Is There a Right to Job Quality? Reenvisioning Workforce Development
California Law Review Online, Forthcoming
10 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2020 Last revised: 21 Jul 2020
Date Written: July 6, 2020
From front-line work to the millions of workers newly unemployed, the coronavirus crisis has, in short order, exposed a labor market of poor quality jobs. Policymakers intuitively resort to upgrading worker skills as a workforce response to the pandemic. But the problem isn’t with retraining. The nation’s workforce development system has been in shambles. It lacks accounting mechanisms to ensure workers are matched to decent work, instead steering training for any in-demand job including those that offer low pay and poor working conditions. Enabling the changes needed requires a new legal regime that establishes a right to training for a quality job.
Keywords: employment law, employee benefits, labor law, personnel economics, economic perspectives, workforce development, training, legal theory
JEL Classification: J00, J2, J3, J4, J5, J6, M5
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