July 12, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A provincial court in Myanmar on Thursday sentenced four journalists and the chief executive from the Unity Journal to a 10-year prison sentence and hard labor for publishing a story in January in violation of the national State Secrets Act, a British colonial law dating back to the 1920s. The ...[read more]
July 6, 2014
by William Helbling
The Bolivian National Congress on Wednesday passed legislation permitting children as young as 10 to join the workforce as long as it does not interfere with one's education and is done independently in an effort to provide for their family. The U.N. International Labor Organization's (ILO) ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday in NLRB v. Noel Canning that US President Barack Obama overstepped his authority when he appointed three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in January 2012. In an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer, the court held that while the president does ...[read more]
June 11, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Chinese court on Tuesday denied bail to prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who is likely to be indicted in the country's attempt to deter growing legal activism. The lawyer was detained last month for "causing a disturbance" after he attended a weekend meeting that urged an investigation ...[read more]
May 31, 2014
by William Helbling
A Cambodian court on Friday convicted 23 workers and activists for inciting violence during a mass garment workers' strike but suspended their jail sentence, which has caused a lot of controversy and international scrutiny. The ruling reverses the appeals court's decision in February, which ...[read more]
May 21, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The International Labor Organization (ILO) issued a report on Tuesday claiming that forced labor in the private economy generates $150 billion of profits worldwide every year. The figure is based on data published by ILO in 2012, estimating that 21 million people, more than half of them women and ...[read more]
May 7, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Chinese authorites on Tuesday detained prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang on a charge of "causing a disturbance" after he attended a weekend meeting that urged an investigation into the 1989 crackdown of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. Pu Zhigiang is a leading free-speech lawyer ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Migrant workers in Qatar face human rights abuse including forced labor, excessively long working hours, verbal harassment, and physical and sexual violence, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday. The report, entitled "Qatar: 'My sleep is my break': Exploitation of ...[read more]
April 16, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Monday signed into law a bill banning cities within the state from creating a mandatory minimum wage. The bill also prohibits cities from enacting various mandatory employee benefits, such as sick and vacation time. Supporters of the legislation believe that it ...[read more]
April 10, 2014
by William Helbling
Northwestern University on Wednesday asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to review a recent decision that the university's football players have the right to unionize. The attorneys for Northwestern stated, "n this unprecedented decision, the Regional Director set out to alter the ...[read more]

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