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March 12, 2019

with Nick Hanauer
Pitchfork Economics 

The overtime threshold used to be the minimum wage for the middle class—but where did it go? Labor experts Sharon Block and Chris Lu join Nick and Jasmin to explain why the overtime threshold, which used to cover 65 percent of workers, today covers only 7 percent. That’s craziness! And surprise, surprise—employers love to claim that forcing you to work for free is in your own best interest. But are they telling the truth? (46 minute audio interview)

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Series One: Many Roads to Quality Work • Issue Two: Amplifying Workers’ Voices in an Evolving Economy - Invested

May 23, 2018

Sharon Block is invterviewed by Suzanne Cummings
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Understanding the vital importance of strength in numbers to rights and representation, labor unions have served as the central outlet for worker voice in the United States since the New Deal Era. For generations, unions sought to protect and advance workers' right to a safe and fair work environment. While some union organizations remain strong and active today, overall union membership has dropped in the U.S. over the past few decades even as recent surveys show interest growing among nonunion workers in joining unions. Our opening section in this issue on worker voice digs into the reasons for and results of these changing dynamics, and explores how unions are evolving and building new connections within a radically different economy today.

"Union density in this country is now lower than it was before workers had a protected right to join unions. That says to me that there’s something pretty fundamental not working in our law." Sharon Block... Read more about Series One: Many Roads to Quality Work • Issue Two: Amplifying Workers’ Voices in an Evolving Economy - Invested

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Breached Podcast on Employment

April 25, 2018

This episode explores what a social contract of employment looks like, given the changing nature of work in the 21st century economy. We hear from Tom Kochan, a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management; Oren Cass, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute; Steven Pedigo, an assistant professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies; and Sharon Block, Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School.

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Leading Questions podcast – new episode with Professor Benjamin Sachs, on labor law being everywhere

January 24, 2018

Posted by Evelyn Douek
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Evelyn and Hannah sit down with Professor Benjamin Sachs, the Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry at Harvard Law School, to learn about how labor and employment law is everywhere in your lives and the news, even if you don’t always see it, get some great movie recommendations and an interesting productivity tip.
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New Leading Questions episode: Sharon Block on loving labor

March 6, 2018

Posted by Evelyn Douek
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Evelyn and Hannah spoke with Sharon Block, the Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at HLS, about her two decades of service in labor policy positions across the federal government, what it’s like in the West Wing, and staying positive through difficult career transitions.

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Sharon Block on Who should get the $$ from Tips

December 8, 2017

Interview by Ronn Owens

Should tips be shared? And, WHO do those tips belong to?

Those are some of the questions coming up as the Trump Administration proposes changes to the Tipping rule.

Listen in as Ronn talks with Sharon Block - Executive Director of the Labor & Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. And, former Senior Counselor to Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and the head of the Dept. of Labor policy office.

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Lost wages, serious illness and poor labor standards: The dangers of rebuilding Texas and Florida

September 11, 2017
By CASEY QUINLAN, Think Progress
[Sharon] Block is also worried about whether there are enough resources at the agency. In addition to the proposed cuts and business-friendly approach of the administration, there is no OSHA chief. She states, “Based on their level of staffing and resources and everything else about their approach on worker protection issues, I’d be worried about how workers post-Harvey and post-Irma are going to be effective.” 
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Meet the Anti-Union Crusader in Charge of Rolling Back Regulations at Trump’s Labor Department

September 4, 2017

In Mother Jones 

"Outside of targeting unions, Trump’s Labor Department is mostly focused on getting out of the way of employers. 'Overwhelmingly, I would define their mission as a negative one,' says Block, who is now director of Harvard’s Labor and Worklife program. “It’s to roll back protections for workers. It’s to slash support for worker training."

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Labor Rights Under Fire From Trump’s Administration

August 15, 2017

By Ring of Fire Radio

The National Labor Relations Board has been immune to any major changes by the Trump Administration. But that all changed when Donald Trump announced of two new Republican Board members. Sharon Block, the former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor and Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Labor under the Obama Administration joins Ring of Fire’s Sam Seder to talk discuss Donald Trump’s anti-labor policy and how Trump plans to take us back in time on labor rights.

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How Elections Influence Judges

May 25, 2017

Interviewed: DANIEL L. CHEN, LWP Fellow

"Social science research looks at the relationship between how judges rule and how they are influenced by election campaigns... Chen says that judicial rulings, especially as expressed by dissents, become twice as partisan as the election approaches before falling back to normal levels."

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