pay “contracts” that facilitate exploitation

Since the declaration of the global pandemic in 2020, awareness about fundamental disparities in the labor market between employers and employees has grown significantly. Consequently, and as an example, States like Minnesota have outlawed non-compet… Read More

EEOC providing long-overdue enforcement guidance

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently issued proposed guidance for enforcement of anti-harassment and anti-discrimination protections under Title VII, the civil rights statute governing employers across the c… Read More

DOL seeks to expand the right to overtime pay significantly

On the eve of the Labor Day weekend, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that – if adopted – will dramatically increase the number of people who have the right to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLS… Read More
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Minneapolis joins other visionary cities to combat gig economy exploitation

The Minneapolis City Council recently adopted an ordinance that requires increased pay and other protections for rideshare drivers who work for Uber, Lyft, and similar gig economy businesses. To that end, the ordinance compels rideshare companies to… Read More