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Rachel Arnow-Richman - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Rachel Arnow-Richman

Chair/Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Rachel Arnow-Richman teaches and publishes in the areas of employment law and contracts.


Rachel Arnow-Richman is a professor and Gerald A. Rosenthal Chair in labor and employment law in the Levin College of Law. She teaches and publishes in the areas of employment law and contracts. She is widely known for her work on the #MeToo movement and the rights of accused harassers, as well as a series of articles proposing mandatory advance notice and severance pay for terminated employees. She is the Gerald A. Rosenthal Chair in Labor & Employment Law and professor of law in the Levin College of Law.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Commercial Law

Employment Law and Discrimination


Labor Law

Media Appearances (6)

What policies should governments and firms adopt to improve the quality of life of American workers?

WalletHub  online


The pandemic underscored how many Americans have no access to paid or even job-protected sick leave. This is because federal law does not require employers to provide leave other than in cases of extreme medical events and only for workers at large companies.

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The Law & Politics of Noncompete Reform: A Cross-Border Perspective

OnLabor  online


Noncompete reform is currently the rage in the United States. In recent years, numerous states have enacted laws limiting the reach of these agreements and proscribing their use with low-wage workers. Yet Ontario — Canada’s largest province — blew past its southern neighbor when it enacted an all-out ban on employee noncompetes late in 2021. Although bans have been introduced in the United States, only the District of Columbia has adopted one, and no other jurisdiction is poised to follow.

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How Joe Biden's order on noncompetes could make it easier to quit your job

CBS News  online


"When your mobility is hampered, your ability to negotiate for better conditions in your current employment is also hampered," said Rachel Arnow-Richman, a law professor at the University of Florida who has extensively studied noncompete agreements.

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First Amendment Confusion

Northern Express  online


Rachel Arnow-Richman, a professor of labor law at the University of Florida, points out that a 2006 Supreme Court ruling endorsed governmental power to partially restrict public sector workers’ speech. However, a conflicting Florida law says that school districts are prohibited from infringing on employee Constitutional rights.

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Can A Teacher Fly A Black Lives Matter Flag At School? A Florida Court Will Consider

NPR  radio


BOLES: But that argument might face an uphill battle in court, says Rachel Arnow-Richman, a professor of labor and employment law at the University of Florida. RACHEL ARNOW-RICHMAN: We think of the First Amendment as a foundational principle of our democracy, and it is, but it's subject to many limitations.

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Rachel Arnow-Richman’s Pemberton Lecture Examines Labor and Employment Law After #MeToo

University of San Francisco School of Law  online


Arnow-Richman discussed the ways in which big businesses tolerate sexual harassment from their top dog employees, while disproportionately policing lower-rank employees to avoid seeming “soft” on sexual assault. This policing includes the absence of due process for the accused. “How do we strike a balance between protecting victims and treating alleged harassers fairly?” she asked.

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Articles (2)

Temporary Termination: A Layoff Law Blueprint for the COVID Era

Washington University Journal of Law and Policy

Rachel S. Arnow-Richman


This paper, prepared for a forthcoming Washington University of Saint Louis symposium on COVID-19, responds to the pandemic-induced unemployment crisis with a strategy for addressing temporary, economic-based terminations.

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The Best and Worst of Contracts Decisions: An Anthology

Florida Law Review

Rachel Arnow-Richman, et al.


The common law of contract is an intellectual and political triumph. In its mature form, it enables judges whose ideological goals may differ to apply doctrines that provide the right to make enforceable promises; with legislation, the common law also provides proper limits on that right. Lately, scholars have produced a flood of contract law theory that enriches our thinking about and grounding for contract law norms.

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