Employment & Labor Relations Law

Programs & Materials

The Employment and Labor Relations Law Committee often proposes and sponsors programs at both the ABA Annual meeting and Litigation Section Meeting.  If you would like to be involved in submitting proposals for our committee, please contact our Program Chairs.

Below are the online, recorded programs, which we encourage you to download and take advantage of.  These are previously recorded Sound Advice programs, or Roundtable Programs.


Sound Advice shares the experience and collective wisdom of our committee members.  These sound advice pieces are easily accessible through Podcast, iTunes, or RSS.  For more information about Sound Advice, or to view other programs submitted by other committees, go to

Religious Accommodations in the Workplace
Tamara Jones
Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP
Dallas, TX
Religious-discrimination claims have skyrocketed in recent years. Employment-law expert Tamara Jones examines many of the latest developments in “failure to accommodate” claims under Title VII. (12:33 min)

Religious Accommodations in the Workplace - Part II
Tamara Jones
Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP
Dallas, TX
Religious-discrimination claims have skyrocketed in recent years. Employment-law expert Tamara Jones examines many of the latest developments in “failure to accommodate” claims under Title VII. (12:33 min)

Evidentiary Impact of EEOC Reasonable-Cause Determinations on Employment-Discrimination CasesKevin O’Connor
Peckar & Abramson, PC
River Edge, NJ
Kevin O'Connor discusses whether determinations of probable cause are admissible in court, and whether they preclude the employer from later obtaining summary judgment. (8:32 min)

Pitfalls of the Fair Labor Standards Act for Law FirmsMike Pierro
Allen Norton & Blue, P.A.
Tampa, FL
Labor laws can be complex, even for law firms. Long-time labor and employment attorney Mike Pierro explains the general requirements for law firms as well as some common compliance mistakes. (10:55 min)

10 Tips for Securing Summary Judgment—From the Defense PerspectiveDavid Michael
Gould and Rattner, LLP
Chicago, IL
David Michael outlines steps to take before you move for summary judgment in an employment discrimination case. (5:27 min)

Litigating Front Pay Claims – A Primer
Kevin O’Connor
Peckar & Abramson, P.C.
River Edge, NJ
Employment and Labor
When litigating statutory claims of harassment or discrimination, do you seek reinstatement, front pay, or both? Kevin J. O’Connor outlines the factors that must be considered. (9:57 min)


Roundtables are a free member benefit, where you can call in to hear a speaker or a panel discuss topics such as new case law/ legislation, trial tips, and practice development.  You can also download the archived Roundtable programs.  For more information, go to http://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/resources/roundtables.html.

Below are the archived Roundtable programs sponsored by the Employment and Labor Relations Law Committee:


Social Media: Labor and Employment Implications

Presented on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Eastern 
The explosion of social media has revolutionized the workplace. Applying traditional employment and labor law policies in the social media age has proven complex.
This Roundtable will explore the latest legal trends and issues that social media is having on employer/employee relations, while presenting tips and guidelines for employers and employees alike. Issues to be discussed include (1) steps that employers may and may not take to limit employee social media conduct; (2) employer liability for employee social media misconduct; (3) employee privacy issues; and, (4) best practices for social media policies. 
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What Every Employment Lawyer Should Know About the Affordable Care Act

Presenters:  Charla Bizios Stevens, John E. Rich, Jr., and Sonya Kwon
Presented on: Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 12:00–1:00 p.m. Eastern 
With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act being upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012 and the act's provisions being implemented, this roundtable will cover the essentials of the act that each labor and employer attorney must know. 
The program was presented by Charla Bizios Stevens and John E. Rich, Jr., of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A., as well as Sonya Kwon of Navigant. Charla is the director of McLane's Litigation Department and practices in the firm's employment, education and health care practice groups. John is the director of McLane's Tax Department and advises clients on a host of employee benefit and tax issues. Sonya is Navigant's managing director in its Disputes and Investigations practice and specializes in providing financial, statistical, and complex data-intensive analysis in support of complex litigation and expert testimony.
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Contemporary Strategies for Effective Advocacy in Mediation Preparation

Practice Tips and Developments in Handling 30(b)(6) Depositions

Tom Mauet on Impeachment and Cross-Examination

Dealing with Difficult Judges: What They Didn't Teach You in Law School


Section Annual Conference: April 2011, Miami, FL

Who’s in the Jury Box? Jury Selection and Voir Dire in Civil and Criminal Trials

Thank you to everyone who attended our committee’s jury selection program at the Section of Litigation Annual Conference in Miami in April 2011. Voir dire is a vital component of any jury trial as attorneys attempt to weed out prospective jurors who may be unfavorable to their case. The program examined voir dire from both a civil and criminal attorney’s perspective, demonstrating a mock jury-selection process that will provide practical insight into best practices concerning voir dire. Program speakers included Angela Abel, DecisionQuest, Atlanta, GA; Hon. Jennifer D. Bailey, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Miami, FL; Keathan B. Frink, Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Darryl G. McCallum, Shawe Rosenthal LLP, Baltimore, MD; and David Prather, Clark, Fountain La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin, West Palm Beach, FL.

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Why Can’t I Tweet? Proper and Improper Use of Technology in the Courtroom

Thank you to everyone who attended our committee’s courtroom technology program.  Jurors and witnesses now use technology to research, blog, tweet, and post to Facebook and MySpace about their trials or depositions. This conduct can compromise the integrity of the legal process and has led to the exclusion of jurors, the imposition of fines, and mistrials. The program analyzed what is to be done (if anything). Program speakers included Cynthia Cohen, Verdict Success LLC, Manhattan Beach, CA; Michael P. Downey, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, St. Louis, MO; Hon.Lael Elisabeth Montogomery, Colorado 20th Judicial District Court, Boulder, CO; and Hon. Tiffany Williams, New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, Trenton, NJ.

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