Labor and Employment Law Program

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Advancing the World of Work Through Law

The Labor and Employment Law Program (LEL) merges law and social science research to provide attorneys, legislators, social scientists, and policymakers with multifaceted perspectives at forums and conferences. Current and emerging legal issues affecting the workplace are analyzed with the goal of influencing research, legislation, policy, and litigation.

NEW FREE CLE WEBINAR

ADA Employment and Accessibility Issues Impacted by COVID-19 Reopening Measures

Thursday, June 25, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

As businesses reopen and put COVID-19 safety measures into place, building owners and employer tenants will be facing a new world. Reduced numbers of people will be allowed in building lobbies and elevators. People entering will have their temperatures taken, be required to wear masks and socially distance, and may be asked to complete a health questionnaire. If positive cases of COVID-19 develop, contact tracing will be required and building owners and employers will be providing information to anyone potentially exposed to COVID-19.

Asking an employee "How are you?" is no longer a simple question. It could lead to sending someone with symptoms home, inadvertently learning about an underlying health condition, or a request for reasonable accommodation. CDC Guidelines for offices mean that workplaces will need to plan for employees who may not be able to see the markings placed on the floor to direct movement, read new signs or lips hidden behind masks, physically tolerate wearing a mask, or maneuver a wheelchair in aisles made narrower by reconfigured workstations or limited building entrances.

All of these factors will raise ADA employment, accomodation, and accessibility issues. Join us for a discussion on how building owners and employer tenants can work together to provide a safe and inclusive workplace.

Our speakers for this program are:
Wendy Strobel Gower, Project Director, Northeast ADA Center, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell ILR
Eve I. Klein, Esq., Partner and Chair of the Employment, Labor, Benefits & Immigration Practice Group, Duane Morris LLP
Mark S. Weiss, Executive Vice Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

When:
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Time:
2:00 PM-3:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
CLEs:
1.0 NYS CLE - Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias (Transitional and Non-Transitional)

To register, go to:  https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wjlGmHwwQ8mC7TQaDZ-sbg
For questions about this program, e-mail esta_bigler_ilr-lel@cornell.edu

AGENDA (DOCX, 58 KB)

BIOs (DOCX, 64 KB)

MATERIALS & PPTS LIST WITH LINKS (DOCX, 58 KB)

RECENT WEBINARS

Reopening and Older Workers: The Intersection of the ADA and the ADEA - Legal and Practical Considerations

In case you missed the program live, here is the link to the video; unfortunately, we cannot offer CLEs for the recorded version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6rYkNgF3fY

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The CDC guidance has identified people who are 65 and above as at higher risk for serious health consequences if they contract COVID-19. Additionally, this group may have age-related health conditions, which increase their risks. As businesses reopen and bring people back to the workplace, both employers and older workers will be confronting this issue. Some members of this population may want to go back to the traditional workplace, while others may not. Employees may want to telework, particularly if they have been working remotely during the shutdown. What if telecommuting is not possible? What will be the employment consequences for older workers and what protections are available under the ADEA? How should employers handle requests for special safety measures or health related accommodations under the ADA? As counsel for employers, workers and unions, what are the options to discuss with your clients?

Our speakers for this program are:
Chai R. Feldblum, Partner and Director of Workplace Culture Consulting, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; former EEOC Commissioner
Laurie A. McCann, Senior Attorney, Litigation, AARP Foundation

When:
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Time:
2:00 PM-3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
CLEs:
1.0 NYS CLE - Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias (Transitional and Non-Transitional)

AGENDA (DOCX, 58 KB)

BIOS (DOCX, 63 KB)

MATERIALS LIST WITH LINKS (DOCX, 59 KB)

Employer Liability Protection, Workers' Compensation, and a National Fund

In case you missed the program live, here is the link to the video; unfortunately, we cannot offer CLEs for the recorded version.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU-bz1qayVo

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

As the economy continues to open up, employers are seeking to be insulated from liability if an employee gets sick or dies from COVID-19. Do employers need additional protection from negligence lawsuits, given what is currently provided by workers' compensation and tort law? With the high number of deaths from the coronavirus, what is the best way to compensate families for the death of a worker? Should Congress estabilsh a COVID-19 Federal Death Benefits Fund? How would this work with the NYS Workers' Compensation program? Join us for a discussion of what employers and workers need to move forward safely and fairly.

Our speakers for this program are:
John H. Beisner, Partner and Leader of Skadden's Mass Torts, Insurance and Consumer Litigation Group, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Joseph W. Canovas, Special Counsel to the New York State AFL-CIO
Robert Snashall, Former Chair of the NYS Workers' Compensation Board
W. Bradley Wendel, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

When:
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Time:
2:00 PM-3:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
CLEs:
1.0 NYS CLE - Professional Practice (Transitional and Non-Transitional)

MATERIALS

AGENDA (PDF, 284 KB)

BIOS (PDF, 164 KB)

MATERIALS LIST WITH LINKS (DOCX, 58 KB)

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

     

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