The JRRGC Spring Symposium will focus on the disparate effects of COVID-19 on low-wage workers and minority-owned small businesses, and consider how the pandemic will shape future employment law and policy.

The Symposium will consist of two panel discussions with renowned legal scholars and advocates. Information on the general topics, speakers, and registration links are below:

Wednesday, February 23, 5:00 – 6:30pm: Evaluating the Disparate Effects of COVID-19 on Low-Wage Workers & Minority-Owned Small Businesses

Day 1 Registration Link: Panelists will include: Doctor Devon Payne-Sturges, Nzingha Hooker, Professor Praveen Kosuri, and Professor Lynnise Pantin.

Thursday, February 24, 5:00 – 6:30pm: Reimagining the Future of Employment Law and Policy in a Post-Pandemic Society

Day 2 Registration Link: Panelists will include: Professor Llezlie Green, Nzingha Hooker, Christopher Dews, and Doctor Thad Williamson.

The panel on the 23rd will examine how the pandemic has impacted the health, safety, and earnings of low-wage workers and small businesses. The panel on the 24th will discuss what employment laws and policies are currently in place; how effective these were in protecting workers during the pandemic; and, if ineffective, what can be done to make law and policy better going forward. Embedded within this Symposium will be a discussion of the role socioeconomic status, race, and gender play in employment law and policy. Each panel will be followed by a Q&A session. We hope to see you at one or both panels!

Please Note – Recordings of all presentations will be made available after the final presentation. Check back later for that information.

Browse the contents of Looking Back, Thinking Forward: A Discussion of COVID-19’s Impact on the Rights and Protections of Workers and Small Business Owners: