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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

Crosscurrents in Federal labor law create challenges and opportunities

In one of the most significant labor law cases in recent memory, Glacier Northwest, Inc. v. Int’l Bhd. of Teamsters Loc. Union No. 174, 143 S.Ct. 1404 (2023), the Supreme Court narrowed the scope of the Garmon preemption doctrine. This doctrine… Read More

Minnesota enacts landmark legislation that leads the nation in promoting workplace fairness

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz recently executed comprehensive and progressive reforms to labor & employment law passed by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2023 legislative session. This transformative legislation, SF3035, enacts numerous and im… Read More

Supreme Court confirms that employers must pay the overtime rate to highly compensated “executives”

The Supreme Court recently ruled that the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) requires employers to pay the overtime rate to highly compensated employees when those employees work more than 40 hours in a given week – no matter how high the day-ra… Read More