International Labor & Employment Law Committee Newsletter

Issue: May 2013

Editor: Tim Darby | Africa and Middle East Editor: Karen Seigel | Asia and Oceania Editor: Ute Krudewagen | Canada Editor: Gilles Touchette | European Editor: Paul Callaghan | Latin America Editor: Juan Carlos Varela | Law Student Editor: Irene Lehne, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University | USA: Trent Sutton

Committee News

The Eternal City Welcomes the Committee

Wendi Lazar, Earl Brown, and Danny Kaufer

The Eternal City of Rome served as the host for the 2013 Committee Midyear Meeting

The event, as witnessed by the many positive statements received, was a grand success. The large number of attendees, the quality of the programs and speakers and the new twist added to the Committee's activities to welcome and include both first-time attendees and returning attendees contributed to the success of the event.

Over the four days of the meeting, panelists discussed a number of interesting topics that dealt with, amongst others, the issue of family leaves both in North America and Europe, the rights of unionized workers in the 21st century, austerity and its effect on the workforce, whistleblowing, cross-border discovery and gender discrimination in the financial services industry, and a general overview of the legislative changes in different jurisdictions.

We were fortunate to commence the meeting with an address by Erin Nickerson, Chief Economist for the US Consulate in Rome, who led an extremely interesting discussion on the issues facing the EU, employers in the EU, their workforces and the consequences of those issues as they relate to other foreign jurisdictions including, of course, the United States.

We take this opportunity to thank all the moderators, the speakers, the organizers and, of course, the efforts of those people who established the first-time attendee mentoring program and the lunch held with the first-time attendees and their mentors, which was sponsored by Heenam Blaikie.

Lastly, we were able to hold a Wednesday lunch time reception with certain members of the Labor and Employment Section of the Bar of Rome. Other than the food which was, of course, exceptional, the venue chosen was just spectacular and the members of our Committee are hopeful that the relationships created will continue for many years to come.

In the same vein, we would like to thank our Tuesday night reception host, the law firm of Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, who hosted a reception in their offices. The beauty of those offices and the warmth and kindness of the partners and associates of that firm made the evening both memorable and most enjoyable. We also would like to thank all the new and returning sponsors of Sunday night's reception including A.L. Assistenza Legale, Bloomberg BNA, Greenberg Traurig, Grimaldi Studio Legale, L & E Global, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Orrick, Outten & Golden and Proskauer. The Committee is always looking for new sponsors to support our programs and events and we are so appreciative of those firms and companies that generously offer support and sponsorship.

2014 Committee Midyear Meeting will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel

Wendi Lazar, Earl Brown, and Danny Kaufer

During the course of the Thursday business meeting of the 2013 Rome Committee Midyear Meeting, it was decided that next year's Midyear Meeting will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, from May 4 to May 8, 2014. It should be noted that these dates are subject to change. However, it is definite that the early part of May will be the timeframe within which the 2014 Midyear Meetingwill take place. We already have begun discussions on both programs and activities for the 2014 meeting and we hope to build on our Rome success and welcome both many more new first-time attendees and our regular attendees. See you next year in Israel.

Committee Programs at Annual Section Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2013

Wendi Lazar, Earl Brown, and Danny Kaufer

Our Committee's programs for the 2013 Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference have been finalized. The three programs will deal with (a) Alternate Workforces, (b) International Framework Agreements (IFAs) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Their Recent Arrival in North America and (c) Is Latin America an Alternative to China for U.S. and Canadian Companies? Each of these programs will involve excellent moderators and speakers and will deal with cutting-edge issues such as the effect of alternate workforces in countries facing austerity measures and the recent changes to laws in the United Kingdom and, just recently in France, to cover companies who hire temporary workforces and who now will be obliged to treat these workers comparable to regular full-time workers. In the area of the IFAs and CSR, we recently have seen a major US company sign an IFA and, equally as important, we have seen labor boards in Canada deal with the situation of a company that signs an IFA and what impact that has on subsequent unfair labor practices complaints against the same company in a jurisdiction far removed from the head office of the company where the IFA was signed. Lastly, recent employer-friendly reforms in Mexico, Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America are clearly motivated by attempts to make those regions more favorable to multi-nationals and have indeed contributed to economic growth within those regions. These changes will be explored by our panel of experts and specific examples will be discussed to show how Latin American jurisdictions have been impacted by these changes.

Even though we are months away from the New Orleans Conference, we already are exploring topics for the 2014 Annual Section Conference. Anyone who has an idea, suggestion or would like to get involved is more than welcome to address an e-mail to Wendi Lazar, Earl Brown, or Danny Kaufer.

We look forward to seeing you all in New Orleans and hope that your summer will be safe and restful.

Discussion at ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco
Friday, August 3, 2012 -8:30-10:00 a.m., Palace Hotel, Mendocino Room, 2nd Floor

The International Labor and Employment Law Committee will have a business meeting for attendees at the ABA Annual Meeting. This session will provide an update on the Committee's programs and publications and will serve as a networking opportunity to learn more about the Committee's functions and plans, including a discussion of proposed topics for the 2014 Midyear Meeting in Tel Aviv. In addition, information on significant developments in the international labor and employment arena will be addressed. Highlights include:

BUSINESS MEETING: 8:30-9:00 a.m.

  • November CLE Sessions--A brief summary of the Committee's planned presentations at the Annual Section Conference in New Orleans
  • The 2014 Midyear Meeting in Tel Aviv--A brief report on planning
  • Webinar Report--Update on the Committee's webinars


  • Discussion of various "hot topics" in international labor and employment law will provide great educational value. The continuation of this invaluable annual update is open to all to attend. CLE credit will not be provided, but the information will give meaningful insights. All Committee members are invited to participate and provide papers or materials.

For more information, contact Danny Kaufer. This is your chance to assist us and participate in our Committee's work. We appreciate, and look forward to, hearing from you.


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