Her Crown and Glory: CROWN Act Takes Effect in Maryland

*John Chase Among the new laws that took effect in Maryland on October 1, 2020, the CROWN Act intends to end employer discrimination arising from traditionally African-American hairstyles.[1]  California was the first state to pass similar legislation in 2019, and Maryland is the latest in joining five others that have followed suit.[2]  At the federalContinue reading “Her Crown and Glory: CROWN Act Takes Effect in Maryland”

Police Unions, Labor Law, and Reform: Collectively Bargaining Away Public Policy Decisions and Individual Constitutional Rights

*Patrick Brooks Police unions are the single greatest obstacle to long overdue policing reform in the United States, which has been vehemently demanded in recent months.[1]  Roughly thirty-three states provide collective bargaining rights to law enforcement through statutes informed by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).[2]  Under the NLRA, and most state statutes, collective bargainingContinue reading “Police Unions, Labor Law, and Reform: Collectively Bargaining Away Public Policy Decisions and Individual Constitutional Rights”

Employment Classification: California Drives Away Rideshare Giants and Threatens the Future of Independent Contractors

*Michael Blanchard I. Introduction Uber and other rideshare companies are making headlines as California seeks to bring an end to the classification of drivers as independent contractors.[1]  In a recently filed lawsuit, California Labor Commissioner, Lilia García-Brower, demands that rideshare companies reclassify drivers and is seeking millions of dollars in civil penalties, in addition toContinue reading “Employment Classification: California Drives Away Rideshare Giants and Threatens the Future of Independent Contractors”

Should We Beware of “Ban-the-Box” Laws?

*Catalina Habeych Recidivism rates in the United States are some of the highest in the world.  See Christina Sterbenz, Why Norway’s Prison System Is So Successful, Bus. Insider (Dec. 11, 2014, 1:31 PM), https://www.businessinsider.com/why-norways-prison-system-is-so-successful-2014-12.  Persons with a criminal history face high unemployment rates, which lead to higher recidivism rates based on various studies.  Sachi Barreiro,Continue reading “Should We Beware of “Ban-the-Box” Laws?”

Protecting National Guard Members’ Employment Rights: South Carolina Adopts New Legislation, Other States to Follow?

Protecting National Guard Members’ Employment Rights: South Carolina Adopts New Legislation, Other States to Follow? Kristin Tracy* The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) was signed into law by President Clinton in 1994 in order to improve upon and replace the Veterans’ Reemployment Rights law of 1940.  Charles T. Passaglia, USERRA: Bolstering Veterans’Continue reading “Protecting National Guard Members’ Employment Rights: South Carolina Adopts New Legislation, Other States to Follow?”