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“The Virtual Workplace”

February 3 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Professor Joseph Seiner, the Oliver Ellsworth Professor of Federal Practice at the University of South Carolina School of Law, will discuss some of the highlights of his recently published book with Cambridge University Press, The Virtual Workplace: Public Health, Efficiency, and Opportunity. The recent pandemic has crystalized the important relationship between technology and employment.

With tens of thousands of workers required to suddenly work from home, a significant portion of these employees were forced to quickly learn emerging technologies on-the-job. Professor Seiner will discuss the blending of the traditional brick-and-mortar workplace with the advanced technologies that now make it possible to work remotely. He will address the difficulties of trying to regulate in this area, discussing how the decades old employment laws do not fit neatly with the modern economy and workplace.

Professor Seiner will also address the emerging issues of virtual work, including the definition of employment, litigating cases in this area, unionizing workers, and preventing harassment. He will note some of the significant ethical concerns in these areas, including how employers can best address issues related to worker isolation and abuse, and he will discuss some of his predictions for the future of employment and virtual work.


February 3
8:00 am - 9:00 am
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