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Thursday, May. 12, 2011
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From left to right: Conference Co-Chair Sheryl D. Eisenberg, Esq., Hirsch, Roberts, Weinstein LLP, Boston; Conference Co-Chair Christina L. Montgomery, Esq., Law Office of Christina L. Montgomery, Watertown; Hon. Ralph D. Gants, keynote speaker, Supreme Judicial Court.

Save the Date: 32nd Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference

Join fellow MBA members at the 32nd Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference on Monday, June 6 at the Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston.

  • 8:30 a.m.: Registration

  • 9 a.m.: Introductory remarks

  • 9:15 a.m.: The New and the Noteworthy at the MCAD: Trends, Tips and Changes

    FACULTY: Julian T. Tynes, Esq., chairman, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Boston; Sunila Thomas-George, Esq., Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Boston; Jamie R. Williamson, commissioner, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Boston.

    The commissioners of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination ("MCAD"), Chairman Julian Tynes, Jamie Williamson and Sunila Thomas-George, will join us for a panel discussion about current trends in employment discrimination law and recent and planned regulatory and procedural changes at the MCAD. The panel will discuss the impact of recent decisions in the areas of associational discrimination, including the MCAD's decision in Gryzych v. American Reclamation Corp., arbitration provisions in employment agreements in the wake of the SJC's decision in Joule Inc. v. Simmons, and the future of agency guidelines in the wake of the SJC's decision in GlobalNAPS Inc. v. Awiszus. The commissioners will also discuss current regulatory and procedural initiatives at the MCAD, including the revamping of regulations governing maternity leave, disability discrimination and sexual harassment claims, the status of the MCAD's mediation program and investigatory procedures.

  • 10:30 a.m.: Break

  • 10:45 a.m.: The Future of Employee Voice in the Workplace -- Union and Non-Union

    FACULTY: Nicholas Anastasopoulos, Esq., Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie and Lougee LLP, Worcester; James Bucking, Esq., Foley Hoag LLP, Boston; Prof. Richard B. Freeman, Harvard Law School, Cambridge; Rosemary Pye, Esq., regional director, National Labor Relations Board, Boston.

    Both employees and employers need institutions for collective voice in the work place. With unionization below 8 percent in the private sector, few have unions to express their views on issues. What are employers, employees and unions doing to create mechanisms for voice outside collective bargaining agreements? What can they do? How does the National Labor Relations Board deal with employee voice issues?

  • Noon: Lunch and Keynote Address by Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Ralph D. Gants

  • 1:15 p.m.: Labor Law Update

    FACULTY: Bryan C. Decker, Esq., Sandulli Grace PC, Boston; Alfred S. Gordon, Esq., Pyle Rome Ehrenberg PC, Boston; Peter J. Moser, Esq., Hirsch, Roberts, Weinstein LLP, Boston.

    Labor issues have dominated the news in recent months, with public sector unions fighting back against increased pressure and scrutiny, with lockouts -- actual and threatened -- taking place in several professional sports leagues and with intriguing cases attracting national interest such as the recent NLRB decisions addressing protected activity in the age of social media Web sites like Facebook.

    Join our panel of experienced labor law practitioners as they summarize and explain the most recent labor cases, developments and trends taking place in both the public and private sector. The program promises to be interesting and informative for employment lawyers and is a must for labor law practitioners.

  • 2 p.m.: Break

  • 2:45 p.m.: Is Your Client Ready For This?

    FACULTY: Amy Carlin, Esq., Morgan, Brown & Joy LLP, Boston; Elizabeth A. Rodgers, Esq., Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz LLP, Boston.

    Not your mother's traditional annual update, but a fast paced rapid response check list for 2011 issues you may have missed. This section is designed to highlight the most important issues that have emerged in the past year, with particular emphasis on preparing your client to pursue, investigate, deter and/or defend against claims of discrimination.

  • 4 p.m.: Reception

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