Publications

2017
Corporate Disclosure of Human Capital Metrics
Aaron Bernstein and Larry Beeferman. 10/19/2017. Corporate Disclosure of Human Capital Metrics. Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School. Publisher's VersionAbstract
We find majorities or significant minorities of the largest global corporations collect a variety of human capital (HC) metrics of increasing interest to institutional investors. These averages mask a sharp dichotomy between metrics disclosed publicly and those reported by respondents to an annual survey of nearly 2,000 of the largest firms traded on global exchanges. For example, about half of these companies report the average hours of training they provided to employees annually. But the figure was dramatically higher for respondents, at 84 percent, versus just 18 percent of firms assessed using public reporting. Similarly, while 52 percent of firms publicly report employee fatalities, 96 percent of survey respondents disclosed the metrics, but only 17 percent of publicly assessed companies. Comparable differentials were found across other measures. The findings suggest that investors could gain access to HC data that is material to financial performance if they request public disclosure of information already gathered by a critical mass of large corporations in major markets. However, the reporting differs among regions and countries such as the United States and Great Britain, as well as between large market cap companies compared with smaller ones.
BENJAMIN SACHS and NOAH ZATZ. 10/17/2017. “The Law Is on the N.F.L. Players’ Side.” New York Times Op-Ed. Publisher's Version
Standing or Kneeling: Who Can File a Charge Under the NLRA
Sharon Block. 10/16/2017. “Standing or Kneeling: Who Can File a Charge Under the NLRA”. Publisher's Version
America's workers deserve to get paid for burning the midnight oil
PATRICIA SMITH and Sharon Block. 10/13/2017. “America's workers deserve to get paid for burning the midnight oil.” The HIll. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Will the Labor Department appeal a judge’s recent decision that could deny overtime pay to millions of Americans? Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has been clear that he doesn’t like the Obama administration’s overtime rule, insisting that he wants to reconsider it and possibly make one of his own. But he needs to appeal the judge’s decision regardless, otherwise he’s creating uncertainty that isn’t good for anyone.
Benching Anthem Protesters is Illegal
Benjamin I. Sachs. 10/12/2017. “Benching Anthem Protesters is Illegal.” OnLabor.
Trump wants to make America great again by using the Supreme Court to gut the rights of non-union workers
Benjamin I. Sachs and Sharon Block. 9/28/2017. “Trump wants to make America great again by using the Supreme Court to gut the rights of non-union workers.” Quartz. Online VersionAbstract
The Trump Administration is waging a quiet war on workers. The effort involves anti-union appointments to federal agencies, repeal of Obama-era regulations that were designed to raise the wages of low and middle income workers, and support for anti-worker legislation in Congress.
Is it Time to End Labor Preemption?
Sharon Block and BENJAMIN SACHS. 9/11/2017. “Is it Time to End Labor Preemption?” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
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Tanya Goldman and Sharon Block. 9/6/2017. “Message To Uber’s New CEO: Don’t Forget Your Drivers.” Huffington Post. Publisher's Version
Labor Day Opinion Writing Wrap Up
Sharon Block. 9/4/2017. “Labor Day Opinion Writing Wrap Up.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
WE NEED STRONGER LABOR UNIONS TO PROTECT THE MIDDLE CLASS
Sharon Block. 9/4/2017. “WE NEED STRONGER LABOR UNIONS TO PROTECT THE MIDDLE CLASS.” Newsweek. Publisher's Version
The Lost Art of Being Anti-Fascist: Another Reason Why We Need a Labor Movement
Sharon Block. 8/30/2017. “The Lost Art of Being Anti-Fascist: Another Reason Why We Need a Labor Movement.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
UAW Loss at Nissan
Sharon Block. 8/7/2017. “UAW Loss at Nissan.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Does Nissan Believe Americans Are Second Class Citizens
Sharon Block. 7/19/2017. “Does Nissan Believe Americans Are Second Class Citizens.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Trump Administration Walks Away from Overtime Rule
Sharon Block. 7/5/2017. “Trump Administration Walks Away from Overtime Rule.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Trump Taking Us Back in Time on Labor Rights
Sharon Block. 6/29/2017. “Trump Taking Us Back in Time on Labor Rights.” DemocracyJournal.org (Briefing Book). Publisher's Version
An Opinion on WHD Opinion Letters
Sharon Block. 6/28/2017. “An Opinion on WHD Opinion Letters.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
More Labor Nominees and Appointments
Sharon Block. 6/23/2017. “More Labor Nominees and Appointments.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Deregistering Apprenticeships and Devaluing Accountability
Sharon Block. 6/16/2017. “Deregistering Apprenticeships and Devaluing Accountability.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version
Chipotle Lawsuit and the Overtime Rule
Sharon Block. 6/7/2017. “Chipotle Lawsuit and the Overtime Rule.” onLabor.org. Publisher's Version
A Missed Opportunity: Worker Voice in Portable Benefits
Sharon Block. 6/1/2017. “A Missed Opportunity: Worker Voice in Portable Benefits.” OnLabor.org. Publisher's Version

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