Labor and Employment Law Program

Law books, scales, and a gavel

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

Litigating Workplace Health and Safety -
Palmer v. Amazon: A Case Study in a Pandemic

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

COVID-related litigation involving the issue of employer responsibility to protect the health and safety of workers, their families, and the public has been increasing, particularly in the absence of emergency regulations or active enforcement by OSHA. A federal lawsuit brought by workers and their family members against Amazon challenging conditions at its facility in Staten Island, NY, claims that the company has violated workplace safety requirements and created a public nuisance endangering the health of workers, their families, and the larger community. The suit primarily seeks injunctive relief to mandate that Amazon follow public health guidance on such requirements as social distancing, hand washing, sick leave, and contact tracing.

Our panel will address the issues facing workers and empoloyers during this unprecedented pandemic, which shows no signs of abating.

Speakers for this program are:
Deborah Berkowitz, NELP Worker Health and Safety Program Director; formerly OSHA Chief of Staff in the Obama Administration
Martin L. Schmelkin, Partner, Jones Day
Juno Turner, Litigation Director, Towards Justice, one of the four organizations representing the plaintiffs
Moderated by Esta R. Bigler, Director, ILR Labor and Employment Law Program

When:
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Time:
2:00 pm-3:30 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)
CLEs:
1.0 NYS CLE - Professional Practice (Transitional and Non-Transitional)

To register, go to:
 https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RM5Cz-AdTJ2m3Ffyyyppig|
For questions about this webinar, email:
esta_bigler_ilr-lel@cornell.edu.

Agenda

Bios

Materials List with Links

RECENT WEBINARS

Duty to Bargain During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In case you missed the program live, here is the link to the video; unfortunately, we cannot offer CLEs for the recorded version:
https://youtu.be/DqdvdWrUdAw

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Unionized employers generally cannot make unilateral changes in wages, hours, and working conditions. However, employers and unions are facing an unprecedented situation as they deal with COVID-19. New and frequently changing guidance issued by the CDC, the EEOC, OSHA, and orders by local and state governments have necessitated decisions about layoffs/furloughs, changes in work hours and location, health and safety requirements, reopening facities, etc. On March 27, NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb issued GC memo 20-04, summarizing case law on exigent circumstances that may allow an employer to make unilateral changes without bargaining with the union(s) representing its employees. Join us for a legal and practical discussion of these critical issues facing unions and employers.

Speakers for this program are:
Allyson L. Belovin, Partner, Levy Ratner PC
Karen Fernbach, Arbitrator and Former Regional Director of NLRB Region 2
Michael J. Lebowich, Partner and co-head of Labor-Management Relations Group, Proskauer Rose LLP
Esta R. Bigler, Moderator; Director of ILR Labor and Employment Law Program, Cornell University

When:
Wednesday, July 22, 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
Materials List with Links
Bios

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

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=YcHSY5k9P_I


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)

AGENDA (DOCX, 58 KB)

BIOs (DOCX, 64 KB)

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

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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