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Seth D. Harris

Former Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor, Attorney at Seth D. Harris | Law & Policy
Seth D. Harris is an attorney in Washington, D.C. and a Visiting Professor at Cornell University’s Institute for Public Affairs. Building on almost seven years of service in the Clinton Administration, he was Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor (and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet) and Deputy U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2009 to 2014. Now, Secretary Harris is a nationally recognized expert in labor, employment and retirement law and policy, offering unique and valuable insights into the future of work and retirement, the condition of America’s middle class, and leadership in public policy and public affairs. He has co-authored three books and authored dozens of scholarly articles and op-eds on labor, employment, retirement and economics topics. Secretary Harris earned a bachelor of science degree with honors from Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations and a juris doctor with honors from New York University’s School of Law.

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The SECURE Act and How It Advances U.S. Retirement Policy

This post will explain how the SECURE Act addresses several of the big retirement policy problems facing people planning for retirement and society at large. Challenges remain, but it is an important step in the right direction. Learn more at the Financial Freedom Studio.


Should We Re-Calibrate Our Retirement Dreams After the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Regardless of our retirement dreams, the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences have been a global nightmare. This post recounts some of the things we may want to consider as we re-calibrate our retirement plans and suggests there may be some positive lessons to be learned from how we are navigating this pandemic. Learn more on the Financial Freedom Studio.

How Stock Market Volatility Should Influence Your Retirement Planning

If you feel like the retirement savings you’ve invested in stock markets have taken you on a bone-rattling, hair-raising, heart-stopping roller coaster ride, you are right. As the coronavirus (or covid-19) pandemic spread across the world, American stock markets experienced the worst volatility in decades.

COVID-19 Legislation Gives You Access to Your Retirement Savings. But Should You?

On March 27, 2020, Congress’ $2 trillion response to the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic became law. This post will describe these provisions and offer suggestions about how you might put them to their best use in these challenging times. Learn more on the Financial Freedom Studio.

New Securities And Exchange Commission Rules Governing Your Relationship With Your Financial Professional

In June, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the Best Interest Regulation, modifying the rules that govern how registered investment advisors and broker dealers give advice to consumers. Seth Harris breaks down what it all means and offers takeaways to discuss with your financial professional. Learn more on the Financial Freedom Studio.


Planning For Health Care In Retirement When You Don’t Know What You Will Need

Predicting your health over years, even decades, in retirement is difficult. So is estimating the money you’ll need to pay for health care. Seth Harris shares six tips to help get you started planning for health care in retirement. Learn more at the Financial Freedom Studio.