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The death of George Floyd and organized labor’s mixed history on race relations: What the next chapter may look like

July 7th, 2020

By Dr. Jim Castagnera, Esq.
Organized labor nonetheless has a historic opportunity to redeem its uglier chapters.
Race arguably has been the most virulent and tenacious domestic problem in all of American history. Despite the ’64 Civil Rights Act and the ’65 Voting Rights Act, race remains our most divisive demographic. As champions [Read more...]

State bar associations offer law firm-specific guidance on COVID-19 back to office reopening

July 2nd, 2020

By Joy P. Waltemath, J.D.
State bar associations providing specific recommendations for reopening law firms generally have suggested a cautious and conscientious approach.
Although almost all state bar associations have devoted some part of their internet presence to COVID-19 resources, and most have a dedicated page or pages containing COVID-19 specific guidance [Read more...]

ON THE LABOR FRONT—Addressing calls for reform of police unions

July 1st, 2020

By Michael J. Soltis, J.D.
America needs strong labor unions. But can a labor union be too strong?
Calls for “reform” of police unions are coming from just about every constituency within the labor movement—unions, supportive politicians, and typically labor-friendly publications.
The tragic killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer has [Read more...]

Trump signs Executive Order to overhaul federal hiring process

July 1st, 2020

By Wayne D. Garris Jr., J.D.
The EO aims to open the federal workforce to the two-thirds of Americans who do not hold a college degree.
On June 26, the White House announced that President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that changes the federal government’s hiring practices to “to replace one-size-fits-all, [Read more...]

DOL guidance clarifies FFCRA leave eligibility for kid’s camp closures; when school is ‘in session’ for FLSA child labor rules

June 30th, 2020

By Joy P. Waltemath, J.D.
The FFCRA allows parents to take leave if their children’s summer camp plans are closed due to the coronavirus. A new field assistance bulletin explains how to determine if camp is “closed.”
With school and summer activity schedules greatly altered as America continues to re-open in the [Read more...]