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Supreme Court expands civil rights protections for employees

Especially since the appointments to the Supreme Court during the last administration, the Supreme Court ordinarily has not rendered progressive decisions. To the contrary, as exemplified by majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organ… 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 enforcement continues to move in progressive direction

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an agency rule that rescinds the approach adopted under the prior Federal administration. The previous Federal administration’s practice permitted Federal contractors to use religious fait… Read More

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