Sections & Committees

Labor and Employment Law Section


Thursday, May 10 – Friday, May 11, 2018

Desmond Hotel and Conference Center
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, New York 12211

Registration Fees:
January 16th - March 15th = $375.00
March 16th - May 1st = $425.00
May 2nd - May 10th = $450.00


The New York State Public Employment Relations Board and Cornell University’s ILR School and Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution will be holding a special conference recognizing New York’s Taylor Law and its substantial influence on public sector labor relations over the past 50 years.   The conference will include presentations by practitioners and scholars that showcase the Taylor Law’s significant contributions to New York State public sector labor-management relations, examine and assess areas where the Taylor Law’s effectiveness has been weakened, and document and analyze emerging and alternative legal and public policy models and frameworks.  The program will include a panel of former Chairs reflecting on their time at PERB and the meaning of the Taylor Law.  Keynote addresses will be delivered by Professor Harry Katz from Cornell University and Professor Cynthia Estlund from New York University School of Law.

                1. The Taylor Law in Context: National and International Comparisons 
                2. The Potential Legal and Legislative Ramifications of Janus v. AFSCME 
                3. The Taylor Law over the Years: A Discussion with Former PERB Chairs 
                4. The Taylor Law and Impasse Procedure: Creative Resolution Despite Protraction 

          Keynote Addresses 
                1. Harry Katz 
                2. Cynthia Estlund 

          Break-out Sessions 
                1. Public Sector Labor Relations in Higher Education 
                2. Considering the Optics of Labor-Management Issues in the Age of Instant Information 
                3. Has Workplace Dispute Resolution Gone Astray? Helping the Process Serve the Parties 
                4. New Approaches to Negotiations under the Taylor Law 
                5. Bargaining for Better Schools in New York State 
                6. The Triborough Doctrine and Statute: A Catalyst or Hindrance to Harmonious Labor Relations? 
                7. Injunctive Relief Under the Taylor Law: An Update and Discussion 
                8. Negotiability and Due Process Beyond Police Discipline 
                9. Improper Practice Charges and Collective Bargaining: Duty Satisfaction, Contract Reversion and Waiver 
                10. Half a Century of Managing Collective Bargaining Conflict: The New York Experience and Beyond 
                11. Jurisdictional Evolution: A Panel Discussion Concerning PERB's Deferral Policies 
                12. Police Officers and Collective Bargaining: How Limited Should Bargaining Be About Discipline? 
                13. Collective Bargaining Under the Taylor Law: New Methods for Constructive Dialogue 
                14. Interest Arbitration and the Taylor Law 
                15. Comparative Public Sector Unionization and Collective Bargaining 
                16. Strategies for Adapting to a post-Janus World 
                17. Expedited Arbitration Procedures: The NY/CSEA Experience



This webinar iss sponsored by the Labor and Employment Law Section.  Not a Member? Join Here! When you join you will have access to a library of webinars like this one! 

This is for information only; no CLE credit will be given.


Wage and Hour lawsuits, brought on behalf of individual employees and also as class and collective actions, are an increasing percentage of new actions filed in state and federal court. This webinar will briefly explore the variety of legal claims and defenses and explore in detail how mediation is effectively used to reach settlements that will be approved as fair by the reviewing courts.

Topics include:

  • Types of wage and hour claims
  • Advantages and disadvantages of mediation
  • Timing of mediation
  • How does mediation differ in the wage & hour setting from other employment mediations
  • Exchange of information before the mediation: pre and post certification disclosures
  • Deciding which corporate representatives and class members who should attend the mediation
  • Best use of joint and separate caucuses
  • Guidelines for negotiating the scope of the release
  • Negotiating attorneys' fees, service awards, tax issues
  • Claims made, reversions and non-reversionary settlements, cy pres, and other administration issues
  • Cheeks v. Freeport Pancake House & judicial approval of settlements

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The Labor and Employment Law Journal features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of labor and employment law on various topics including ERISA, ADR, discrimination, social media and workplace issues. Also included are regular columns on labor matters and ethics, and updates on Section activities. The Labor and Employment Law Journal is published by the Labor and Employment Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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The Official Blog of the New York State Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section

About the Labor & Employment N.Y. (“LENY”) Blog

The Labor & Employment N.Y. (“LENY”) blog is a law blog sponsored by the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section.  Among other primary objectives, the Section’s mission statement requires the Section “to disseminate information and exchange ideas relating to the development and practice of labor and employment law, both substantive and procedural,” as well as “to further the education of the Bar and the public in labor and employment law.”

Consistent with the Section’s stated purposes, this blog seeks to provide timely notice of significant events and developments affecting practitioners of labor and employment law in New York.  Blog posts are intended to cover a wide range of topics from new legislation to court decisions to agency interpretations.  Topics are selected by contributing authors based on personal choice for the purpose of sharing knowledge about, exploring, and illustrating interrelated (and in some cases interdisciplinary) aspects of current news, events, and the latest thinking in public policy, law and/or regulation.

Links provided from this NYSBA entity site are intended to be functional and accurate at the time of posting. We do not update or otherwise maintain links. Authors strive for accuracy and directness when including links and make reasonable efforts to post directly to the relevant material cited.

The posts individually, any part of or all together, do not represent expertise or legal advice of any kind.  Opinions expressed and statements made by the contributing authors are those of the authors alone and do not reflect the opinions of the NYSBA, its sections, committees, or any employee or other member thereof.  The NYSBA and all other entities mentioned above are not responsible for the accuracy of any information supplied by the authors, and the Labor and Employment Law Section retains the absolute right to edit or remove any blog entries that are deemed to be inappropriate.

The LENY bloggers are:

  • Vivian Berger;
  • Ira Cure;
  • Matthew Lampe;
  • Ruth Raisfeld;
  • David Reilly; 
  • Michael Schmidt.

General Resources

General Employment Law

Federal Material State Material
International Material

Other References

  • Good Starting Point in Print: Mark A. Rothstein et al., Rothstein, Craver, Schroeder, Shoben, and Vander Velde's Hornbook on Employment Law, West Group (1994)

Collective Bargaining

Federal Material State Material International Material Other References

Employment Discrimination

Federal Material State Material

Other References

  • Good Starting Point in Print: Mark Player, Employment Discrimination Law, West Group (1988)

Unemployment Compensation

Federal Material

State Material

Other References


Federal Material

State Material

Other References

Workplace Safety

Federal Material

State Material

Other References

Worker's Compensation

Federal Material

State Material

Other References

General Labor Law

Federal Material

State Material

International Material Other References
  • Good Starting Point in Print: Mark A. Rothstein et al., Rothstein, Craver, Schroeder, Shoben, and Vander Velde's Hornbook on Employment Law, West Group (1991).