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Labor and Employment Law Committee

The Labor and Employment Law Committee addresses the multitude of laws governing employee-employer, union-management, and union-employee relationships including federal, state and local non-discrimination laws, wage and hour laws, the National Labor Relations Act, leave laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, among many others.

Recent topics addressed by the Committee include equal employment rights for LGBT individuals, employer background checks and barriers to employment of ex-offenders, non-compete agreements and law, employee privacy rights and employer restrictions on employee use of social media, ethics in employment law, the impact of the new healthcare law on employers and employees, the impact of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on class action and mandatory arbitration in employment, and recent NLRB challenges to social media policies, mediation best practices and increasing diversity of arbitrators. Among their many projects, committee members organize and sponsor between 10 and 20 seminars per year, have proposed and successfully lobbied for passage of new laws impacting the workplace, written reports and letters in support or against proposed federal, state and local laws, prepared guides for use by pro se litigants and mediators in the federal courts. The committee also hosts speakers.

Recent Reports

Employer Diversity Initiatives: Legal Considerations for Employers and Policymakers (April 2012)( PDF )
Subject area: Employment Discrimination

Letter regarding the Standing Administrative Order which provides that all employment discrimination case, other than cases involving violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, will be automatically referred to mediation (April 2012)( PDF )
Subject area: Employment Discrimination

Rights of Workers Dealing with Serious Health Conditions, Illnesses or Disabilities in the State of New York (January 2012)( PDF )
Subject area: Employee Rights--Health Conditions

For the full list of committee reports click here

Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.


Constructive Perspectives: Are New York’s Construction Safety and Insurance Laws Serving the Public? – 3/13/14 Event Materials

What Passage of the Marriage Equality Law Will Mean for Same-Sex Couples in New York: A Multidisciplinary Forum - 10/4/11 Event Materials