Today’s News & Commentary – August 18, 2015

Today’s labor news includes Trump on immigration, NYTimes on Amazon, Forbes on temp employment, Gallup on unions and the government of India drafting a National Policy for Domestic Workers

ON LABOR

A Rhode Island Superior Court judge allowed an employment discrimination matter involving medical marijuana to go forward last week. The plaintiff, a University of Rhode Island student, alleges in the complaint that she was denied a job at a textile company because of her status as a registered medical marijuana user. Judge Richard Licht denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss in all respects on Wednesday last week. As ACLU’s Steve Brown, an attorney representing the plaintiff, remarked, “If the defendants have their way, any of the thousands of people in Rhode Island using medical marijuana for serious medical conditions would be forced to choose between taking lawfully this medication to relieve their pain or not having a job.”

Donald Trump revealed his immigration policy this past weekend, which Vox boiled down to a program of “push” factors, the construction of a border wall, a severe curtailment of benefits given…

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