The NLRB: New Relevance and New Challenges

2015 Employment Law & Legislative Conference
Workplace Application: You will gain an understanding of the emerging legal trends coming from the NLRB, including how the Board is scrutinizing employer handbooks.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been aggressive in promoting union-friendly policies during the Obama administration, but its world was turned upside down by the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Noel Canning, which invalidated three recent appointments to the Board and scores of recent actions. Now the Board is rehearing and reprocessing many old cases. So what’s the latest on the Board’s proposed rule allowing for speedier union elections? Or decisions related to the right of employees to use work e-mail to organize a union? Social media policies? The definition of employer for the purpose of labor rules? This session will answer these pivotal questions.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 10:15am to 11:45am

Michael J. Lotito, Esq.

Michael J.
Lotito, JD

As co-chair of Littler Mendelson’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI), Michael Lotito strategically advises clients and policy makers on not only what labor and employment law is today, but what it might become. A nationally recognized thought leader on workplace policy, Michael has testified before both chambers of Congress, as well as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In his WPI role, Michael advocates on behalf of the employer community on a variety of issues. Through the Emma Coalition, which Michael co-founded, he is at the vanguard of preparing American business and the American workforce for the future of work.

Maury Baskin


Maury Baskin focuses his Washington, DC-based practice on national labor policy, challenging excessive government regulation on behalf of small and large businesses, while advising employers in compliance issues. He has extensive experience in dealing with labor relations and union pressure tactics, employment discrimination and wage and hour law. He has represented a variety of industry sectors, advising clients involved in construction, government contracting, higher education, telecommunications, hospitality, security, and nonprofits.

Maury has served as lead appellate counsel at all levels of the federal and state courts and before the U. S. Supreme Court, and has led successful challenges against federal agencies including the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He has long represented the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) national trade association and many of its construction industry members. On their behalf, he has been one of the leading advocates against government-mandated project labor agreements, prevailing wage expansion, and union corporate campaigns.

Mount Vernon Square
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Business Acumen
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