Center for Labor and Employment Law

Labor Center presents "TalkShop" for In-house Employment Counsel and Panel Discussion of Workers Centers

On Thursday, October 16, the NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law offered the second iteration of its innovative lunchtime "TalkShop" series for in-house employment counsel.  Around the table, leading the discussion were experienced in-house lawyers Melissa R. Gold. Esq. (JPMorgan Chase & Co.), Erika Ozer (NYU Law '97; Swiss Re America Holding Corporation) and Martin Schmelkin (NYU Law '94; Goldman Sachs & Co.). They were joined by Prof. Samuel Estreicher and Labor Center Advisory Board Member Zachary Fasman (whose firm, Proskauer Rose LLP, hosted the event).  Topics included Tracking and Using Internal Diversity Data, New Obligations of Government Contractors under Obama Administration Executive Orders, EEOC Review of Settlement and Release Agreements, Possible New NLRB Tests for Joint Employers, Designing and Implementing Employment Arbitration Policies, and “Implicit Bias” Issues and Training.  The TalkShop format is designed to encourage sharing of issues of current concern and best practices among peer practitioners in various market sectors.


Recognizing that many recent campaigns to promote workers’ rights are led by worker centers rather than traditional unions, the Labor Center assembled a panel discussion on Thursday, November 6, Worker Centers: A New Form of Worker Organization?, to consider the goals, funding and structure of workers centers, how they compare to labor unions and how their goals and activities are affected, if at all, by U.S. labor law.

Professor Kate Griffith (NYU Law '04) of Cornell ILR School presented a paper on the organizing models, funding, sources, and achievements of worker centers, and addressed the questions various types of worker centers may pose for the National Labor Relations Act.  Discussants included Dennis A. Lalli of Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC, Patricia McConnell (NYU Law '78) of Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein P.C., and Tosh Anderson of the National Mobilization Against Sweatshops (NMASS), a New York City-based worker center organizing immigrant workers in New York’s service industry. Professor Estreicher introduced the program, and Aaron Halegua, a research fellow of NYU School of Law, moderated.
 

Our Upcoming Programs

Upcoming programs of the Center for Labor and Employment include the following. 

Check back soon for further details and information on registering.

 

 

 Date and Time

Friday, November 14, 2014


 

 Program

Labor Center Board Meeting 

 

 Location

Ninth Floor, Furman Hall
NYU School of Law
245 Sullivan Street
 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Income Inequality: Causes and consequences 

Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall
NYU School of Law 
40 Washington Square south

Wednesday-Friday, March 11-13, 2015 18th Annual Employment Law Workshop for Federal Judges Ninth Floor, Furman Hall
NYU School of Law
245 Sullivan Street
 
Friday, March 13, 2015

Labor Center Board Meeting 

Ninth Floor, Furman Hall
NYU School of Law
245 Sullivan Street


For further information, please contact Torrey Whitman at labor.center@nyu.edu.
 

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