Category Archives: JOL Commentary

  • Liar, Liar…Possible Changes Ahead for Lie Detection Legislation

    Posted on August 11, 2014 by harvardjol in Featured Items, JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    Liar, Liar…Possible Changes Ahead for Lie Detection Legislation Jenna Tynan[*]   Most of us experience the distinct pleasure of completing a job application at some point in our lives. One can expect standard questions including name, address, and employment history. Depending on the state, employers may or may not ask questions related to an applicant’s […]

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  • Cash for College? House Committee Advances Tax Breaks for Students

    Posted on July 16, 2014 by harvardjol in Featured Items, JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    Cash for College? House Committee Advances Tax Breaks for Students Sean Morrison[*]   With students long gone on summer break, the House Committee on Ways and Means recently advanced legislation by a vote of 22-13 that combines several of the existing tax incentives for higher education into one unified tax credit.[2] Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Danny […]

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  • Prescription for Paternalism

    Posted on February 28, 2014 by harvardjol in Featured Items, JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    Prescription for Paternalism Jenna Tynan[*]   Multiple commentators have weighed in on the relative merits of the long-awaited Obamacare implementation.[2] Both perspectives, however, have shown that any legislation’s impact is determined not only by the text of the act but also by the parties affected. A recent personal experience at the doctor’s office demonstrates the reactionary […]

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  • Student Loan Debt: Expansion of Borrowers’ Rights?

    Posted on February 12, 2014 by harvardjol in Featured Items, JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    Student Loan Debt: Expansion of Borrowers’ Rights? Kellen Wittkop[*]   College students navigate a constant balancing act of managing the many stresses that accompany enrollment at any institution of higher learning: classes, activities, job searches, etc. But one of the largest causes of anxiety for students is something that often looms largely in the shadows […]

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  • I Spy: The Problems with NSA Overreach

    Posted on February 5, 2014 by harvardjol in Featured Items, JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    I Spy: The Problems with NSA Overreach Tyler Anderson[*]   Over the past several months, Congress has generated considerable outrage regarding the NSA’s collection of data from foreign officials.[2] Some of this criticism is surely deserved; for example, we recently learned that the NSA spied on Ban Ki-moon’s talking points before Ban’s meeting with President […]

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  • Employer Justification for Smoker Discrimination

    Posted on February 5, 2014 by harvardjol in Featured Items, JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    Employer Justification for Smoker Discrimination Jenna Tynan[*]   Imagine you’re a first-year associate and after your standard fourteen-hour workday, you sit back and indulge in a product recently found more addictive than cocaine: the iconic Oreo.[2] You rush back to work the next morning with a wayward Oreo stain on your favorite blazer only to end […]

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  • The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Drug Trafficking

    Posted on November 20, 2013 by harvardjol in Featured Items, JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Drug Trafficking Colin Ross[*]   Forget the Tea Party—it’s international drug traffickers who truly fear the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The law of supply and demand makes it clear why. Traffickers service, and help create, the American demand for illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, […]

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  • Rosie the Riveter Cuts the Cap

    Posted on November 4, 2013 by harvardjol in Featured Items, JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    Rosie the Riveter Cuts the Cap Jenna Tynan[*]   This year, Harvard Business School celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first coed class.[2] This effort to break gender barriers in education was just one piece of the greater movement (advanced through direct action, judicial decisions, and legislation) to enhance the status of women in the business […]

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