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06
August
2018

Putting employer non-compete agreements in their place

Much like the hastily drafted and adopted tax “reform” law championed by the Trump Administration, non-compete agreements generally reflect and worsen the disparity of leverage and resources between employers and employees.  Simply put, employer… Read More
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02
July
2018

By the slimmest majority, the Supreme Court turns its back on working people and the public interest yet again

In another sharply divided opinion, the United States Supreme Court again disregarded decades of settled law to undercut workplace rights.  In Janus v. AFSCME, 5 Justices of the Supreme Court declared that employees in the public sector no longer ne… Read More
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01
June
2018

The Supreme Court and Congress act in the same week to undercut the rule of law

In Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, the United States Supreme Court recently declared that employees can be forced to give up their rights to participate in class actions or collective actions when they face wage theft, retaliation, discrimination, haras… Read More
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01
May
2018

Politicized Supreme Court, by a slim majority, again sides with corporations

By a 5-4 margin, the United States Supreme Court opted to deviate from over 70 years of clearly established legal precedent to make it more difficult to hold employers accountable for wage theft. In that case, Encino Motocars, LLC v. Navarro, the 5-p… Read More
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23
April
2018

The fading red state myth

The conventional wisdom insists that the nation is sharply divided in two.  One part of the country supposedly consists of “blue” States that allegedly promote workplace fairness through unions and otherwise.  These States also purportedly valu… Read More
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05
March
2018

Supreme Court unites to side with corporations over whistleblowers

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”), 12 U.S.C. §§ 5301, et seq., prohibits an employer from retaliating against a person who provides information to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“… Read More
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05
February
2018

The handouts for corporations continue

After pushing through a tax law that will cause a dramatic transfer of wealth to the richest individuals and largest corporations, the Trump administration is now evidently seeking to take more money out of the pockets of ordinary Americans.  In par… Read More
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01
January
2018

Federal tax “reform” will deform the economy and undercut workplace rights and other core protections

Without any public hearings, Congress rushed to pass a tax “reform” law that will likely cause the largest redistribution of wealth in the nation’s history.  In particular, tax rates for country’s most wealthy individuals and corporations wi… Read More
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04
December
2017

Entrenched sex harassment culture more fully exposed

In recent months, an increasing number of courageous women and men have come forward to report unwanted and otherwise inappropriate sexual conduct in the workplace and elsewhere.  This misconduct has been carried out largely by powerful white men in… Read More
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01
November
2017

Minnesota Supreme Court delivers another victory for employees

In Burt v. Rackner, Inc., the Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed the Minnesota Court of Appeals and ruled that employers cannot fire employees who refuse to share the tips they earned.  The employer told the plaintiff, who was a bartender, that he mus… Read More
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