Location: Anywhere, USA
Boy: Can I have a red lollipop?
Mom: No, we’re eating dinner in half an hour.
Boy: (eats blue lollipop)
Mom: What are you doing? I said no!
Boy: I only asked about the red lollipop.
Too cute by half, right? Mom is no fool and easily sees through the simple trick. The boy is grounded.
Act I, Scene 2
Location: D.C. Court of Appeals
NLRB: These FedEx drivers in Massachusetts are employees, not independent contractors.
D.C. Circuit (2009): No, they’re independent contractors.
NLRB: Ok, Connecticut then. The FedEx drivers in Connecticut are employees, not independent contractors.
D.C. Circuit (2017): Are you kidding me? We already ruled they are independent contractors.
NLRB: Last time I only asked about the drivers in Massachusetts.