On November 18, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it would be pursuing charges against Wal-Mart. The agency’s general counsel reportedly investigated workers claims that Wal-Mart had threatened employees for taking part in walkouts surrounding last year’s Black Friday shopping season. According to the NLRB, in several states, Wal-Mart unlawfully threatened, surveilled, disciplined or terminated employees as a response to or in anticipation of legally protected worker activities. The Wal-Mart stores were in a waide range of states, including: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Washington. Despite authorizing these claims, the NLRB found no merit in other violations alleged. The NLRB found no merit in claims that alleged that worker’s were told to leave private property and changing work schedules. This case will be interesting to see unfold, as Wal-Mart is the largest employer in America, with over 2.2 million employees. 1 Black Friday 2013 is right around the corner and workers are planning other protests of Wal-Marts practices; this authorization of a complaint will give some publicity to the ongoing struggle between Wal-Mart and their employees. 2 For the official release from the NLRB, click here.
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A distinguished panel of alumni and guests joined the CLEL and the LRELS for a spirited and engaging panel on current issues in management-side employment law. Scholarships winners were announced. Congratulations to May Mansour ’14 and Eugene Ubawike ’15 for taking home the Cesar Chavez Memorial Prize and the Alan C. Becker Memorial Prize from Jackson Lewis LLP. The panelists included: Daniel Costello ’99, Vanessa Delaney ’12, Christopher Kurtz ’03, Craig Roberts ’97, Ana Shields ’03, Richard Zuckerman, Natalia Torres, Robert Lafferty, and David Marshall.
The panel discussion ranged from career advice to privacy rights and the implications of the Affordable Care Act.
The panelists spoke about their career paths and what has made them successful in the field. The panelists viewed integrity as a key attribute in building trust and effective relationships; and creating this relationship with clients is a major part of the job.
On the issue of privacy, Richard Zuckerman discussed how employers must balance the need to keep track of employees while making sure not to violate any constitutional protections, such as against unreasonable searches and seizures. Other panelists discussed the right to monitor employee phone calls, GPS tracking, bag searches, and taping phone calls without the person’s consent.
The topic of social media and technology was explored. Several panelists shared their views on how Facebook and other social networking websites have opened up new possibilities as well as problems with privacy.
Overall, the event was extremely informative and the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society would like to thank the panelists, all who were able to attend and congratulate May and Eugene on their accomplishments!
Please join the Center for Labor and Employment Law and the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society on Monday, September 16, 2013 for our Annual Management Lawyers’ Colloquium. Our Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes leaders in the field to the Law School to discuss timely issues and trends in labor and employment law. We are excited to welcome practitioners from a variety of firms and companies including: Bond, Schoeneck & King; Jackson Lewis LLP; Highgate Hotels; Lamb & Barnosky LLP; Coca-Cola Refreshments; Employment Practices Advisors, Inc.; Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom LLP; Hilton Hotels and others.
The 17th annual colloquium will feature a discussion of cutting-edge labor and employment law issues by a distinguished panel of management side labor and employment law attorneys. The event will close with an announcement of the student recipients of the annual Jackson Lewis Scholarship for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law in Memory of Allan C. Becker.
Please join us in the Mattone Family Atrium for networking, and an engaging panel discussion.
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We hope to see you there!
Watch our blog’s founder and recent graduate, Alyssa Zuckerman, speaking about her experiences with this blog, St. John’s Center for Labor and Employment Law, and the Labor and Employment programs at St. John’s University School of Law. Watch the video to hear more about the opportunities available at St. John’s and learn how the STJCLEL helps students gain a broad perspective and assist in defining and advancing a chosen career path.
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On September 13th, 2012, the Center for Labor & Employment Law held it’s 16th annual Management Lawyers Colloquium. The panelists included: Christine Hogan, an associate at Littler Mendelson; Steven Johnson, Group Director of Labor Relations, Northeast Region, at Coca-Cola; Terry O’Neil, partner at Bond, Schoeneck & King; Howard Sokol, partner at Holland & Knight; Evan J. Spelfogel, partner at Epstein, Becker & Green; and Richard Zuckerman, partner at Lamb & Barnosky. The topics covered included the issues management-side attorneys and employers face when dealing with social media in the workplace, navigating and keeping employers in compliance with the NLRB’s advice on social media issues, the challenges associated with advising management-side clients in both the public and private sectors, the pros and cons of practicing labor and employment law, and how to break into the labor and employment law field.
Also announced at the event was the winner of this year’s Jackson Lewis scholarship for Excellence in Labor and Employment law, in memory of Alan C. Becker, May Mansour ’14, and the inaugural winner of the Cesar Chavez Memorial Scholarship, Amanda Jaret ’13. The panel discussion was followed by a dinner for all those in attendance.