November-December 2015 (No. 81)

Editor: Terence K. Huwe
Contributors: Stefanie Kalmin, Janice Kimball, Jenifer MacGillvary, Elena Montoya

IRLE News and Events
IRLE Colloquium Series
IRLE Working Paper Series

IRLE Program News
The Labor Center
California Public Employee Relations
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Center for Wage and Employment Dynamics
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library
Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy

Campus Events


IRLE News and Events

IRLE Colloquium Series

Events are held in the Large Conference Room at 2521 Channing Way. A light lunch will be served.

Carl NadlerWednesday, November 4, 2015 | 12:00pm-1:30pm
Inequality in Networked Labor Markets
Carl Nadler


David SilverWednesday, November 18, 2015 | 12:00pm-1:30pm
Haste or Waste: Within-Physician Marginal Returns to Health Care
David Silver


Annette Bernhardt Rose Batt Wednesday, DECEMber 2, 2015 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Domestic Outsourcing in the US: A Research Agenda to Assess Trends and Effects on Job Quality
Annette Bernhardt and Rose Batt


Working Papers

IRLE Recent Working Papers

Working papers may be downloaded from:

The Inequality of Politics: Social Class Rank and Political Participation PDF
Michael W. Krauss
Working Paper No. 120-15

Paying Attention to Misconduct: Explaining Why Corporate Responses to Earnings Restatements Changed After Sarbanes-Oxley PDF
Jo-Ellen Pozner, Aharon Cohen Mohliver, Celia Moore
Working Paper No. 119-15

Creative Positioning: Niche Width, Niche Overlap, and Innovation in Television Programming, 1980-2009 PDF
Jo-Ellen Pozner, Emily S. Block, Karen Patterson
Working Paper No. 118-15

The Effects of High-Skilled Immigration Policy on Firms: Evidence from H-1B Visa Lotteries PDF
Kirk Doran, Alexander Gelber, and Adam Isen
Working Paper No. 117-15

Credible Research Designs for Minimum Wage Studies: A Response to Neumark, Salas and Wascher PDF
Sylvia Allegretto, Arindrajit Dube, Michael Reich and Ben Zipperer
Working Paper No. 116-15


IRLE Program News

The Labor Center

New Reports

Enforcing City Minimum Wage Laws in California: Best Practices and City-State Partnerships
Tia Koonse, Miranda Dietz, and Annette Bernhardt
October 23, 2015
UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education
UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education

Contra Costa County's Proposed Minimum Wage Law: A Prospective Impact Study
Ken Jacobs, Annette Bernhardt, Ian Perry, and Michael Reich
September 21, 2015


The Hand That FeedsDocumentary Film Screening: The Hand That Feeds

Monday, November 2, 2015
6:30 to 9:00 PM
Kroeber Hall, Room 0160
UC Berkeley

Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Labor Center and the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies.

Join us for a screening of this powerful documentary followed by a panel discussion with a #FightFor15 worker and organizer, UC Berkeley Professor and Center for Latin American Studies Chair Harley Shaiken, and UC Berkeley Labor Center Chair Ken Jacobs.

This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP and invite friends through our Facebook event page


Timm Herdt: The way up from low-wage work
October 20, 2015 | Ventura County Star

Survey: Half Of Food Workers Go To Work Sick Because They Have To
October 19, 2015 | NPR The Salt blog

Companies to Workers: Start Saving More—Or We'll Do It for You
October 15, 2015 | Wall Street Journal

Why Tipping Is Wrong
October 15, 2015 | Saru Jayaraman |  New York Times Op-Ed

LA Black Worker Center takes new approach to black jobs crisis
October 14, 2015 | Al Jazeera America

Restaurant industry leader Danny Meyer ends tipping. Who will follow?
October 14, 2015 | Washington Post

Who's Responsible for Your Uber Driver's Health Coverage?
October 5, 2015 | KQED Future of You

Federal shutdowns still loom by year's end
October 3, 2015 | Philadelphia Tribune

$15 minimum wage doomsayers wrong
October 2, 2015 | Orange County Register

Solano Coalition for Better Health: Access to care for all
October 2, 2015 | Vallejo Times-Herald

DACA Youth Turned Away for Medi-Cal
September 28, 2015 | New America Media

How to Start Talking about Race in Your Union
September 23, 2015 | Labor Notes

45% of Americans Face a Retirement Crisis: How 3 States Are Fighting Back
September 20, 2015 | Motley Fool

Airport workers demand living wage during commission meeting
September 18, 2015 | South Florida Times

Realizing the Promise of Solar for South Los Angeles
September 17, 2015 | Capital & Main

Automats: The Utopian Future or a Return to a Dystopian Past?
September 16, 2015 | Eater

California Public Employee Relations

Pocket Guides

CPER has just published the following:
Pocket Guide to Disability Discrimination in the California Workplace (3rd edition)
By Carol M. Stevens et al.
Disabled California workers generally turn to two statutes to remedy workplace disability discrimination: the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This guide covers both, as well as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Fair Employment and Housing regulations implementing the acts.
The new edition includes

  • Similarities and differences between the FEHA and the ADA, including a chart that compares the key provisions of the laws
  • References to the text of the law and the enforcing agencies' regulations that implement the statutory requirements
  • A discussion of other legal protections afforded disabled workers, such as the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and corresponding California Family Rights Act, and workers compensation laws
  • Major court decisions that interpret disability laws;

Pocket Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Acts (5th edition)
By Peter Brown
A "user friendly" guide to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and the California Family Rights Act of 1993.
The Guide spells out who is eligible for leave, increments in which leave can be used, various methods of calculating leave entitlements, record keeping and notice requirements, and enforcement. The rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees under each of the statutes are discussed. The reader is given an understandable summary of the acts' provisions that emphasizes the differences between the two laws and advises which provision to follow.
The fifth edition includes:

  • Updates to the CFRA regulations issued by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, effective July 1, 2015
  • Summaries of new FMLA and CFRA cases
  • Discussion of where the FMLA and CFRA overlap and where they diverge

Still to come in 2015...
NEW TITLE. Pocket Guide to Workplace Investigations
NEW EDITION. Pocket Guide to the Educational Employment Relations Act (9th edition)

Coming in early 2016
NEW EDITION. Pocket Guide to Workplace Rights of Public Employees (4th edition)
NEW EDITION. Pocket Guide to Factfinding (2nd edition)

All Pocket Guide are described and can be ordered at

Center for the Study of Child Care

New Reports

Teaching the Teachers of Our Youngest Children: The State of Early Childhood Higher Education in California
by Lea J.E. Austin, Marcy Whitebook, Fran Kipnis, Laura Sakai, Ferheen Abbasi, and Felippa Amanta

This report examines how early childhood higher education programs have evolved over the last decade, how institutions of higher education are adapting to emerging research and changes in the California policy environment, and offers recommendations to address the field's current limitations. Reports for the states of new York, Nebraska and indiana are forthcoming.

New Blog Post

It's time to change how we prepare and support early childhood educators
by Marcy Whitebook for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's blog, Impatient Optimists


California's early ed workers struggle to stay afloat
September 21, 2015 | Hechinger Report

The Education Secretary's Greatest Hits
October 2, 2015 | NPR

Selected Presentation / Meetings

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. Education Learning Forum - "Strengthening the Early Learning Workforce."
Seattle, WA, October 7, 2015, by Marcy Whitebook

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Child Development Permit Advisory Panel
Sacramento, CA, October 13-14, 2015, by Marcy Whitebook and Lea J.E. Austin

Grantmakers for Education, Education Without Limits - "Cradle to Career: The Significance of Early Childhood Education's Impact on the Education Continuum"
San Francisco, CA, October 20, 2015, by Lea J.E. Austin


The CSCCE has recently been awarded grants from the following foundation:
Heising-Simons Foundation,General Operating Support.

New Staff

CSCCE welcomed Caitlin McLean, Ph.D., our new Workforce Research Specialist. Previously she was an Ailsa McKay Postdoctoral Fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University, where her research focused on the relationship between public and economic policies and the promotion of gender equality. Caitlin has extensive experience conducting research focused on understanding the interplay between social and public policy, gender equity, and child care and early childhood workforce policy.

Follow us on Twitter @CSCCEUCB and on Facebook:

Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics


Tipped Wage Effects on Earnings and Employment in Full-Service Restaurants PDF
Sylvia A. Allegretto and Carl Nadler
October, 2015

Contra Costa County's Proposed Minimum Wage Law: A Prospective Impact Study PDF
Ken Jacobs, Annette Bernhardt, Ian Perry, and Michael Reich
September 21, 2015

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

Library Collections Update

New shelving has been installed in the Library Stack Annex in the basement of 2521 Channing Way. We anticipate commencing the collection move in early November.

Data Oversight Update

IRLE will host secure data in accordance with very detailed guidelines. The data are being moved from another campus location to IRLE.  The IRLE Library team will work with IT Manager Robert Hiramoto in managing license compliance and logistics. It is anticipated that the revitalization of the first floor Library Commons and Annex will address the specific needs for ongoing secure data use.


Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy

The Vial Center is launching two consulting ventures with the Sierra Club. The goal is to help the Sierra Club identify and collect economic justice and quality jobs metrics, in support of their work on two important projects. The first is the Clean Power Plan, and the second is an ongoing initiative to improve internal organizational development. This work is scheduled to commence during November/December. 

The Center is also continuing its support and collaborative efforts with Jennifer Granholm's American Jobs Project, which is hosted by the Goldman School of Public Policy. 


Campus Events

Center for Latin American Studies

Monday, November 2nd | 6:30 pm | Room 160, Kroeber Hall
Film Screening and Discussion
The Hand That Feeds
Directed by Robin Blotnick and Rachel Lears (United States, 2014)

Economics Department

Seminar 211: Economic History | 2-4pm | 597 Evans Hall

November 2nd
"Academics as Economic Advisers: Gold, the 'Brains Trust,' and FDR", Sebastian Edwards, University of California, Los Angeles

November 16th
"The National Rise in Residential Segregation", Trevon Logan, Ohio State University

November 30th
"The Impact of Migration on Infant Health: Evidence from the Great Migration", Katherine Eriksson, University of California, Davis

Seminar 221: Industrial Organization

November 23rd | 2-3:30pm | 648 Evans Hall
"Marginal Treatment Effects and the External Validity of the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment", Amanda Kowalski, Yale University
Joint Seminar with Public Finance. Please note location and time

Seminar 231: Public Finance | 2-4pm | 648 Evans

November 2nd
"Does Welfare Inhibit Success? The Long-Term Effects of Removing Low-Income Youth from Disability Insurance", Manasi Deshpande, University of Chicago

November 10th
"Energy Prices, Pass Through, and Incidence in U.S. Manufacturing", Reed Walker, UCB Haas School of Business

November 16th
"The Optimal Use of Public-Good Spending for Macroeconomic Stabilization", Pascal Michaillat, LSE

November 23rd
"Marginal Treatment Effects and the External Validity of the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment", Amanda Kowalski, Yale

November 30th
"The Effect of Disability Insurance on Beneficiaries' Earning", Alex Gelber, Berkeley GSPP

Seminar 251, Labor | 2-3:30pm | 648 Evans

November 5th
"School finance reform and the distribution of student achievement", Jesse Rothstein, UC Berkeley; Julien Lafortune, UC Berkeley

November 12th
"Nominal Wage Rigidity in Village Labor Markets", Supreet Kaur, Columbia University

Goldman School of Public Policy

December 1st | 5:15-7:15pm | International House, Chevron Auditorium
Michael Nacht Distinguished Lecture in Politics & Policy
"Saving Capitalism" with Robert Reich