While there remains some lingering uncertainty, the recent elections did lend some clarity to an evolving regulatory landscape. Now that the dust has settled, what can we expect from a second term for the current Administration? And with additional gridlock expected on Capitol Hill, where will the next wave of regulation come from?
My partner, Steve Bernstein is conducting a free webinar (below) today (full – 1000 signed up) and next Tuesday and will predict how agencies will respond.
Steve’s Bio is at: http://www.laborlawyers.com/sbernstein . Steve was my first protege 22 years ago and has long since left me behind in skills and development. He is known as a superb attorney in dealing with unions and a man of outstanding character. One of my closest friends in the Firm.
He will review the NLRB, the DOL and the EEOC plan to carry out their agendas through rulemaking and regulations, without so much as a single vote in Congress. Find out what these agencies have in store for you, and how these changes will impact a wide spectrum of employment practices ranging from hiring procedures to discharge investigations. Participants will receive practical pointers on how best to update their policies to effectuate compliance with these new requirements while continuing to manage a quality workforce under challenging economic conditions.
These two separate hour long webinars are free, but registration is required. Please click the link below, for the date of your choice, to be redirected to a registration page. Once your registration is complete you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to join the webinar. Participation in each of these webinars has been approved for one hour of HRCI credit.
Webinar Dates and Times:
•Tuesday, December 11 – 2:00 p.m. EST / 11:00 a.m. PST – this session is now full
•Tuesday, December 18 – 2:00 p.m. EST / 11:00 a.m. PST – Click here to register
Please contact Gail Rice at 404-231-1400 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
I am a Senior Partner operating out of the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, one of the Nation’s oldest and largest management employment and labor firms. My practice is national and keeps me on the road or in one of our 28 offices about 50 percent of the time. I created and co-chair the Firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. I have almost 29 years of experience as a labor lawyer, but rely even more heavily on the experience I gained in working in my family's various businesses, and through dealing with practical client issues.
Employers tell me that they seldom meet an attorney who delivers on his promise to provide practical guidance and to be a business partner. As a result, some executives probably use different terms than “practical” to describe my fellow travelers in the profession.
I don't enjoy the luxury of being impractical because I spend much of my time on shop floors and construction sites dealing with safety, union and related issues which are driven by real world processes and the need to protect and get the most out of one's most important business assets ... its employees. That's one of the reasons that I view safety compliance as a way to also manage problem employees, reduce litigation and develop the type of work environment that makes unions unnecessary. Starting out dealing with union-management challenges and a stint in the NLRB have better equipped me to see the interrelationship of legal and workplace factors.
I am proud also of my experience at Fisher & Phillips, where providing “practical advice” is second only to legal excellence among the Firm’s values.
Our website lists me as having provided counsel for over 225 occasions of union activity, guided unionized companies, and as having managed approximately 450 OSHA fatality cases in construction and general industry, ranging from dust explosions to building collapses, in virtually every state. I have coordinated complex inspections involving multi-employer sites, corporate-wide compliance, and issues involving criminal referral.
As a full labor lawyer, I oversee audits of corporate labor, HR, and safety compliance. I have responded to virtually every type of day-to-day workplace inquiry, and have handled cases before the EEOC, OFCCP, NLRB, and numerous other state and federal agencies. At F & P, all of us seek to spot issues and then rely upon attorneys in the Firm who concentrate on those areas. No tunnel vision. I teach or speak around 50 times per year to business associations, bar and professional groups, and to individual businesses. I serve on safety committees at three states’ AGC Chapters, teach at the AGC ASMTC