Labor and employment roundup

  • “Apprenticeships: Useful Alternative, Tough to Implement” [Gail Heriot, Cato Institute Policy Analysis]
  • “Hiring Without Headaches – A Possibility or Fantasy?” [Daniel Schwartz on President Obama/Stephen Colbert “job interview”]
  • Employee misclassification as ULP: Obama NLRB “is now basically creating unfair labor practices out of thin air” [Jon Hyman]
  • In the mail: Jeb Kinnison, “Death by HR: How Affirmative Action Cripples Organizations” [Amazon/author’s site]
  • Now, for a change of pace, a less critical view of the Obama NLRB and its legacy [Andrew Strom, On Labor, parts one and two]
  • How much flexibility is there in the special California constitutional law doctrine forbidding even prospective cuts (i.e., of not-yet-earned benefits) to public employee pensions? [Sasha Volokh, earlier]


  • apprenticeships: medical education. the problem of the ‘runaway apprentice’ is fixed by the licensure, board certification, and hospital privileging processes. The master (to use the antiquated term) gets ample utility during the many years of training, plus federal subsidy. And for the physicians in sufficiently competitive markets that the master would not otherwise take on a new apprentice (Fellow in medical parlance, having post residency training), assumes a non-compete clause.
    Ample people and institutions available to offer medical residency and fellowship training.

  • I could characterize the “culture fit” interview described in your second link as discrimination against autistics, and therefore against the handicapped.