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College Athletes Lost Another Compensation Case. But There's A Silver Lining.

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 12.06.2016 | Sports

On Monday, a federal appeals court ruled against three track and field athletes who had sued the University of Pennsylvania and the NCAA on the ground...

Gender analysis needs to inform a treaty regulating business activities

Madeleine Rees | Posted 10.27.2016 | Impact
Madeleine Rees

When things go wrong, when children cannot get to school, when labour rights are violated, when there is no access to appropriate health care, no acce...

Walmart Is Giving Employees More Control Over Their Schedules

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 08.05.2016 | Business

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc has implemented a new system for scheduling workers at 650 U.S. stores, the company said, as it aims to impro...

Insourcing: American Lose Jobs to H-1B Visa Workers

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

If a company is done with an employee, guest workers often find themselves stranded in the U.S. without a job. After five years as an H-1B, employers are required to start paying social security, so the worker becomes less attractive. When the job is over, so is the visa, making them into illegals. Their staffing company may h

Bill to Protect the Rights and Health of Models Dead for the Year: Education and More Support Necessary to Move Forward

Nikki DuBose | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Nikki DuBose

On Friday, May 27th, 2016, California Assembly Bill 2539 was held in the suspense file and killed for the rest of the year. The bill would have awarded models workplace protections and health standards, granting them employee status, similar to actors who are employees of the brands they represent.

How Low Would We Go for TPP?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

The more the public hears about TPP, the less we like it. For most voters, TPP is too low to go. We are very much looking forward to stopping TPP, and starting a "rethink" of our approach to globalization.

Global Supply Chains: Time for a Convention on Decent Work

Judy Gearhart | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact
Judy Gearhart

Over the next two weeks in Geneva, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will dedicate part of its annual conference to an important discussion ...

The Price of Silence

Judy Gearhart | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Judy Gearhart

Urgent action to press the Uzbek government to respect civil society and end forced labor is vital. We call for principled engagement that holds the Uzbek government accountable for its crimes. We call on governments and international organizations to take a firm, public stance against the Uzbek Government's mass use of forced labor and repression of civil society.

Remembering Rana Plaza, Advancing Women Workers' Rights in Global Supply Chains

Judy Gearhart | Posted 04.27.2016 | Women
Judy Gearhart

We need clear protections with the force of law, protections against reprisals for those who raise concerns, and support for community-based organizations that stand with and are led by women workers.

Watchdog Group Kept Out Of Nike Supplier's Factory After Worker Strike

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.03.2016 | Business

A prominent labor rights group that monitors working conditions in overseas factories says apparel giant Nike refused to let it inspect a plant in Vie...

Victory for Injured Workers in Oklahoma: Scheme to Gut Workers' Comp Protections Ruled Illegal

Debbie Berkowitz | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Debbie Berkowitz

Last Friday, an Oklahoma state commission dealt a serious blow to efforts to further weaken protections for workers hurt on the job. Yes, you heard that right--an Oklahoma commission put its foot down to halt an erosion of workers' rights.

The Third Reconstruction Era

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Just as the progress of the first Reconstruction was followed by decades of retrenchment and reversal, many of the formidable threats millions of poor children and families -- of all races, but especially children of color -- face today are very dangerous steps backwards.

'Middle-class' Manufacturing Jobs Pay Fast-food Wages

Renee Fenderson | Posted 02.24.2016 | Business
Renee Fenderson

With thousands of jobs being added in the past few years, people everywhere are praising the industry for rebuilding our economy and the middle class. But as those of us who work at auto plants know, that's not the full story.

How Scalia's Absence Will Affect Pending Supreme Court Cases

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 02.18.2017 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia raises a number of questions: What will be Scalia's legacy? What will happen to the cases pending in the Supreme Court? Will President Obama successfully fill Scalia's seat on the high court?

Using Technology to Create Safe and Ethical Retail Supply Chains

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 01.12.2017 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

For a brief moment in 2013, Western consumers got to see the dark underbelly of the supply chains that make the products they use each day.

Kenya Should Follow Uganda's Refugee Labor Example

Keeya-Lee Ayre | Posted 01.04.2017 | World
Keeya-Lee Ayre

The current refugee population in Kenya is estimated at 600,000, yet refugees in Kenya at present do not have the legal right to work without paying e...

James Deen: Bad Apple or Bad Barrel?

Jennifer Ketcham | Posted 12.06.2016 | Los Angeles
Jennifer Ketcham

In all of the dialogue flurrying across our feeds, the following conversation needs to arise: Did the porn industry actually create the fertile ground upon which women would be raped? Or is James Deen just the bad apple ruining it for the rest of the team?

Is TPP a "Living" Document?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 11.14.2016 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

Congress is responsible for managing major government policies year-by-year, as our experience and goals evolve. How does that work in the case of huge trade deals like the Trans-Pacific partnership (TPP)?

Why Is Tyson Foods Still Stealing from its Workers?

Catherine Ruckelshaus | Posted 11.13.2016 | Business
Catherine Ruckelshaus

A recent Iowa jury found that the company's wage theft amounted to 5.8 million dollars for 3,000 Iowa workers over just two years. This follows decades of cases, court orders and USDOL investigations finding that the company owed millions to its workers.

TPP Unsurprisingly Values Corporations' Rights Over Workers' Needs

Judy Gearhart | Posted 11.12.2016 | World
Judy Gearhart

The text of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) finally became accessible to the public. The result predictably values the rights of corporations over the needs of workers and fails to address the the utter failure of the parties to uphold their commitments to respect workers' rights.

H&M Will Close For Thanksgiving

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business

H&M will close all of its United States stores on Thanksgiving Day to give employees time with their families, the retail giant announced on Monday. ...

The TPP's Children's Table: Labor Rights and Currency

Dean Baker | Posted 11.09.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are hoping that the rest of us will be happy that we got seats at the children's table. We will be hearing much about this table as they push to have the deal approved. But it's long past time that the rest of us be treated like adults.

Mammoth Trade Deal Confirms Advocates' Worst Fears

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

The United States government released the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Thursday, and a wide array of advocacy groups did not like wh...

Americans Overwhelmingly Support A Vacation Mandate

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

There is no law guaranteeing U.S. workers paid vacation, but the vast majority of Americans think there should be one, according to a new HuffPost/You...

Recent NYU Grad Rips School's 'Human Rights Abuses' In Abu Dhabi

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics

A New York University graduate accused the school on Thursday of doing too little to address human rights abuses at its Abu Dhabi campus. The charges ...