The Sixteenth Annual Symposium of the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy was on The Changing Nature of Work and the Economics of Employment in the 21st Century.
As the digital economy redefines traditional notions of the employer/employee relationship, and policymakers develop new methods of managing the labor landscape, businesses, workers, regulators, and courts are facing myriad challenges related to the changing nature of work. It is imperative that hiring, management, legal, and oversight decisions are approached with a foundational understanding of the underlying economic principles that motivate all parties in the incredibly complex labor and employment markets.
The Symposium also featured a series of paper presentations and discussions on emerging issues in the digital economy and challenges within employment law, as well as a keynote address by Ardine Williams, Vice President of Workforce Development at Amazon, who will lead the company’s hiring of an estimated 25,000 new employees to staff it’s HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia. Ms. Williams provided some insights into Amazon’s vision for the future of employment in the digital economy.