Center for Law and Work (CLAW)

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Berkeley Law is launching the Center for Law and Work (CLAW) at an unprecedented moment for creative policy solutions to pressing issues around work as unemployment soars, businesses fail, and governments struggle to respond to the COVID pandemic.

CLAW positions Berkeley Law faculty and students to be thought leaders in the reforms to the law of the workplace that the current crisis and longstanding structural changes require. CLAW advances this goal by integrating faculty and student research from the Law School with research from other campus faculty and organizations, including the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE).  In addition, CLAW will support the professional and scholarly development of JD, PhD, LLM, and JSD students with work law related interests.  

CLAW is led by three Berkeley Law faculty members who are also Berkeley law alumni, Professors Catherine Fisk, Catherine Albiston, and Lauren Edelman

CLAW Panel Event - The Future of Universal Family and Medical Leave

Cosponsored with the Center for the Study of Law and Societyand the NYU Law Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm |  See a recording of the event here.

The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without a minimum standard of paid family or medical leave, even though universal paid leave enjoys strong public support. But Congress is currently considering legislation to create a national paid family leave policy in the United States as part of Biden’s Build Back Better bill.  What is at stake for working families and employers?  What are the larger policy implications of paid family leave for economic recovery, inequality, and the welfare of families?  Come hear an expert panel talk about what universal paid family leave will mean for American working families.

More information here

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