Worker Rights in Jeopardy: A Conversation with David Weil

David Weil on WGBH’s "Greater Boston," interviewed by Jim BraudeBetween painful inflation and ongoing battles between workers and employers about who has the most leverage, the labor market is very much in flux. David Weil, former administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the Labor Department under President Barack Obama, joined Jim Braude on WGBH’s “Greater Boston” to discuss his take on the labor market, his time in the administration, and why his nomination for the same job under President Joe Biden failed to go through. WATCH.

David Weil is Dean and Professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management. He served as US Wage and Hour Administrator at the Department of Labor during the last three years of the Obama administration. He is a leading international expert on workplace and labor market policy and was the Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor of Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business before coming to Brandeis. The materials on this site arise from analysis contained in The Fissured Workplace and a growing body of research regarding the fundamental restructuring of employment and its impacts on workers and businesses. It also discusses approaches to dealing with the fissured workplace developed during the Obama administration as well as new ideas and efforts being discussed and undertaken today. 


Boston Public Radio full show: Sept. 8, 2022. Discussion included about new law in California regulating work in the fast food sector and David Weil’s Labor Department nomination. Listen (go 1 hr, 29 minutes in.) 

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