March 30, 2020
Immunizing the Labor Market? Protecting American Workers During a Pandemic
As COVID-19 spreads throughout the country, more than a million workers are expected to lose their jobs by the end of March. Those who remain employed face other obstacles, especially healthcare workers, who may lack protective gear, and minimum wage workers without paid sick and family leave. As federal and state governments mobilize to combat COVID-19 and shore up the economy, what can they do to protect American workers? How can gaps in our social safety net be addressed in the short and the long-term? And what role should industry play in cooperation with government to make sure that workers are central to whatever solutions are adopted?
Welcome by Russ Feingold, President, ACS
Charlotte Garden, Co-Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law
Satoshi Yanai, Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the Worker Rights and Fair Labor Bureau, Office of the California Attorney General
Debra Perlin, Director, ACS Policy and Programs, Moderator