The 2016 School of Law Annual Labor and Employment program was held on Thursday, December 1st from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will consisted of two topical panel discussions, followed by a networking reception with light refreshments and cocktails.

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This year's post-panel networking reception was graciously sponsored by Morgan, Brown & Joy

Panel I: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Panel II: 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Networking reception: 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Northeastern University School of Law 
250 Dockser Hall (65 Forsyth Street) 
Reception held in lounge outside of 250 Dockser. 

Livestreaming Instructions: 
If you are unable to attend the program in-person, we encourage you to utilize our livestreaming service. To access the program on December 1st, please visit: Clicking this link will prompt you to join the "Labor and Employment Program", where you can watch and listen from any internet connected device. 

Panel Descriptions

Panel I
Labor Goes to School – Maybe 

Changes are coming in the educational sector, and the role of organized labor within that environment may also be changing. Teachers in public schools have historically been represented by unions, but the increasing presence of charter schools could alter that reality. Panelists will discuss the posture of organized labor toward charter schools and the employment issues faced by such schools in the absence of unions.

On the higher education front, the National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that graduate students working as teaching or research assistants are employees who may organize to bargain collectively, reversing a prior NRLB decision. Panelists will analyze the reasoning behind the board’s latest position and the impact unionization will have on graduate students and the universities that employ and educate them.

Moderator: Mark Irvings '75, Arbitrator/Mediator, Mark L. Irvings 
Patrick Bryant '01, Partner, Pyle Rome Ehrenberg
Joan Lerner Stein '95, Partner, Stoneman Chandler & Miller
Rachel Munoz '06, Partner, Morgan, Brown & Joy
Jason Walta '99, Senior Counsel, National Education Association 

Panel II
Enough About the Wall: The Employment Realities of Documented and Undocumented Workers

Beyond the heated political rhetoric are the real-world, workforce issues confronting immigrants. What must be done by a non-citizen employee and an interested employer before the employee is able to work legally in the country? What steps must an employer take regarding its workforce to ensure full compliance with the law? If an individual is working without valid documentation, to what extent do whistleblowing, discrimination and wage and hour laws afford protection and remedies? How do you advise an undocumented worker to deal with unlawful conduct by an employer, and what can you do if your client has been caught up in an ICE raid? 

Moderator: Mark Irvings '75, Arbitrator/Mediator, Mark L. Irvings 
Michael Felsen '78, Regional Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor 
Sari Long '13, Associate, Faegre Baker Daniels
Elizabeth Tully '12, Staff Attorney, Justice at Work