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Creative agency enforcement aims to fill gaps in employment law protections

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), which traditionally focused on enforcing antitrust and consumer protection laws, recently and publicly declared its new priority of enforcing work-related protections. According to this new policy, the FTC is… 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

WNBA’s COVID-19 vaccine experience highlights the value of unions and workplace democracy

Employers in a variety of industries continue to have difficulty securing vaccination rates recommended by public health experts to maximize protection for employees and the general public against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On one extreme, some e… Read More

Biden Administration tackling workplace safety issues as the climate crisis escalates

Most now recognizes that the climate has changed significantly in recent years, with virtually every successive year being warmer than the previous one. Although the politicization of this issue has created unnecessary confusion about the primary cau… Read More

Government policy and employer practice have suppressed employee compensation for decades

The Economic Policy Institute recently published a study that carefully evaluates the experience of employees over the past several decades to determine why employee compensation has remained stagnant while employee productivity has continued to incr… Read More

Historic Georgia wins have immediate and important consequences for workplace protections

Despite racially charged attacks against them by the Republican incumbents’ and their allies, Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff reportedly became the first African American and Jew, respectively, to represent Georgia in the history of the Uni… Read More

Ongoing congressional obstruction makes federal agency action and state leadership essential

Congress, particularly the Senate, has continued to distinguish itself through its ongoing failure to address the escalating needs of working people. Consequently, the incoming Biden Administration needs to act swiftly and boldly to counteract the si… Read More

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