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Roadmap to Unionized Workplaces & NLRA/MLRA Rights in Non-Union Workplaces
Learn to navigate the various federal and state labor laws in both unionized and non-unionized workplaces

With the rise of unionization in both the private and public sector in recent years, as well as an increased focus on labor law protections in non-unionized workplaces, employment and labor law practitioners must understand the various derivative issues facing employers, unions, and individual employees.

In this new program, hear from both management-side and union-side counsel about the key aspects of the unionizing process as well as the legal and practical ramifications of what happens once a group of employees has successfully unionized. The experienced faculty discuss strategies for navigating the numerous legal issues at the various agencies tasked with administering the labor laws, as well as internal employment issues.

You also learn how labor laws apply to both union and non-union employees; how to bring forward and defend against grievance and claims arising under the parties’ collective bargaining agreements and the labor laws; and how to decipher new case law and initiatives from the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Process of Unionization—Pathway from a Petition to a Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Bars to Unionization for Certain Categories of Employees and Various Unit Scope Issues Litigated at the NLRB
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Traditional NLRB Elections and Whether the Agency Will Permanently Follow Widespread Acceptance of Mail Ballot Voting
  • Collective Bargaining Process and Unique Issues Trending at the Negotiating Table During the Pandemic and Beyond
  • Recent Trends in the Labor Movement Including the Renewed Use of Strikes, and the Benefits of Social Media to Unions and Union Representation in Less Traditional Industries
  • Application of Various Labor Laws in Non-Unionized Workplaces
  • Case Law Updates from the NLRB
  • “Ask the Experts” Q&A Session
Faculty image   DAMIEN M. DiGIOVANNI is a partner at Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP where he represents both public and private sector clients in a variety of labor and employment matters. His labor law practice includes representing employers in contract negotiation, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, and in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations, and state and federal courts. In his employment law practice, Mr. DiGiovanni defends employers in a wide range of workplace claims including employment discrimination, retaliation, non-compete matters and wage and hour class action lawsuits, including successfully arguing Casseus, et al. v. Eastern Bus Co. Inc., et al., before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Faculty image   PATRICK N. BRYANT is a partner at Pyle Rome Ehrenberg, PC, in Boston. Patrick has practiced for more than a decade on behalf of unions and employees in Massachusetts, Oregon and Vermont. He has extensive experience advocating on behalf of public safety unions, particular police associations, in all phases of employment and collective bargaining, including grievance and interest arbitration, collective bargaining, critical incident responses, disciplinary investigations, civil service appeals, and unfair labor practices. He also has represented public employees before state licensing agencies and other administrative panels, concerning discipline, unemployment, work-related disabilities, and retirement. Patrick recently was partner of McKanna Bishop Joffe & Arms, LLP, a union/employee-side law firm located in Portland, Oregon.
Faculty image   JEFFREY L. HIRSCH is cochair of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP in Boston, where he deals extensively in all areas of labor and employment law. Mr. Hirsch represents both union and nonunion employers in matters such as union-organizing campaigns, labor negotiations, labor arbitration, wrongful discharge, and sexual harassment cases. He also counsels employers on how to avoid such problems. He has appeared before the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor, and other related organizations. Mr. Hirsch is a graduate of Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Boston University School of Law. He taught in Boston University’s MBA program and is a fellow in the school’s Human Resources Policy Institute.
Faculty image   PAIGE W. McKISSOCK is a partner at Segal Roitman LLP in Boston. Her practice includes representing and advising unions with respect to a range of labor law issues and advocating for individual employees in wage and hour, discrimination, retaliation, and other employment disputes, with a focus on protecting the rights of the low-wage immigrant workforce. She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and the University of Vermont.
The materials for this program are available online only and can be downloaded via the link emailed to you upon registration.
Also, there is no need to take extensive notes. Two weeks after the live webcast, all registrants receive a link to a verbatim transcript and audio and videorecordings of this program.
Dates Earn up to 3 CLE credits.
Live WebcastLIVE WEBCAST »
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Recorded WebcastRECORDED WEBCAST »
Thursday, March 23, 2023
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Recorded WebcastRECORDED WEBCAST »
Friday, March 31, 2023
9:00 am–12:00 noon
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