May 8, 2018

Event Poster (English)

Participants:

Lecture:

Professor Brishen Rogers, Temple University Beasley School of Law

 

Panel:

Prof. Guy Mundlak, Tel Aviv University

 

Hanny Ben-Israel, Refugee and Migrants Rights Clinic, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and TraffLab Research Fellow

 

Dr. Assaf Bondy, Postdoctoral Fellow - Hebrew University and TraffLab Research Fellow

Summary

 

Labor sectors prone to human trafficking are often characterized either by their exclusion from protective employment legislation or by severe problems of enforcement of labor and employment law. In recent weeks the question whether labor and employment laws – and specifically the minimum wage – should apply to migrant workers, was raised among Israeli policy makers. In this event we will explore the possible implications of such an exclusion, and the issue of universal vs. selective application of labor and employment rights, with a focus on minimum wage laws. 
In his talk Rogers will contend with the common view in legal academic debate that minimum wage laws are not just because they increase unemployment and cause other inefficiencies. Accepting for the sake of argument that minimum wage laws have such economic effects, Rogers will, nevertheless, defend them on grounds of justice. He will argue that a just state will not just redistribute resources, but will also enable citizens to relate to one another as equals. The roundtable panel will reflect on Rogers argument and discuss issues of the application, enforcement and distributive effects of minimum wage and other protective employment legislation in Israel.

THE PROJECT

TraffLab is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. 
Grant agreement No 756672. 

Principal Investigator: Hila Shamir
Host Institution: Tel Aviv University, Israel
Duration: 5 years
Start date: April 1st, 2018

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