Professor Maria O'Brien Hylton surveys recent critical developments in the law of employer-sponsored benefits, focusing on increases in the number of uninsured Americans and the dramatic rise in health insurance costs; pension reforms and ESOPs after Enron and United Airlines' bankruptcies; trends in severance pay; the ongoing push to privatize Social Security; and ERISA benefits claims litigation. Professor Hylton describes those demographic trends and post-Enron reform-minded sensibilities which may make 2003 the ideal year in which to pursue badly needed reforms.
Commentators are James D. English, David R. Levin, and Mary Ellen Signorille.
The annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture is sponsored by Chicago-Kent College of Law's Institute for Law and the Workplace. It is presented by the Kenneth M. Piper Endowment, which was established by a gift from Mrs. Kenneth M. Piper in memory of her husband. Mr. Piper was a distinguished executive with Motorola, Inc., and Bausch & Lomb, Inc., who made important contributions in human resources and labor relations for more than two decades.
Hilton, Maria O'Brien; English, James D.; Levin, David R.; and Signorille, Mary Ellen, "The Case for Sweeping Reforms of Employee Benefits: What We Should Demand of Employees, Unions and Government - The 25th Annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture" (2003). Institute for Law and the Workplace Lectures. 4.