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Labor & Employment


A Pragmatic Guide to E-Discovery: An Employment Dispute Case Study (4.6.10)


This program will go through various stages of an e-discovery request in a typical discrimination suit and will focus on practical issues and resolutions. What types of e-discovery requests are routinely made in these matters? What objections can be made to a burdensome demand? How should these disputes be resolved between the attorneys? What steps should employers take to capture e-discovery? The program will provide examples and demonstrations of real-world solutions to these problems. Read more


The New Whistleblower Employee Protections of the Dodd-Frank Act (5.16.11)

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act dramatically alters financial regulation in many areas, including by creating expansive new employee whistleblower protections.  A panel of experienced employment lawyers will review the most critical features of the Act and the rules promulgated there under; analyze how the Act changes the landscape of federal whistleblower law and discuss the challenge of compliance and litigation avoidance.  The program is a must for in-house lawyers in the financial services industry and employment law practitioners. Read more



Executive Compensation & Other Pay Practices in the New Era on Wall Street & Beyond (11.12.09)


At this timely annual program, a panel of prominent attorneys representing both individuals and firms focuses on the most effective strategies for managing executive compensation and employee pay practices in today’s turbulent times. What policies and provisions will comply with the requirements of recent legislation and the demands of increasingly active shareholders, yet still meet the company’s personnel needs? Particular attention will be paid to the increasing use of clawback provisions in employment agreements, incentive compensation programs, and severance arrangements. What are the issues, and how are they managed most effectively by both firms and employees so as to avoid dispute? How should counsel handle the disputes that will inevitably follow the changing practices? Read more




Making Your Case: The Effective Use of Expert Witnesses in Employment Litigation (3.16.11)

The use of expert witnesses in employment litigation can be critical to the outcome of a case.  At this program, a panel of experienced employment lawyers from both the management and plaintiff sides of the employment bar will offer their perspectives.  The panel will also feature prominent psychological and economic expert witnesses.  In addition, a former chief judge of the Southern District of New York will provide a judge’s perspective on the effective use of expert witnesses in employment litigation.  Read more



The National Labor Relations Act: Recent Developments & Issues Before the NLRB (4.14.11)

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) governs labor-management relations in the private sector and extends certain rights to collective action among employees, whether or not unionized. The NLRA can overlap Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act and other anti-discrimination statutes, particularly where grievance-arbitration clauses commonly contained in collective bargaining agreements purport to require arbitration of statutory claims under the agreement.

This program is designed (1) to provide a basic overview of the NLRA and the processes through which the NLRB and its General Counsel (GC) administer the statute; and, (2) to review how the NLRB may be changing its approaches to various issues as a result of the changes in its composition resulting from the 2008 Presidential election. It will be presented through a panel composed of representatives of the New York City Regional Office of the NLRB, representatives from the union and management bars and members of the Labor and Employment Law Committee.  Read more


Supreme Court & Federal Legislative Developments in Employment Law in 2009: What You Need to Know in This Changing Landscape (9.15.09)


Federal employment law is changing and developing at an unprecedented pace. The 2008-2009 term of the U.S. Supreme Court included several watershed decisions that will have dramatic impact on broad areas of employment law, including Ricci vs. DeStefano, 14 Penn Plaza LLC vs. Pyett, AT&T Corp. vs. Hulteen, Crawford vs. Metropolitan Government, and Gross vs. FBL Financial Services, Inc. At the same time, Congress has passed or proposed far-reaching employment law statutes, such as the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Arbitration Fairness Act and the Employee Free Choice Act. In this dynamic environment, long-held assumptions about federal employment law are being unsettled, and it is therefore critical that employers and employment law practitioners understand these legal developments and their potential import. A panel of experienced employment lawyers from both the management and plaintiff sides of the employment law bar will explain these developments and examine their implications. Read more

Supreme Court Developments in Employment Law in 2010: What You Need To Know In This Changing Landscape (10.5.10)

The 2009-2010 term of the Supreme Court included several notable decisions that will have a dramatic impact on broad areas of employment law.  The Court addressed a broad array of issues during the term, including employee privacy rights, arbitration of employment claims, statute of limitations rules for Title VII disparate impact claims, and the authority of arbitrators to rule on ratification of collective bargaining agreements. At this program a distinguished panel representing both management and plaintiff bar will discuss these cases. Read more