JOIN US OCTOBER 12 - 14, 2018:
THE HYATT REGENCY MONTREAL
1255 RUE JEANNE MANCE
MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
Registration – Inspiration Foyer
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch – Inspiration Foyer
Boxed lunches are provided for registered attorneys only as part of their meeting fees. Additional box lunches may be purchased ala carte for guests/spouses/children on the registration form.
12:15 – 3:00 p.m.
GENERAL SESSION – Inspiration Room
12:15 – 12:30 p.m.
NYSBA Welcome Labor & Employment Law Section Welcome
Henry M. Greenberg, Esq. Cara E. Greene, Esq.
President-Elect Section Chair
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Plenary One: Constitutional and Labor Rights: Across the Border Hedge
This plenary session will compare and contrast the scope of labor rights
protected under the United States Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The panel will discuss and analyze the Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, recent decisions under the Canadian Charter, and related statutory issues.
William A. Herbert, Esq., Distinguished Lecturer and Executive Director, National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York City
John D.R. Craig, Esq., Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto, Canada
Charlotte Garden, Professor, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington
Matthew Ginsburg, Esq., Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO, Washington, DC
Sara Slinn, Esq., Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada
1:45 – 2:00 p.m.
2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Plenary Two: Will Women Survive at Law Firms? Taking up the challenges of a diminishing population amidst the #MeToo movement, diversity challenges, and work-life balance.
Women law students hit the 50% mark about 30 years ago, but less than 18% are equity partners in law firms, and fewer are in leadership positions. Many senior and child bearing aged women are leaving the profession after dedicating their most productive years to law firm life. Finally, women and particularly women of color are concerned about sexual inappropriateness, sexual harassment and bullying. This program will examine the social and legal challenges faced in the legal profession by women in Canada and the U.S., who are struggling for civility, pay and leadership equity, for progressive and meaningful practices, and often work-life balance.
Wendi S. Lazar, Esq., Outten & Golden LLP, New York City
Michele Coleman Mayes, Esq., Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, The New York Public Library, New York City
Laleh Moshiri, National Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto, Canada
Jill Rosenberg, Esq., Orrick, New York City
3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
3:30 – 4:20 p.m.
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS (PLEASE SELECT ONE)
WORKSHOP A: Switching to Offense in Employment Cases
Proactive steps an employer can take to avoid liability under the Equal Pay Act, the pros and cons of class action waivers in employment agreements, the anatomy of a successful mediation strategy, and the effective use or threatened use of counterclaims and employer side fee shifting.
Howard M. Miller, Esq., Bond Schoeneck and King, Garden City
Karen Fernbach, Esq., Hofstra Law School, Hempstead
Melissa L. Stewart, Esq., Outten & Golden LLP, New York City|
WORKSHOP B: Best Practices in Settling Wage-Hour Disputes
Experienced wage-hour practitioners discuss the challenges of settling
disputes, both before and during litigation. The panel will address the impact of decisions from the Second Circuit and NY Court of Appeals that impose procedural hurdles to settlements, the special considerations that apply in settlement of “hybrid” actions, and tips for resolving cases outside of litigation.
Robert Whitman, Esq., Seyfarth Shaw LLP, New York City
Patrick J. Solomon, Esq., Thomas & Solomon LLP, Rochester
Deirdre A. Aaron, Esq., Outten & Golden, New York City
Steve L. Jones, Esq., Nixon Peabody LLP, Rochester
WORKSHOP C: Managing Risk and Creating Safe Workplaces
The last year has brought workplace safety to the forefront of public discussions. From #MeToo to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, workplaces are faced with new challenges and new opportunities to address workplace violence. Attorneys who represent plaintiffs, unions, and management will discuss how to ensure a safe and secure working environment.
Nina Martinez, Esq., Outten & Golden LLP, New York City
Stephen Sonnenberg, Esq., Mediator, JAMS, New York City
John Ho, Esq., Cozen O'Connor, New York City
Suzanne Demetrio Campbell, Esq., Senior Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Labor, Solicitor's Office
Wendy Hord, Esq., New York State Union of Teachers, New York City
Heidi R. Burakiewicz, Esq., Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C., Washington, DC
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception & Dinner – Terrace and Ovation Room
Ala carte tickets may be purchased for guests/spouses/children on the registration form.
Dinner Speaker: The Honorable Mr. Clément Gascon, Supreme Court of Canada
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast – SIX Resto Lounge
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Committees’ Breakfast Meetings – Creation Room
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Guest/Family Jaunt to the Montreal Science Center,
King Edward Quay, 2 rue de la Commune Ouest in Old Port
Interactive, kid-friendly museum. In the Fabrik – Creativity Factory, kids aged 6+ use their hands and minds to craft Derby cars, parachutes, catapults, floating vessels and whatever their imaginations can dream up. For smaller children, there's Clic! - The Zone for Curious Young Minds where children can build a house, design a roller coaster, create forms and patterns, and mix colors. Discover the mysteries nesting in submarine forests and coral reefs; meet friendly 40 ton mammals and clever sea creatures in the IMAX film: Oceans 3D along with other permanent and traveling exhibits. Tickets include 2 hour Museum visit and 1 hour IMAX movie. Purchase on registration form.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
GENERAL SESSION – Inspiration Room
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Christopher A. D'Angelo, Esq., CLE Committee Program Co-Chair
9:10 – 10:00 a.m.
Plenary Three: Epic Changes? Arbitration and Class/Collective Action
The United States Supreme Court held in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that employers may require employees to enter into arbitration agreements that waive the ability to participate in a class or collective action. Join us for a discussion of the Epic decision, including:
Whether to Consider Arbitration with Class/Collective Wavier & Program Design Considerations;
Implementation and Grounds that Exist for Challenging the Enforcement of Class/Collective Waivers; and
Class Arbitration Practices and Procedures
Howard M. Wexler, Esq,, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, New York City
Michael Billok, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Saratoga Springs
Alfred G. Feliu, Esq., Feliu Neutral Services LLC, New Rochelle
Marijana Matura, Esq., Shulman Kessler LLP, Melville
10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
10:15 – 11:05 a.m.
Plenary Four: Transforming Workplace Culture
Transforming Workplace Culture In the Era of #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, and More.” Virtually all segments of our labor and employment community are being decried as ineffective in dealing with sexual and other workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. What new approaches might be warranted? We will suggest and begin exploring possibilities through a presentation that includes real-time polling and other forms of creative and interactive engagement, with the intention of inspiring subsequent explorations of solutions. Bring your ideas, voices, and smartphones (to text for polling) on potential culturally transformative approaches to hiring, policies, training, investigations, discipline, and more.
Loren Gesinsky, Esq., Seyfarth Shaw LLP, New York City
James L. Hallman, Esq., Department of Transportation, New York City
Jay A. Hewlin, Esq., The Hewlin Group, Montreal and New York City
Sarah E. Ruhlen, Esq., Satter Law Firm, PLLC, Syracuse
Andrea H. Stempel, Esq., Ernst & Young LLP, New York City
11:05 – 11:55 a.m.
Plenary Five: From Michael Clayton to Michael Cohen: Ethical Considerations for “Fixers”
Some people hire lawyers to “make it go away” or “find a way around it.” When does a lawyer go too far? In this program, we discuss some of the allegations against Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and ask whether certain ethical rules are implicated by his actions.
Sharon P. Stiller, Esq., Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP, Rochester
Jae W. Chun, Esq., Friedman & Anspach , New York City
AFTERNOON OPTIONAL TOURS:
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
OLD MONTREAL WALKING TOUR
The perfect experience to begin your Montreal visit. Explore cobblestoned streets, pass centuries-old British & French architectural gems, and catch views of docked ships. Learn how Old Montreal and its St. Lawrence River Port were the most important and wealthy part of Canada for over 300 years. See how the area has evolved into the dynamic and thriving (but less industrial) riverfront neighborhood it is today. Includes a visit to Notre-Dame Basilica (entrance included). Meet in front of Toque Restaurant, 900 Jean- Paul- Riopelle Place at 1:30 p.m. sharp. Preregistration required. $45 per person.
1:45 – 4:15 p.m.
Street Art Walk
Montreal is known for street art. It unexpectedly pops up in some surprising locations. This walk traverses the artsy Plateau and hip Mile-End neighborhoods to take in some of Montreal's “graffiti” street art. These culture-rich areas will give you an off-the-beaten-path experience of the city. Zigzagging through the colorful streets and alleyways to admire some impressive murals, public artworks and progressive community projects, you will see why Montreal is considered to be one of Canada's most artistic and cultural cities. Our guide will describe the artworks, the artists and put them in context. Novice art admirer or a well versed art connoisseur, there is something for everyone! Departure point to be announced. Preregistration required. $34 per person.
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception – Perché Terrace, 4th floor of Hotel William Gray, 153 rue Saint-Amable, Old Montreal. Perche is a 15 minute walk from the Hyatt Regency. Ala carte tickets may be purchased for guests/spouses/children on the registration form.
7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Dinner – On Your Own or Optional “Dine-Around” with fellow attendees: we will make group reservations at several local restaurants, people may sign up onsite at registration to join a group. Please indicate when registering if you are interested in the “Dine Around!“
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Executive Committee Breakfast Meeting – Inspiration Room
For information on this meeting contact, contact Catheryn Teeter, email@example.com or call 518-487-5573.
Sponsorship opportunities available for this meeting: contact Catheryn Teeter at 518-487-5573 or download the Sponsorship form.