Welcome all to the Labor & Employment Law Section of the Boston Bar Association!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Where did the summer go?  We hope you all had a chance to enjoy it and are now looking forward to the fall and a great line up of programs that will assist you with your practice.                                                                        

On the BBA's website, you can learn more about the upcoming Labor & Employment Section's programs, events and activities.  However, here is a sneak preview of what currently lies ahead:

September:   

We will have a Brown Bag on Thursday September 27, 2012 entitled Employee Retention of Evidence Upon Termination.  This program examines, from the perspective of counsel for employer and employee, the legal, ethical and tactical challenges that arise when employees retain employer information upon termination.

The speakers will be Kevin C. Merritt, Segal Roitman LLP and Laurence J. Donoghue, Morgan, Brown & Joy. 

October:

On Monday October 1, 2012 we will have an educational program entitled Supreme Court: A Look Back and a Look Forward. During this program we will review the labor and employment decisions from last year and analyze their impact, including the Affordable Care Act’s employment provisions, and decisions on religious institutions, narrowing the FMLA for public sector employees, and the FSLA exemption for outside sales people.  We will also look forward to what is on the docket for the 2012 Term, such as class action issues, affirmative action, and who is a supervisor under Title VII; and what may be added to the docket, such as the constitutionality of DOMA. 

The speakers will be Nina Kimball, Kimball Brousseau LLP, Mark Burak, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Anne Josephson, Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP, and Diane Saunders, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

On Wednesday October 10, 2012, we will have an educational program on Arbitration basics.  This educational program will focus on the “nuts and bolts” of labor arbitration. Attendees will learn how to assess their evidence in just cause and contract dispute cases, how to manage client expectations in the arbitration process, how to propose or anticipate settlement offers at all stages of the process, how to prepare an opening statement, evidence and witnesses for the hearing, and what to expect at a hearing.

Speakers to be determined.

If you are interested in Labor & Employment law, we encourage you to attend one of the above programs. In addition, we welcome all members to write an article and post it on the Labor & Employment Section website.  If you have any interest in doing so, please contact Nina Kimball from Kimball Brousseau, LLP and/or Robert Fisher from Foley Hoag LLP.    

Once again, welcome!  We look forward to seeing you at one of our many events this fall.

Sincerely,

Katherine J. Michon and Mark Burak

Labor & Employment Law Section Co-Chairs