Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Harkavy's Annual Update & Review of SCOTUS Arbitration Cases

HarkavyJonathan Harkavy (Patterson Harkavy) has just posted on SSRN both his annual Employment Law Update and an essay on SCOTUS's four recent compelled arbitration decisions. Here are the abstracts:

 

 

 

2022 Supreme Court Commentary: Employment Law

This article is the author's longstanding annual review of the Supreme Court's employment-related decisions of the term just ended. This year's article about the 2021 Term first summarizes every employment-related decision rendered by the Court through the end of the term in July of 2022. Each case summary is followed by the author's comments about the decision's significance to workplace stakeholders. Also included in this section are abbreviated summaries of all opinions and orders from the so-called "shadow docket" that are of consequence to employment relations. Next, the article provides short statements about each grant of certiorari for the upcoming term on issues affecting employment and labor law. The article concludes with brief additional commentary on the Supreme Court's work as it affects the American workplace.

Fresh Focus: the Supreme Court Confronts Compelled Employment Arbitration

This essay examines briefly four 2022 decisions of the United States Supreme Court dealing with forced arbitration of workplace disputes. The paper summarizes the factual background of each case and posits the effect of each decision on both employers and employees. The paper concludes by relating these four decisions to the Court's continuing embrace of compelled arbitration of employee claims.

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September 13, 2022 in Arbitration, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, September 1, 2022

DC LERA Upcoming Programs

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Many thanks to Tequila Brooks for word on these programs:

 

 

  • On Thursday, 8 Sept. 2022 (10-2 ET / 4-6 GMT+2), the Second Annual Virtual Labor Law Forum is co-sponsored by the African Labour Law Society and will focus on Constructing and Deconstructing Racism: Tales of Work and Life in Virginia, the U.S., Europe, and South Africa. The panel will begin with the construction of Jim Crow labor laws in colonial Virginia, move to the adoption of US Civil Rights style strategies by Roma in the EU, continue through workplace race discrimination in post-apartheid modern South Africa, and end with the legacy of U.S. slavery in the modern U.S. workplace. Register here.
  • On Wednesday, 14 Sept. 2022 (12-2 pm ET, 6-8 GMT+2), DC LERA will hold a hybrid viewing of a brand new 2022 documentary on the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike. Also co-sponsored by ALLS, the film will be introduced by John Higgins and Mark Pearce, both formerly of the U.S. National Labor Relations Board. Afterward, there will be what we hope will be an international discussion of the film. If you would like to host a simultaneous viewing of the documentary for your labor law class, organization, or university, please email Tequila to coordinate - and all participate in the discussion together. Registration link pending (still working out final details with our other co-sponsor, The Georgetown Law School Worker Rights Institute). 

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September 1, 2022 in Beltway Developments, Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, August 22, 2022

Call for Papers: Business Ethics and the Future of Work

Friend-of-Blog Leora Eisenstadt (Temple University, Fox School of Business) sends along the following Call For Papers (also available here):  The is a great opportunity for anyone researching and working in this area:

Call for Papers  

business ethics and the future of work 

The Center for Ethics, Diversity, and Workplace Culture in the Fox School of Business at Temple University, the Center for Legal Studies & Business Ethics in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, and the American Business Law Journal to Cohost 2023 Symposium:  

Business Ethics and the Future of Work 

The Center for Ethics, Diversity, and Workplace Culture, the Center for Legal Studies and Business Ethics, and the American Business Law Journal (ABLJ) welcome submissions on business ethics and the future of work. The ABLJ is rated an A journal on the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) journal quality list and is the premier peer-reviewed research journal in business law. The ABLJ anticipates publishing a special issue devoted to the symposium theme.  

The societal, economic, cultural, and public health challenges and opportunities of the last decade have dramatically altered the ways that workers around the globe conceive of their work and the workplace. The #MeToo and Black Lives Matter Movements, the global pandemic, innovations in technology and artificial intelligence, and a resurgence of labor organizing, among other forces, necessitate a reconsideration of ethical business practices particularly as they impact employees and the modern workplace. Organizations across industry sectors must contemplate “hybrid” work spaces, demands for corporate social responsibility, and serious calls for an equitable and inclusive workplace culture. While industry professionals are beginning to contemplate these large-scale changes, there is a need for legal and ethics research to help guide this conversation. This symposium hopes to generate a broad range of scholarship that develops thought leadership around business ethics and the future of work in this new reality.  

We are seeking submissions that may include topics related to legal and/or ethical perspectives on employment discrimination, changing technologies as they impact the workplace, hybrid and remote work, corporate social responsibility and/or ESG, labor organizing, and compliance. Application of the ethics literature to these issues is encouraged. Only submissions on the symposium theme will be considered for presentation. Interdisciplinary submissions are especially welcome. 

The symposium will be held February 24-25, 2023, in a virtual format (specific details to follow). We are mindful that many variables may influence someone’s decision to apply for the symposium, so we have chosen a virtual format to increase opportunities for participation from scholars worldwide. If selected, participants must commit to submitting a complete draft of their paper no later than Friday, February 10, 2023 (two weeks prior to the symposium), as participants will be expected to read and provide feedback on other papers in advance of the symposium. Coauthored papers are welcome, and all authors may participate in the symposium. 

If you are interested in participating, please send a one-page abstract of your proposed paper, along with your CV, by Monday, October 17, 2022, to Laurie Lucas at llucas@okstate.edu

-- Joe Seiner

August 22, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

New and Emerging Voices in Workplace Law Call for Papers

Daiquiri Steele writes us the e following call for papers:

 

Call for Papers: New and Emerging Voices in Workplace Law Session at 2023 AALS Annual Meeting

The AALS Section on Employment Discrimination Law and AALS Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law is inviting submissions for a joint program, New and Emerging Voices in Workplace Law, at the AALS 2023 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, January 3-6, 2023.

Overview: This works-in-progress session will give emerging workplace law scholars the opportunity for engagement on a current project with leaders in the field. Each selected scholar will present a work-in-progress and receive comments from an assigned commentator, as well as from an audience of scholars in the field. The session will provide new scholars a supportive environment in which to receive constructive feedback.

Eligibility: Full-time faculty members of AALS member and fee-paid law schools are eligible to submit proposals. This call for papers is targeted to scholars with seven or fewer years of full-time teaching experience. Visitors (not full-time on a different faculty) and fellows are eligible to apply to present at this session.

Submission Format: Please submit an abstract, précis, and/or introduction of the article that is sufficiently developed to allow the reviewers to evaluate the thesis and proposed execution of the project.

Submission Instructions: To be considered, proposals should be submitted electronically to Professor Matt Bodie, The University of Minnesota School of Law, at mbodie@umn.edu and Professor Daiquiri Steele, The University of Alabama School of Law, at dsteele@law.ua.edu. The deadline for submission is Friday, September 2, 2022.

Selection: Presenters will be selected after review by the Chairs of both sections. Selected authors will be notified by September 23, 2022. Presenters will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee. To facilitate valuable feedback at the session, presenters should provide a substantial draft by December 9, 2022.

Questions: Any inquiries about the Call for Papers should be submitted to the Chair for the Section on Employment Discrimination Law, Daiquiri Steele, The University of Alabama School of Law, at dsteele@law.ua.edu and/or the Chair for the Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law, Matt Bodie, at mbodie@umn.edu.

 

Jeff Hirsch

August 9, 2022 in Conferences & Colloquia, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, August 1, 2022

COSELL 2022 Registration and Info

Jennifer Shinall and the folks at Vanderbilt now have the COSELL 2022 site up and running, which you can access here: https://law.vanderbilt.edu/phd/cosell2022/

The conference will be held at Vanderbilt Law School on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 and will be hybrid, held simultaneously in person at Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee and via Zoom.

The deadline for abstract submission is August 31, 2022, and the conference schedule will be posted by September 12, 2022.

The link listed above also includes an option to submit abstracts and hotel info.

Hope to see you all there!!

Jeff Hirsch

August 1, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, July 25, 2022

Ohanesian on Administrative Deference & the NLRB

OhanesianNicholas Ohanesian (ALJ, Social Security Administration) has just posted on SSRN his article Administrative Deference and the National Labor Relations Board: Survey and Analysis. Here's the abstract:

A majority of the current members of the Supreme Court have expressed an interest in altering or doing away with entirely deference to administrative agencies. Prior to upending the existing regime, it is useful to understand the impact of the existing deference apparatus upon the affected administrative agencies. Much of the scholarship up to this point has focused on the merits of deference, its role in the separation of powers, the proper allocation of power between the three branches of government, and the practical effects of deference on administrative decision-making. What is mostly absent is an accounting of how deference is systematically applied to administrative agencies.

This article will examine how the existing deference regime is applied to the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB is an interesting case study in the role of administrative deference in federal courts. It is a small agency in terms of its annual budget and the number of the employees. It is also an agency that originates in the New Deal and has a long history of litigation in federal courts, particularly before the United States Supreme Court. This article adds to the existing scholarship concerning the impact of deference on various agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Social Security Administration and the like.

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July 25, 2022 in Labor Law, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Faculty Hiring at UNLV!

Friend-of-blog Ann McGinley sends along this hiring announcement from UNLV, which will include consideration of those pursuing the worklaw field:

The William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, invites applications from both entry-level and lateral candidates for two tenure-track or tenured faculty positions expected to begin July 1, 2023. For these two positions, we seek creative and productive scholars: one with relevant expertise in teaching Legal Writing and one with experience teaching a live-client Clinic. Our faculty who teach legal writing or clinical courses are full members of our unified tenure system with all of the privileges and scholarly expectations associated with tenure; faculty who teach legal writing or clinical courses may teach a podium course as part of our standard 3-course teaching load. Subject matter needs for podium courses are broad and include, but are not limited to, business and commercial law, criminal law, evidence, and property. 

The William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV is a leading public law school founded on a commitment to public service and community engagement. With its nationally ranked Lawyering Process Program, Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution, and the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic, Boyd offers a dynamic curriculum designed to teach students critical thinking and lawyering skills. Boyd has an LL.M. in Gaming Law and Regulation and a variety of distinctive Programs in Health Law; Indian Nations Gaming and Governance; International, Transnational, and Comparative Law; and Race, Gender & Policing. Through its J.D. curriculum, students can pursue academic concentrations in Business and Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution, Health Law, Intellectual Property, and Workplace and Employment Law. The law school is located at the heart of the UNLV campus. UNLV is an R1 research university that is among the most diverse campuses in the nation and is also the state’s largest comprehensive doctoral degree granting institution with Schools of Business, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Hospitality, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, among many others.

Applicants for law school faculty positions should submit a letter of interest describing teaching interests and experience and providing a scholarly research agenda, along with a detailed resume, at least three professional references, and cites or links to published works. The Faculty Appointments Committee will begin interviewing candidates in August; candidates who submit applications by August 18 will be given priority.  Interested candidates should send their materials to: Faculty Appointments Committee, c/o Ms. Alicia Portillo, Appointments Committee Coordinator, William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV, 4505 South Maryland Parkway, Campus Box 451003, Las Vegas, NV  89154-1003 or by email at alicia.portillo@unlv.edu

Members of the Appointments Committee are Professors Thomas Main (chair), Mary Beth Beazley, Frank Rudy Cooper, Mary LaFrance, Lydia Nussbaum, and Jean Sternlight.  UNLV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity.

--Joe Seiner

July 13, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Call for Papers: The Effect of Dobbs on Work Law

Nicole Porter, who just joined Chicago-Kent and is the new director of the  Martin H. Malin Institute for Law and the Workplace, writes about a really interesting symposium call for papers:

 

 Symposium Hosted by the Martin H. Malin Institute for Law and the Workplace at Chicago-Kent College of Law

The Effect of Dobbs on Work Law

The Supreme Court’s 2022 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is nothing short of monumental. It will undoubtedly have significant and far-reaching effects on almost all areas of life, including families (and family law), relationships, the criminal justice system, healthcare, travel, and state and federal politics, to name a few. It will also undoubtedly have significantly different effects based on race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and disability.

These issues are already being discussed and explored and will continue to be for years (if not decades). This symposium will explore the effect of Dobbs on work law. Potential issues might include: privacy in the workplace, pregnancy discrimination protections, state and federal maternity leave laws, employers’ liability for assisting employees in procuring abortions, implications for religiously affiliated employers, effects on workers with disabilities, racial and class differences regarding how Dobbs affects the workplace, sexual harassment law, implications for marital status discrimination, potential role of unions and other collective action, and undoubtedly many other potential issues not listed here.

The Martin H. Malin Institute for Law and the Workplace (“Institute”) at Chicago-Kent College of Law will sponsor an in-person symposium on Friday, March 3, 2023, at the College of Law. Out-of-town speakers’ reasonable travel expenses to Chicago will be paid for by Chicago-Kent. Papers will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Employee Rights & Employment Policy Journal, which is a peer-edited journal published jointly by the Institute at Chicago-Kent and the Labor Law Group.

If interested in submitting a proposal, please send a proposed title and one- or two-paragraph description to Professor Nicole Buonocore Porter, Director of the Institute, at nporter@kentlaw.iit.edu. Proposals can address other issues not mentioned above, as long as they are related to the workplace and/or work law. Please include “Symposium Proposal” on the subject line. Please make sure to also include your institutional affiliation and contact information. Proposals are due by Friday, August 12. I hope to have decisions regarding the acceptance of proposals by September 2. Initial drafts of papers will be due two weeks before the symposium.

Final drafts will be due one month after the in-person event. Questions can be directed to Nicole at the email above.

 

 

Jeff Hirsch

July 12, 2022 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 10, 2022

COSELL!

I'm thrilled to announce that the 2022 Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law (COSELL) will at Vanderbilt Law School on October 21-22. More details to come, but definitely save the date for this one.

For any new academics, this has long been my favor gathering to get feedback on labor and employment law related (read broadly) projects. Everyone is incredibly supportive and helpful, and you can present anything from a finished paper to something that's not even half-baked. Plus, there are a ton of people presenting on a wide variety of great topics. 

Huge thanks to Jennifer Shinall and Vanderbilt for hosting this year, especially after hosting last year's virtual conference!

Jeff Hirsch

June 10, 2022 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (0)

COSELL!

be I'm thrilled to announce that the 2022 Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law (COSELL) will at Vanderbilt Law School on October 21-22. More details to come, but definitely save the date for this one.

For any new academics, this has long been my favor gathering to get feedback on labor and employment law related (read broadly) projects. Everyone is incredibly supportive and helpful, and you can present anything from a finished paper to something that's not even half-baked. Plus, there are a ton of people presenting on a wide variety of great topics. 

Huge thanks to Jennifer Shinall and Vanderbilt for hosting this year, especially after hosting last year's virtual conference!

Jeff Hirsch

June 10, 2022 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (0)

COSELL!

be I'm thrilled to announce that the 2022 Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law (COSELL) will at Vanderbilt Law School on October 21-22. More details to come, but definitely save the date for this one.

For any new academics, this has long been my favor gathering to get feedback on labor and employment law related (read broadly) projects. Everyone is incredibly supportive and helpful, and you can present anything from a finished paper to something that's not even half-baked. Plus, there are a ton of people presenting on a wide variety of great topics. 

Huge thanks to Jennifer Shinall and Vanderbilt for hosting this year, especially after hosting last year's virtual conference!

Jeff Hirsch

June 10, 2022 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

San Diego Founds Employment Center

  • OrlySan Diego Law School has founded a new Center for Employment & Labor Policy, and Orly Lobel will be the inaugural Director. The mission of CELP is to: (1) Work to elevate research, policy impact, and teaching in the field. (2) Provide a forum for engagement and debate on employment-related topics. (3) Sponsor speakers, workshops, roundtables, visitors, and fellows. (4) Provide opportunities for collaborative research by USD faculty, USD students, policymakers, and practitioners locally and nationally.

Congrats, Orly!

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June 1, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Prince on the Current State of Employee Classification Laws

Samantha Prince now has the final version of her new article, The Shoe Is about to Drop for the Platform Economy: Understanding the Current Worker Classification Landscape in Preparation for a Changed World, up on SSRN and it looks very informative. The abstract:

Whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee is of great significance in many countries, including the United States. This label drives whether a worker is entitled to many protections and benefits, including, minimum wage, overtime, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, anti-discrimination protection, NLRA protection, etc. The difficulty inherent in accurately classifying workers as either independent contractors or employees cannot be overstated. First, there are so many tests spanning all levels of our government. Second, there are so many ways that people work and with the increased popularity of app-based work, classification becomes even more difficult. Simply, some of the tests have not been working well when applied to precarious app-based work. As a result, policymakers are forced to finally bring these issues to the forefront.

Worldwide policymakers and leaders are implementing changes to protect app-based workers. In the United States, the federal government is evaluating whether these changes in the workforce require changes in national labor and tax laws. While campaigning, President Biden pledged to establish a uniform worker classification test for purposes of all federal labor, employment, and tax laws. Subnational governments – states and cities – are also evaluating and making changes in their policies and laws.

In order to make these decisions, policymakers will need to be familiar with the current landscape of tests and statutes. Policymakers should evaluate the approaches that currently are being used and how they have fared so that they can decide whether to strike out with a novel test or adopt one already in use. Although prior articles have considered worker classification laws, and the benefits associated with various classification approaches, things have evolved so quickly that in some respects most of those articles are at least partially out of date. And, having all of this information in one place is critical for ease in policymaking research and deliberations.

This Article fills the current knowledge gap by providing an up-to-date compendium of the current state of worker classification laws. The Article starts with a segment on instabilities and health issues experienced by app-based workers. Then it covers the latest on worker classification laws around the world including the EU Commission's Proposed Directive. It then turns to tests that the U.S. is using, which include traditional tests and new tests from both the state and city levels. The Article explains how these tests are used and summarizes commentary about the strengths and weaknesses of each of these tests. As national, state, and local policymakers consider how best to move forward in regulating the app-based economy and its workers, they are likely to find the information in this Article useful to their deliberations.

Check it out!

Jeff Hirsch

May 18, 2022 in Employment Common Law, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Call for Proposals - Fourth Annual Equality Law Scholars’ Forum

Heed the call for proposals for the Fourth Annual Equality Law Scholars' Forum (November 4-5, 2022, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles):

Building on the success of the Equality Law Scholars’ Forum held at UC Berkeley Law in 2017, at UC Davis Law in 2018, and at Boston University Law in 2021, and in the spirit of academic engagement and mentoring in the area of Equality Law, we (Tristin Green, University of San Francisco, visiting Loyola Los Angeles AY 2022-23; Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Boston University; and Leticia Saucedo, UC Davis) announce the Fourth Annual Equality Law Scholars’ Forum to be held in Fall 2022. 

This Scholars’ Forum seeks to provide junior scholars with commentary and critique and to provide scholars at all career stages the opportunity to engage with new scholarly currents and ideas.  We hope to bring together scholars with varied perspectives (e.g., critical race theory, class critical theory, queer theory, feminist legal theory, law and economics, law and society) across fields (e.g., criminal system, education, employment, family, health, immigration, property, tax) and with work relevant to many diverse identities (e.g., age, class, disability, national origin, race, sex, sexuality) to build bridges and to generate new ideas in the area of Equality Law.  

We will select five or six relatively junior scholars (untenured, newly tenured, or prospective professors) in the U.S. to present papers from proposals submitted in response to this Call for Proposals. In so doing, we will select papers that cover a broad range of topics within the area of Equality Law.  Leading senior scholars will provide commentary on each of the featured papers in an intimate and collegial setting.  The Forum will take place all day Friday through lunch on Saturday.  Participants are expected to attend the full Forum.  The Equality Law Scholars’ Forum will pay transportation and accommodation expenses for participants and will host a dinner on Friday evening.  

This year’s Forum will be held on November 4-5, 2022, at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Junior scholars are invited to submit abstracts of proposed papers, 3-5 pages in length, by June 10, 2022.   

Full drafts of papers must be available for circulation to participants by October 20, 2022

Note: We urge submission of proposals for drafts that will still be substantially in progress in October/November 2022 over drafts that will be in late-stage law review edits at that time.

Proposals should be submitted to: Leticia Saucedo, UC Davis School of Law, lmsaucedo@ucdavis.edu.  Electronic submissions via email are preferred.

 

-- Sachin S. Pandya

May 12, 2022 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Bodie and Garden to Minnesota

As many readers know, Minnesota Law School two great labor and employment faculty members--Steve Befort (who is still teaching on an emeritus basis) and Laura Cooper--retired over the last couple of years. The school just hired their replacements and hit home runs for both: Matt Bodie (St. Louis) and Charlotte Garden (Seattle).

Congratulations to Matt & Charlotte!!

Jeff Hirsch

April 21, 2022 in Faculty Moves | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, April 18, 2022

NYC LERA: NYC’s Worker Protection Laws and its Impact on the Workplace

SpeakersBill Herbert (Hunter College, CUNY) tells us about the upcoming NYC LERA program NYC Workplace and Labor Law Update: A Look at NYC’s Worker Protection Laws and its Impact on the Workplace, April 26, 2022, 6 – 7:30 pm ET. Here's a description:

NYC regulatory agencies are charged with administering and/or enforcing municipal workplace laws intended to protect workers across various industries. These laws apply to workers of different socio-economic groups, tackling matters such as pay equity, workplace safety and other worker rights and protection issues. Our panel will address recent enforcement initiatives and its impact on employers, employees and the workplace.

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April 18, 2022 in Conferences & Colloquia, Wage & Hour, Workplace Safety, Workplace Trends | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 11, 2022

DC LERA: Gig Economy in Europe

DcleraTequila Brooks tells us of the program Gig Economy in Europe: Examples from Sweden, Netherlands and Germany on Tuesday, April 26th, 2022, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET. Topics to be discussed include working conditions in the gig economy in Europe; policy proposals put forward by the European Commission; protection of gig workers under Swedish, Dutch, and German labor law; and employee participation in algorithmic systems in the context of work.

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April 11, 2022 in Conferences & Colloquia, International & Comparative L.E.L. | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 4, 2022

Professor Porter to Lead Malin Institute for Law and the Workplace

I write with terrific news. The Martin H. Malin Institute for Law and the Workplace has named Professor Nicole Buonocore Porter as its new director. Nicole will be joining the Chicago-Kent faculty in the fall. 
 
Nicole is a member and on the Executive Committee of the Labor Law Group. She is a nationally known expert in disability law, and her research interests focus on the employment rights of women and individuals with disabilities.
 
Congratulations to Nicole and to Chicago-Kent on a great hire!
 
-- Sandra Sperino

April 4, 2022 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 21, 2022

Shnitser: Professional Employer Organizations & Workplace Benefits

ShnisterNatalya Shnitser (Boston College) has just posted on SSRN her article "Professional" Employers and the Transformation of Workplace Benefits (39 Yale Journal on Regulation Bulletin 99 (2021)). Here's the abstract:

Workers in the United States depend on their employers for a host of benefits beyond wages and salary. From retirement benefits to health insurance, from student loan repayment to dependent-care spending plans, from disability benefits to family and medical leave, U.S. employers play a uniquely central role in the financial lives of their employees. Yet not all employers are equally willing or capable of serving as such financial intermediaries. Larger employers commonly offer more and better benefits than smaller employers. In recent years, so-called Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) have pitched themselves as a private-sector solution to the challenges traditionally faced by smaller employers. PEOs have pioneered and marketed a “co-employment” model pursuant to which a business and the PEO agree to share certain employer rights and responsibilities, with the PEO taking on all of the human resources matters and the client-employer otherwise retaining control over the business.

While PEOs respond to long-standing challenges faced by smaller employers and have the potential to increase access to workplace benefits, this Article argues that they also introduce new and significant governance concerns that are not adequately addressed by the existing regulatory framework. Empirical evidence suggests that as currently structured, PEOs may not, in fact, provide “Fortune 500” benefits to employees at smaller companies and may instead lock participating employers into costly benefit bundles and expose them to the risk of unpaid employment taxes and health insurance claims. To protect participants in arrangements where PEOs provide key workplace benefits, this Article recommends strengthening and uniformly applying registration, disclosure and oversight requirements for all non-employer intermediaries, including PEOs. In the longer term, comprehensive retirement reform is needed to account for the transformation of workplace benefits in the United States.

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March 21, 2022 in Pension and Benefits, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 17, 2022

New Ed.: Employment Law in a Nutshell

NutCongratulations to Joe Seiner (South Carolina) on the publication of the 5th edition of Employment Law in a Nutshell (with the late Robert Covington). Here's the publisher's description:

This Nutshell provides an overview of individual employee rights and responsibilities. It addresses a number of areas, including establishing and ending the employment relationship, protection of employee privacy and reputation, discrimination, regulation of wages and hours, employee physical safety, fringe benefits, and employee duties of loyalty. This edition includes a discussion of the many changes in harassment law and the impact of the #MeToo movement, a look at the recent Supreme Court case law extending employment discrimination protections to sexual orientation and transgender status, an examination of the trend toward a more virtual economy and platform-based work, and a description of the changes in how employees work, and the terms of that work, in the face of an ongoing health pandemic.

Here's what's new for the 5th edition:

The fifth edition takes on a number of transformative changes that have occurred in the last several years in the area of workplace law, including: (1) The impact of the #MeToo moment on claims of gender discrimination and harassment; (2) The changing ways employment status is considered in the face of an ongoing health pandemic; (3) The move toward a more virtual workplace and employment that relies more heavily on technology; and (4) The recent Supreme Court case law extending employment discrimination protections to sexual orientation and transgender status.

Congrats, Joe!

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March 17, 2022 in Book Club, Employment Common Law, Employment Discrimination | Permalink | Comments (1)