2022 May 16

    Global Book Launch of Democratize Work

    11:00am to 12:00pm



    We invite you to join us online at the  Democratize Work Book Launch

    Video of event (Youtube)

    Consider ordering the book here so we can continue the conversation together.

    Your participation in this special panel discussion on the book is essential and will happen alongside our featured guests. After introducing the book, we will hear from an outstanding panel, reflecting on the diversity of perspectives and actors engaged with #DemocratizingWork:... Read more about Global Book Launch of Democratize Work

    2019 May 08

    American Constitution Society: The Supreme Corp. Have Corporate and Right-Wing Interests Captured the Court?

    11:30am to 2:30pm


    Center for American Progress 1333 H Street, Northwest, Tenth Floor Washington, District of Columbia 20001

    Have the conservative justices on the Court been effectively “captured” by these corporate and right-wing interests? If so, what role has the nominations process played and what can be done to reverse this trend and ensure the Court serves only the interest of impartiality, objectivity, and the rule of law? 

    Sharon Block, LWP Executive Director, will be a panelist at this event.


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    2018 Apr 10

    What Would Frances Perkins Do?

    10:00am to 12:00pm


    Harvard Law School

    Francis Perkins Event FlyerA distinguished panel of labor experts and new economy thought leaders will discuss how the global economy, technology, and the fissured workplace are eroding the legal regime Frances Perkins designed for 20th century workplaces: minimum wages and overtime pay, the 40-hour work week, unemployment insurance, safety standards, and retirement security. And, in the bold and action-oriented tradition of Frances Perkins, panelists will explore innovative solutions to the immediate challenges facing 21st century workers. 

    Free but must register to attend.

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    2018 Apr 06

    Denying workers their rights from their first day on the job



    The Economic Policy Institute 1225 I Street NW, Sixth floor Washington, DC 20005 and Live streamed

    Join the Economic Policy Institute for an examination of the growing use of mandatory arbitration and class and collective action waivers and their impact on workers. The panel includes Sharon Block, Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School. 

    The event will be live streamed on the EPI Website

    2018 Mar 29

    The Politics of Labor in the Trump Era with Gil Cedillo

    12:30pm to 1:30pm


    L-166, IOP Conference Room, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

    You are invited to a lunch conversation with Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo to discuss the politics of labor in the Trump era. In May, 2013, Cedillo was elected to the Los Angeles Council, representing the city's first council district. He previously served in the California State Assembly and State Senate, where he authored a number of major laws, including bills strengthening workers' right to organize, the California Dream Act, and legislation to granting drivers' licenses to undocumented immigrants. Before holding elective office, Cedillo worked for the Service Employees...

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    2018 Mar 28

    Charting the Future of Labor Policy



    WCC Milstein West A, Harvard Law School

    Current affairs are full of stories of labor law in practice – professional athletes kneeling during the national anthem, or a bicyclist being fired for gesturing at the presidential motorcade.  Join us for this informal and lively discussion with HLS experts presented by HLS Joint Council.

    Panelists include: Sharon Block, Executive Director of LWP and Benjamin Sachs, Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry at Harvard Law School.

    2018 Mar 09

    MIT Sustainability Summit: Good Jobs for a Thriving Economy



    Four Seasons Hotel, Boston

    Sharon Block, Executive Director of LWP will speak at the 10th annual MIT Sustainability Summit: Good Jobs for a Thriving Economy on Friday March 9th at the Four Seasons in Boston. Learn more about how businesses and other stakeholders are working toward a new normal, reimagining standards of work, and collectively mobilizing to build a thriving economy. Speakers and panelists will explore such topics as what are the benefits and challenges of implementing a “Good Jobs Strategy”? What does it look like to pay a living wage? What are effective strategies to partner across the private and public sectors to achieve “wins” for workers? 

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    2018 Feb 26

    What Fight for $15 and ‘Alt-Labor’ Tells Us About the Past and Future of the American Middle Class

    12:05pm to 12:50pm


    WCC 2004 Classroom, Harvard Law School

    Sharon Block, former Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Labor and head of the policy office at the Department of Labor, will discuss how the decline of the labor movement in the U.S. has led to a crisis for the American middle class and offer insights into the worker organizations that may fill the economic and political void.

    Hosted by the HLS American Constitution Society

    2017 Dec 01

    Beyond Harvey Weinstein: Workplace Sexual Harassment in the U.S.

    12:00pm to 12:45pm


    WCC 1019 Classroom, Harvard Law School

    Join Harassment/Assault Law Student Team for “Beyond Harvey Weinstein: Workplace Sexual Harassment in the U.S.” This panel discussion featuring employment law academics and practitioners will focus on the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal as a lens through which to view the general issue of workplace sexual harassment in the U.S. Non-pizza lunch will be served. 

    -Sharon Block, Lecturer at Law, Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School
    -Steve Churchill, Lecturer at Law, co-founder and principal of Fair Work, P.C., former director of the Employment Civil Rights Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School
    -Michael L. Rosen, Partner, Foley Hoag, practitioner of employment law... Read more about Beyond Harvey Weinstein: Workplace Sexual Harassment in the U.S.

    2017 Oct 16

    Whose Fair Share: Opportunity and Inclusion in the Sharing Economy

    5:00pm to 7:00pm


    Wasserstein Hall, Milstein 2036 East C, Harvard Law School

    Held by Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, Harvard Law School

    This event will be the first of a series of events focusing on equity and inclusion in the sharing economy and the modern, technology-based economy more broadly. This first event will focus on barriers to participation and will include representatives from major sharing economy businesses, such as Lyft and Airbnb, as well as academics, activists and students. Sharon Block, LWP Executive Director will participate on a panel.

    Free and open to the public: [RSVP and more information]