Mar 07

Supreme Court Upholds ERISA Preemption of State Recording Laws

By Ross Pollack. On March 1, in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Second Circuit decision finding that a Vermont law requiring self-covered entities to report healthcare information was preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA” or the “Act”). At issue in the case was …

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Mar 01

New York City Restaurants Adopt a No-Tipping Policy

By Charles Lazo on March 2, 2016. In the past few decades, Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) lawsuit filings have been increasing at a steep rate. This can partly be contributed to FLSA, but also to states’ parallel wage and hour laws. In particular, state laws that pertain to tip credit. Under FLSA, a restaurant …

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Feb 08

Spring 2016: Distinguished Speaker Series Announcement

The Labor Relations and Employment Law Society is thrilled to announce our Distinguished Speaker Series for the spring, 2016 semester. Specific details of the various speaking events will be made available in the coming weeks, as we approach the event dates. In the meantime, be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates: On …

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Feb 05

St. John’s Law Students Continue Dominance in NYSBA Writing Competition and Student Service Awards


On Friday, January 29, three St. John’s Law students attended the New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s Annual Meeting Luncheon, where they received various awards. Anthony Holesworth (’16) won first place in the Stein Memorial Writing Competition for the second consecutive year. Anthony also won third place in the Kaynard Memorial …

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Nov 10

Salary Arbitration in Sports Conference | Thursday 11/19

Next week, St. John’s will be hosting the Salary Arbitration in Sports Conference. Salary arbitration is a unique method of determining player salaries in professional sports. In fact, only two sports leagues – Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League – utilize the salary arbitration process.  Much has been written about it, but the …

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Sep 12

National Labor Relations Board Favors Fast-Food Unionizing Efforts in a 3-to-2 Ruling

At the end of the summer, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) came down with a game-changing decision that affected fast-food chains and related companies dealing with contractors and franchisees. The decision heavily favored unions because it changed the meaning of an employer-employee relationship by including a staff contractor—a person hired to staff the …

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Jul 16

17th Annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference – Peggy Browning Fund

The 17th Annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 2015 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, Maryland. Each year this conference brings together law students, experts and practitioners from all over the nation to discuss workers’ rights law. The conference is …

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Jun 10

Memorial Services for Joseph Fannell


We have some very unfortunate news to share. A member of our Labor and Employment Law family, Jeff Fannell, has lost his 22-year-old son, Joseph. As many of you know first-hand, Jeff is a superb professor and a spectacular alumnus. He is a double alum of St. John’s (CPS ’92, LAW ’96), a long-time adjunct …

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May 05

Executive Committee of the Board of Advisors Dinner Reception & Meeting

On April 16, 2015, St. John’s Center for Labor and Employment Law had its Executive Committee of the Board of Advisors dinner reception and meeting that was graciously hosted by William Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of New York. The event was held at BV’s Grill in Manhattan, where Professor …

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Apr 21

Congratulations to 2015 Scholarship Winners!

Dean Michael A. Simons, Dean and John V. Brennan Professor of Law and Ethics, and Professor David L. Gregory, the Dorothy Day Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Center, are pleased to announce the St. John’s Law students named 2015 Scholars for Excellence. They would also like to thank all of the generous …

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