The Labor & Employment Law Committee serves as a resource for attorneys, whose practice involves employment and traditional labor practice, including litigation in the courts, administrative agencies and arbitrations. The committee provides a forum for discussion and serves as a resource for attorneys who handle employment discrimination and harassment claims, retaliation and whistle blower claims, wage and hour claims, breach of employment contract claims, employment torts, unfair labor practice claims and other types of employment or labor related claims.
Message form the Chair
Welcome to the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD). Our Committee members range from young lawyers who practice exclusively labor or employment law, to those just beginning to explore labor and employment law. Sign up for our listserv, a link to join is on the right hand side of the page, to stay connected and take advantage of all the resources available to our members.
The Committee strives to provide members with valuable and unique educational and professional development opportunities. Opportunities for the 2012-2013 bar year include: live Section and Committee conferences, CLEs and networking events, webinars, teleconferences, social networking, and print and electronic updates. Join us in developing or fine tuning your basic skills as well as staying apprised of the latest developments in Labor and Employment Law. You will have the opportunity to network with top scholars, attorneys, and agency leaders, get their name out and stay connected, and gain special insight into the policy and mechanics of this practice area. You can participate in committee conference calls or email leadership to suggest programming ideas.
We also welcome you to become more involved in the Committee. One great way to get involved is to author articles for the 101/201 Article Series or for other YLD publications. The 101 Practice Series provides new lawyers with introductory information about the basics of law practice. The 201 Practice Series focuses on more advanced in-depth topics. You can contact Vice-Chair Sarah Bryan SFask@littler.com for more information or to volunteer.
At ABA YLD Meetings this year we schedule informal meet ups (coffee or happy hour) to help committee members meet each other and for us to meet as many of you face-to-face.
If you have questions about the Committee, would like to learn how to get involved, or would like to offer us any suggestions, please feel free to contact us.
Thank you for your interest.
Gina Moshiri, Co-Chair
Aaron P. Janik, Co-Chair
Andrew Schpak currently serves as the ABA YLD Secretary-Treasurer and will Chair the Division during the 2014-2015 bar year. He represents management in employment litigation and provides advice in employment matters. When asked about his work as an employment lawyer and with the ABA YLD, he had the following to say: Full Q & A (PDF)
Become a YLD Fellow
Highlights of this program are:
Participants receive a two-year Fellowship with the Section of Labor & Employment Law
Participants are assigned to a Section standing committee
Participants are expected to attend the midwinter meetings of their assigned committee
In addition to a waiver of the registration fee, participants will be reimbursed by the Section for their midwinter meeting travel expenses.
Applications are solicited in the spring and early summer, with a submission deadline of August 31. Fellowships are announced in mid-September.
Access the YLD Fellowship Program Form here.
Navigating the Treacherous Family Medical Leave Seas: A Map for Handling the Most Common and Troublesome Family Medical Leave Issues
**The Complimentary Download is Available to all ABA Members**
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About the Program: Millions of people have been affected by the enactment of the Family Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, and state medical leave laws. Since its enactment in 1993 it has been widely used, but often criticized, by employers and employees alike. This is due, in part, to both management and labor not understanding what events trigger FMLA or state medical leave protection and what that protection actually provides to an individual. The teleconference is a lively discussion with two practitioners who are familiar with this oft cited but widely misunderstood area of law.
Independent Contractors vs. Employees
**The Complimentary Download is Available to all ABA Members**
About the Program: Misclassifying workers as independent contractors, when in fact they should be employees, can have a drastic impact on a business, large or small. This expert panel discusses the ins and outs of the independent contractor vs. employee distinction, best practices to avoid litigation, and recent trends in the field.
The 101 Practice Series: Breaking Down the Basics
The practice series is an online resource for new lawyers covering basic training in both substantive and practical aspects of a law practice. With over 170 quick tips and tools, this series is an essential resource for lawyers in their first three years of practice and is exclusively available to ABA members.
Time Management Tips
Understanding the Importance of Marketing and Client Development
When You're One of the Few: Advice for Women and Lawyers of Color
Effective Written Communication: Thinking Like a Writer
Adjunct Teaching Opportunities as Marketing Tools
Balancing Life and Work
How to Break Bad News to Your Client
Using Paralegals Wisely
Working Efficiently with Your Assistant
Quick and Easy Ethics Tips
Professional Responsibility Reminders
Confidentiality, Privilege: A Basic Value in Two Different Applications
Labor and Employment Law
10 "Knows" Might Get You A "Yes" - Effective Employment Mediation Representation Techiques
A Primer on the ERISA Claims Process
An Overview Of What All Employment Practitioners Need To Know About Identity Theft And The Fair And Accurate Credit Transactions Act
Are You Exempt From Overtime Under The Fair Labor Standards Act?
Business Owners Beware: Employees Cannot Waive FMLA Claims
Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation
Defending Your First Employment Discrimination Case
Domestic Violence In The Workplace
Employer Unfair Labor Practices under the National Labor Relations Act
Evaluating Damages in Employment Discrimination Cases
How To Prevent Retaliation Claims In The Workplace
Picking Your Battles: When to Take, or Walk Away From, an Employment Case
The ABCs of the WARN Act
The Employee Free Choice Act - Bracing for Change
The Employment Discrimination Plaintiff's Deposition
The Essential Elements of an Employee Handbook
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 ("USERRA")
Tips Every Lawyer Should Know About the EEOC
USCIS Issues New Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) - Effective December 26, 2007
What Every Employment Lawyer Should Know About Code Section 409A
Interested in writing an article?
If so, we would love to hear from you! 101 articles are geared toward new lawyers and should cover general topics and include snapshot tips in law and practice. 201 articles are designed for those who already have a baseline of knowledge in the relevant field. The articles should be drafted to deliver specific, practical information in an easy-to-read format that maintains a professional presentation, as opposed to articles you might submit to law reviews, scholarly journals, or magazines. The writing should be clear and concise, using common words and generally short sentences in short paragraphs to communicate practical information. When feasible, you should write in the active voice and include tips, lists, bullet points, examples, good quotes, lively writing, and other techniques to facilitate the readers' grasp of information. In general, articles follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, and Webster's 11th edition. Most articles are fewer than 300 words; the longest features are approximately 600 words.
If you are interested in writing a more substantive article, we would be happy to discuss the option of writing an article for one of the Section of Labor & Employment Law's publications.
For more information email Aaron Janik (email@example.com) or Gina Moshiri (firstname.lastname@example.org).
||Stark Law Basics|
This program provides a basic understanding of the federal Stark Law for new healthcare lawyers and a refresher for experienced lawyers. The Stark Law... more
|Committee Sponsored CLE Presentation -- Ethical Boundaries When Negotiating Settlements on Behalf of Your Clients |
August 3, 2012
|Our Committee is sponsoring a CLE presentation on ethical boundaries when negotiating settlement agreements at the ABA Annual Meeting. The presentation will occur on Friday, August 3, 2012 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the Alpine Ballroom II at the Swissotel in Chicago, Illinois. We look forward to seeing you at the presentation!|
June 19, 2013 - June 21, 2013
Capital Hilton Hotel
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