Employee Rights Briefing
October 2021
The Institute to Co-Sponsor A Symposium with the American University Washington College of the Law’s Journal of Gender, Social Policy & Law

The Institute and the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law at American University Washington College of Law will hold a Symposium on Friday, November 12, 2021, on advancing anti-discrimination law. The Symposium's goal is to explore ways in which the law may be used to advance diversity and equity in workplaces and educational institutions. To this end, the Symposium's central question will be: What changes are needed in the law to increase equity and diversity in our workplaces and in our educational institutions?

Topics include:
  • Harassment in the Workplace
  • Title IX & Harassment in Education
  • Government Approaches
  • The Future of Employment Law
In The News
Nabisco workers ended their weekslong strike on September 19. Workers will receive a 2.25% raise in 2021, and $0.60 per hour over the next three years.
Gig Workers Collective is asking Instacart users to delete the Instacart app after asking for better working conditions and benefits.
President Joe Biden announced new vaccine mandates for federal employees and contractors. Federal employees, federal contractors, and healthcare workers who work in facilities that receive federal funding will be required to show proof of vaccination with no options to present negative COVID-19 tests.
Federal unemployment benefits ended leaving jobless workers without many answers as the pandemic continues.
New York City Council members voted to pass a bill to guarantee bathroom access to food delivery drivers at restaurants where they are picking up food.
Workers' Rights By The Numbers
7.5 Million
The number of people who will lose their benefits when federally funded emergency unemployment programs end.
80 Million
Amount of all U.S. employees who work for businesses with more than 100 workers who will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

In The Courts
On September 20, the Ninth Circuit partially ruled that a Grubhub driver is an independent contractor, thus ineligible for overtime pay and other benefits ultimately holding that the Dynamex three-prong test applies retroactively. See Lawson v. Grubhub and Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court.
Gaming giant Activision Blizzard is continuing to face multiple lawsuits and an EEOC investigation after reports of “frat boy” culture and an alcohol-fueled workplace emerged this summer. See Department of Fair Employment and Housing v. Activision Blizzard Inc.
The Employee Rights Briefing is a monthly newsletter designed to help keep you up-to-date on breaking news and emerging trends impacting America's workers. From the growth of forced arbitration of employment disputes, to employee misclassification, to stories of wage theft and workplace discrimination, the Employee Rights Briefing reports on employment law and policy developments from the federal government to state legislatures to the courtroom and everywhere in between. Our goal is to provide you with a digestible snapshot of the events shaping employment law and policy, so that you can be kept abreast of the most important issues facing today's workers.
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