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September
2020

State attorneys general step up and expand enforcement efforts

In multiple ways since January 2017, as has been discussed here previously, the politically appointed leadership at the United States Department of Labor, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board,… Read More
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01
July
2020

The United States and Minnesota Supreme Courts issue landmark decisions favoring employees and promoting the public interest

In Bostock v. Clayton County, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the main Federal civil rights statute governing the workplace, Title VII, makes it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The United States Supr… Read More
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06
May
2020

Support for unions and other employee collective action surges as key corporations put profits over people during the pandemic

Amazon workers, Walmart employees, Fedex drivers, Kroger grocery store workers, Instacart shoppers, Uber drivers, and other employees – many of whom have been designated as “essential workers” – are reportedly not being treated as the heroes… Read More
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16
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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01
February
2020

Minnesota Supreme Court rejects corporate attacks against local wage laws

In a landmark case, Graco, Inc. v. City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Supreme Court recently rendered a nationally significant decision that affirms the importance of progressive action at the local level. Notably, Republican-appointed Chief Justice… 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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17
December
2018

Predictions for 2019 . . . the certainty of uncertainty

The seemingly ongoing and escalating controversies at the Federal level make the legal environment somewhat unpredictable. If current trends persist, however, the Trump Administration will continue to attempt to limit workplace protections and relate… Read More
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23
April
2018

The fading red state myth

The conventional wisdom insists that the nation is sharply divided in two. One part of the country supposedly consists of “blue” States that allegedly promote workplace fairness through unions and otherwise. These States also purportedly value an… Read More
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01
December
2015

We all do better when we all do better

The recent Report issued by the National Employment Law Project, “The Growing Movement For 15,” documents the increasing successes in obtaining a living wage for employees around the country. In the process, the Report provides a compelling remin… Read More
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22
December
2014

Supreme court decision strikes another blow against workplace fairness

In Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk, a unanimous Supreme Court recently ruled that companies do not have to pay employees for the time employees must spend being subjected to daily anti-theft screening procedures imposed by employers. Notab… Read More
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