Is There a Right to Job Quality? Reenvisioning Workforce Development
10 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2020 Last revised: 12 Aug 2020
Date Written: July 6, 2020
The coronavirus crisis has led to the unemployment of millions of workers and exposed a labor market that is full of poor-quality jobs. Policymakers intuitively resort to upgrading worker skills as a workforce response to the pandemic; however, the problem isn’t with retraining. The nation’s workforce development system is in shambles. It lacks appropriate accountability mechanisms to ensure workers are matched to decent work and instead steers 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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