CFP: AALS Labor Relations & Employment Law Section

American Association of Law Schools AALS

The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law will host a program called “Local Laboratories of Workplace Regulation” at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting in New York City (January 6-10, 2016). The Section is seeking one addition speaker to present on a relevant topic during the Section program on January 8, 2016 from 10:30am to 12:15pm. New voices are encouraged to submit a paper abstract. Please send abstracts of 400 words or less to Section Chair Jason Bent at, by August 15, 2015.


This program will focus on local governments as sources of labor and employment regulation.  In recent years, local governments across the United States have enacted labor protections, including mandatory paid leave, a higher minimum wage, and wage theft protections.  In response, several state legislatures have passed laws designed to preempt such local regulation.  May a local government, “if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory” to try experiments in workplace regulation “without risk to the rest of the country?”  For example, local “right-to-work” laws have been adopted in a dozen Kentucky counties, with similar efforts underway in Illinois.  Are these local laws permitted by the National Labor Relations Act?  Are they good policy in any event? This program will cover these and other issues raised by the rise of local workplace regulation.

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