The Washburn Law Journal, published the Washburn University School of Law, along with Washburn's Center for Law and Government, will be hosting a symposium on Thursday, February 23, entitled Future of Labor and Employment Law: Power, Policies, and Politics. The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register at: washburnlaw.edu/futureoflaborlaw
The Symposium features guest panelists from across the nation with the keynote presentation by General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board Richard F. Griffin, Jr., and will be composed of three panels.
Panel 1, The EEOC’s Expansion of Title VII to Include Sexual Orientation Discrimination: With sexual orientation and transgender issues making daily headlines, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has determined that Title VII's sex discrimination provision goes beyond simple anatomy to include protection for gender identity and sexual orientation. This panel will discuss the rationale, implications, and judicial treatment of this interpretation.
Panel 2, Religious Freedom and Accommodation Issues Arising from Regulatory Expansions: This panel will discuss how the EEOC's expansion of Title VII and the National Labor Relations Board's actions to expand jurisdiction over religious organizations may impact the free exercise of religion and religious accommodation in the workplace. This panel will also consider the scope and limits of agency jurisdiction over religious and religiously affiliated employers.
Panel 3, The Stubborn Problem of Unpaid, Unregulated, and Illegal Labor: This panel will focus on the complications and consequences of utilizing unpaid labor with respect to interns, volunteers, and student athletes; illegal labor such as undocumented workers, forced labor, and human trafficking; and unregulated labor such as the classification of employees as independent contractors under on-demand business models. Panelists are invited to discuss the role of legislatures and administrative agencies in addressing these problems.
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