The battle between Hollywood writers and their agents encountered a new development over the weekend after the Writers Guild of America voted in favor of new regulations that limit the use of commonly used packaging fees. The vote passed with almost 8,000 individuals (95.3%) in favor of passing the new code of conduct, and only 392 individuals (4.7%) were against it. The voting process started mid-week on Wednesday and concluded early Sunday morning after the issue was heavily discussed and found no progress from either side.

The organization that represents the talent agencies, The Association of Talent Agents, said after…


In 1934 across the East Coast, all the way from New England to the southern states, workers in the textile industry formed one of the biggest strikes of the time. The strike lasted about 22 days and included almost half a million workers in the U.S. They fought for varying issues that include working conditions, wages, and union recognition.

Just a year earlier in 1933, the National Recovery Administration (NRA) was created to stabilize commerce in the U.S. The reason for the creation of the NRA was due to the textile industry starting to experience trouble in 1929. Many mill…


On Friday, January 25th the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned an Obama-era ruling, making it easier for companies to identify their workers as independent contractors, thus excluding them from federal labor protections. In California, this ruling currently has a limited effect on workers and companies owing to preexisting state policies and precedents.

Shuttle van drivers working for SuperShuttle were looking to unionize at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, but the NLRB overruled their efforts in a 3–1 party-line vote. …


Amid the most destructive wildfire season in California history, the US Department of Labor (DOL) has unveiled relief measures to support those affected. The DOL declared in November a comprehensive relief effort spanning several agencies, including the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), Wage and Hour Division, and Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS). Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said the DOL’s initiative will support impacted employers and workers as they recover from disaster.

One measure enacted by the OFCCP offers exemption from a requirement to develop written affirmative action plans; the temporary waiver applies…


California employers may find it increasingly difficult to enforce non-solicitation agreements — terms of employment which prevent ex-employees who take up jobs with competing businesses from recruiting their former company’s workers — following a Nov. 1 ruling by the California Court of Appeal.

In AMN Healthcare, Inc. v. Aya Healthcare Services, Inc., the Court examined a case in which the plaintiff, AMN, a healthcare agency that recruits traveling nurses to work in care facilities across the country, appealed an injunction barring the enforcement of non-solicitation provisions included in Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure contracts signed by the defendants, four travel nurse recruiters…


Starting in 2019, Illinois will join California, New York, Washington D.C. Montana, Massachusetts, Iowa and Pennsylvania in enacting legal provisions requiring employers to reimburse business-related expenses. The change results from an amendment to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, under which employers will be responsible for paying back all “necessary expenditures … incurred by the employee within the employee’s scope of employment and directly related to services performed by the employer.”

Such requirements mirror those enacted in California, in that both mandate that employers pay “necessary expenses” incurred in direct relation to business services rendered by employees, and both…


Stephen Koppekin, founder and president of Koppekin Consulting, Inc., is a labor and employment professional who has garnered over 43 years of experience in the industry. With a background in law and comparative economics, Stephen has been able to support clients who come to his business, providing comprehensive information and guidance in matters concerning safety issues, contractual negotiations, and other labor-related grievances.

As a youth in northern New Jersey, Stephen Koppekin began working to overcome financial hardship. Stephen worked on the floor of an industrial oil plant until a workplace accident spurred him to reconsider how he lived his life…


To combat the economic hardship spurred by the Great Depression, the newly-inaugurated President Franklin D. Roosevelt created a series of programs, projects, and regulations known as the New Deal. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was one such program: it was intended to combat unemployment by implementing infrastructure and arts projects. On May 6, 1935, Roosevelt established the WPA with an executive order.

By the time the WPA was established, the unemployment rate of the United States was already at 20 percent. The program, designed to provide relief for the unemployed, directly hired men, women, and youths as part of the…


Two English as a Second Language staffers pursued a four-year lawsuit against Ohio State University administrators, altering the way employers and employees identify and approach age discrimination.

While employers commonly think of discrimination in terms of race and gender, many forget to consider age as an element of diversity. Within the last year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has received over 18,000 complaints of age discrimination.

Women, in particular, appear more susceptible to age discrimination. In a National Bureau of Economic Research field experiment, nearly 40,000 fabricated resumes were sent out, all sporting similar credentials but with varying ages…


Spurred by the stock market crash in 1929, the Great Depression began the same year and persisted for a decade. When the Depression slipped to its lowest point, roughly 15 million Americans were unemployed and watched as half of the country’s banks failed in what historians recognize as the worst economic crisis to befall the United States. In an effort to restore the nation’s prosperity, President Franklin D. Roosevelt — inaugurated in 1933 — responded to the depression by initiating a series of projects, programs, and regulations, which became known as the New Deal.

Roosevelt, the day after his inauguration…

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