The 2015 School of Law Annual Labor and Employment program will be held on Thursday, December 3 and will consist of two topical panel discussions, followed by a networking reception with light refreshments and cocktails.

Panel discussions will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in 250 Dockser Hall at Northeastern University School of Law. They will be immediately followed by a reception in the Dockser 250 lounge. We hope to see you there!

Location: Northeastern University School of Law, Dockser Hall, Room 250 (Reception in lounge outside of 250)

Panel Descriptions

Panel I
The Long Arm of the NLRB 

The NLRB has been particularly active in recent months, to the thrill of some and consternation of others. Besides rulings and the promulgation of new regulations impacting on the ability of unions to organize and other key issues in unionized workplaces, the board has extended its reach into the non-union workplace. Decisions regarding the relationship of social media policies and protected concerted activity, joint employer status and class action waivers in mandatory arbitration provisions may well force those who thought they were just employment lawyers to become familiar with the National Labor Relations Act.

Moderator: Mark Irvings '75, Arbitrator/Mediator, Mark L. Irvings
Richard Griffin ’81, General Counsel, National Labor Relations Board
Rachel Munoz ’06, Associate, Morgan Brown & Joy
Ira Sills ’77, Partner, Segal Roitman

Panel II
Will Employees Disappear, or Is the Gig Economy a Passing Fancy

Employee misclassification is the hot issue in wage and hour law, even drawing the attention of some presidential candidates. Recent actions against Uber, Lyft, Shyp, FedEx, cab companies, strip clubs, home health agencies and potential actions against universities regarding adjunct faculty, threaten to put a damper on this burgeoning trend. Find out the approaches state and federal agencies are taking, and where advocates for plaintiffs and employers feel this area of the law is headed.

Moderator: Mark Irvings '75, Arbitrator/Mediator, Mark L. Irvings 
David Casey ’79, Managing Shareholder, Littler Mendelson Law Firm
Cynthia Mark ’94, Chief of Fair Labor Division, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
Matthew Thomson ’11, Associate, Lichten & Liss-Riordan

Please stay tuned for further event details and a registration link!