The Regulation of Care Work: Past Pitfalls, Present Trends, and Future Promises
SEP 18, 2014
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
As the population continues to age rapidly, the social and economic costs of elder care have skyrocketed and governments are struggling to ensure adequate care while at the same time containing the cost of care. Although family members provide the majority of elder care on an informal, unpaid basis, the last decade has seen a dramatic growth in the use of paid home-care services. Home care, when compared with institutional care, offers a more cost-effective response to the growing demand for elder care and it also responds to the desire of most elderly individuals to age in place within their own homes. Despite its growing importance, however, home care remains an economically marginalized job characterized by harsh working conditions including low pay, few benefits, job insecurity, and health and safety hazards. The lecture will consider the legal constraints associated with home care work, and will highlight local, national, and international strategies to address these concerns.
Peggie R. Smith
Charles F. Nagel Professor of Employment and Labor Law
Washington University Law
Free and open to the public, register at the door.
1-hour CLE credit pending approval.