On Friday, March 6th, the Stetson Law Review will host a daylong symposium titled: Inequality, Opportunity, and the Law of the Workplace. The symposium will explore the relationship between growing economic inequality and the regulation of labor and employment in the United States. What are the driving forces responsible for widening income or wealth inequality? Should labor or employment laws be used to counteract income or wealth inequality? What types of inequality can or should employment laws address? Can labor or employment laws be effective in reducing inequality, given structural impediments such as globalization and the corporate form’s division of capital from labor? Panelists will also explore some underappreciated practical and legal limitations on improving the economic mobility of low wage workers, including garnishment laws and the First Amendment’s impact on unionization.
Wilma Liebman, former Chair of the National Labor Relations Board, is the keynote speaker. Featured speakers include Timothy Noah, Politico’s Labor and Employment Editor and author of The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It, and CATO Institute Senior Fellow Michael Tanner. David Cay Johnston (Syracuse), a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and the editor of Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality, will serve as the moderator for a series of panels, which will including Samuel Bagenstos (University of Michigan), Matthew Bodie (Saint Louis University), Charlotte Garden (Seattle University), Dr. Larry Mishel (President, Economic Policy Institute), Paul Sonn (General Counsel/Program Director, National Employment Law Project), Katherine Stone (UCLA), Steven Willborn (Nebraska), and Michael Zimmer (Loyola-Chicago). Written articles and essays will be published in the Stetson Law Review.
Kudos to the Law Review and my colleague Jason Bent for putting together such a stellar group. The entire symposium is available for viewing via live webcast. For registration or more information about the symposium, go here.