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Union Is the New Black: Labor Organizing in Orange Is the New Black, And What It Means For You

Leslie Tolf | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business
Leslie Tolf

In its third season with Netflix, Orange Is the New Black has had a significant effect on America's consciousness regarding: race, women and incarceration, and transgender issues.

Where's the Outrage, Mr. President?

Harlan Green | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Where's your outrage, Mr. President, when the New York Times just reported that at least 250 Disney World employees have been discharged, with many forced to train their own foreign replacements that have temporary H-IB work visas?

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Dilemma of Temporary Outrage

Mehroz Baig | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Mehroz Baig

It's a matter of common sense that the shortcuts we take to avoid paying large sums of money mean that someone somewhere is being exploited for that price tag to be what it is.

Jenny Che

It Might Be Time To Fight Back Against Those Late-Night Work Emails

HuffingtonPost.com | Jenny Che | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business

2:00 a.m. is for sleeping, not for emailing with your boss.

Grand Theft Automated

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Exposés like the Times' series on nail salon workers, and the other investigative research that came before it, can help shift consciousness. But what's also required is a power shift. A true transformation will require a broad social movement with the power to bring government back on the side of working families.

Jenny Che

New York City Mayor Announces Investigation Into Nail Salon Conditions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jenny Che | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business

NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that the city plans to investigate the harmful environments at nail salons and that he will...

Top 10 Trending Legal Careers

Tamesha Keel | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Tamesha Keel

For several years, one of the biggest shifts in the legal job market is the steady demand for specialized expertise. The career potential is high for skilled talent with industry or practice-area specialization. Both employers and clients are looking for efficiencies and value found in subject matter experts.

Why We're All Becoming Independent Contractors

Robert Reich | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The rise of "independent contractors" Is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce -- contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours, and job insecurity. It's become a race to the bottom.

Dave Jamieson

How The Boss May Be Quietly Pocketing Your Server's Tips

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business

Laurie Zabawa says she'd been working at a Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman, Montana, for seven years when the owners outsourced the management of the hot...

Dave Jamieson

Senate Democrats Call Out Union Busters

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Republicans looking to block one of the biggest labor law reforms of the Obama era, Senate Democrats are telling the National Labor...

Dave Jamieson

Jimmy John's Gets More Heat For Outrageous Noncompete Agreements

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman plans to send letters to Jimmy John's sandwich shops on Tuesday asking them to hand over information re...

Dave Jamieson

The Clever GOP Plan To Create Even More Gridlock

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans say they have a plan to save U.S. labor law from partisanship and dysfunction. But their prescription for reform coul...

How Do You Work Best?

Great Work Cultures | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
Great Work Cultures

When do you work best? Is it between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.? Or do you perhaps have the clearest head at 7 a.m. and trouble focusing in the afternoon? Is it only on Monday through Friday? Or do you sometimes struggle to think straight on Mondays, but have great ideas on Saturdays?

Big-Money Radical Right Groups Help Huge Grower to Avoid Paying Millions Already Owed Its Farm Workers

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Well-financed anti-labor groups related to America's radical right are coming to the aid of giant Fresno, Calif.-based Gerawan Farming to avoid implementing a union contract under which it already owes millions of dollars to thousands of its grape and tree fruit workers.

Nonprofit Work A Non-Option For Some Young People, As 57% Of Industry Internships Are Unpaid

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact

Cortney Harding knows how it feels to be at the bottom of the office food chain. The Wellesley College alumnus had completed seven unpaid internsh...

Dave Jamieson

Court Ruling 'Unravels FedEx's Business Model' In Contractor Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business

In a decision that one judge wrote "substantially unravels FedEx's business model," a panel of federal judges ruled Wednesday that FedEx Ground and Fe...

Bangladesh's Factory Collapse: A One-Year Retrospective

Benjamin Powell | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Benjamin Powell

In response to the Bangladeshi factory collapse, many people called for increased safety standards in Bangladeshi garment factories. Although well-intended, these calls for increased regulation, if enacted and enforced, would have reduced the welfare of many of the nearly 4 million workers.

Corporations Are Stealing From Low-Wage Workers

Sarita Gupta | Posted 06.10.2014 | Business
Sarita Gupta

These days, no one is surprised to learn about big companies paying poverty wages. But for workers at some of our country's largest fast-food chains, the truth is even uglier.

Is it Good for America to Only do What's Good for Business?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Opponents to President Obama's efforts to put millions of dollars in the pockets of people who've been working overtime for no pay want you to worry about business again. Conservative business groups have responded with all-too-familiar claims of the harm Obama's plan will bring to their members. House Speaker John Boehner had this to say: "The president's policies are making it difficult for employers to expand employment. And until the president's policies get out of the way, employers are going to continue to sit on their hands." It's time to stop listening to endless repetition of the narrow-minded view that rules and laws should not be changed if they pose even a whiff of difficulty for business. More often than not, it's a bogus argument and a selfish one at that.

When Courts Stop Strikes Before They Start: Why Workers and the Public Lose

Michael M. Oswalt | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Michael M. Oswalt

This nullification of the strike -- the core building block of effective workplace advocacy for thousands of unrepresented, often low wage contract workers at airports -- deserves a lot more attention than it's been getting.

Dave Jamieson

Finally, It Might Get Easier To Unionize

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a judge struck down an earlier version in 2012, federal officials announced Wednesday that they will re-introduce a set of rules t...

Dave Jamieson

No Justice, No Piece: How Your Pizza Delivery Guy Is Getting Stiffed This Super Bowl

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- When the Seahawks take on the Broncos in the Meadowlands this Sunday, pizza joints from coast to coast will celebrate their biggest sale...

Why Should Exercise Be a Luxury?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Should we now consider legislation to ensure that a 15- or 20-minute exercise break be built into the work day? It sounds radical, but is probably less so than the laws that reduced the workday to eight hours many decades ago.

Dave Jamieson

D.C. Elite 'Would Be Shocked' By Chaffeurs' Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Working for Sunny's Executive Sedan Service, Ishaku Atam and his friends have chauffeured some of the biggest political figures of our t...

Love and Work

Sally Steenland | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Sally Steenland

It's puzzling that conservatives who have little hesitation about using laws to encourage the obligations of marriage take a hands-off, laissez-faire approach when it comes to work. In fact, it's worse than that.