AGEP Workshop on the on Labor Markets and Employment Law

As the digital economy redefines traditional notions of the employer/employee relationship, and policy makers develop new methods of managing the labor landscape, regulators and enforcement officials are facing a myriad of challenges to vigilant and responsible oversight. It’s imperative that enforcement 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 AGEP Workshop on the Economics of Labor Markets and Employment Law is designed to give AG staff attorneys greater insights into the fundamental economic principles at play in this essential market, and to offer participants tools they can apply when analyzing complex issues in labor and employment contexts.

Event Details

  • Date:
  • Venue: George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Division: The Attorneys General Education Program

Wednesday, November 6
4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Welcoming Remarks and Program Introduction
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Class 1: Overview of Economics of Labor Markets and Employment
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception

Thursday, November 7
8:00 – 9:15 am Class 2: Compensation and Minimum Wage
9:30 – 10:45 am Class 3: The Fair Labor Standards Act and the Contractor v. Employee Distinction
11:00 – 12:15 am Class 4: Unionization, Right to Work, Non-compete clauses, and other Barriers to Entry
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:45 pm Class 5: Discrimination and Harassment
3:00 – 4:15 pm Class 6: Risk and On-the-Job Health
6:00 – 7:30 pm Dinner

Friday, November 8, 2019
9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 – 10:15 am Panel 1: Work and the Gig Economy: Employment v. Contract Work
10:30– 11:45 am Panel 2: Occupational Licensing and Barriers to Entry
12:00 – 1:30 pm Luncheon Keynote Address: The Once and Future Worker, Founders Hall Multipurpose Room
1:45 – 3:00 pm Panel 3: Unionization and the Right to Work
3:15 – 4:45 pm Panel 4: Work in the Shadow Economy (immigration, day laborers, other off books employment)
4:45 – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks
5:00 – 6:00 pm Reception

Tentative agenda, subject to change.

Questions? Contact our Program Assistant, Andrew McCarthy at