Workers, the Law and the Changing Economy

This seminar explores changes in the economy of the United States—including globalization, high levels of immigration, new ways of structuring the employment relationship, and most recently the economic downturn—and the challenges they pose to the enforcement of the major laws governing workplace standards in this country.   The course draws on academic materials, cases, statutes, and documents from practice to understand the current situation and to examine emerging models of litigation, regulatory enforcement, legislation, and labor organization that respond to these transformations and seek to re-establish a floor on wages and working conditions in the context of low-wage work today.   Students write three short papers over the course of the semester.  There is no final exam.
Credits: 2

Type: SEM