Expanding Section Regional Programming
The Section of Labor and Employment Law is initiating a new class of programming that should be of great value to Section members. While our Midwinter Meetings, Annual Section Conference, CLE webinars have long been the leading national programs on labor and employment topics, the Section has searched for ways to provide programming on a regional basis. Some committees have established regional programs: the regional meetings of the Committee on Practice and Procedure under the National Labor Relations Act (P&P) are the best example; some committees have regional chapters that hold substantive meetings; and the Student Trial Advocacy Competition conducts regional competitions. Soon you will be receiving announcements of expanded regional offerings.
The Section will be joining with the Office of the Solicitor of Labor this spring to offer a series of regional programs covering the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) enforcement initiative targeting misclassification of employees and independent contractors. Beginning with programs in Washington and New York, the chairs of our Federal Labor Standards Laws Committee (FLSL) are working with the Solicitor of Labor, Section Leaders and FLSL members to plan presentations around the Nation that will provide insights concerning common misconceptions in analyzing whether an individual is an employee or independent contractor, the focus of DOL's enforcement, and emerging issues in the courts and agencies. The idea for this program grew out of a panel presentation to an overflow crowd at the Section Conference in Atlanta, reflecting a strong demand among our members to better understand this issue and enforcement plans.The Section anticipates that this program will be the leading edge of an increasing number of regional programs that will join with our national programs to maintain our role as the foremost provider of legal education for labor and employment lawyers.
Stewart S. Manela
Chair, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
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