March 28, 2005
Symposium on New Ways of Organizing
The Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL) and the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal (BLRLJ) announce their upcoming symposium: Making Movements: Communities of Color and New Ways of Organizing Labor, on Friday April 8th, 2005. The symposium,
is, in part, the continuation of a dialogue inititated in 2001 between BJELL & BLRLJ in a symposium entitled “The Changing Face of Labor.” Four years later our missions, mandates, and voices reunite. The goal of “Making Movement” is to spotlight those organizations advocating for and advancing the rights of working communities of color in the United States and south of our border. The decline of unions over the past 10 years coupled with the growing number of immigrant workers and workers of color in the Unites States demand a rethinking of traditional models of organizing labor. This paradigm shift also begs the question of how we—up-and-coming attorneys, legal scholars, and community advocates— can use our skills to advocate on behalf of underrepresented communities. Workers’ rights are human rights. Join BJELL and BLRLJ as we come together to make movement.
For a complete list of speakers and panels see here.
27th Piper Lecture at Chicago-Kent
Chicago-Kent College of Law presents the 27th Annual Kenneth Piper Lecture in Labor and Employment Law. This year's lecture addresses:
The Aging of the American Workforce
This year's Piper lecture will examine America's approach to its older workers over the past 50 years and likely future directions in light of a workforce that will age even without appreciable increase in participation rates. Will employers face labor and skills shortages that prompt them to find ways to attract and retain older workers? If so, will the available jobs appeal to older workers? What types of legal and institutional barriers do workers face in their search for employment and employers face in any efforts to hire and retain older workers? Dr. Sara E. Rix (Public Policy Institute of the AARP) will focus her presentation on these and other challenges facing an aging America and on the shared responsibility of government, business, labor and workers in guaranteeing a productive workforce and promoting equitable opportunities for workers of all ages.
The lecture will take place Tuesday, April 5, 2005.
In addition to Dr. Rix, the lecture will feature commentary by: David D. Kadue (Seyfarth Shaw LLP) and Shaun O'Brien (AFL-CIO Public Policy Department).
March 27, 2005
New Research on the Role of Health Benefits in an Employer's Compensation Strategy
Health Benefits and Wages: Minimizing Total Compensation Cost
By Nolan Miller
Harvard University Kennedy School of Goverment Faculty Research Working Paper Series
This paper studies the role of health benefits in an employer's compensation strategy, given the overall goal of minimizing the total compensation expense (wages plus health-insurance cost) for a fixed number of workers. The employer's basic benefit package consists of a base wage and a moderate health plan. It may also offer the option of upgrading to a generous health plan for an additional surcharge. Optimally, the base wage is set in order to balance the total wage bill against the expected cost of health care. In setting the charge for generous coverage the employer acts as a monopolist who sells generous health plans to its employees. The cost-minimization approach is shown to be less vulnerable to adverse selection than other common approaches to the pricing of health benefits, but it may result in excluding some healthy workers from employment