The California legislature has passed a bill that has been signed by its governor designed to reclassify many or most contract workers as employees.  The bill goes into effect January 1 of next year, and applies what is known as the "ABC Test" to employment status.  It requires companies that want to treat a worker as a contractor to prove that ...
On August 1, 2019, the Senate approved Sharon Gustafson as the EEOC's new General Counsel and Charlotte Burroughs (D) for a second term as a member of the EEOC Commission.  Gustafson had been awaiting Senate approval for almost 15 months, giving the Administration its first Senate-confirmed General Counsel.  The authority of the EEOC General Cou...
At least five Democratic presidential candidates have recognized labor unions as representatives of their campaign staffs, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Julian Castro, and Eric Swalwell.  Democratic candidates are catering to labor union votes, likely because of President Trump's strong support from union households in the ...
According to a Gallup Poll on August 28 of this year, the approval rating for labor unions among the American public reached 64%.  This 64% approval rating is up 16 points from the all-time low just ten years ago.  The poll indicated that about 14% of Americans live in a union household.  The survey found an 86% approval rating among those ...
The situation between General Motors (GM) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) seemed a "perfect storm" for a labor dispute.  GM's profits have reached high levels in 2016 and 2017, before falling last year, with expectations for further downturns in U.S. auto sales.  The investment community had the opinion that GM coddled the UAW, and thus avoide...
President Trump has signed two new executive orders on October 9, 2019 to reduce government regulations without formal rule-making.  At the signing ceremony, he stated: "For many decades, federal agencies have been issuing thousands of pages of so-called guidance documents - a pernicious kind of regulation imposed by unaccountable bureaucrats in the ...

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