Monday, April 7, 2014

Second Call for Papers for the 2014 Marco Biagi Award

To stimulate scholarly activity and broaden academic interest in comparative labour and employment law, the International Association of Labour Law Journals announces a Call for Papers for the 2014 Marco Biagi Award. The award is named in honor of the late Marco Biagi, a distinguished labour lawyer, victim of terrorism because of his commitment to civil rights, and one of the founders of the Association. The Call is addressed to doctoral students, advanced professional students, and academic researchers in the early stage of their careers.

  1. The Call requests papers concerning comparative and/or international labour or employment law and employment relations, broadly conceived.  Research of an empirical nature within the Call’s purview is most welcome.
  2. Submissions will be evaluated by an academic jury to be appointed by the Association.
  3. Papers accepted by the jury will be assured publication in a member journal.
  4. Papers may be submitted preferably in English, but papers in French, or Spanish will also be accepted.  The final version should not significantly exceed 50,000 characters which is about twenty printed pages.
  5. The author or authors of the papers selected by the jury will be invited to present the work at the Association’s 2014 meeting in Dublin.  Efforts are being undertaken to attach an honarium and travel expenses for the presentation of the paper.  Until that effort bears fruit, however, the Association hopes that home institutional funds would be available to support the researcher’s presentation.
  6. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2014.  Submissions should be transmitted electronically to both Lavoro e diritto at lavoroediritto@unife.it andthe Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal at willborn@unl.edu.

 

 The International Association of Labor Law Journals

Análisis Laboral, Peru

Arbeit und Recht, Germany

Australian Journal of Labor Law, Australia

Bulletin on Comparative Labour Relations, Belgium

Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, Canada

Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, USA

Diritti lavori mercati, Italy

Europäische Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht (EuZA), Germany

European Labour Law Journal, Belgium

Giornale di Diritto del lavoro e relazioni industriali, Italy

Industrial Law Journal, United Kingdom

Industrial Law Journal, South Africa

International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations,  The Netherlands

International Labour Review, ILO

Japan Labor Review, Japan

Labour Society and Law, Israel

La Rivista Giuridica del Lavoro e della Previdenza Sociale – RGL, Italy

Lavoro e Diritto, Italy

Pécs Labor Law Review, Hungary

Relaciones Laborales, Spain

Revista de Derecho Social, Spain

Revue de Droit Comparé du Travail et de la Securité Sociale, France

Revue de Droit du Travail, France

Rivista giuridica del lavoro e della sicurezza sociale, Italy

Temas Laborales, Spain

Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Arbeits- und Sozialrecht,  Germany

 

Prior Recipients of the Marco Biagi Award

 

2013   Aline Van Bever (University of Leuven, Belgium), The Fiduciary  Nature of the Employment Relationship

2012  Diego Marcelo Ledesma Iturbide (Buenos Aires University, Argentina), Una  propuesta para la reformulación de la conceptualización tradicional  de la relación de trabajo a partir del    relevamiento de su  especificidad jurídica

Special Commendation: Apoorva Sharma (NationalLawUniversity, Delhi, India), Towards an Effective Definition of Forced Labor 

2011   Beryl Ter Haar (Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands), Attila Kun   (Károli Gáspár University, Hungary) & Manuel Antonio Garcia-Muñoz Alhambra (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain), Soft On The Inside; Hard For the Outside.An Analysis of the Legal Nature  of New Forms of International Labour Law 

Special Commendation: Mimi Zou (OxfordUniversity, Great Britain), Labour Relations With “Chinese  Characteristics”?  Chinese Labour Law at an Historic Crossroad

2010 Virginie Yanpelda, (Université de Douala, Cameroun), Travail décent et diversité des rapports de travail

Special Commendation:Marco Peruzzi (University of Verona, Italy),  Autonomy in the European social dialogue 

Association’s Award Prior to Naming as Marco Biagi Award

 

2009 Orsola Razzolini (Bocconi University, Italy), The Need to Go  Beyond the Contract:  “Economic” and “Bureaucratic”  Dependence in Personal Work Relations

CAS

  

April 7, 2014 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fifth Annual Con Law Colloquium

ScotusFriend of the blog, Mike Zimmer (Loyola Chicago) sends along news that Loyola University Chicago School of Law is organizing its fifth annual constitutional law colloquium in Chicago this fall. The dates are Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8. Here are the details:

Fifth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium

Friday, November 7th and Saturday, November 8th

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is organizing a Constitutional Law Colloquium at the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611.

This will be the fifth annual Loyola constitutional law colloquium. Once again, we hope to attract constitutional law scholars at all stages of their professional careers to discuss current projects, doctrinal developments in constitutional law, and future goals. The conference will bring together scholars to discuss their works-in-progress concerning constitutional issues, such as, but not limited to Free Speech, Substantive Due Process, Equal Protection, Suffrage Rights and Campaign Finance, Process Oriented Constitutionalism, Constitutional Interpretation, Constitutional Theory, National Security and Constitutional Rights, Due Process Underpinnings of Criminal Procedure, Judicial Review, Executive Privilege, Suspect Classification, Free Exercise and Establishment of Religion, and Federalism. As in years past, we will provide many opportunities for the vetting of ideas and for informed critiques. Submissions will be liberally considered, but participation is by invitation only. Presentations will be grouped by subject matter.

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California-Irvine School of Law, will be the keynote speaker.

Titles and abstracts of papers should be submitted electronically to constitutionlaw@luc.edu no later than June 15, 2014.

The Law Center is located on Loyola's Water Tower campus, near Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, the Chicago Art Institute, and Chicago Symphony Center.

Participants’ home institutions are expected to pay for their own travel expenses. Loyola will provide facilities, meals, and support.

There are numerous reasonably priced hotels within walking distance of the Loyola School of Law and Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

Conference Organizers:

Professor Barry Sullivan, Cooney & Conway Chair in Advocacy, bsullivan7@luc.edu
Professor Alexander Tsesis, atsesis@luc.edu
Professor Michael Zimmer, mzimme4@luc.edu

Program Administrator:
Heather Figus, ConstitutionLaw@law.edu

Loyola Constitutional Law Faculty:
Professor Diane Geraghty, A. Kathleen Beazley Chair in Child Law
Professor Barry Sullivan, Cooney & Conway Chair in Advocacy
Professor Juan F. Perea
Professor Alan Raphael
Professor Allen Shoenberger
Professor Alexander Tsesis
Professor Michael Zimmer

Looks likea  great opportunity for those of us doing work at the intersection of labor, employment, and constitutional law.

MM

April 1, 2014 in Conferences & Colloquia, Disability, Employment Common Law, Employment Discrimination, Labor Law, Public Employment Law, Religion, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Report from Twelfth Marco Biagi Conference

Panel 1
L to R: Bill Roche (Univ. College Dublin); Avinash Govindjee (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Univ.); Marius Olivier (Northwest Univ. Potchefstroom); Susan Bisom-Rapp (TJSL); Hèlio Zylberstajn (Univ. of São Paulo); Nikita Lyutov (Moscow State Univ.); Olga Chesalina (Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy).
William and Iacopo
L to R William Bromwich (Marco Biagi Foundation); Susan Bisom-Rapp (TJSL); Iacopo Senatori (Marco Biagi Foundation)

 

Friend of the blog Susan Bisom-Rapp (Thomas Jefferson) just returned from the Twelfth International Conference in Commemoration of Marco Biagi in Modena, Italy. Here is her report:

I spent my spring break in Modena, Italy, where every March since 2003, the Marco Biagi Foundation (MBF) at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia has hosted an international conference devoted to international and comparative employment and labor relations.  I’ve attended the event annually since 2007, making this my eighthconsecutive year as a conference participant.  The conference was held on March 18th and 19th, with a pre-conference Young Scholars’ Workshop taking place on March 17th.

 

This year’s conference, “Labour and Social Rights: An Evolving Scenario,” centered on the challenges involved in providing employment-related social protection programs at a time when more and more people work outside of traditional employment relationships. (Social protection, loosely defined, consists of the programs that form the social safety net, including, among other things, unemployment insurance, job retraining efforts, workers’ compensation, disability insurance, and publically provided pensions.) Particular attention was given to the economic forces changing standard employment relationships, the values and interests that should be protected as new types of work emerge, and the theories and strategies that should anchor new forms of protection for working people. Participants addressed these issues from a number of disciplines including law, industrial relations, economics, and human resource management.

 

As an American, I was struck by the extent to which neoliberalism and austerity continue to drive public policy in many countries, especially in the EU. To the chagrin of many scholars at the conference, the quest for workplace “flexibility” has not abated despite the continuing labor market crisis, which manifests itself in elevated unemployment in many nations.  Similarly notable was the concern voiced by commentators about the rise in precarious work and the weakening power of trade unions. These problems are not new but they have been greatly exacerbated by the economic conditions beginning in 2008.  Clearly, we in the US are not alone.

 

On the upside, it is apparent that scholars are eager to theorize beyond the traditional, paradigmatic employment relationship with the goal of extending vital social security protections to greater numbers of people.  Rather than clear solutions, it seems we are in a period of complex problem-solving.  This requires patience and fortitude, as new models are posed and their utility evaluated.  Ultimately, however, this period of theorizing will come to nothing without political movements demanding change from elected representatives.  In the meanwhile, however, it’s possible to expand one’s thinking about the existing challenges through interaction with labor and employment scholars from other countries.

 

I was particularly pleased to see prominent US scholars in the program this year.  Trina Jones (Duke) gave an insightful paper on the contemporary challenges facing U.S. civil rights law.  Mike Zimmer (Loyola U., Chicago) and Michael Fischl (Connecticut) addressed different aspects of the challenges facing unions with the former suggesting ways in which transnational unionism might be enabled and the latter gleaning lessons from the way low wage union organizing campaigns have strategically deployed traditional labor law and non-labor law claims.

 

As for me, I served as chair for a panel titled “Social Dialogue and Labour Standards,” which covered six papers written by professors from six countries: Germany; Russia; South Africa; Ireland; Italy; and Brazil. The discussion on this panel was very diverse since the papers were on six very different subjects.  Even so, common themes were evident. The papers dealt with the way our understanding of what counts as ‘work’ is evolving and changing over time, as is our willingness to think about the rights and protections all people who work should be entitled to.Another theme that emerged from the panel was the variety of mechanisms that can be used to provide voice to the concerns of the most vulnerable workers.

 

In addition to chairing the panel, I helped organize and was a commentator at the MBF’s annual Young Scholars’ Workshop.  This was my third year of involvement with this portion of the annual conference events.  This year we heard and commented on papers from Ph.D. students from the U.K., the U.S., Italy, Hungary, and Spain. There were eight papers presented in all. Creating ties with the new generation of comparative scholars is one of the most exciting parts of the conference. The quality of the scholarly work they are doing is impressive.

 

Over time, the MBF has become my academic home-away-from-home. I have been privileged to serve on the Foundation’s International Council since 2009, and two weeks ago was appointed to the MBF’s Scientific Committee, the academic advisory board that advises the Foundation on all of its scholarly projects.  The Scientific Committee met in Modena during the conference to discuss and approve the theme for the Thirteenth International Conference in Commemoration of Marco Biagi.  The theme, tentatively stated, is: Employment Relations and Transformation of the Enterprise in the Global Economy.  Stay tuned for the call for papers.  I hope many of you will consider submitting a proposal.

Sounds like it was great, Susan. Thanks!

MM

March 24, 2014 in Conferences & Colloquia, International & Comparative L.E.L., International Contacts | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

LRRN Call for Papers: Amsterdam!

AmstLabour Law Research Network Conference
University of Amsterdam
25-27 June 2015

The Labour Law Research Network (LLRN), established in 2011, is comprised of 46 research centres from all over the world dedicated to the study of labour law. One of the objectives of the LLRN is to hold bi-annual international conferences that will be entirely academic (dedicated to the presentation and discussion of original papers); entirely about labour law (broadly conceived); and will allow cutting-edge topics to surface from the participating scholars themselves, in a non-hierarchical way.

Each conference is organised by a different research centre from among the LLRN members. The inaugural LLRN conference was held on June 2013 at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. We are delighted to announce that the second LLRN Conference, to be held on June 25-27, 2015, will be organised by the Hugo Sinzheimer Institute (HSI) at the University of Amsterdam.

All the details are in this Call for Papers. Thanks to Guy Davidov for sending this along.

rb

March 2, 2014 in Conferences & Colloquia, Labor Law, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Third Annual ERISA, Employee Benefits, and Social Insurance National Conference

This has been a busy semester for the Labor and Employment Law Program at Marquette University Law School.  In addition to the Speaker Series I wrote about this past Tuesday, we are also honored to be hosting the Third Annual ERISA, Employee Benefits and Social Insurance National Conference (program at this link) on March 28, 2014 (this follows up to wonderful ERISA conferences at Washington University Law and Michigan Business the two previous years).

To say we have an embarassment of riches does not quite capture the remarkable array of papers that are to be presented.  When you add a terrific luncheon keynote speaker in the person of Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefit Security Administration, Phyllis Borzi, the cool factor (even for ERISA) is off thc charts.

Panels include papers on ERISA claim and plan issues, the Affordable Care Act and ERISA, the future of public pension plans and other non-ERISA pension plans here and abroad, bankruptcy issues surrounding pensions and other legacy costs, and emerging challenges for social insurance and pension programs. 

Should be a great program!

PS

February 27, 2014 in Conferences & Colloquia, Pension and Benefits | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Speaker Series in Labor and Employment Law at Marquette Law School

I am excited to announce the kick-off of a new speaker series in labor and employment law, sponsored by the Labor and Employment Law Program at Marquette University Law School.

We are really starting the program off with a bang.  

On March 17th, Sam Estreicher (NYU Law) will be debating yours truly on his new labor law reform proposal, "Easy In, Easy Out" (details about that proposal here). You can register here.

On March 27th, in conjunction with the Third Annual ERISA National Conference at Marquette, Assistant Secretary of Labor and head of the Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) Phyllis Borzi will be speaking about the Affordable Care Act. You can register here.

Finally, on April 8th, Professor Takashi Araki, former Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Tokyo Law School and Visiting Professor this semester at Harvard Law School, will be coming to speak about contemporary topics in Japanese employment law.  You can register here.

All events are scheduled at noon and include lunch.

PS

February 25, 2014 in Conferences & Colloquia, International & Comparative L.E.L., Labor Law, Pension and Benefits | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Teaching Employment and Labor Law

TeachingLast spring, the Wefel Center for Employment Law at Saint Louis University held a fantastic symposium on Teaching Employment and Labor Law. I can say that with appropriate modesty because I had very little to do with it. The symposium was organized by Tonie Fitzgibbon, my amazing colleague, who has been the Director of our center for twenty years, and who was the Assistant Director at its inception. I'm pretty sure it was my colleague Miriam Cherry's idea, and Matt Bodie, Elizabeth Pendo, and I all agreed it would be a good topic. In addition to us, Marion Crain and Pauline Kim (Wash. U.), Rachel Arnow-Richman (Denver), Laura Cooper (Minnesota), Marty Malin (Chicago-Kent), Nicole Porter (Toledo), Joe Slater (Toledo), and Kerri Stone (Florida International) all gave presentations.

The Saint Louis University Law Journal has just published the papers connected with the symposium, so now everyone can read about what we who were there got to hear. From the table of contents:

Forward

Teaching Employment and Labor Law Symposium
Susan A. FitzGibbon

Teaching Employment and Labor Law

A Holistic Approach to Teaching Work Law
Marion Crain & Pauline T. Kim

Employment Law Inside Out: Using the Problem Method to Teach Workplace Law
Rachel Arnow-Richman

Collaboration and Community: the Labor Law Group and the Future of Labor Employment Casebooks
Matthew T. Bodie

Teaching Employment Discrimination Law, Virtually
Miriam A. Cherry

The Capstone Course in Labor and Employment Law: A Comprehensive Immersion Simulation Integrating Law, Lawyering Skills, and Professionalism
Laura J. Cooper

Constructing a Comprehensive Curriculum in Labor and Employment Law
Martin H. Malin

From Podcasts to Treasure Hunts—Using Technology to Promote Student Engagement
Marcia L. McCormick

Identifying (with) Disability: Using Film to Teach Employment Discrimination
Elizabeth Pendo

A Proposal to Improve the Workplace Law Curriculum from a Compliance Perspective
Nicole Buonocore Porter

Teaching Private-Sector Labor Law and Public-Sector Labor Law Together
Joseph E. Slater

Teaching the Post-Sex Generation
Kerri Lynn Stone

You should check them out.

MM

February 21, 2014 in Conferences & Colloquia, Disability, Employment Common Law, Employment Discrimination, Faculty Presentations, Labor Law, Pension and Benefits, Public Employment Law, Scholarship, Teaching | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Race, Labor, & the Law at UCLA

Graphic_000Friend of the blog Wendy Greene (Cumberland, Samford U) writes to tell us of an upcoming conference at UCLA that might interest our readers. The topic is Race, Labor, and the Law, the sponsor is the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, and the program looks great:

Friday, February 28, 2014

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM

Welcome

  • Chris Tilly, Ph.D. | Director, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment; Professor of Urban Planning, UC Los Angeles

8:10 AM - 8:55 AM

Opening Keynote

  • Ruben J. Garcia, J.D., LL.M. | Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    • "The Relationship Between Racism and Anti-Union Animus"

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Transformation of the Labor Movement

  • Héctor Cordero-Guzmán, Ph.D. | Professor of Sociology and Urban Education, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University New York
    • "Worker Center, Worker Center Networks, and the Promise of Protections for Low Wage Workers under the FLSA"
  • Victor Narro, J.D. | Project Director, Center for Labor Research and Education, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Los Angeles
  • Saru Jayaraman, M.P.P., J.D. | Director, Food Labor Research Center, University of California, Berkeley; Co-Founder & Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center United
    • "Racial Segregation in the Restaurant Industry: Challenges & Opportunities"

10:35 AM - 12:05 PM

Concurrent Panels

Panel A: The Politics of Prison and Labor: How Incarceration Affects Reentry, Employment Opportunities, and the Labor Movement as a Whole

  • Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of History, UC Los Angeles; Director, UCLA Department of History's Public History Initiative
  • Marta Lopez Garza, Ph.D. | Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Chicana/o Studies, California State University, Northridge
    • "When Will the Punishment End?"
  • Heather Ann Thompson, Ph.D | Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, Temple University
    • "Making Mass Incarceration Matter to the American Labor Movement"

Panel B: Bringing Workers Into Focus: Worker Cooperatives, Black-Latino Relations in the Workplace, and Racial Alliance Building in the Labor Movement

  • Jassmin Poyaoan | J.D. Candidate, UCLA School of Law, UC Los Angeles
  • Vanessa Ribas, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC San Diego
    • "The Value of Being Negro, the Cost of being Hispano: 'Disposability' and Challenges for Cross-Racial Solidarity in the Workplace"
  • Alexandra Suh, Ph.D. | Executive Director, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)

12:05 PM - 1:05 PM   Lunch

1:05 PM - 2:35 PM     Concurrent Panels

Panel A: Intimate Labor

  • Mireille Miller Young, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, UC Santa Barbara
    • "Illicit Eroticism: The Politics of Intimate Labor in Black Women's Porn Work"
  • Grace Chang, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, UC Santa Barbara
  • Elena Shih | Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, UC Los Angeles
    • "Rehabilitating Intimate Labor: Transnational Racial Formations of 'Good Work' in Human Trafficking Rescue"

Panel B: Labor Law Through a Critical Race Theory Lens

  • Maureen Carroll, J.D. | Greenberg Law Review Fellow, UCLA School of Law, UC Los Angeles
    • "Privilege and Invisibility in Labor Practice"
  • Nayla Wren | J.D. Candidate, UCLA School of Law, UC Los Angeles
  • Sanjukta Paul, M.A., J.D. | Attorney & Clinical Teaching Fellow, UCLA School of Law, UC Los Angeles
    • "Normative Obstacles to Empowerment Lawyering in the Workers Rights Context"

2:40 PM - 4:40 PM     Concurrent Panels

Panel A: Intersectional Analysis of Women in Low Wage Labor, Organizing, and Combating Workplace Discrimination

  • Sarah Haley, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, UC Los Angeles
  • Eileen Boris, Ph.D. | Hull Professor and Chair, Department of Feminist Studies, UC Santa Barbara
    • "(In)Visibility and the Color of Home Care: Law, Recognition, Justice"
  • D. Wendy Greene, J.D., LL.M. | Professor of Law, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
  • Ellen Reese, Ph.D. | Professor of Sociology and Chair of Labor Studies, UC Riverside
    • "Intersecting Inequalities Among Latina/o Warehouse Workers in Inland Southern California: Challenges and Prospects for Justice"

 

Panel B: Safe Jobs, Healthy Jobs, Good Jobs

  • Anne E. Fehrenbacher MPH | Ph.D Student in Community Health Sciences, UC Los Angeles
    • "Job Insecurity and Quality of Life: Testing a Causal Model of Job Stress Proliferation Moderated by Race, Gender, and Education"
  • Kevin Riley, MPH, Ph.D | Director of Research and Evaluation, UCLA Labor Occupational Safety & Health (LOSH), Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Los Angeles

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM     Wine and Cheese Reception

Saturday, March 1, 2014

9:20 AM - 9:25 AM

Welcome

  • Pamela A. Izvănariu, J.D., LL.M. | Director of Research & Development, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Los Angeles

9:25 AM - 11:15 AM

Labor and Employment Issues Facing Indigenous Peoples in the U.S.

  • Matthew L.M. Fletcher, J.D. | Professor of Law & Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University
    • "On Treaties and Internal Tribal Sovereignty"
  • James Kawahara, J.D. | Adjunct Professor in Practice, UCLA School of Law, UC Los Angeles; Attorney, Kawahara Law P.C.
    • "Judicial Application of Federal Labor and Employment Laws to Indian Tribes When Congress is Silent: What Fills the Vacuum?"
  • Lynn Stephen, Ph.D. | Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, University of Oregon
    • "Indigenous Mexican Workers in the U.S.: Labor Conditions, Health, and Identity"
  • David Kamper, Ph.D. | Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies, San Diego State University
    • "The Work around Tribal Sovereignty: Negotiating Notions of Labor, Jobs, & Class in Tribal Governmental Gaming and Economic Development"

11:20 AM - 1:10 PM

Race, Labor, and Immigration

  • Hiroshi Motomura, J.D. | Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law, UC Los Angeles
    • "Race, Labor, and the Making of Immigration Outside the Law"
  • Sameer Ashar, J.D. | Clinical Professor of Law, Irvine School of Law, UC Irvine
    • "Immigration Enforcement, Race, and Resistance"
  • Shannon Gleeson, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz
    • "Precarious Labor, Tenuous Rights: Lay v. Legal Conceptions of Justice at the Workplace"
  • David Cook-Martin, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Sociology, Grinnell College
    • "A House Divided: Labor and its Contrasting Roles in Shaping Ethnically Selective Immigration Law in the Americas"

1:10 PM - 2:10 PM     Lunch

2:10 PM - 4:00 PM     Worker Voice, Labor Speech

  • Leticia M. Saucedo, J.D. | Professor of Law, UC Davis
  • Camille Gear Rich, J.D. | Associate Professor of Law, Gould School of Law, University of Southern California
    • "Post-Racial Hydraulics: The Role of the Fair Labor Standards Act in the Repackaging of Race and Gender Discrimination Claims"
  • Nicholas Espiritu, J.D. | Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
  • Catherine Fisk, J.D. | Chancellor's Professor of Law, Irvine School of Law, UC Irvine
    • "Worker Voice and Labor Speech After Harris v. Quinn and Citizens United: Why Unions Should Have the Same Free Speech Rights as Corporations and Why the Supreme Court Thinks They Do Not"

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Closing Keynote

  • Ian F. Haney-López, J.D., M.P.A. | John H. Boalt Professor of Law, UC Berkeley
    • "Dog Whistle Politics/Dog Whistle Racism"

If you will be in the area, it seems like a great opportunity to hear from a broad mix of subject areas, disciplines, topics, academics, and people in the field. For more information and to register, see here.

MM

February 11, 2014 in Conferences & Colloquia, Employment Common Law, Employment Discrimination, Faculty Presentations, Labor Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Elon Law's 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Forum Celebrating The Life of Julius Chambers

Chambers_juliusThank you to friend of the blog, Jon Harkavy, who forwarded information about a program in which he participated last week commemorating the life of Julius Chambers. 

Chambers, who passed away last year, was the foremost Title VII advocate in the country for many years and succeeded Thurgood Marshall and Jack Greenberg as the Director-Counsel at the Inc. Fund in New York.  Jon tells us that the program, sponsored by Elon Law School (Eric Fink and Jim Exum), was a spirited, joyful and personal glimpse of Chambers' life.  

Jon regrets, and so do I, that there was so little publicity about this event in advance, but Jon thought readers of this blog might want to know about this tribute to our colleague who played such a big role in what we do as employment lawyers and teachers.

A detailed remembrance of Mr. Chambers is available here.

PS

January 27, 2014 in Conferences & Colloquia, Employment Discrimination | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Stetson Law Review Symposium on Citizens United

ConfThanks to Jason Bent (Stetson) for bringing to my attention a wonderful law review symposium that is planned at the Stetson Law School for February 28 on the four-year anniversary of Citizens United.

Jason and his crew have some fantastic speakers lined up, including two of our own in the L&E world - Charlotte Garden (Seattle) and Jason himself.  The keynote speaker is Lawrence Lessig, and they have a great lineup of panelists and moderators.  The event is co-sponsored by the Stetson Law Review, the Corporate Reform Coalition, and the ACS. 

A link to the page with the lineup of panelists is here.  Although the symposium topics are broader than just labor law, that will be a big part of the discussion.  So if you are Tampa way that time of the year, check it out.

PS

January 22, 2014 in Conferences & Colloquia, Public Employment Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Santa Clara Law Workshop Series: Law and Labor in the Fields

ConfThanks to Stephen Diamond (Santa Clara) for bringing to my attention an interesting series of upcoming events.   Santa Clara University School of Law's Center for Social Justice and Public Service is sponsoring a series of Spring Workshops entitled: Law and Labor in the Field

The first workshop is January 30th and the last is March 27th.  For the full schedule and program details, see here.  Among the participants are Bill Gould (Stanford), Maria Ontiveros (San Francisco), and Ruben Garcia (UNLV).

The Workshop will be led by Stephen and will examine the relationship between legal institutions and farm labor in California, the United States and globally. Each session begins at 4:05 pm, Bannan 333, SCU School of Law, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053. Reception follows. Public welcome.

PS

January 13, 2014 in Conferences & Colloquia, Labor Law, Union News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Forced Arbitration in the Workplace: A Symposium

ConfHere is information about a timely symposium at Berkeley Law on mandatory predispute arbitration in the workplace, a trend that has taken off with all the recent pro-arbitration Supreme Court opinions:

Please join The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy (The Institute) and the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL) on February 27, 2014 for Forced Arbitration In The Workplace: A Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

Convened by The Institute in collaboration with the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, the Symposium is designed to bring together academics, practitioners, and others in the legal community to engage in a thoughtful dialogue and help raise awareness about forced arbitration of workplace disputes. Articles from the Symposium will be published in BJELL’s Spring 2014 issue.

Program highlights include a keynote address by former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich, the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

You can register here, find more information here, and the symposium program is here.

PS

December 17, 2013 in Arbitration, Conferences & Colloquia, Employment Common Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, December 13, 2013

AALS Section on Employment Discrimination and Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law 2013 Newsletter

Aals_logoThanks to Jason Bent (Stetson) and Brad Areheart (Tennessee) for sending us the combined  AALS Section on Employment Discrimination and Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law 2013 Newsletter.

From the Introduction:

The AALS Section on Employment Discrimination and the AALS Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law once again worked together to produce this year’s annual AALS Newsletter. This newsletter begins with a list of relevant AALS presentations. It continues with a list of new hires, promotions, moves, administrative appointments, visits, honors and awards, followed by a list of publications from the members of both sections. The newsletter concludes with a roundup of recent Supreme Court decisions in the area of employment law, prepared by members of the section.

Check it out and see what all of your LEL law prof friends have been up to this past year and what great panels are planned for the upcoming AALS January conference.  Hope to see many of you in New York at AALS!

PS

December 13, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Faculty Moves, Faculty News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Bill Herbert to Higher Ed Collective Bargaining Center

Those of you you read the post below on the NYU-UAW deal may have noticed in the embedded link some quotes from friend-of-the-blog, Bill Herbert.  In doing so, you mave noticed that he has a new affiliation as he's just moved from the NYPERB to the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, where he is now serving as Executive Director.  He'll also be a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College.  Here's a press release on the move:

Effective November 21, 2013, Bill Herbert was appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College, City University of New York and as the new Executive Director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions.   Prior to his recent appointment, Bill was Deputy Chair and Counsel at the New York State Public Employment Relations Board.

 For over four decades, the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions has served as a national labor-management center dedicated to studying the use of collective bargaining for advancing higher education and the working conditions of faculty and staff in colleges and universities.  The National Center believes that the study of collective bargaining is essential for a knowledge-based dialogue concerning labor-management and educational issues, and is critically important for reasoned societal debate that will lead to social progress.  It is comprised of labor and management professionals, practitioners, and scholars interested in studying contemporary and historical labor-management issues, best practices in collective bargaining, legal and legislative developments, and public support for higher education.  It provides a clearinghouse and forum for scholarly research and ideas concerning labor relations, collective bargaining and labor law issues related to higher education.  The National Center will be holding its 41st annual conference on April 6-8, 2014 at the CUNY Graduate Center:  http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/ncscbhep  The theme of the conference is Achieving Successful Results in Higher Education through Collective Bargaining. 

Congratulations, Bill!

-JH

November 27, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Labor and Employment News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Conference: Collective Bargaining in Higher Ed

NcscbhepHunter College and the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions have announced the preliminary program for the 41st Annual National Conference at CUNY Graduate Center, New York.  The theme is Achieving Successful Results in Education through Collective Bargaining.

Plenary Speakers

  • Wilma Liebman (former NLRB Chair)
  • Samuel Estreicher (NYU)

 Thematic Topics

  •  MOOCs and On-Line Instruction
  • Impact on Pedagogy, Collective Bargaining, Report from California and Intellectual Property
  • Social Media in Higher Education
  • Academic Freedom, Statutory Protections and Best Labor-Management Practices
  • Contingent Faculty in Higher Education
  • Educational Results, Labor Organizing and Collective Bargaining

... and much more.

rb

October 31, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Labor Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hofstra Conference on the ACA/ADA/FMLA and the Workplace

Hofstra conf.

Friend of the blog Marcy Karin (ASU) writes to remind us of a symposium/CLE that readers of the blog will be interested in, especially those of you in the New York area. On Friday, Hofstra's Labor and Employment Law Journal will be holding a symposium on health legislation and the workplace. Forging a Path: Dissecting Controversial Health Legislation in the Workplace. The symposium will take place at Hofstra University Club, David S. Mack Hall, North Campus, Hofstra University, on Friday, November 1, 2013, from 9 am to 3 pm.

 The lineup is impressive. Here are the details:

Keynote Speaker: Phyllis Borzi, Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security, U.S. Department of Labor

Panel 1: The Evolution of Anti-Discrimination Disability Laws: Defining Reasonable Accommodation and Disability

  • Rick Ostrove ’96, Partner, Leeds Brown Law, PC
  • Keith Frank ’89, Partner, Perez & Varvaro
  • Marcy Karin, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Work-Life Policy Unit, Civil Justice Clinic, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
  • Jeffrey Schlossberg ’84, Of Counsel, Jackson Lewis LLP
  • E. Pierce Blue, Special Assistant and Attorney Advisor, Office of Commissioner Chai Feldblum, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Panel 2: Workplace Uncertainties Under the ACA: Preparing the Employer and Employee for the Road Ahead

  • Jill Bergman, Vice President of Compliance, Chernoff Diamond & Co., LLC
  • Steven Friedman, Shareholder and Co-Chair, Employee Benefits Practice Group, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Panel 3: The FMLA 20 Years Later: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go From Here?

  • Robin Runge, Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Rona Kitchen, Assistant Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Joseph Lynett, Partner, Jackson Lewis LLP
  • Nicole Porter, Professor of Law, The University of Toledo College of Law

Registration is $100 per person. Includes continental breakfast, lunch and CLE credits. Free for Hofstra University students, faculty, staff and administrators.

 Sponsored by: Littler Mendelson P.C.

MM

October 30, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Disability, Employment Discrimination, Faculty Presentations, Pension and Benefits, Scholarship, Worklife Issues, Workplace Trends | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Call for Papers: Collective Bargaining in Higher Education

NcscbThe National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions housed at Hunter College, the City University of New York (CUNY) is conducting a  Call For Papers for its 41st Annual National Conference: Achieving Successful Results in Higher Education through Collective Bargaining set for April 6-8, 2014 at the CUNY Graduate Center.

 The National Center’s mission brings together academic managers, unionists, analysts and scholars in all of its activities, which include a national conference and workshops, publications, and training for grievance administration and arbitration.  We seek collegial outcomes at our National Conference and in all our activities. An Advisory Board of ten academic administrators and an equal number of union leaders directs the National Center’s work. The annual National Conference is broadly attended by a national audience. Last year there were over 300 attendees.

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October 3, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Labor Law, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Call for Papers for Journal of Gender, Social Policy & The Law Disability Law Issue

BooksThanks to Susan Carle (American) for bringing to my attention that The Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law at American University Washington College of Law is currently compiling articles for a disability law themed issue, focused on new and cross-cutting developments in the field and how disability law intersects with other areas of law.  Here is the Call for Papers which outlines what the Journal is looking for in greater detail.
 
The submission deadline for this volume is November 25, 2013 and the issue will be published in the late spring/early summer of 2014.

Submissions should be e-mailed to genderlaw-articles-editor@wcl.american.edu. Any questions you have can also be directed to that e-mail.

PS

October 2, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Disability, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, September 30, 2013

NAA Arbitration Grants

NAAThe National Academy of arbitrators is currently accepting grant applications.  They look to be a great oppuortunity.  The info:
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The National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA) is a professional association of labor and employment arbitrators in the United States and Canada.  The NAA’s Research and Education Foundation supports research and education relevant to labor and employment arbitration. The Foundation welcomes grant applications of up $25,000 for any of the following purposes:
  1. The study and understanding of grievance procedures, the arbitration process and other forms of labor and employment dispute resolution and the impact of law on these processes. 
  2. The impact of law on grievance and arbitration processes.
  3. The education and training of persons engaged in the resolution of labor -management and employment disputes.  Included are the funding of lecture programs, symposiums, conferences and training seminars. 
  4. The preparation and publication of books, symposium materials, articles, and audio-visual materials (e.g. films; websites; CDs) designed to enhance the competence of persons engaged in the arbitration and mediation of labor-management and employment disputes. 
  5. The preparation of material designed to keep arbitrators, mediators, and students of labor-management and employment arbitration abreast of current research into the arbitration process.
  6. The development of procedures or techniques for the resolution of labor and employment disputes in this and in other countries.

Detailed information on how to apply for the REF grant can be found on the NAA website

Questions about these grants can be directed to Allen Ponak, REF President, and ponak@ucalgary.ca.

 

-JH

September 30, 2013 in Arbitration, Conferences & Colloquia, Labor and Employment News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fordham Urban Law Journal Cooper-Walsh Symposium on Legacy Liabilities and Municipal Financial Distress

ConfThe Fordham Urban Law Journal's Cooper-Walsh Symposium this year is entitled: Legacy Liabilities and Municipal Financial Distress.  It will be held on Friday, October 11th from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Fordham Law School, 140 West 62nd Street, Room 430 B/C.

I have the good fortune of being part of this Symposium and will present a paper based on my recent research on how employment claims are treated in insolvency proceedings and guarantee schemes around the world.  The hope is the provide U.S. policymakers some international benchmarks for the treatment of pension and wage claims in both corporate and municipal bankruptcy situations.

I will provide more information on my paper in coming weeks once I have posted a draft of the article, but for now here are the particulars for the Cooper-Walsh Symposium from the Journal website (including the program line up):

The sixth annual Cooper-Walsh Colloquium will address the effects of the rising costs of healthcare and pension plans on municipalities and their residents.  Every year, the Colloquium is dedicated to bringing attention to the policies and legal frameworks that will shape the future of American cities.  The Colloquium is organized in conjunction with Professor Susan Block-Lieb, the Cooper Family Chair in Urban Legal Issues, and Vice Dean Sheila Foster, the Albert A. Walsh Chair of Real Estate, Land Use, and Property Law.

The presenters will introduce their papers, followed by responses from commentators and round table discussions. The Fordham Urban Law Journal will publish the articles and responses in its Spring 2014 Cooper-Walsh Book.

To register, please contact Kristy Eagan, Cooper-Walsh Editor, at colloquium@urbanlawjournal.com.

In addition to myself, other presenters include Jack Beerman (BU), Melissa Jacoby (UNC), and Christine Chung (Albany). Opening remarks will be delivered by Richard Ravitch (former Lieutenant Governor of New York).

PS

September 25, 2013 in Conferences & Colloquia, Pension and Benefits, Public Employment Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)