Law and Politics

Bright Horizons Leaves Students’ Favorite Teachers Out in the Cold
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Bright Horizons Leaves Students’ Favorite Teachers Out in the Cold

NEW YORK, N.Y.—As a group of teachers facing layoffs the next day tried to negotiate better terms with the Bright Horizons chain of child-care centers on Sept. 29, a group of parents, children, and other teachers milled about under a construction scaffold outside on West 23rd Street. A girl in a salmon-colored T-shirt sat in…

How Do We Avoid Another COVID-19 Shutdown And Still Be Safe?
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How Do We Avoid Another COVID-19 Shutdown And Still Be Safe?

New York, NY – With the rise in foreign concerns, Europe is taking the necessary precautions to prevent the devastation from a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Meanwhile, on the domestic front there has been improvement among some states. However, the threat of new infections and future infections are still a concern, especially with local…

Pressure on Bill de Blasio to Give up Mayoral Control of Schools
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Pressure on Bill de Blasio to Give up Mayoral Control of Schools

New York, NY – Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza’s mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic with schemes for hybrid in-person and digital learning, has unintentionally brought back the issue of mayoral control of the city’s school system — a matter the mayor fiercely fought for back in 2017. Prior to de Blasio’s current tenure…

Barrett Nomination Looms Ominous for Labor Law
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Barrett Nomination Looms Ominous for Labor Law

WASHINGTON—Judge Amy Coney Barrett, nominated to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by President Donald Trump Sept. 25, is expected to be an active anti-labor vote if confirmed, despite her limited judicial record. “Judge Barrett’s record demonstrates a clear disdain for workers’ rights, and her confirmation would push the most corporate-friendly Supreme…

NYC Building Trades Confront ‘Bad Actors with a History of Fraud’
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NYC Building Trades Confront ‘Bad Actors with a History of Fraud’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—More than 100 construction workers returned to the sidewalk outside Brookfield Properties’ Battery Park City offices Sept. 23, accusing the developer of hiring nonunion contractors with records of wage theft. “We want these jobs shut down immediately,” Joe Scopo, organizing director for the Laborers Union’s Cement and Concrete Workers District Council, told the…

Gagging on the Gig Economy: Labor Dept. Fast-Tracks Rule Widening Independent-Contractor Status
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Gagging on the Gig Economy: Labor Dept. Fast-Tracks Rule Widening Independent-Contractor Status

WASHINGTON—The Labor Department has proposed a rule intended to make it easier for employers to classify workers as independent contractors—and is fast-tracking it so it could be finalized before the next President takes office. The proposed rule, announced Sept. 22, would widen when workers can be considered an independent contractor instead of an employee. Independent…

Labor Mourns RBG – Hopes to Stop Trump From Further Packing U.S. Supreme Court
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Labor Mourns RBG – Hopes to Stop Trump From Further Packing U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON—Several major labor unions are opposing President Donald Trump’s bid to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election, but Senate Republicans appear to have fallen into line to confirm whomever he nominates. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who in 2016 blocked consideration of President Barack Obama’s nominee Judge Merrick Garland…

COVID Crisis and the Toll on Our Mental Health
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COVID Crisis and the Toll on Our Mental Health

New York, NY​ – Although plans for a Coronavirus vaccine are still unclear as we move into the cooler months of autumn, some of our city’s prior mental health initiatives have given way to Covid updates and stories about infections. Before the outbreak, companies were rapidly spending more for the mental health of their employees….

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg an Icon
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg an Icon

“Justice Ginsburg is an icon. She leaves behind a legacy as a brilliant, hardworking jurist and a trailblazing feminist; her loss is incalculable. Long before she became notorious, she broke barriers most never even dreamed to approach. Her unfailing sense of justice reminded us of its awesome power, and her unbending sense of duty reminded…

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