256.7 sec. 001 - Good Jobs, Bad Jobs, and the Law (Spring 2018)
Instructor: Catherine Fisk (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Course End: April 05, 2018
Class Number (1Ls): 40926
Class Number: 40926
Enroll Limit: 22
As of: 07/03 08:08 AM
What role does law play in constituting some jobs as good and others as bad, in terms of pay, hours, respect, and autonomy? How do subcontracting, franchising, and supply chain management enable employers to shift risk to employees? Why do companies pursue these strategies? What are unions, worker centers, and other groups doing to combat the harms of flexibilization in both low-and moderately-paid work, including app-based ride-hailing, trucking and logistics, retail sales, hotel and restaurant work, and videogame writing? We will read excerpts of books and articles on the sociology of work in these sectors, along with some cases and other legal documents, and will take an introductory look at the legal strategies that might address some of the labor problems.
Assessment: Short reflection papers for 6 of the 7 class meetings (Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Feb 1, Feb. 15, Mar. 1, Mar. 15, and Apr. 5). Class attendance and participation required. No final exam.
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