Past Programs

Addressing Challenges to Employment Arbitration

A joint program of the NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law and the American Arbitration Association.


72nd Annual NYU Conference on Labor

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Thursday and Friday, June 13 and 14, 2019

On June 13-14 at the 72nd NYU Annual Conference on Labor, the Labor Center explored the impact of artificial intelligence and automation – including machine learning, deep learning, data mining, robotics, facial recognition software, use of analytics to predict future success – on work, workers, and the workplace.  

Presentations included:
Keynote Address by Hon. Kate O’Scannlain (Solicitor, U.S. Dept. Of Labor)
Job Displacement Effects of AI
Luncheon Address by Hon. Peter Robb (General Counsel, NLRB)
Programs in Mitigation of Impact on Workers
How Are Companies Using AI?
How Are Other Countries Handling AI?
Keynote Address by Hon. John F. Ring (Chair, NLRB)
Labor Law Issues
Privacy and Discrimination Issues
Luncheon Address by Hon. Jenny R. Yang (Urban Institute; Former Chair, EEOC)
Professional Responsibility Issues


German Model of Codetermination Program Poster


Friday, April 5, 2019, from 8:45 AM to 10:45 AM EDT

"Mitbestimmung," or codetermination, is the German model of worker participation integral to both labor law and corporate governance in Germany. The concept has gained attention in the U.S., discussed by the United Auto Workers and Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant.  Join the NYU Labor Center to discuss the German experience and whether it might offer lessons to American companies and unions for a better way forward in labor relations, especially in confronting difficult challenges like technological disruption.


Jeffrey Gordon (Columbia Law School)
Carsten Huebner (Transatlantic Labor Institute)
Hon. Wilma B. Liebman (former Chair, NLRB)
Tobias Shulze-Cleven (Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations) 
Steven Swirsky (Epstein, Becker & Green)
Faculty Director: Samuel Estreicher, Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law (NYU Law)




Wednesday, November 28, 9:00-11:30 a.m. 
(Continental breakfast available at 8:30.)

Full event information and registration are available here.

A year ago, the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke and the #MeToo Movement took off. Now it is time to assess the impact. Join the NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law for a look at recent developments, including  New York legislation that aims to bar mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment claims, corporate in-house responses, and a review of EEOC filings and prevention initiatives.

What is working well? What are the unforeseen consequences? What are the concerns of employers and employees in the wake of these changes?


EEOC Commissioner Charlotte Burrows
Gary D. Friedman (Weil, Gotshal & Manges)
Cara Greene  (Outten & Golden)
Erika Ozer '97 (Swiss Re)
Christopher Reilly (Pitney Bowes)

Moderated by Davida Perry (Schwartz, Perry, Heller), with welcoming remarks by Samuel Estreicher, Dwight D. Opperman Professor of  Law, NYU School of Law

This event was co-sponsored by NYU Law Women and The Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network.


71st Annual NYU Conference on Labor

On June 7th and 8th, 2018, over 140 people attended the NYU 71st Annual Conference on Labor.  New leaders at the DOL (Solicitor Kate O'Scannlain) and NLRB (Chairman John Ring and General Counsel Peter Robb) addressed the audience, while academics, plaintiff and management attorneys, government and company representatives discussed developments in the labor and employment field under the Trump Administration. Labor Center Faculty Director, Professor Samuel Estreicher, presided over the Conference. 

Labor Center Board Member Marjorie Mesidor (Phillips & Associates) gives a dynamic presentation on the Elimination of Bias, illustrated by audience reactions to various shoes. Seated Left: Stephen Sonnenberg (JAMS)


  • "Joint Employer" Issues
  • DOL's "Paid" Program, Opinion Letters, & Other Initiatives
  • Prior Salary Disclosure Laws
  • Changes at the NLRB
  • Reverse Preemption
  • Harassment in the Workplace
  • EEO Initiatives
  • Non-Mutual Issue Preclusion?
  • "Hire American" Labor Policies

The Conference was made possible in part by support from:



Avoiding the Next Harvey Weinstein: Sexual Harassment and Non-Disclosure Agreements

Friday, February 2, 2018, in Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, NYU School of Law

Issues considered:

        • What are the benefits of such agreements? Does their use shield or promote abusive manager actions and undermine employee rights?
        • What practices should employers, courts, and government enforcement agencies implement to monitor the use of NDAs?
        • The update on mandatory class action waivers.
        • What are best practices for companies for preventing sexual harassment claims and handling crisis management?

Pictured (Left to Right): EEOC Chair Victoria Lipnic, Professor Samuel Estreicher, Michael Delikat, Esq. of Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe, LLP


New Models of Worker Representation:

Friday, April 7, 2017, in Furman Hall, NYU School of Law

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

8:30-10:30 a.m. Program

Labor and employee groups are facing the challenge of the global economy by developing new approaches to the representation of worker interests. Moderated by former NLRB Chair, Wilma Liebman, the event featured David Roll of the Service Employees International Union who has spearheaded the "Fight For Fifteen" movement across the country, and Leonard A. Smith, Teamster leaders who has helped bring bring about the Seattle collective bargaining system for independent contractor Uber drivers. NYU School of Law Labor Center Faculty Director, Professor Samuel Estreicher also presented his paper, "The Labor Antitrust Exemption for (Certain) Independent Contractors."



Talk Shop 2017: Cutting-Edge Employment Law Issues for In-House Counsel and HR Executives:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, in Snow Dining Room, Vanderbilt Hall, NYU School of Law

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

8:30-10:00 a.m. Program

The program was open to only In-House Counsel and HR Executives. Part of a series for specific constituencies, the breakfast offered a briefing on employment law developments and a forum for peers to share best practices and issues of concern. Topics included what legal changes to expect in the Trump Administration, as well as pay inequity strategies, best practices for using data analytics in HR, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements.

Facilitators: Mark E. Brossman and Holy H. Weiss of Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP with Faculty Director, Opperman Professor of Law Samuel Estreicher


Other Past Programs:

  • Artificial Intelligence & Employment Law: "Big Data" and "People Analytics" in Personnel Decisions
  • 69th Annual Conference on Labor: Arbitration and Mediation of Employment and Consumer Disputes
  • Annual NYU Employment Law Workshop for Federal Judges  *by invitation only          
  • A Labor Organization for Start-up Musicians?   *by invitation only          
  • Evening Celebration of Marvin Miller and Baseball Unionism      
  • The Crisis in Public Sector Pension Funds              
  • ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law (co-sponsored by Labor Center);
  • China Labor Research Conference: The China Labor Market        
  • Employment Law Issues for In-House Counsel  
  • Annual Conference on Labor: The Challenge for Collective Bargaining     
  • What TTP Means for the American Economy and Worker
  • The End of Work and The Case for a Universal Basic Income?