Employment and Labor Law Lecture by Rick McHugh, Senior Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project - "Unemployment Compensation: Is There Still Room for a New Deal Program in a Global Economy?"
Rick McHugh is a lawyer and activist with extensive experience assisting low income and dislocated workers with social insurance and reemployment programs. McHugh is employed as senior staff attorney with National Employment Law Project, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. His principal responsibilities at NELP are providing technical advice to state partners engaged in unemployment compensation policy campaigns and advocacy for dislocated workers. His recent research focus has included the solvency of state unemployment insurance trust funds and best practices in dislocated worker programs.
Prior to joining NELP in 2000, McHugh worked as a legal services lawyer and union lawyer in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Michigan. He litigated cases in state and federal courts, including significant cases involving unemployment compensation, Medicaid, disability, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and Food Stamps. While at the UAW Legal Department from 1984 until 1995, he served as the principal advisor to UAW President Owen Bieber during Bieber’s service on the federal Advisory Council on Unemployment Compensation from 1993 to 1996.
Both before and since joining NELP, McHugh has published legal and policy articles on unemployment compensation, WARN, wage and hour law, and other employment law topics. He has testified before committees of Congress and state legislatures on several occasions, and has presented at numerous policy conferences over the past three decades, including a U.S. Department of Labor conference commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Social Security Act in 2010.
McHugh has a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in political science from Wabash College.