Comments from the Chair
Comments from the Chair
Good News on the ABA's E-Mail Crisis!
As has been previously reported, Immediate Past Section Chair Gordy Krischer and I started the ball rolling on getting the ABA Section Officers Conference working on the ABA's massive email problem that has led 42% of ABA members and Section members to limit their emails from the ABA. A checked box in the Communications Restriction area of your ABA member record prevents us from sending email messages to you about our CLE programs, midwinter meetings, discounts for Early Bird registrations, and even the FLASH. That is why I've been asking you to forward the FLASH to anyone in your firm or outside it [More]
Chair, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
Midwinter Meetings Celebrate Events Promoting Diversity
During the 2012 Midwinter Meeting season, ten Section Standing Committees held sixteen diversity events approved by the Equal Opportunity in the Legal Profession Committee ("EOLP") for Section funding. The Section provides funding of up to $1,000 of reimbursed expenses to committees that hold pre-approved diversity events at their Midwinter Meetings. Here are the highlights of these events. [More]
New ABF Study Reveals Both Defendants and Plaintiffs Question Fundamental Fairness of Employment Discrimination Law
A recently released American Bar Foundation study reveals that plaintiffs' limited resources and tumultuous experiences in litigation lead them to see employment discrimination lawsuits as profoundly unfair. Employer-defendants, too, see discrimination litigation as unfair, but they tend to have resources to manage litigation challenges. [More]
Cybercrimes and the Workplace
At the ABA's 2012 National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law, panelists Michael Stawasz (U.S. Department of Justice), Lauren Schwartzreich (Littler Mendelson), Deidre Lynch (Matheson Ormsby Prentice), and Keith Thomas (Digital Forensics Cybersecurity Services and Solutions) reminded attendees that, in addition to the civil liability that employment lawyers tend to be alert for in departing employee scenarios, departing employees can also be criminally liable for theft or misappropriation of trade secrets or confidential information stored on an employer's computer network. At the same time, employers may subject themselves to criminal or civil penalties when investigating departing employees. New developments under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Stored Communications Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and various other laws are ... [More]
6th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference
Registration has opened for the Section's 6th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference. The Conference provides an opportunity to meet and talk with top practitioners representing plaintiffs, employers, unions and neutrals, as well as in-house counsel, academics, and government lawyers and regulators. In addition to top quality CLE programming, we've planned networking receptions at some great Atlanta locations that will allow you to communicate with your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy some southern hospitality. The Conference also offers you an unparalleled opportunity to learn about government initiatives from agency representatives.
Register early to take advantage of substantial early registration discounts.
We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!
ABA Annual Meeting
The Section is pleased to announce its agenda for the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting. Visit our Website for a complete program including a listing of speakers confirmed to date. Registration information is available on the Annual Meeting Website.
Coming Soon: Railway Labor Act, Third Edition
The Railway Labor Act is the definitive resource to enrich case research and planning with vital background on the federal labor law of railways and airlines, including references to more than 1,200 cases, the text of the RLA, and the National Mediation Board (NMB) Rules and Manual. The authors' valuable insights are sure to maximize the effectiveness of negotiators or advocates. The treatise presents balanced, exhaustive analysis from the experts on each issue or topic relating to the RLA, including scope of coverage and selection of a bargaining representative--a "soup to nuts" discussion of the NMB's representation function, and judicial protection of employee RLA rights.
Important updates in the Third Edition include:
- A new chapter devoted exclusively to mergers and acquisitions in the airline and railroad industries that includes discussion of the application of the NMB's Merger Procedures regarding representation rights, the effect of mergers and acquisitions on rights under existing collective bargaining agreements, the effect of the Surface Transportation Board's protective conditions in the railroad industry, and the effect of the McCaskill-Bond Amendment regarding seniority integration procedures in the airline industry
- A new discussion of contract-formation decisions pertaining to collective bargaining agreements
- A substantially re-organized chapter dealing with the enforcement of collective bargaining agreements, including a new discussion of procedural and substantive unconscionability
Section members are entitled to significant discounts on this and other Section treatises published by Bloomberg BNA, including: Labor Union Law and Regulation and 2011 Cumulative Supplement, and Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by-State Survey, Second Edition. For a complete listing of Section titles and discounted prices, and to order, visit www.bna.com/bnabooks/abale.
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