- Written by Rebecca Schach and Manuel Ignacio
We’ve Got the Cart, Now Where’s the Horse?
By: Rebecca Schach
As we previously reported, California Representative Lofgren introduced the cart for immigration change through the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (originally H.R. 4916 then renamed H.R. 5038) into the House of Representatives last month. Just this past week, the bill moved out of the House Judiciary Committee and is headed to the House floor for a vote. As it stands, advocates are concerned that the bill will not have a horse in the race given the overwhelming focus on impeachment proceedings in the House. We will continue to ride this pony train and provide updates as the Congressional sessions winds down for 2019.
- Written by Rebecca Schach
The tech giant Oracle Corporation (Oracle) kicked off the holiday season last week by filing a 50-page complaint against the Department of Labor (DOL) claiming “unprecedented overreach” in the agency’s enforcement practices.
In the lengthy complaint, Oracle claimed that the DOL has created an unauthorized administrative trial system that prosecutes and adjudicates discrimination claims, then awards broad monetary and injunctive relief when the agency finds violations. First, Oracle asserts that the DOL does not have the legal authority to prosecute Oracle, or any federal government contractor for discrimination violations, because the DOL is not the agency responsible for discrimination- that responsibility lies with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Oracle calls the agency’s practice a “power grab” that exceeds its Congressional authority.