Monthly Archives: August 2012

Paid Sick Days For All: Nothing to Sneeze At

Presented by the American University Washington College of Law’s Labor & Employment Law Forum; Health Law Project; Immigration Justice Clinic; Program on Law & Government; and the Women & the Law Program  In conjunction with the Paid Sick Days For All Coalition: Academy of Hope; Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA); Bread for the City; […]

Celebrating Labor Rights Week (Aug. 27-31)

From the U.S. Dep’t of Labor: Making America’s workplaces safe and fair for everyone is the hallmark of Labor Rights Week, a week-long observance being held Aug. 27-31 this year, to honor the contributions of all workers, regardless of language barriers or immigration status. In her Labor Rights Week video, Secretary Solis affirms the importance […]

Volume 4 Call for Articles

The Labor & Employment Law Forum is seeking articles for publication on the following topics: Immigration; The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehab Act; Public Sector Employment, Collective Bargaining and Pensions; Domestic Outsourcing; Self-Employment; The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its Impact on the Workplace. How to Submit: To submit an article, […]

DC DPW Trash Collection Workers Exposed To Toxic Vapor

A Department of Public Works (DPW) trash collection crew was exposed to a toxic vapor today while working in Northeast Washington.  The three-person crew was decontaminated on the scene by the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.  Although, two of the workers were transported to the hospital for additional treatment, the injuries they sustained […]

California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Passes CA State Assembly

California is attempting to follow in the footsteps of states such as New York and guarantee Domestic Workers basic labor protections, including overtime pay, meal and rest breaks and adequate sleeping conditions for live-in workers.   A.B. 889, 2011-2012 Cal. St. Assemb. Reg. Sess. (Ca. 2012). In 2011 the New York Legislature passed a Domestic Workers […]

Follow-up from the Food Safety and Modernization Act Symposium

After 300,000 cantaloupes were recalled due to fears of listeria, the Diane Rehm Show on WAMU featured a piece this morning discussing the delay of the rules regarding the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, P.L. 111-353, 124 Stat. 3885 (2011).  See Delays in New Food Safety Regulations, available at:; see, e.g., Implementation and Progress: […]

Now Accepting New Staff Applications!

Great news!  The Labor and Employment Law Forum is now accepting staff applications! Being a staff member of the Forum comes with many perks, including: forum-only job announcements; forum-only networking opportunities, including attendance at local and regional labor and employment conferences; access to course outlines and supplements; the opportunity to work with and among an energetic […]

The Supreme Court To Define Supervisor For Purposes of Title VII

In a case that could have far reaching implications for employers, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Vance v. Ball State University, a case in which the Court will define “supervisor” for purposes of determining an employer’s liability for harassment under Title VII. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits employment […]