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Journal of Workplace Rights
Editor: Joel P. Rudin

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The Journal of Workplace Rights is dedicated to the proposition that human rights should not be compromised by employers. It uses an expansive definition of human rights, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as passed by the United Nations in 1948. A list of proposed topics is provided below. The Journal invites prospective authors to submit papers that are completely unrelated to the below topics as long as their focus is on workplace rights.

Job Security Rights
People are supposed to have the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. This is in stark contrast to the "employment at will" doctrine, which grants employers the undisputed privilege of determining who is hired and fired. How and where have employees managed to secure this workplace right?

Nondiscrimination Rights
Although the right to equal pay for equal work without any discrimination is part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, sex and race discrimination in employment remain rampant. Why does this continue to be the case, and what can employees do about it?

Living Wage Rights
People are supposed to have the right to a living wage, yet most can barely get by on their paychecks. How have employees successfully countered the tendency of most employers to pay them as little as possible?

People are supposed to have "the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours." In recent years, how and where have employees succeeded in reducing their working hours without lowering their standards of living?

Collective Bargaining Rights
The right to form and to join trade unions is enshrined in the Universal Declaration. Labor law in many countries including the United States and the United Kingdom effectively denies this right to most employees. How can trade unions and their supporters enable this human right despite a hostile political climate?

Privacy Rights
According to the Universal Declaration, "no one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home, or correspondence." Is this human right violated by practices such as pre-employment drug testing and electronic monitoring of employees' Internet usage?

Civil Disobedience Rights
The right to "freedom of thought, conscience, and religion" is enshrined in the Universal Declaration. Under what circumstances should employees be able to exercise this right by disobeying their supervisors?

People are supposed to have "the right to freedom of opinion and expression." How have employees created safe spaces in which they can honestly share their feelings about work and non-work issues?

"Degrading treatment" is a human rights violation. What constitutes degrading treatment in the workplace?

Workplace Democracy Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives." How can this right be extended to the workplace?

Intellectual Property Rights
The Universal Declaration grants ownership rights to authors of a "scientific, literary or artistic production." What implications does this entail for workplace rights in academe?

New Scholars Section
The only potential authors who will receive any preferential treatment will be doctoral students and untenured faculty. These groups of potential authors have fewer workplace rights than their more senior colleagues, so they need a journal that welcomes them. Their work will be featured in each issue, in a "New Scholars" section.

a new name. . . a new editor . . . a new direction the Journal of Workplace Rights, moving forward where the Journal of Individual Employment Rights left off. . .
all content from JIER will remain available online, click to view JIER articles.

The first five volumes of JWR are complete and available in print and online.
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SNEEK PEEK Volume 18, Issue 1
Temporary Agency Work and Trade Unions in Comparative Perspective: A Mixed Blessing?
Nadja Doerflinger and Valeria Pulignano
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On The Track of the Worker Collectivity—Its Various Adventures Over the Past 60 Years
Jan Ch. Karlsson, Egil J. Skorstad, And Jonas Axelsson
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“Fortis Et Liber” Unless You Are a Farm Worker: Workers’ Compensation Exceptionalism in Alberta, Canada
Bob Barnetson
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The Darker Side of Integration Policy: A Study of Public Employment Officers’ Discursive Construction of Female Immigrants’ Employability
Agneta Moulettes
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“Facebook Fired”: Legal Standards for Social Media?Based Terminations of K-12 Public School Teachers
Kimberly W. O’Connor and Gordon B. Schmidt
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Racialized Precarious Employment and the Inadequacies of the Canadian Welfare State
Nicole Bernhardt
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Meet the Editor
Joel Rudin, is Professor of Human Resource Management at Rowan University's Rohrer College of Business. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Resource Management from Cornell University, and is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. His most interesting research examines sex and race discrimination in employment. His articles have been published in journals such as Human Relations, Journal of Social Psychology, Labor Law Journal and Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal. He plans to continue the Journal of Individual Employment Right's tradition of providing prompt feedback to authors, which was established by the Journal's previous editor, Charles Coleman.

"We see this Journal as a timely intervention in the field of human rights in the workplace. Too often in liberal democracies human rights are curtailed at the factory gate or the office door as the law concedes the so-called business case as a justifiable limitation on such rights. In the JWR practitioners and scholars will be provided with the scope to probe the limits of the business case and the potential for greatly extended individual rights at work."
Albert and Jean Mills, St. Mary's University (Canada)

"To some academics value judgments and good quality research are incompatible. The contents of this Journal seek to show just how wrong is such a view."
Phil Beaumont, University of Glasgow


The Journal of Workplace Rights is dedicated to the proposition that human rights should not be compromised by employers. It uses an expansive definition of human rights, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as passed by the United Nations in 1948. Some human rights are explicitly employment-related, such as the right to form and join trade unions. Other human rights listed in the Universal Declaration were originally intended to apply to governments, such as the right to freedom of movement and residence. However, employers can interfere with these rights. For example, child laborers are often prevented from enjoying the right to an education due to their long work hours.

The Journal seeks original research that may be either theoretical or empirical. It evaluates submissions based on relevance to the Journal's mission, originality, and readability. Prospective authors should be prepared to demonstrate that their work is related to the human rights of employees, that it adds to what is already known about workplace rights, and that it is accessible to both academic and non-academic audiences. The Journal promises to give prompt and respectful feedback to prospective authors. Submissions are encouraged from scholars at all phases of their careers, but the Journal is committed to publishing at least one article per issue from "new scholars," which it defines as doctoral students or untenured faculty.

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This impressive collection of electronic, fully searchable pdf's spans 8 years beginning with Volume 1, 1992-93, through Volume 8, 1999; it comprises 32 issues, 197 articles, and 2573 pages. The collection may be purchased outright for the low price of $846.00*, or may be received as part of an enhanced subscription (to your current subsscription to the **Journal of Workplace Rights) for just $85.00/year over the current subscription rate. The outright purchase is a truly remarkable value for this quality and quantity of content—for over 2000 pages, the breakdown is just 33 cents per page!

The Journal of Individual Employment Rights, born 20 years ago, quickly became a leading journal in the field; an authoritative, and international voice. This extensive resource collection covers all the developments and trends as they originated and evolved; an unsurpassed treasure trove of information at one's fingertips!

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*plus $25.00 annual hosting fee ** On Tuesday, January 01, 2008 the Journal of Individual Employment Rights was renamed Journal of Workplace Rights.

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