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March
2020

Trump administration continues to eliminate work protections – but advocates for workplace fairness fight back

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) once again and recently changed its standard to favor employers over employees. Specifically, the NLRB adopted a new rule to make it more difficult to prove that affiliated companies share culpability f… Read More
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26
December
2019

2019 was a good year for large corporations, but not so much for employees

The year began with the impact of the Trump Administration’s tax “reform” becoming clear. This legislation has amounted to one of the largest redistributions of wealth in the country’s history, giving a windfall to large corporations and extr… 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 are… 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. Hurricane M… 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 St… 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 s… 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 V… 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 sepa… 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 Prime… Read More
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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 and… Read More
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