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Public support for unions surges as educators and other school staff strike for better teaching and learning conditions

Recent Gallup survey data shows that more than 70% of people in the United States view unions favorably despite only 10% of employees being represented by unions. The ongoing democracy deficit in the workplace results from retaliation and other union… Read More

DOL again takes action to combat employer exploitation, this time regarding immigrant workers

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued new guidelines about how to enlist the DOL’s help with fending off retaliation by employers against employees from other countries who report wage theft, workplace safety violations,… Read More

DOL increases efforts to combat exploitation of employees with disabilities

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued new guidance regarding the enforcement of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) in relation to the Rehabilitation Act. Section 14(c) of the FLSA allows employers to pay les… Read More

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