Connecticut Employment Law Blog Insight on Labor & Employment Developments for Connecticut Businesses

Tag Archives: ABA

ABA Approves Model Workplace Policy on Employer Responses to Domestic Violence

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

One of the roles that I relish is being a member of the American Bar Assocation’s House of Delegates for several terms now.   The ABA adopts certain policies at its Annual Meeting and uses its bully-pulpit to try to get such policies enacted at the federal, state or local level.At this year’s meeting, which took… Continue Reading

ABA Adopts Principles of Model Business Policies on Labor Trafficking & Child Labor

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NRLB, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

As I’ve highlighted before, I’m fortunate to serve as a delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, which meets twice a year. I was less fortunate that the Midyear Meeting this year was in Chicago, which was even colder and snowier than Connecticut. At Monday’s House meeting, there were several resolutions passed. The… Continue Reading

ABA Journal Puts Blog In “Hall of Fame”

Posted in Featured, Highlight

With the holidays here, it’s time to say a quick thanks to all of you who have stuck with this blog for well over 6 years. Earlier this month, the ABA Journal — the flagship publication of the American Bar Association — once again named this blog as one of the best law blogs in… Continue Reading

ABA Journal Blawg 100, Again.

Posted in Highlight, Social Media

2009 was a fluke. 2010 had to have been a mistake. 2011 was the time they forgot to update their 2010 list. So what about 2012? Well, could it be that this little blog from Connecticut actually deserves to be on the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 as one of the best law blogs in the… Continue Reading

Secrets of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Annual Conference

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NRLB, Litigation, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Social Media, Wage & Hour

The American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference is going on right now in Atlanta, Georgia.  As I’ve recapped on this blog before (here, for example), there are some terrific programs and educational opportunities there.  I wasn’t able to make it down this year, but due to the wonders of technology, I’ve been… Continue Reading

The Inspiration of Morris Dees

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had the opportunity to represent Connecticut as its State Delegate at the ABA House of Delegates meeting in Chicago on Monday and Tuesday. While some of what we did will be of interest to lawyers only, the ABA presented its highest honor, the ABA Medal, to Morris Dees. Many… Continue Reading

The NLRB’s Obsession with Social Media Continues

Posted in Labor Law & NRLB, Social Media

A confession. I’m a little tired about writing about social media and labor law.  Perhaps you are a little tired about reading about it too. Unfortunately for us both, expect a lot more about it over the next years because the National Labor Relations Board has social media in its sights and its not letting… Continue Reading

ABA Objects to Proposed “Persuader” Rule Changes by Department of Labor

Posted in Labor Law & NRLB

The American Bar Association submitted a letter today to the U.S. Department of Labor to express its “serious concerns” over a proposed rule that would “substantially narrow” the longstanding interpretation of what lawyer activities constitute “advice” to employer clients. Currently, most work from attorneys is exempt from the substantial reporting requirements in federal law that… Continue Reading

What the Nation’s Lawyers Propose For Employment Law

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Legislative Developments

When the ABA last visited Toronto in the 1990s for its annual meeting, cell phones and the Internet weren’t in heavy rotation.  What a difference a decade makes.  And, except for the mobile service providers who likely made thousands of dollars, it was a lot harder to connect than I anticipated.  That, combined with a… Continue Reading

Technology, The Workplace and Bin Laden

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

On Friday, I had the opportunity to speak at the ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment Law in New York.  In the presentation, I talked about the importance of social media tools like Twitter is having in the workplace and legal profession. I noted how I have used Twitter to get my… Continue Reading

A Witness To Civil Rights History; A Reflection on Our Employment Laws

Posted in Laws and Regulations

Over the last few days, I’ve had the great fortune of attending the American Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting, where I serve as a delegate from Connecticut in the House of Delegates — the organization’s main policy-making branch.    (You can see all my tweets from the meeting at twitter.com/danielschwartz).  Earlier this morning, Representative John Lewis… Continue Reading

US Department of Labor Teams with ABA For Lawyer Referral Service

Posted in Wage & Hour

On Friday, the White House announced a new partnership with the ABA designed to help workers whose complaints aren’t resolved by the U.S. Department of Labor find a lawyer through an ABA-approved lawyer referral service.   According to the ABA Journal article explaining the program:  [B]eginning on Dec. 13, workers with unresolved complaints under the… Continue Reading

ABA Labor & Employment Law Conference Kicks Off Tomorrow; Great Materials Now Available

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

The American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section kicks off its annual conference tomorrow in Chicago and, by all accounts, it appears its going to be bigger and better than ever. Over 1300 people have registered for the conference, and the programming looks first-rate, with NLRB Chair Wilma Liebman, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and various… Continue Reading

Another Example of Why Your Company Now Needs a Social Media Policy

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Heather Armstrong — depending on your perspective — is either infamous or famous. Infamous, in the sense that in 2002, she was one of the first people fired by her employer for writing about company business on her blog, Dooce. But since that time, she’s only become much more famous, with her spirited writing and… Continue Reading

Research: Employment Discrimination Cases Often Result in Only Small Victories for Some Employees

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment

At the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Friday, there was a terrific panel discussion by various researchers who have been looking at discrimination cases brought at both the EEOC and in federal courts.   The program was based on two academic articles over the last few years: One was written by Laura Beth Nielsen, Robert… Continue Reading

Odds & Ends: Where We Live Interview, ABA Annual Meeting, Upcoming Presentations

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Long-time readers of the blog are no doubt aware of my role as a delegate from Connecticut to the ABA House of Delegates. I’ll be reporting from that gathering in the upcoming days. If you’d like to follow the goings on of the ABA Annual Meeting, I’ll be tweeting about it on various account names. You can… Continue Reading

Paycheck Fairness Act – Coming Soon?

Posted in Legislative Developments

As those who have been following my tweets know, I have been at the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates and midyear meetings. There’s lots of substance to these meetings and you can certainly follow along with the ABA Journal. Among the topics discussed today, was the Paycheck Fairness Act now pending in Congress. If you… Continue Reading

Want Some Great Reference Materials? ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Materials Now Online

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Last year I attended and spoke at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section.  Over the last few years, the meeting has developed into one of the premier conferences to keep up to date on labor and employment law. This year’s meeting is now going on in Washington, D.C…. Continue Reading

Live From..The ABA Presidential Summit on Diversity: Day 1 Recap

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Today was Day 1 of the ABA Presidential Summit on Diversity being held just outside Washington, DC.  Recapping such a conference in a blog post is impossible; I won’t even begin to try.  But I thought I would pass along some thoughts from the conference’s Twitter feed. So, in response to the question on "Why… Continue Reading

Live from…the ABA Presidential Summit on Diversity: The Next Steps

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

I’ll be attending the ABA Presidential Summit on Diversity the next two days in Washington, DC and using Twitter to report on the highlights.   It’s an important topic for employers and lawfirms: What are the next steps we can take to move beyond the current discussion on diversity?  It’s a working summit, so we’ll… Continue Reading

FROM THE ABA LABOR & EMPLOYMENT CONF: RIFs and Layoffs (or, When Bad Things Happen to Good People)

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Over the next few days, I’ll be filing posts about the ABA Labor & Employment Law Conference held in Denver from September 10-13 (my plans to post live ran afoul of some firewalls that labelled my site a "weapons" site. Who knew?) With the unemployment rate at its highest levels in several years, it was… Continue Reading

Labor & Employment Conference Materials from ABA Now Available Online

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

As I mentioned earlier this week, I am now out in Denver for the ABA Labor & Employment Section Annual Conference. But I’ll let you in on a little secret – you don’t have to be out in Denver to get some of the benefits of the conference. The ABA has posted the conference materials online… Continue Reading

ABA House of Delegates Passes Model In-House Rule

Posted in Laws and Regulations

As I indicated on Friday, I’m currently attending the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York City.  Lots of interesting and noteworthy programs for lawyers and in-house counsel of all types.  During today and Tuesday, the policy-making body of the ABA — known as the House of Delegates — has been debating issues of… Continue Reading

Mandatory Retirement Policies at Law Firms – The Trend in Connecticut

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

In representing clients, I have, on occasion, had a client make a honest inquiry about the federal laws regarding age discrimination. Their question is something along the lines of: If discriminating against age is against the law, why can law firms insist on mandatory retirement policies? The simple response is that partners at law firms… Continue Reading