New York University School of Law
61st Annual Conference on Labor Sponsored by the Center for Labor and Employment Law

Thursday, June 5, 2008 – Friday, June 6, 2008

About the Conference

Global Labor and Employment Law for the Practising Lawyer

Lipton Hall, D'Agostino Hall
108 West Third Street
New York, New York 10012

Global labor and employment law from the perspective of the practising laweyer -- is the theme of New York University’s 61st Annual Conference on Labor, June 5-6, 2008,  the nation’s premier forum for consideration of workplace issues.

Bringing together leading practitioners, government officials and academics, the NYU Conference offers a rare opportunity for sustained and balanced dialogue with the experts on cutting-edge developments in this field.  Virtually every important dimension of this topic will be explored in papers and commentary, including:

  • In seconding U.S. workers abroad or bringing non-U.S. workers here, what the are best  practices in terms of choosing among and integrating applicable employment laws and regulatory requirements?
    How does one best navigate U.S. immigration and trade adjustment laws to obtain and retain people from abroad?
  • For global companies, are diversity initiatives best handled at the local level or at the global level?  Will positive discrimination laws in various countries hamper a uniform approach?
  • Can relatively uniform benefits plans be drafted and implemented for a worldwide workforce?  In particular, how should social security contributions and credits be administered to maximize benefits for employees?
  • Does it make sense to respond to increasing demands of NGOs by establishing strict labor and employment standards for multinational enterprises?  To what extent should these standards exceed standards set by local laws?  Show they be keyed to international instruments like ILO Conventions?  Should they provide for monitoring and audits by outside organizations?
  • How do companies operating in continental Europe deal with unions and works council in designing and implementing new technologies and policies adversely affecting staffing levels?
  • What is the labor and employment picture for U.S. and European companies operating in China, Vietnam, Thailand, and other emerging Asian economies?
  • Is the U.S. the worldwide laggard in workplacy privacy and whistleblower protections law?

The final session features a special presentation on ethical issues in a multi-jurisdictional practice by noted plaintiff lawyer Pearl Zuchlewski and her equally distinguished management counterpart, Ted Rogers – both members of the Advisory Board of NYU’s Center for Labor and Empployment Law. 


Our distinguished luncheon speakers are:

  • Thursday, June 5, 2008 – Hon. Adam B. Greene, V.P. for Labor Affairs and Corporate Responsibility at the U.S. Council for International Business
  • Friday, June 6, 2008 – Hon. Barry Kearney, Associate General Counsel for Advice, National Labor Relations Board

Our overall moderator for the Friday sessions will be Hon. Wilma Liebman, Member of the National Labor Relations Board and also a member of the NYU Labor Center Advisory Board.

CLE  Information

CLE credit (14 hours of CLE credit including 2 hours of ethics/professionalism)
under New York State is available; for those interested in pursuing CLE for states other than New York we will provide certificates of completion for submission to your respective state boards. This program is eligible for transitional CLE credit.  Full or partial scholarships are available on a limited basis for cases of demonstrated financial hardship.

Conference Fee includes all materials, breakfast and lunch both days, and refreshments.