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Jun 16, 2020

Press Briefing: Understanding Your Rights: Tips for Businesses and Workers Navigating the Economic Re-start


Press Contact:
MacKenzie Babb
Kenan Institute External Affairs Director

Chapel Hill, N.C. (June 15, 2020) — A panel of experts convened by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and its affiliated Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise will be offering a press briefing via webinar on the challenges and options available to both employees and employers as more and more states re-open for business. Join tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16, at 11 a.m. EDT to hear from the following experts:

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law Professor Jeffrey Hirsch will de-mystify the complex and confusing web of labor and employment issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, including employers’ options if employees refuse to return to work, workers’ rights to protest unsafe working conditions, privacy issues surrounding workplace health monitoring and data collection, and new federal pandemic benefits.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor Paige Ouimet will discuss partial unemployment insurance – a feature some states, including North Carolina, have authorized allowing workers to receive pro-rated unemployment benefits if working partial hours—and how the flexibility of this program may help both eligible firms and workers.

UNC-Chapel Hill Sociology Professor Alexandrea Ravenelle will share key findings from her in-depth interviews with more than 150 gig and precarious workers conducted amid New York City’s stay-at-home period, focusing on how their experiences and exposure to risk could foretell what’s to come for the broader workforce.

Each speaker will provide a brief overview from his or her respective area of expertise, citing applicable emerging research and data, before the floor is opened for questions from the press. For a link to participate, email MacKenzie Babb.


About the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise develops and promotes innovative, market-based solutions to vital economic issues. With the belief that private enterprise is the cornerstone of a prosperous and free society, the institute fosters the entrepreneurial spirit to stimulate economic prosperity and improve the lives of people in North Carolina, across the country and around the world. Learn more at kenaninstitute.unc.edu.

Interested members of the press may contact Kenan Institute External Affairs Director MacKenzie Babb to register.

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