By Natalia Castro For the first time in nearly a century, Kentucky’s congress is dominated by the Republican Party, and they have already begun passing policy to empower workers. Kentucky has joined the rest of the South in passing a right-to-work law, allowing workers to opt out of joining labor unions. The legislation acts as the first victory in what […]
By Nathan Mehrens Liberal parents who are dropping off a child at a private university beware; the liberal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just nuked your kid’s safe space. The NLRB earlier this week overruled previous precedent and decided that many types of students who perform duties such as teaching assistance as part of their degree programs are employees for […]
By Nathan Mehrens Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, recently signed an executive order requiring “labor peace” agreements from retail and food service employers doing business on city development projects. These are projects that are broadly defined and include those receiving financial assistance from the City. The executive order, is, simply put, a local government thumb on the […]
By Nathan Mehrens OSHA, and several federal agencies with jurisdiction over employment law have spent years pushing a greatly expanded theory of employer liability known as a joint employer standard. Newly-released records from the Obama Administration’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show that they have been right in the middle of this and that they have conducted a large-scale, […]
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By Nathan Mehrens Will Rogers is reported to have once said, “be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.” While there are certainly many areas where we’re not getting what we pay for, one area where the problem is particularly acute is in an obscure federal personnel practice known as “official time.” Official time is a practice […]
By Nathan Mehrens Is the practice of forcing public sector employees to pay agency fees to unions on the way out? Based on my observation of the oral arguments in the Supreme Court on Monday in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, I think the answer may be yes. This case involves a challenge to the practice of the forced payment […]