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The Changing Nature of the Employment Relationship

Start/End Tuesday, November 20, 2012 12:10 PM EST -- 01:10 PM EST
Location Name JGH 106

The Columbia Law School National State Attorneys General Program and Social Justice Initiatives Present

The Changing Nature of the Employment Relationship

featuring

George Jepsen, Attorney General of Connecticut

and

Andrew L. Stern, Ronald O. Perelman Senior Fellow, Richman Paul Center for Business, Law and Public Policy

Sponsoring Organizations: Workers' Rights Student Coalition, Unemployment Action Center

Please join us at Columbia Law School on November 20 for a special public event, The Changing Nature of the Employment Relationship, featuring George Jepsen, Attorney General of Connecticut, and Andrew L. Stern, Ronald O. Perelman Senior Fellow at the Richman Paul Center for Business, Law and Public Policy. Mr. Stern and Attorney General Jepsen will discuss the breakdown of the traditional employer-employee relationship and the role that state regulators, employers and workers can play in resisting or influencing these changes to ensure that: workers receive the wages and benefits to which they are entitled by law, businesses compete on a level playing field, and states can establish and sustain healthy workers' compensation and unemployment insurance programs and collect tax revenue properly arising out of the employment relationship. This topic lies at the heart of the social and economic fabric of the country, affecting the state of trust, sustainability and competitiveness at every level.

George Jepsen is the 24th Attorney General to serve Connecticut since the office was established in 1897. The Attorney General is a constitutional officer, the state's chief legal officer and serves as legal counsel to all state agencies. Attorney General Jepsen is a member of the National Association of Attorneys General, where he serves as co-chairman of the Antitrust Committee. He was also a member of the executive committee and negotiating team that resulted in a $25 billion settlement with the nation's five largest banks over mortgage foreclosure abuses. It was the largest joint federal-state settlement in history. Before taking office, Jepsen was a practicing lawyer for more than 26 years, most recently at the Hartford law firm of Cowdery, Ecker and Murphy, LCC, in the areas of corporate transactions and civil and appellate litigation. Jepsen began his legal career as general counsel to Carpenters Local 210 in Norwalk.

His full bio is available at: http://www.ct.gov/ag/cwp/view.asp?a=2178&q=471206

Andrew L. Stern is the former President of the 2.2 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the largest union of health care, hospital, nursing home, homecare, janitors, security officers, child care, food service, and state workers, and the fastest-growing union in North America. Previously as a labor leader, and today in new roles, Stern is a leading voice on major issues confronting American workers, and the American economy as the United States confronts the challenges posed by the "global revolution"--the third economic revolution in world history. Stern was a Presidential appointee to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Simpson-Bowles), and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations U.S. Trade and Investment Policy Task Force.

His full bio is available at: http://www7.gsb.columbia.edu/richman/node/29