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The Workers Lab CEO Carmen Rojas discusses ways to improve lives of U.S. workers, critiques traditional philanthropy in “Conversation with the Dean”

Heller News Release
September 20, 2019

Carmen Rojas, CEO and co-founder of the Workers Lab, came to Heller for the first Conversation with the Dean of Heller’s 60th anniversary school year on September 19. She and Dean David Weil discussed ways to improve the lives of U.S. workers, and she offered a critique of traditional philanthropy, described the innovative methods of the Workers Lab and shared her own background and journey.    

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David Weil testifying before the House of Representatives

Heller News Release
October 23, 2019

Dean Weil Testifies at House of Representatives’ Joint Subcommittee Hearing on The Future of Work

In his testimony, Weil called upon his expertise as a labor economist and academic as well as his service as President Obama’s administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor from 2014 to 2017.

Heller in the News
October 22, 2019

Investing in counselling for teachers pays off, new study reveals

Education HQ covers recent research headed by Professor Donald Shepard, which shows how every dollar spent on South Australia’s Employee Assistance Program is returned threefold by benefiting students.

Heller in the News
October 22, 2019

Note to Democrats: stop chasing centrist suburban voters

In an opinion piece for the Guardian, Robert Kuttner advises Democrats to invest in winning back their past voters if they want to succeed in the 2020 presidential election.

Don Shepard headshot

Heller News Release
October 18, 2019

New analysis of Australian employee assistance program finds EAP is highly cost-effective

Professor Donald Shepard and colleagues from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, have demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of the commonplace workplace wellness program.

Heller in the News
October 18, 2019

How Purdue's aggressive sales of a painkiller blew up in its face

In France24, Andrew Kolodny reiterates his disapproval of the promotion of opioids and downplaying addiction to them as "pseudo-addition."

Heller in the News
October 18, 2019

1 big thing: The dark side of psychiatric hospitals

In an interview with Axios, PhD candidate Morgan Shields explains what stands in the way of pushing psychiatric hospitals to address their safety issues.

Heller in the News
October 18, 2019

Hard Lessons From the Hard Rock Hotel Collapse

An American Prospect story about the collapse of a hotel under construction references David Weil's concept of the fissured workplace, in which subcontracting, franchising and using temp agencies degrades labor conditions.

Heller in the News
October 16, 2019

Student debt disrupts chances, widens racial wealth

Final Call covers IASP's study, "Stalling Dreams," which shows how black borrowers are much more likely to experience long-term financial insecurity due to student loans.

Heller in the News
October 16, 2019

University researchers release study on racial disparities in the student loan system

The Justice at Brandeis covers the IASP study "Stalling Dreams" about the disproportionate impact of student debt on students of color.

Andrew Kolodny, MD

Heller in the News
October 15, 2019

Opioid epidemic shifts from prescription painkillers to street drugs

In Politifact, Andrew Kolodny says that prescription opioids remain a problem in the western United States, while illicit fentanyl and other illegal opioids are causing mounting deaths in the east.

Heller in the News
October 15, 2019

Punching In: Letters, Lawsuits and the Future of Work

In Bloomberg Law, David Weil weighs in on a pair of executive orders signed by President Trumps last week, aimed to ban federal agencies from issuing a wide range of subregulatory guidance.

Heller in the News
October 15, 2019

Why Are Health Care Providers Slapping And Yelling At Mothers During Childbirth?

NPR references a study from Diana Bowser that reported evidence of health-care providers humiliating women during childbirth in 150 studies covering 18 different countries, most low- and middle-income but including the U.S. and Canada.

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