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01
January
2019

Another contrived government shutdown compromises enforcement of workplace protections

After making a number of threats over the past year, the Trump Administration recently imposed a Federal government shutdown with no end in sight.  The Trump Administration has forced the shutdown in an effort to extract money for the construction a… Read More
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17
December
2018

Predictions for 2019 . . . the certainty of uncertainty

The seemingly ongoing and escalating controversies at the Federal level make the legal environment somewhat unpredictable.  If current trends persist, however, the Trump Administration will continue to attempt to limit workplace protections and rela… Read More
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12
November
2018

Mid-term election results mean the potential for more workplace rights and protections

In Minnesota and across the nation, progressive and other pro-employee candidates won many of the elections at the Local, State, and even Federal levels.  That outcome could mean more workplace fairness – whether through agency enforcement actions… Read More
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11
October
2018

The legitimacy of the Supreme Court in question?

The Republican-controlled Congress recently voted to confirm the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh by President Donald Trump to serve on the United States Supreme Court.  Congress voted to confirm Judge Kavanaugh by one of the narrowest margins in… Read More
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03
September
2018

It is always darkest before the dawn

On this Labor Day in 2018, it is especially important to consider where we are and where we could go as a country when it comes to fairness in the workplace and in the country generally.  We are currently witnessing an escalating assault on employee… Read More
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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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