State and federal labor laws ensure that employees are fairly compensated for their work. When companies become insolvent, similar protections give wages and benefits a higher priority in bankruptcy over other creditors' claims. But does a bankruptcy judge have the power to switch that order?
Back in 2012, Forbes caused a stir when it published an article detailing how Target was tracking customer purchases so closely that it figured out a teen was pregnant before she had even told her parents. For many people, it was their first real glimpse of how big data - the ever-growing mass of our electronically-stored personal information - is being analyzed to predict behaviors and spot trends. The idea that a retailer could have such detailed knowledge of the most intimate aspects of our lives raised many concerns about how that information was being used.
So-called "wearables," such as fitness trackers, are becoming more and more ubiquitous every day. It's easy to see why. They count our steps, monitor our heart rate, measure the quality of our sleep, and we can use that information to improve our health.
Being laid off is likely one of the most stressful events employees and their families will face. It means looking for a new job and wrestling with the financial uncertainty that comes with being out of work.
On Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision that may have a big impact on the fast food organizing campaigns currently going on around the country. In Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (Aug. 27, 2015), the NLRB updated the test for whether two companies are "joint employers" of the same group of workers. This issue arises in cases where one agency supplies workers, like temporary employees, to work for another company. It can also arise in franchisor/franchisee arrangements. Noting that these kinds of work arrangements have become much more common in recent decades, the NLRB adjusted its test to keep pace with the changing economy.