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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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01
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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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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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 dec… 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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12
November
2018

Mid-term election results mean the potential for more workplace rights and protections

In Minnesota and across the nation, progressive and other pro-employee candidates won many of the elections at the Local, State, and even Federal levels. That outcome could mean more workplace fairness – whether through agency enforcement actions,… Read More
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02
July
2018

By the slimmest majority, the Supreme Court turns its back on working people and the public interest yet again

In another sharply divided opinion, the United States Supreme Court again disregarded decades of settled law to undercut workplace rights. In Janus v. AFSCME, 5 Justices of the Supreme Court declared that employees in the public sector no longer need… Read More
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