Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Bird and Mirtorabi on Shiftwork and the Law

New on Westlaw: Robert C. Bird & Niki Mirtorabi, Shiftwork and the Law, 27 Berkeley J. Emp. & Lab. L. 383 (2006). The abstract:

Professors Bird and Mirtorabi examine and describe shiftwork, the growing practice of working non-traditional hours, particularly in the evening and at night. After mining the rich medical, psychological, and social literature that reveals the harmful effects of shiftwork on the body, mental health, and family life, Professors Bird and Mirtorabi provide a broad-ranging legal analysis of shiftwork. They examine possible legal approaches to shiftwork under the Americans with Disabilities Act and then delve into the treatment of shiftwork in federal employment discrimination and retaliation cases. Finally, Professors Bird and Mirtorabi outline recommendations for further research to help remedy the dearth of legal scholarship addressing the shiftwork problem.


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