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Labor and Employment Law

2016

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Protecting The Compromised Worker: A Challenge For Employment Discrimination Law, Peter Siegelman Jan 2016

Protecting The Compromised Worker: A Challenge For Employment Discrimination Law, Peter Siegelman

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Only the very best workers are completely satisfactory, and they are not likely to be discriminated against-the cost of discrimination is too great. The law tries to protect average and even below average workers against being treated more harshly than would be the case if they were of a different race, sex, religion, or national origin, but it has difficulty achieving this goal because it is so easy to concoct a plausible reason for not hiring, or firing, or failing to promote, or denying a pay raise to, a worker who is not superlative.


Pension De-Risking, Brendan Maher Jan 2016

Pension De-Risking, Brendan Maher

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The United States is facing a retirement crisis, in significant part because defined benefit pension plans have been replaced by defined contribution retirement plans that, whatever their theoretical merit, have left significant numbers of workers unprepared for retirement. A troubling example of the continuing movement away from defined benefit plans is a new phenomenon euphemistically called “pension de-risking.” Recent years have been marked by high-profile companies engaging in various actions designed to reduce the company’s exposure to pension funding risk (hence the term “pension de-risking”). Some de-risking strategies convert a federally-guaranteed pension into a more risky private annuity. Other ...


Serving In The Master’S House: Legal Protection For In-Home Care Workers In The United States, Michael Fischl Jan 2016

Serving In The Master’S House: Legal Protection For In-Home Care Workers In The United States, Michael Fischl

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This essay will focus on the developing forms of legal protection available in the United States to those whose principal place of work is another person’s home and who are paid to do what is broadly referred to as “care work.” The particular services vary widely – from housecleaning, to child care, to companionship and routine health care management for the elderly and the infirm – but the labor market demographics do not: This is low-wage/no-benefit work performed almost exclusively by women and primarily by women of color and of extra-national origin