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August 29, 2023

Message from the Co-Chairs

Kelly Bunting, Paul Callaghan, Cristiano Cominotto, Claire Dawson, Monika Mehta, Ify Okoli-Watson

Friends and Colleagues –

Just because the International Labor and Employment Law Committee’s fabulous 2023 Midyear Meeting in Amsterdam is in the rear-view mirror does not mean there aren’t exciting events to look forward to coming up in 2023 and 2024.

First, the Committee is proud to help plan and co-sponsor this year’s ELA/ABA 8th Transatlantic Conference on September 21-22, 2023, in London, with the theme of “The World of Work: Where Next?” The Transatlantic Conference is held every two years and highlights the long-standing and on-going cooperation between ELA and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law. The Conference begins on Thursday, September 21, with cocktails, presentations and a meet-and-greet, so everyone can make new acquaintances and reaffirm old ones. We are honored to have Lord (John) Hendy, King’s Counsel, whom Chambers describes as “a giant at the Bar,” as the keynote speaker on Friday, September 22, who will kick off an exciting day-long program featuring Kathleen Healy, ELA’s International Committee Chair, Denise Clark, the Section’s Chair, and The Honorable Charlotte A. Burrows, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Topics include Employee/ Worker Class Actions: A View from the Front Line, AI in the Workplace: The Rise of the Machines, Gender-Critical Beliefs and their Impact on the Workplace, and Restrictive Covenant Enforcement/Restraint of Trade Challenges for Global Employers. PLUS a special surprise tour that you won’t want to miss! Register for the conference at

Second, we have a great webinar coming up on September 28 at 12 noon CDT, entitled “Menopause: The Newest Protected Status?” Register for this free, non-CLE webinar.

And finally, we cannot believe it is almost time for the ABA 17th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, which is scheduled for November 8-11 in Seattle, Washington. The International Track features two presentations: “The Inclusive Workplace: Global Diversity Policies and Beyond” and “New Trends in the Global Workforce: From Quiet Quitting to Four-Day Workweeks.” You won’t want to miss the International Labor and Employment Law Committee meeting where suggested topics for the 2024 Midyear Meeting (May 5-9 in Mexico City) will be considered or the Committee dinner on Thursday, November 9, which is always a good time and a great way to catch up with friends and meet new colleagues from around the world. Register for the LEL Conference at

See you in Seattle!!

Claire, Cristiano, Ify, Kelly, Monika and Paul

Committee Co-Chairs
Kelly Bunting (Employer Co-Chair)
Paul Callaghan (International-Employer Co-Chair)
Cristiano Cominotto (International-Union & Employee Co-Chair)
Claire Dawson (Employee Co-Chair)
Monika Mehta (Union & Employee Co-Chair)
Ify Okoli-Watson (In-House Corporate Counsel Co-Chair)