At stake is the right of workers to address workplace issues collectively, from wage and overtime disputes to discrimination and other unfair treatment.“Workers need to share information as well as legal costs to protect themselves effectively," said Sharon Block "It could essentially close the courthouse door on workers,” she said. “If you are a low-wage worker bringing a case by yourself, it’s hard to pay for it — and hard for the attorney to earn enough for the time and energy involved.”... Read more about Trump Justice turns against Obama's DOJ and worker rights in SCOTUS case
India and the paradoxes of global capitalism by John Trumpbour John Trumpbour, Research Director of the Labor & Worklife Program, Harvard Law School, discusses the challenges India faces in terms of 21st Century modernity and as it is poised to have the largest population in the world.
In what is a coup for Emerald Publishing, the newly launched Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership (JPEO) will be edited by Richard B. Freeman, holder of the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University, and Takao Kato, W.S. Schupf Professor of Economics and Far Eastern Studies at Colgate University.
JPEO is the first leading forum for new economics of participation, economic analysis of new participatory work practices and shared capitalism. It is the only mainstream journal for rigorous research on shared capitalism, employee ownership, profit sharing, gainsharing, and broad-based stock option.
LWP Executive Director Sharon Block addressed the 2017 Interstate Labor Standards Association in Little Rock, Arkansas on LWP’s new project on Payroll Fraud and the Underground Economy. Block previewed for ILSA members a survey that LWP fellows Terri Gerstein and Mark Erlich are developing to gain insights into new frontiers in misclassification and effective strategies for combatting it.
LWP hosted attorneys from 11 states to discuss best practices and strategies for administering worker protection statutes. Topics discussed included coordination with state labor agencies, efficient case development, methods for assessment of multi-state litigation opportunities and exploration of innovative legal theories for worker protection.
By ADAM CREIGHTON, Economics Correspondent The Australian
In the past humans have lost their jobs to improvements in technology. Professor Richard Freeman, Harvard and LWP, argues that “The main effect is not going to be on whether you have a job or not, but the quality of the jobs,”