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What does it mean to be "employed" in the gig economy?

Apr 19, 2019
A new European law tries to answer that question.
A person uses the Uber app on his iPhone in Times Square in New York City. 
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Coal boss threatened to shut mines following safety complaints

Apr 8, 2019
A secretly recorded speech by Murray Energy boss is at center of a legal dispute.
Robert Murray (L), chairman of Cleveland-based Murray Energy Corp., listens to a colleague after the evening news conference at the command center where it was announced that rescue efforts to drill relief holes to six coal miners trapped 1,500 feet beneath the surfaces are going slower than expected at the nearby Crandall Canyon coal mine on August 9, 2007 near Huntington, Utah.
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Labor ruling says employees can only have one boss

Dec 15, 2017
The National Labor Relations Board has overturned an Obama-era ruling that had made it easier for workers at franchise businesses to form unions.
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It's against the law for employers to make you sick. Thank the "Radium Girls" for that

Nov 28, 2017
100 years ago, New Jersey factory workers fought to hold companies accountable for radium poisoning. Their battle led to our labor safety standards today.
The radium paint, which glowed in the dark, was applied to instruments, dials and watch displays that were shipped off to pilots fighting in World War I.
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When in prison, the costs are steep and the pay is close to nothing

Aug 21, 2017
Data compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative shows that the average incarcerated worker in state and federal prison now earns 86 cents per day, a 7 cent decrease from 2001 when inmates earned 93 cents for a day’s work.
A California State Prison-Solano inmate uses a hand tool to pack decomposed granite while installing a drought-tolerant garden in the prison yard in Vacaville, California. 
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When it comes to free speech, employers have the upper hand

Aug 18, 2017
In the week since a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville lead to deadly violence, some of the participants have been outed online and even fired from their jobs. Now, more protests and counter protests are springing up around the country. While the first amendment protects speech — including hate speech, the freedom to express your […]

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