In national news:

Experts say that 2017 was the year that labor lawyers rushed to reach settlements in big cases before “the Trump effect.” According to Bloomberg, “settlements from the 10 biggest class-action lawsuits reached a record $2.72 billion in 2017, the highest amount since the law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP began cataloging litigation accords in 2003.” Since the close of the year though, many vacancies remain in the Trump administration’s DOL, OSHA and EEOC, meaning that as the wait to file complaints and lawsuits drags on, worker advocates see a darkening horizon.

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