December 22, 2020

A More Perfect Union: The Future of Labor Law in a Post-COVID Economy

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the nature of work and highlighted the importance of workplace rights, including the right to a safe and healthful workplace, the right to work without fear of retaliation, the right to be free from invasive surveillance, and the right to form and join unions to collectively make demands for the benefit of all workers. The pandemic has exposed both the underenforcement of these workplace rights in recent years and the effect that the Supreme Court's rightward shift has had in narrowing the legal rights and remedies available to workers, and particularly workers of color. As we think ahead and rebuild a post-COVID economy, how must labor law change to meet the needs of today's workforce, including gig workers, and what role can federal and state officials play in guaranteeing workplace rights?

Ruben Garcia, Professor of Law; and Co-Director of the Workplace Law Program, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law (Moderator)
Nicole Berner, General Counsel, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Sharon Block, Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
ReNika Moore, Director of the ACLU's Racial Justice Program (RJP)