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 from the Chair
Andrew Schpak 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.
YLD Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, Fall 2013
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gina Moshiri (email@example.com).
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