Category Legislation

Workplace Prof Blog: Federal Judge Partially Strikes Down WI Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

The Western District of Wisconsin issued its much anticipated opinion in WEAC v. Walker today on the constitutionality of Wisconsin Act 10, the public-sector anti-collective bargaining bill that was enacted into law last June after a monumental political fight. Of course, Act 10′s passage continues to have ramifications as Governor Walker was officially subjected to a recall […]

MI Graduate Student Research Assistants Try to Unionize, Legislature Refuses

As Michigan’s state labor board was about to vote on reversing a rule denying graduate student research assistants (GSRAs) union recognition, the state legislature preempted the vote and passed a bill making recognition unavailable. After years of pushing for the labor board vote, Michigan GSRAs are angry and disappointed by the legislature’s action. The GSRAs […]

New Budgets Allow More Contracts in MD, But Who Gets Them?

As the federal and several state governments take measures to stimulate the still weak economy, much of the attention has been devoted to public infrastructure projects. Channeling the ideas of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, President Barack Obama has decided to create jobs by investing in the country’s crumbling infrastructure. His projects are funding […]

TN, GA Want to Add Gun Owners to Non-Discrimination Laws

Many states have taken it upon themselves to supplement Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by passing legislation that prohibits discrimination based on an employee’s or potential employee’s membership in a particular class of people. Many legislatures have added sexual orientation as a pseudo-protected class but states like Georgia and Tennessee want to make […]

Right-To-Work Becomes Even More Divisive Among Republicans Across the Nation

Minnesota Republicans are now trying to make Minnesota the 24th right-to-work state in the nation. Since Republicans control both state legislative chambers, it looks like the party may be able to take this initiative all the way to the voter ballot. In fact, this bill would amend Minnesota’s constitution to ensure right-to-work laws. This development […]

NYT: Arizona Judge Blocks Section of SB1070

A federal judge in Phoenix, Arizona has blocked police in Arizona from enforcing a section of the state’s 2010 immigration enforcement law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services on streets. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled Wednesday that groups seeking to overturn the law will likely prevail […]

Arizona’s Proposed Anti-Union Legislation is Strikingly Similar to WI, OH Laws

The country’s anti-union forces have set their sights on Arizona this month, where state legislators are considering four anti-union bills that target the collective bargaining rights of public workers. The bills, backed by the Koch brothers, are modeled in the spirit of Wisconsin’s attack on public workers last March.  The state senate passed the first […]

Lack of Labor Law Protections Result from Anti-Immigration Policies

While it is important to understand the construction and application of labor and employment law, it is equally important to acknowledge that there are still gaps in the law that allow for the exploitation of millions of workers in the United States. Undocumented immigrants in states that have passed anti-immigration legislation represent a prime example […]

Congressional Attack on Federal Employees’ Pensions

On Friday February 17, Congress passed a bill that altered the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and changed the percentage that future federal employees have to contribute towards their pension plans.  Originally passed by Congress in 1986, FERS replaced the existing Civil Service Retirement System, and provided federal workers with a variety of benefits including […]

Interns Have Rights…Did You Know?

Recently, we posted a piece about the negative effects of unpaid internships. On February 13, 2012 Slate.com published an insightful piece about the same topic following up on the issue. On Feb. 1, a funny thing happened in a U.S. district court in Manhattan: An intern complained in public. Xuedan Wang, a 28-year-old former intern […]

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