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November
2019

As workplace unfairness and economic inequality increase, union support surges

Although the field for the Democratic Party nomination remains large and includes a number of so-called centrist candidates, the field almost uniformly supports progressive policies to address the unfairness and inequality intensifying with each pass… Read More
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21
October
2019

Unions leading the way for progressive change to benefit the proverbial 99%

The current strike of both Chicago public school teachers and staff illustrates a growing trend across the nation.  In particular, and despite employer attempts to frame contract negotiations as only about wage increases for union members, unions ar… Read More
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01
September
2019

Puerto Rico points the way ahead for the entire United States?

Puerto Rico has not always received positive media coverage, especially in recent times.  The debt crisis, resulting largely from financial arrangements imposed externally, has made life difficult for many on the island in the past decade.  Hurrica… Read More
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01
August
2019

Legislative fix of Minnesota’s whistleblower law continues to have a positive impact

The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently rendered an important whistleblower ruling.  In that case, Moore v. City of New Brighton, the Court reversed summary judgment for the employer and remanded the whistleblowing claims to the district court for t… Read More
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01
July
2019

Supreme Court favors gamesmanship over civil rights and fundamental fairness

In Rucho v. Common Cause, and by a narrow 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court turned its back on democracy by allowing States to draw voting districts however they want.  The Supreme Court majority so ruled despite understanding the decision means that… Read More
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17
June
2019

Surveillance state advances?

The fast-moving development of artificial intelligence (“AI”) technologies offers much promise but also potentially peril.  In particular, the multi-billion dollar industry of AI-driven video analytics is now infiltrating the surveillance camera… Read More
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01
May
2019

Slim Supreme Court majority again uses arbitration clauses to thwart robust enforcement of workplace rights

Five Justices of the Supreme Court reversed both the District Court and the Court of Appeals in Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela to rule that the right to pursue class action claims through arbitration must be clear.  In Lamps Plus, an employee (Mr. Frank… Read More
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09
April
2019

Trump’s DOL and NLRB continue to pursue policies that evidently favor corporations over people

For starters, a little context is in order.  During the Obama Administration, both the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) and the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) reinforced the legal standard for proving that two supposedly se… Read More
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04
March
2019

Minnesota Supreme Court overrules itself to declare that workers compensation law no longer bars civil rights claims in the workplace

In Daniel v. City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed course and rejected the legal standard established 30 years ago under employment law in Karst v. F.C. Hayer Co., 447 N.W.2d 180 (Minn. 1989).  Before Daniel, and for the past 3… Read More
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01
February
2019

A United States Supreme Court victory for employees?

Contrary to the trend, the United States Supreme Court recently ruled that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), 9 U.S.C. §§ 1, et seq., does not make mandatory arbitration agreements in the trucking industry enforceable.  In that case, New Pri… Read More
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