2013 Webcasts

"ILR in 2013: A Conversation with Dean Harry Katz"

Webcast Date: December 18, 2013

It was a year of groundbreaking achievements at ILR:

  • Undergraduate enrollments are at an all-time high
  • The school received the largest research grant in its history
  • New international partnerships have been formed


  • Harry Katz, Kenneth F. Kahn Dean and Jack Sheinkman Professor
  • Chris Crooker, Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development

Perspective: China's Role in the Global Economy

Webcast Date: November 12, 2013

Despite ongoing initiatives to reduce its trade surplus and encourage domestic consumption, China's growth remains unbalanced – heavily dependent on exports and investment. What does all of this mean for the U.S. and the global economy? How will new labor initiatives and legislation in China affect job growth and economic stability? And what obstacles must China overcome to establish a more economically, ecologically and socially sustainable form of development?


  • Eli Friedman, Assistant Professor of International and Comparative lLbor and an expert on labor in China
  • Eswar Prasad, the Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell
  • Steve Miranda, Managing Director, Cornell ILR's Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies

The 50+ Workforce: High Potentials You Might Be Overlooking

Webcast Date: October 18, 2013

One in five American workers is age 55 or older. Almost half of the American workforce will be 45 or older in the next decade. Do employers fully realize the roles highly experienced workers can play and the value they can provide? Are 50-plus workers prepared to extend their careers another decade or two? This webcast explores what employers should know about a group that has been called the largest trained pool of future employees, and sheds light on challenges and opportunities faced by mature workers.


  • Susanne Bruyère, ILR School Associate Dean, Director of the Employment and Disability Institute, and Professor of Disability Studies
  • Linda Barrington, Executive Director of ILR's Institute for Compensation Studies
  • Emily Allen, Vice President of Impact Programs-Income, AARP Foundation


Overhauling Immigration Laws: What Will Reform Mean for Labor, Business and Society?

Webcast Date: June 20, 2013

As a Senate vote on the immigration reform bill approaches, the debate about the impact of the new law on the economy and the broader society will intensify. Among the tough questions facing policymakers: Is the proposed reform a step in the right direction for U.S.-born and immigrant workers and families? How will this new law satisfy the agreement achieved by business and labor on worker visas? What is the significance of a path to citizenship?


  • Lowell Turner, ILR School Professor and Director of ILR's Worker Institute
  • Maria Figueroa, Director of Labor and Policy Research at ILR's Worker Institute
  • Eliseo Medina, International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • Randel K. Johnson, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Pensions, Bankruptcies and Baby Boomers: Protecting Employees and Sustaining Companies

Webcast Date: April 1, 2013

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The recession of the late 2000s is officially over, but its toll on retirement security in the U.S. continues. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is a federal corporation established to insure benefits from private, defined benefit pension plans. PBGC protects the retirement incomes of more than 44 million American workers in more than 27,500 private-sector defined benefit pension plans.


  • Josh Gotbaum, the Director of the PBGC
  • Esta R. Bigler, Esq., Director of ILR's Labor and Employment Law Program
  • Joe Grasso, MILR, ILR Associate Dean for Finance and Administration


Jobs and Pay: The U.S. Employment Picture and What it Means for HR's Salary Budget and Your Paycheck

Webcast Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The recession of the late 2000's is officially over, but the employment market has been much slower to recover. For most of us, the recession won’t “feel” over until we see stronger growth in job prospects and take-home pay. Join Professor Kevin Hallock for a 30-minute interpretation of the just-released “Employment Situation” report and other figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


  • Kevin Hallock is Donald C. Opatrny ’74 Chair of the Department of Economics; Joseph R. Rich '80 Professor of Economics and of HR Studies; and Director, Institute for Compensation Studies
  • Linda Barrington, Managing Director, Institute for Compensation Studies