53rd Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration-
Plano, Texas, USA
The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024
Join co-chairs Professor Douglas E. Ray (St. Thomas University School of Law) and A. John Harper III (Littler Mendelson P.C. ) for this intensive basic course on labor law and labor arbitration.
- Practical guide for the practice of labor law
- Designed to fully satisfy the Texas Board of Legal Specialization requirement of NLRA credit for current application period
Download the Brochure (pdf)For more details, download the online brochure.
- $1295/$1345 - Regular Tuition
- $1145/$1195 - CAIL Member
- $1195/$1245 - Government / Non-Profit / Academic Employee
- $300/$350 - U.S. Law Student (J.D.)
- $345/$395 - Attend Friday classes & lunch only
- $35/$50 - Attend Friday lunch only (no materials)
- $1195/$1245 - Materials Only (includes DVDs of the live program)
Professor Douglas E. Ray
St. Thomas University School of Law
Miami Gardens, Florida
A. John Harper III
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Note from Douglas E. Ray, Program Co-Chair
"Whether you have practiced labor and employment law for years or are just learning about it, I think you will find the Labor Law and Labor Arbitration Course both valuable and interesting. In the four days you are with us, you will learn about the law of the workplace, including employees’ representation rights, collective bargaining, strikes, lockouts, boycotts, and labor arbitration; issues that can affect the course and survival of a business. This year’s program will be particularly relevant in light of new NLRB election rules making it easier for employees to vote for a union, a broadening of the definition of joint employer status to reach more franchisees, a change in the impact of labor arbitration on labor law enforcement, and other developments. You will also learn about how the Railway Labor Act affects our transportation industries, emerging issues in wage and hour law, and the protected collective rights of those not in unions and the impact of these rights on non-union employers. Labor and employment law is an ever evolving field that responds to changes in the economy, to new technology and to the winds of political change. With the help of outstanding, nationally-known labor law professors, experienced expert practitioners at the top of their profession, and dedicated NLRB officials, we will provide both an overview of the field and detailed practice tips. We will also hear from NLRB Board Member Harry I. Johnson, III about the direction of national labor policy and federal enforcement. In addition, you will have the opportunity to get to know and learn from the other talented members of your class. Past attendees have come from all over the country and included management and union attorneys, corporate counsel, industrial relations counsel, law professors, and government officials. If you are a Texas lawyer, you will be happy to know that the program fully satisfies the Texas Board of Legal Specialization requirement of 24 hours NLRA credit. The program provides up to 26 hours of continuing legal education credit, including 3 hours of Ethics training (2 of the ethics hours are specifically tailored to a labor and employment practice). I look forward to welcoming you."
Schedule and Faculty
Tuesday, May 5
Registration and Continental Breakfast
The Road to Representation Under the NLRA (includes a 15 minute break)
The NLRA and NLRB: NLRA Coverage; the election process including petitions, access to property, election prerequisites, appropriate bargaining units, voter eligibility and post-election proceedings.
- Christopher David Ruiz Cameron, Professor, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California
Co-Author Labor Management Relations: Strikes, Lockouts and Boycotts (Thomson/West 2014-15)
Co-Author Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace (West 2d ed. 2014)
The Road to Representation Under the NLRA (Continued) (includes a 15 minute break)
Pre-election activity and employee rights, employer and union interference with the election process, unlawful discrimination and discharge issues, bargaining orders, voluntary recognition, employer domination and unlawful assistance issues, and the Top Ten Developments in Labor and Employment Law for 2015.
- Professor Cameron
The Representation Process in Practice - New Rules (Facilitated Discussion, includes a 15 minute break)
- Moderator: Martha Kinard, Regional Director, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas
- Linda Davidson, Supervisory Field Examiner, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas
- Ofelia Gonzalez, Assistant to the Regional Director, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas
- David K. Watsky, Lyon, Gorsky, Gilbert & Livingston, L.L.P., Dallas, Texas
- Jonathan Wilson, Littler Mendelson, PC, Dallas, Texas
Recess and Welcoming Reception
Wednesday, May 6
NLRB Investigations and Trials in Unfair Labor Practice Cases
- Timothy Watson, Regional Attorney, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas
Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements (includes a 15 minute break)
Majority rule and exclusive representation, good faith concepts generally, duty to furnish information, unilateral action, subjects of bargaining, mid-term bargaining and duration of bargaining duty.
- Michael Z. Green, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas
Editor, The Challenge for Collective Bargaining: Proceedings of the New York University 65th Annual Conference on Labor (LexisNexis 2014)
Strikes & Lockouts
Legal status of strikes and picketing, rights of strikers, unprotected concerted activities, employer responses to concerted activity, lockouts, unlawful strikes and picketing.
- Rod Tanner, Tanner and Associates, PC, Fort Worth, Texas
- Arthur T. Carter, Littler Mendelson, PC, Dallas, Texas
Secondary Boycotts & Handbilling
Secondary activity, corporate campaigns, consumer picketing and handbilling.
- Douglas E. Ray, Conference Co-Chair, Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens, Florida
Co-Author Labor Management Relations: Strikes, Lockouts, and Boycotts (Thomson/West 2014-15)
Co-Author Understanding Labor Law (LexisNexis 2014)
Member, National Academy of Arbitrators
Thursday, May 7
Overview of the Railway Labor Act (RLA)
- Robert L. Jones, Jr., Senior Labor & Employment Attorney, American Airlines, Fort Worth, Texas
Proactive Approaches to Ethics & Professionalism
- Jonathan E. Smaby, Executive Director, Texas Center for Legal Ethics, Austin, Texas
Avoiding FLSA Traps: Common Wage and Hour Issues in Union and Non-Union Settings
- Mark A. Shank, Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP, Dallas, Texas
Break & Lunch (Provided)
Practical Bargaining Tips
- Moderator: Professor Ray
- Brett Glass, Director of Labor Relations, Dr.-Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, Texas
- Mr. Tanner
Enforcing the Labor Agreement Through Labor Arbitration: Law and Advocacy (includes 15 minute break)
- Professor Ray
Friday, May 8
Ethical Considerations in Negotiations, NLRB Representation, and Union Relations
- Stephanie K. Osteen, Jackson Walker L.L.P., Dallas, Texas
Ethical Practice Before the NLRB
- Jamal M. Allen, Ethics Counsel, National Labor Relations Board, Houston, Texas
Who is an NLRA Employee: Northwestern, McDonalds, etc.
- Mr. Carter
Meet & Greet Board Member Harry I. Johnson, III
Luncheon Presentation: Recent Developments at the National Labor Relations Board (60 minute presentation; Introduction by Martha Kinard, Regional Director, Region 16, NLRB, Fort Worth, Texas)
- Harry I. Johnson, III, Board Member, National Labor Relations Board
Recent Developments in Labor Law for Non-Union Employers
- John M. Farrell, K&L Gates LLP, Dallas, Texas
The Welcome Mat is Out for Organizing: The Board's Recent Rule Making and Decisions and Their Impact on Organizing Activity
- Alex Stevens, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Dallas, Texas
Faculty Panel: All Questions (Hopefully) Answered
- Moderator: A. John Harper III, Conference Co-Chair, Littler Mendelson, PC, Houston, Texas
This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 26 hours, including 3 hours of ethics. Course ID Number: 901313395. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.
For this conference, CAIL will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. CAIL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.
1) This program is approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 26 hours in the following areas: Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law and Labor and Employment Law; and 2) Meets the 24 hr. NLRA requirement for the current TBLS application filing period.
"Great speakers. It was a great opportunity to experience the breadth and depth of the perspectives presented."
"Excellent! It exceeded my expectations! The program was extremely organized, contained great presentations - helpful to junior and senior labor practitioners - and provided helpful practice materials. The speakers were also outstanding and presented unique perspectives."
-- 2014 Participants
Hyatt Place Plano (3100 Dallas Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093) welcomes our guests attending the 53rd Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $92 plus applicable fees/taxes for 5/3/2015-5/9/2015.
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