The Trump Administration is eager to roll back many protections for workers and labor unions—starting with Obama-era overtime regulations and safeguards for federal contractors.

Update | Week of October 30, 2017

11/6/17  //  Daily Update

The Labor Department will appeal a court ruling that threw out an Obama-era rule that would have expanded overtime pay to 4 million more people.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of October 23, 2017

10/31/17  //  Daily Update

The Administration proposed repealing an Obama-era regulation on tip pooling. An advocacy group filed suit to obtain DOL documents on possible repeals of several regulations.

Updates | The Week of October 2, 2017

10/8/17  //  Daily Update

The Trump administration supported employers in a Supreme Court case regarding mandatory arbitration agreements in employee contracts.

Free Speech Solidarity

10/6/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Collective action has proven an effective response to the President’s attempted interference with the employment of Jemele Hill and NFL players.

Charlotte Garden

Seattle University School of Law

Updates | The Week of September 25, 2017

10/1/17  //  Daily Update

The Senate confirmed President Trump’s second pick to the National Labor Relations Board.

Updates | The Week of August 21, 2017

8/27/17  //  Daily Update

A federal judge blocked an EEO rule allowing employers to tie healthcare premiums to participation in wellness programs. Several state attorneys weighed in opposing mandatory arbitration agreements in employment contracts.

Updates | The Week of June 19, 2017

6/25/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump fills two vacant seats on the NLRB, which will likely undo Obama-era policies on labor.

Labor Under Trump: More Disclosure for Unions; Less for Employers

6/14/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Early signs suggest that the Trump Administration’s strategy is to weaken unions and deregulate employers.

Charlotte Garden

Seattle University School of Law

The Blind Side In Trump’s War On The Administrative State

4/17/17  //  Commentary

Neomi Rao’s nomination to serve as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is part of Trump and Bannon’s war on the administrative state.

Leah Litman

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Ian Samuel

Harvard Law School

That Time When Republicans Re-Regulated Retirement Savings

4/11/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Congressional Republicans care about one thing far more than their professed values and far more than the American people they claim to represent: protecting the financial services industry. This was recently made clear when they undid two key DOL rules.

Danielle D'Onfro

Washington University Law School

The Attack on American Cities

4/7/17  //  Commentary

Trump's anti-urban rhetoric has fanned the flames of a war by state governments against progressive cities. We see this in battles over sanctuary cities, LGBT rights, gun regulation, employee rights. The time has come for a campaign on behalf of city power.

Richard C. Schragger

UVA School of Law

The Fiduciary Rule: Triaging Quality for “Access” and Small Business at All Costs

3/28/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Ultimately, this Administration’s re-examination of the Obama-era Department of Labor fiduciary rule looks like little more than a gift to the retirement services industry at the expense of workers and retirees.

Danielle D'Onfro

Washington University Law School

The Acosta Hearing & the “Deconstruction” of Federal Agencies

3/24/17  //  Quick Reactions

Hearings on President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Labor revealed little about the future of labor policy. But the hearings made crystal clear that Trump's executive orders and proposed budget threaten even popular and effective government programs.

Charlotte Garden

Seattle University School of Law

Trump v. Unions

3/21/17  //  Commentary

January 20, 2017 marked the beginning of a new and dangerous age for labor. Here's an overview of the many challenges and threats that the American labor movement is likely to face under Trump.

Charlotte Garden

Seattle University School of Law

Updates | The Week of March 27, 2017

4/2/17  //  Daily Update

Hearings for his Secretary of Labor nominee demonstrated that President Trump’s budget proposal threatens even popular and effective government programs, as Charlotte Garden explains for Take Care. This week, the Trump Administration repealed a rule requiring federal contractors to disclose labor violations.

Updates | The Week of June 12, 2017

6/18/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump plans to expand the workforce with apprenticeships, and plans to include permit reform in his infrastructure package. Meanwhile, the Department of Labor is planning to rescind the "persuader rule," and pro-family policies pushed by Ivanka Trump are woefully inadequate.

Updates | The Week of April 10, 2017

4/16/17  //  Daily Update

The Trump administration's proposal to revoke the Department of Labor's "fiduciary rule" is causing controversy within the agency, and the repeal of Obama-era Department of Labor regulations by congressional Republicans may actually increase regulatory burdens.

The Story Thus Far: Labor

3/16/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump is likely to pursue a ferociously anti-labor agenda. The battles ahead may define the future of labor and employment law in America—and the fate of organized labor. Here are some useful analyses of the story thus far.

Updates | The Week of July 3, 2017

7/9/17  //  Daily Update

The Administration will not defend an Obama-era overtime pay rule.

Updates | The Week of March 20, 2017

3/26/17  //  Daily Update

The Trump administration is in for a fight with organized labor and its curb of agency regulatory power may put workers at risk.

Helen Klein Murillo

Harvard Law School '17

Updates | The Week of April 17, 2017

4/23/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump's federal hiring freeze and his embrace of Bush-era appointees have both faced backlash.

Take Care

Updates | The Week of April 24, 2017

4/30/17  //  Daily Update

Reversing course, this week President Trump decided not to pull out of NAFTA. The Trump Administration vowed to undo the Obama Administration's requirement that employers provide birth control their employees.

Updates | The Week of May 29, 2017

6/4/17  //  Daily Update

Analysis occurs of congressional members' efforts to make union organizing much harder and the Administration's revised parental leave policy.

Updates | The Week of April 3, 2017

4/9/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump may not be as inclined to help the working class as he indicated during his campaign.