Saturday, August 21, 2021

2021 Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law (COSELL)

Below is helpful info about the ever-popular COSELL this fall from Jennifer Shinall. Bottom line is that an in-person option is up in the air, but at a minimum, we'll have a remote option, whether exclusively remote or hybrid. So get in those submissions. Also, much thanks goes to Jennifer for taking on the never-ending hosting duties!

Jeff Hirsch

I am writing to provide an update on the format of the 2021 Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law (COSELL), which will be hosted this year by Vanderbilt Law School on October 15-16, 2021.As I'm sure you are aware, the COVID-19 situation has changed rather dramatically since Vanderbilt committed to hosting the event in-person back in June. Vanderbilt has returned to a mask mandate, even for vaccinated individuals. Our campus regulations regarding in-person gatherings are becoming stricter each week, as the local public health situation here continues to decline.

All that being said, here is where we currently stand: at this time, Vanderbilt University will still technically permit us to host COSELL in-person. The university, of course, could change its mind at any moment. An additional complication is that the university finance department is currently prohibiting us from signing any vendor contracts, out of concern that the university will still be on the hook financially even if the conference will not be able to go forward in-person. That complication prohibits us from booking a conference dinner venue, hiring a caterer, and reserving hotel blocks at this time.

Despite the present uncertainty regarding conference format (virtual or in-person), we are moving forward with the paper submission process since October is only two months away. As in years past, if you would like to present at COSELL, we ask that you submit an extended abstract or a paper (early-stage works and works-in-progress are highly encouraged!). The paper submission site is now live, available here:
As part of the paper/abstract submission process, we are polling everyone regarding their preference for attending the conference in-person. We would like to gauge the level of interest in trying to salvage an in-person event if the public health situation improves. Although many of you expressed interest in an in-person conference earlier this summer, we realize that preferences may have changed, given the reinstatement of travel bans at some universities, as well as the rise in COVID vaccine breakthrough cases. Expressing a preference for virtual attendance will have no effect on paper selection for COSELL; we simply want to take everyone's temperature on traveling to an in-person event.
The abstract/paper submission deadline for COSELL 2021 is Monday, September 13. Again, the link to submit your abstract/paper is here.
In sum--worst case scenario, COSELL will be held virtually (as it was last year) on October 15-16, 2021. Best case scenario, COSELL will be held in a hybrid in-person/zoom format at Vanderbilt. Still, even best case scenario will require a great deal of flexibility from participants who wish to attend in-person since we will be unable to reserve hotel blocks or announce a schedule until the last minute. (For those of you who want to go ahead and reserve a hotel room around campus just in case in-person happens, the Aertson, the Loews, the Graduate, and the Hutton are all good options, but please make sure the room can be cancelled in the event we move to an all virtual conference!).
Once again, please submit your abstracts/papers for COSELL 2021 by Monday, September 13. The results of the submission poll on in-person attendance will allow us to make a final decision regarding conference format by mid-September (at the very latest).
Thank you all for being patient and flexible. I look forward to seeing you all--virtually, at the very least--on October 15-16, 2021.

August 21, 2021 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Forum: Labor Rights of Non-Standard and Excluded Workers

Dc leraTequila Brooks sends word that DC LERA will be hosting its first annual Labor Law Forum on June 16, 2021 11:00 a.m. Eastern. The forum features Mark Gaston Pearce of the Georgetown Law School Workers’ Rights Institute, Tonia Novitz of the University of Bristol Centre for Law at Work (UK), and Matt Ginsburg of the AFL-CIO for a discussion of legal issues affecting non-standard and gig economy workers under U.S. and English law, recent union organizing campaigns in the U.S. platform economy, and using university procurement to improve workplace safety and equity. The Forum is free but registration is required.


June 1, 2021 in Conferences & Colloquia, Workplace Trends | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 13, 2021

DC LERA Webinar: Worker Cooperatives in Spain

Dc leraTequila Brooks writes to tell us about another great DC LERA webinar: Worker Cooperatives in Spain. It will be Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 11AM - 12 pm Eastern Time. The webinar will be in the form of a conversation between Oskar Goitia, Chairman of the Mondragon Corporation, and Lucia Ortiz Sanz of the Embassy of Spain to the United States, about worker cooperatives in Spain and around the world. It's free; register here.


May 13, 2021 in Conferences & Colloquia, International & Comparative L.E.L. | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, April 9, 2021

DC LERA: Collaboration between Immigrant Worker Centers and Unions

Dc leraThanks once again to Tequila Brooks for sending word of DC LERA's program Labor’s New Kids on the Block: Collaboration between Immigrant Worker Centers and Unions. It will be online, April 21, 2021, 11:00-noon. Here's a brief description:

Join DC LERA for a conversation between Dr. Ben Kreider, Policy Consultant, and Discussant Carlos Jimenez of the AFL-CIO about immigrant worker centers, new forms of organizing, and collaboration between immigrant worker centers and unions. Dr. Kreider will be presenting his dissertation research on the subject.


April 9, 2021 in Beltway Developments, Conferences & Colloquia, Union News, Wage & Hour | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 15, 2021

NYC LERA: Just Cause Discipline for Fast Food Workers in NYC

Bill Herbert writes about the upcoming virtual NYC LERA event "Just Cause Discipline for Fast Food Workers in NYC." It will be from 6:00-7:30 on March 23 and you can find the registration and other info here. The description and panel of speakers look great (and CLE credits are available depsite there being no charge--although please consider becomeing a member):

The New York City Council recently passed a bill (Int. 1415-A) that limits when a fast food employer can discharge a fast food worker, only permitting terminations for “just cause” or a  “bona fide economic reason.” The new law takes effect on July 4, 2021. It adds new sections to the previously passed Fair Workweek Law (the FWW), utilizing and building upon the enforcement mechanisms provided to New York City’s Department of Workplace and Consumer Protection (DCWP). The new law allows discharged fast food workers to take their case to arbitration or to bring a lawsuit. What do workers, unions, and employers need to know?


Brad Lander, New York City Councilmember, who represents the 39th District in Brooklyn and serves as City Council Deputy Leader for Policy
Paul Sonn, State Policy Program Director, National Employment Law Project
Lisa M. Griffith, Partner, Littler Mendelson, P.C.


William A. Herbert, Distinguished Lecturer, Hunter College and LERA NYC Chapter Secretary


Jeff Hirsch

March 15, 2021 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 11, 2021

DC LERA: Bargaining Rights in the Public Sector

Dcl Many thanks to Tequila Brooks for sending us word of the DC LERA program on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. noon EST, It’s 2021 – Way Past Time for Collective Bargaining Rights in the Public Sector. The speaker is Elissa McBride, Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME, who will discuss The Public Sector Freedom to Negotiate Act, Legislative priorities for public service workers, and AFSCME campaigns in the DC metro area. It's free; register here. rb

March 11, 2021 in Conferences & Colloquia, Labor Law | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 4, 2021

Webinar: International Trade and Labour Law: the USMCA

LogoThanks to Vincenzo Pietrogiovanni (Lund University - Aarhus University) for alerting us to the webinar "International Trade and Labour Law: the USMCA", organised by the Labour Law Community - LLC together with the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law - ISLSSL, which will be held on Zoom on Thursday 14 January 2021 h 6.00 pm CET. To participate, follow this link starting at the time of the webinar. Here's a description:

The USMCA, an agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada that has replaced the NAFTA and the side agreement on labour (NAALC), represents an important advance on the path of the virtuous link between regulation of international trade and promotion of social rights. The new agreement, in fact, contains chapter no. 23 entirely dedicated to work: here the Parties go beyond the generic list of "principles" contained in the previous NAALC and expressly refer to the principles and conventions of the ILO, thus aiming for regulatory harmonisation between States through international labour law.

The opportunity to deepen the knowledge of this important Treaty with Janice Bellace and Lance Compa, distinguished scholars of labour law, appointed by the US government as members of the panel that has the task of sanctioning the non-compliant parties, is also a chance to reflect on the European economic and social model, as well as on the resumption of international trade relations in the Biden era, with the aim of relaunching the instrument of the social clause at a macro-regional but also at global multilateral level.


January 4, 2021 in Conferences & Colloquia, International & Comparative L.E.L., Labor Law | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 21, 2020

EREPJ Call for Papers!

Great call for papers opportunity with EREJP!  From Michael Green...

CALL FOR PROPOSED PAPERS: Final papers due February 1, 2021, Employee Rights & Employment Policy Journal, Annual Symposium: “What Matters for Black Workers after 2020?” As we approach the end of a tumultuous year for all of us and, in particular for black workers, we are seeking papers for publication in Issue 1, Volume 25 of the Employee Rights & Employment Policy Journal on the topic of “What Matters for Black Workers after 2020?”

In 2020, we saw the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others that led to national and international protests in support of Black Lives Matter (BLM). Unions and many black workers joined in further BLM solidarity during the Strike for Black Lives Matter held on July 20, 2020. Black athletes have engaged in several prominent acts supporting BLM, including kneeling by Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players, the longstanding activism efforts by members of the WNBA, and the NBA wildcat strike in response to the Jacob Blake shooting. Likewise, COVID-19 disproportionately affected black individuals, many of whom were considered essential workers, in substantial and different ways than other groups.

Divisive political actions created many hostilities for black workers in 2020, including the issuance of an executive order banning discussions of implicit bias and critical race theory in training programs of federal contractors as well as the increasing prevalence of white supremacist and militias groups who openly carried weapons threatening many black protesters and poll workers. Unfortunately, 2020 resulted also in the loss of many black civil rights leaders including John Lewis, Elijah Cummings, C.T. Vivian, and Joseph Lowery. After the 2020 election, there remains considerable uncertainty about legislative, executive, and judicial actions in response to the political appointments and agendas of the last four years that may create significant benefits or burdens for black workers. Black persons also continue to have lower salaries and levels of employment with greater opportunities to be arrested or imprisoned.

With these topics and any others that may affect black workers in mind, we ask all the phenomenal, experienced, developing, and budding scholars who have an intellectual interest in matters that affect black workers as we end 2020 to consider this call for proposals to submit a paper. If you are working on or contemplating writing about the above issues or any other key issues that black workers will have to face after 2020, please consider submitting your work for publication. We would like to have initial proposals by December 11, 2020 and final drafts, by Monday, February 1, 2021. This Symposium on “What Matters for Black Workers after 2020?” is sponsored by The Labor Law Group, a non-profit trust of labor and employment scholars who collaborate on various educational projects. Labor Law Group member Michael Green (Texas A&M) will serve as Symposium editor working with journal co-editors and Labor Law Group members, Martin Malin (Chicago Kent) and Noah Zatz (UCLA).

Submission Format and Instructions. We know this is a short window. But to know what the prospects for consideration are, we ask you by Friday, December 11, 2020 to please submit a Microsoft Word document as an abstract, précis, and/or introduction of the article that is developed enough to allow the editors to evaluate the thesis and proposed execution of the project as a proposal to Michael Z. Green, at and Andrea Hudson at Selected authors of proposals will be notified by December 21, 2020, if not sooner, of the interest in potential publication. Completed papers will be expected by the Monday, February 1, 2021 deadline. Any inquiries about the Call for Papers should be submitted to Michael Z. Green at

Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal is a faculty-edited, peer-reviewed journal co- published by The Labor Law Group and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Institute for Law and the Workplace. Authors uniformly praise the Journal’s editing process. The Journal has a student staff who provide cite checking and Bluebooking, but their work is reviewed by the faculty editors, and authors do not deal directly with students.

November 21, 2020 in Conferences & Colloquia, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 28, 2020

LERA Call for Proposals




Who: Wilma Liebman, LERA Program Committee Chair
What: Theme is "A Transformational Moment? Work, Worker Power and the Workplace in an Era of Division and Disruption"
When: Conference June 3-6, 2021. Deadline 11/15/2020 for session/paper/poster proposals.
Where: Online
How: Submit your session/paper/poster proposals here.


September 28, 2020 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 21, 2020

ETUI Virtual Conference: Rethinking Labour Law in the Digitalisation Era

Etuihe European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), the European Lawyers Network for Workers (ELW) Network, and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), with the support of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights ELDH, are presenting the conference Rethinking Labour Law in the Digitalisation Era on 15 and 16 October 2020. The conference will be livestreamed from the International Trade Union House (Brussels). Here's a brief description:

COVID-19 has aggressively turned our lives upside down. It is too early to tell how deeply the pandemic is changing our society, but one thing appears clear: technology will play an ever more pervasive and essential role in our working and private lives.
The programme brings together experts from different backgrounds (research, legal practice, trade unions and policymaking) to discuss possible avenues for a future where technological innovation and workers' rights can truly progress hand in hand.

Register here; here's more information.


September 21, 2020 in Conferences & Colloquia, International & Comparative L.E.L. | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, July 24, 2020

COSELL 2020 - Last Chance to Register

Cosell 2020Ariana Levinson (Louisville) writes to remind us:

The 15th Annual Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law will be held virtually Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10. The registration deadline is Friday, July 31. Once we know the number of people participating we will be able to determine which platform or platforms will best permit us to have the number of “rooms” we need for presentations. At that point we will update the web page. In addition to the usual workshopping of papers, we have the following planned, and apologize our web page does not yet reflect this.

  • A Friday lunch panel about human trafficking with those in Louisville working to combat the problem.
  • A Friday evening reception with different Kentucky themed rooms that you can “stroll” through and mingle with others.
  • A Thursday evening kick-off with a video series where professors share a teaching tip using a clip from American Factory

For the Thursday night video series, you can sign up to participate whether or not you are joining the rest of the conference. Use the registration selection for the American Factory screening. You simply come up with a clip that you would play to your class to illustrate a concept or for students to engage with to answer questions, or really any way you would suggest to another teacher to use the clip. We hope to have a couple of professors who teach different classes, Employment Law, Labor Law, Employment Discrimination, and others, each provide a video clip showing or explaining what portion of the video you would use and how. We will put the videos on YouTube as part of a COSELL project so that teachers could use them. The film directors, Julia and Steve, intended the movie to be used as a teaching tool. Anyone who has Netflix has the educational license to show the entire film or parts to their class. I hope many of you will volunteer!

Register for the conference here.


July 24, 2020 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 25, 2020

Webinar: Global Governance & Worker Protection During the Pandemic

LeraDesiree LeClercq (formerly Director for Labor Affairs at the Office of the United States Trade Representative; currently en route to Ithaca NY to teach at the Cornell ILR School) writes to tell us:

LERA has been hosting a series of webinars free to members and non-members that examine various labor elements of the COVID pandemic. This Thursday, May 28, from 10-11am, I will be moderating a panel on ""Global Governance During Pandemic: Implications of Force Majeure and National Emergency for Worker Rights Protections." Panelists will include representatives from the ILO, the World Bank, the World Maritime University, Solidarity Center, and Sustainable Enterprises. In case of interest, the link to register and receive the Zoom link may be accessed at:

This looks like a terrific program!


May 25, 2020 in Conferences & Colloquia, International & Comparative L.E.L., Labor and Employment News, Workplace Safety, Workplace Trends | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

15th Annual COSELL!

It's official ... the COSELL web page is now live. The conference is being hosted at (hopefully, literally "at") Louisville, and Arianna Levinson writes:

Please register for the 15th Annual COSELL to be held at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Thursday- Saturday, October 8-10, 2020, at this event page  We look forward to seeing everyone in October!

This is by far my favorite academic conference (I've only missed one year) because it has a lot of interesting papers, at various stages, with incredibly helpful and supportive comments from all of my favorite labor and employment scholars. It's also a great place for more junior scholars to not only get feedback on their work, but meet others in the field. So if you've never been, now is the time to correct that mistake.

Jeff Hirsch

April 14, 2020 in Conferences & Colloquia, Labor and Employment News | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, November 8, 2019

ILO Conference on the Future of Global Labor Rights

IloThanks to Tequila Brooks for sending information about Continuing the Struggle: The ILO Centenary and the Future of Global Worker Rights. The conference will be November 21-22, 2019, at Georgetown University.


November 8, 2019 in Conferences & Colloquia, International & Comparative L.E.L. | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Symposium: International Trade, Worker Rights, and Development

Wash collThanks to Tequila Brooks for forwarding an announcement from Desiree (LeClercq) Ganz about this upcoming symposium at American University - Washington College of Law. The symposium, on International Trade, Development, and Worker Rights, will be on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, and will include as speakers high-level officials from the ILO, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, among others. Here's the symposium brochure.


October 22, 2019 in Conferences & Colloquia, International & Comparative L.E.L. | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 21, 2019

CkCésar Rosado writes to tell us about an upcoming symposium at Chicago-Kent on Thursday, November 14, 2019: Alt-Labor Law: The State of the Law of the New Labor Movement. Here's a schedule of the symposium; here's a description:

This proposed symposium will bring together a group of highly accomplished scholars who have been writing about nontraditional labor organizing and other ways to break and redistribute economic power to describe the current state of the law pertaining to “alt-labor,” or what the volume will refer to as “alt-labor law.” Parts of alt-labor law lie within traditional labor and employment law, but a lot of it does not. Alt-labor law includes first amendment protections used by non-employee labor unions and worker centers, laws regulating non-for-profit associations, state laws dealing with industry wide-minimum wage setting and voluntary dues deduction, and anti-trust laws that impinge on the rights of independent contractor unions, among others.

This proposed volume of the Chicago-Kent Law Review volume will serve as a research tool for academics, policy makers, and legal practitioners. They will have, in one place, the state of the law of this fledgling legal field. The live discussion at Chicago-Kent will help these scholars learn about the disparate and discreet pieces of the law of alt-labor to enrich the final drafts of their articles. It will also attract a public interested in alt-labor, not least in Chicago, home of many very active alt-labor groups.


October 21, 2019 in Conferences & Colloquia, Labor Law, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Casting All Shreds of Modesty Aside...

Some readers might be interested in a symposium the Seton Hall Law Review is sponsoring about my work. Scheduled for November 1, it really has a star-studded collection of scholars discussing various aspects of the topics I've written on for lo these many years. In short, there's something for almost everyone in the employment law universe and all are welcome.

And, no, this doesn't mean I'm retiring either from scholarship or Seton Hall! 

A Symposium in Honor of the Work of Charles A. Sullivan

November 1, 2019

8:15 am:                       Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 am:               Welcome

Daniel F. Carola, Symposium Editor, Seton Hall Law Review, Seton Hall University School of Law

Kathleen M. Boozang, Dean and Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

9:15-9:30 am:               Overview

Timothy P. Glynn, Seton Hall University School of Law

 9:30-11:00 am:            Panel One: Faithless Servants, Employment Contracts, and the Sullivan Perspective

Rachel S. Arnow-Richman, University of Denver Sturm School of Law, Faithless Servants, Neglected Children:  Revisiting Sullivan’s Work on Employee Competition with a 2020 Vision

Matthew T. Bodie, St. Louis University School of Law, Taking Employment Contracts Seriously

Samuel Estreicher, New York University School of Law, Duty of Loyalty, Faithless Servants, and the Restatement of Employment Law

11:00-11:15 am:           Break

11:15-12:45 pm:           Panel Two: Antidiscrimination Insights: Causation, the Cat’s Paw, and Age Discrimination

William R. Corbett, Louisiana State University Law Center, Explorations with Charlie Sullivan: Theorizing a Larger Universe of Employment Discrimination Law

Sandra F. Sperino, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Charlie Sullivan Kills the Cat's Paw

Rebecca Hanner White, University of Georgia School of Law, Aging on Air

12:45-1:45 pm:             Lunch

1:45 – 3:15 pm:            Panel Three:  Social Change and Workplace Law

Michael Z. Green, Texas A&M University School of Law, Mediating Mental Illness as a Workplace Accommodation

Ann C. McGinley, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, MeToo Backlash or Common Sense?: It’s Complicated

Sachin S. Pandya, University of Connecticut School of Law, On Evidence of Social Networks in Employment Law:  Conjectures From Charlie Sullivan’s Shoulders

3:15-3:30 pm:               Break

3:30-5:00 pm:               Panel Four: Disparate Impact and the Future of Workplace Justice

Tristin K. Green, University of San Francisco School of Law, The Juxtaposition Turn: Watson v. Fort Worth Bank

Michael Selmi, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Bending Towards Workplace Justice

Steven L. Willborn, Nebraska College of Law, Two Takes on Charlie’s Disparate Impact

5:00 pm:                      Closing Remarks

Tatiana S. Laing, Editor-in-Chief, Seton Hall Law Review, Seton Hall University School of Law



October 12, 2019 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Participate in SEALS Labor & Employment Law Panels

The Southeastern Association of Law Schools is now accepting panel proposals for its 2020 conference. For anyone who typically goes to SEALS, you know that there are typically several labor and employment law panels, in large part thanks to the work of Michael Green. Iif you're planning on attending this summer or are just thinking about it (and if you are, you should go--email me and I can tell you why), I'm writing to encourage you to let me know if you're interested in participating in panels or--even better--putting together one. The process is very easy and discussion groups leave a lot of room for flexibility on both topics and participants.

So, email me at if you have any interest--no need to commit fully yet. And while I look forward to hearing from people who come regularly, I'd also love to hear from newcomers, especially more junior academics.

Jeff Hirsch

October 10, 2019 in Conferences & Colloquia, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 9, 2019

Cornell ILR's Conference on Labor and the U.S. Constitution

Cornell ILR Professor James Gross has organized a conference on the Labor and the U.S. Constitution for September 26-28, 2019 in New York City.  Conference presenters include Charlotte Garden, Cindy Estland, Catherine Fisk, Sophia Lee, Maria Ontiveris, Ruben Garcia, Jim Pope, Jim Brudney and many others.
Check out this link for a full list of the great presenters and registration information.
Jeff Hirsch


September 9, 2019 in Conferences & Colloquia, Labor and Employment News | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, September 6, 2019

CFP Biagi Conference

BiagiSusan Bisom-Rapp reminds us that the deadline for submitting a proposal to this year's Biagi Conference is Monday. Here's an excerpt from the call for papers:

[T]he call for papers of the 18th International Conference in commemoration of Prof Marco Biagi has been opened. The conference will take place in Modena (Italy) on 19 and 20 March 2020, and will be entitled "Beyond Employment: Protecting Autonomous Work".

The Scientific Committee welcomes the submission of proposals for papers or panels by the members of the international scholarly community.The proposals should be submitted by 9 September 2019 by email to the address: More details on the call and the conference are available here.


September 6, 2019 in Conferences & Colloquia | Permalink | Comments (0)