09/27/2023: Unequal Rights: The Patchwork of State and Local Labor Protections in the U.S.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

9 - 10 AM HST | 12 - 1 PM PT | 2 - 3 PM CT | 3 - 4 PM ET

Photo of Kristen Harknett, PhD

About the webinar:

Explore a new state and county policy database compiled by the Shift Project, which documents efforts made by states and local governments to expand or curtail protections for workers. Data includes policies affecting wages, schedules, paid time off, COVID-19 safety measures, and some often-overlooked aspects of worker protections such as the rights and protections of transgender and nonbinary workers and undocumented workers. This data offers insight into a changing policy landscape for workers in a polarized legal landscape, and serves as a public resource for labor and policy researchers interested in policy impacts.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the Shift Project Policy database, and discuss how can it be accessed and used

  • Summarize major contours of the workplace protection policy landscape for transgender, non-binary, and undocumented workers

  • Identify how state and local governments are making efforts to protect and/or delimit the rights of workers in the wake of COVID-19

Speaker: Kristen Harknett, PhD

Kristen Harknett, PhD, is a Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. Kristen co-directs The Shift Project, a large-scale survey and research study of low-wage workers in the service sector, which maps the connections between schedule instability and other working conditions and worker health and wellbeing. Drawing on her research, she has provided invited testimony to inform federal, state, and local policymaking around fair workweek regulations, including the Federal Schedules That Work Act, and legislation in California, Washington State, Chicago, Philadelphia, and other localities. Her research also includes examinations of access to paid sick leave in service sector workplaces, gender and racial/ethnic inequalities in working conditions, and the use of technology and surveillance in the service sector.


The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 Contact Hour. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

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If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Michelle Meyer at (510) 642-8365 or mmeyer@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.

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ABOUT The California Labor Lab

The California Labor Lab is a collaboration among investigators at UCSF, UC Berkeley, and the California Department of Public Health. The Lab is housed at the Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Our mission is to extend the pursuit of health and safety for workers in traditional employment to those in a wide range of alternative arrangements in partnership with affected communities.

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