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A majority of the Justices on the increasingly unpopular Supreme Court disregards settled precedent -- again -- when eliminating privacy protections

In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a majority of Supreme Court Justices cast aside 50 years of precedent that guaranteed women’s right to make their healthcare and family-planning decisions for themselves. For the past 5 decades, co… Read More

US soccer leads the way for pay equity in sports

After years of courageous advocacy by members of the United States women’s national soccer team, including years of class action litigation, the United States Soccer Federation (Federation) recently agreed to pay female and male soccer players equa… Read More

Corporate dominance of the labor market harms employees and economic opportunity

The United States Department of the Treasury – in collaboration with the United States Department of Labor, the Federal Trade Commission, and the United States Department of Justice – recently issued an important report: “The State of Labor Mar… Read More

Noncompete provisions increasingly disfavored across the country

Many employers require employees to sign a noncompete “agreement” before the employee will be hired or, in the context of merger or acquisition, can keep their job. These noncompete provisions prevent employees from working for competitors for a… Read More

DOL increasing enforcement in key areas of the economy

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has publicly committed to ensuring that employers respect the rights of key employees on the frontline of the ongoing pandemic. In particular, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division now prioritizes the en… Read More

The attack against voting rights intensifies much like the attack against workplace protections, healthcare equity, and climate justice

Restrictions of voting rights began well before the last election cycle in the United States, but those anti-democratic efforts have escalated dramatically since now-President Joseph Biden won the last election. The voter-suppression efforts at the S… Read More

The way ahead in 2022

As a turbulent 2021 comes to a close, the uncertainty persisting throughout much of year appears likely to continue in 2022. Regarding labor & employment law and civil rights, in particular, various factors make it difficult to predict with preci… Read More

Despite repeated examples of deadly police misconduct, the Supreme Court strengthens defense for police in misconduct cases

The United States Supreme Court adopted the defense of qualified immunity many years ago to prevent public employees from being sued successfully for what they do (or do not do) in the line of duty. This defense turns on the idea that public servants… Read More

WNBA’s COVID-19 vaccine experience highlights the value of unions and workplace democracy

Employers in a variety of industries continue to have difficulty securing vaccination rates recommended by public health experts to maximize protection for employees and the general public against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On one extreme, some e… Read More

Biden Administration tackling workplace safety issues as the climate crisis escalates

Most now recognizes that the climate has changed significantly in recent years, with virtually every successive year being warmer than the previous one. Although the politicization of this issue has created unnecessary confusion about the primary cau… Read More