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The Northeastern University Law Review (NULR) is collaborating with Northeastern’s Center for Public Interest, Advocacy, and Collaboration (CPIAC); Center for Health Policy and Law (CHPL); and Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC) to host this full-day event.

The pandemic has brought to the forefront and exacerbated a number of disparities in the labor force, including employment disparities. There are “essential” essential workers, who have been rewarded with higher pay, better job stability, and better benefits (e.g. doctors, nurses, and lawyers); and there are “non-essential” essential workers (e.g. grocery store clerks, janitorial staff, Uber/Lyft drivers, non-managerial restaurant staff) that are essential to the company’s success yet are not rewarded in the same way with compensation and societal standing. These “non-essential” essential workers are also largely people of color and individuals from low-income backgrounds. This panel will explore the difference between these two types of “essential” workers and what it would take for them to be justly treated in the American labor force.


The symposium is an all-day event on Friday, March 19, 2021. The panel, “Essential” to Work: Achieving a Just Workers’ Bill of Rights,” moderated by Theodore C. Landsmark is scheduled to begin at 11:30 AM EST. To register, click here

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