Monthly Archives: February 2012

Food for Thought: Subminimum Wage and the Restaurant Industry

Food for thought: In eleven states, servers, bartenders, and other “tipped employees” are paid just $2.13 an hour – the current federal subminimum wage. For these employees, earning a living is a gamble; if it’s a slow shift, going to work can cost more than what is earned. And according to a recent study by […]

German Workers Support American Counterparts

In an effort to improve employment conditions for T-Mobile workers, a delegation from T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, and a member of the German Parliament are in the United States to meet with American employees about T-Mobile’s anti-union tactics. Deutsche Telekom employees enjoy Germany’s traditionally higher standards for worker freedoms including worker contract negotiation power […]

H-2B and the Department of Labor: The Current Big Wave

On February 10, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new rule regarding the issuance of H-2B visas, changing from an attestation system introduces in 2009 to a certification system, and adding protections for non-immigrant workers.   In 2009, the DOL issued a standard for determining that there are no U.S. workers willing, able, qualified, and […]

Reprisal for Whistleblowing: FDA Former Employees File Federal Lawsuit

Six current and former employees of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filed a federal lawsuit against the agency in January, alleging that high-level officials within the FDA intercepted their private correspondence to effectively interfere with their ability to “blow the whistle” on government misconduct. In 2008, FDA employees, including scientists, experts and physicians, started […]

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 […]

Hooters-Wings, Beer, and Labor Law Violations

When one thinks about Hooters restaurants, the immediate thought is not about labor law violations. But for 19 former servers at the Hooters in San Francisco, that is exactly their thought. These former Hooters employees began a class action lawsuit against the chain in 2010, and the class action was upheld by the California 1st […]

Symposium: The Role of Organized Resistance in the 2012 Elections

Monday, April 9, 2012 09:00 AM – 03:00 PM American University Washington College of Law, Room 603 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC In the fall of 2011, the Occupy Wall Street protests captured the national and came just months after the historic Madison, Wisconsin protests, which focused on the repeal of collective bargaining rights […]

Event: Pension & Employee Benefits Roundtable

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 05:00 PM – 08:00 PM American University Washington College of Law, Room 603 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC A roundtable discussion reviewing current trends in employee benefit law including:  plan design and financial health, merger and acquisition activity, executive compensation, recent regulatory activity regarding fiduciary standards, fee disclosure, more effective […]

Event: In the Wake of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal

In the Wake of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal: Unresolved Questions on LGBT Equality in the Armed Forces Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM American University Washington College of Law, Room 603 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC The repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was a milestone for the fair treatment […]

Israeli General Strike Ends in Victory for Workers

This past May I packed my suitcase in preparation for a summer in Israel and was expecting to find a nation filled with tension, protests, and conflict.  In those departments, Israel was far from lacking. The streets and parks were filled with angry citizens. The grumblings of a battle had burst forth and the local […]