Employment and Workplace Law Certificate Program Course Offerings

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Schedule

Fall | Spring

Fall 2016 Semester

Workplace Discrimination and Harassment I
Thursday, September 15th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Schur, Esq., J.D.
This course will cover the federal and New Jersey state laws prohibiting disability, gender, and race discrimination and harassment. Topics will include legal definitions of disability, legal requirements or reasonable accommodation, what constitutes disparate treatments on the basis of gender and race, and other issues of special concern to union representatives.
Social Media and Workplace Law
Friday, October 14th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Carla Katz, Esq., J.D.
Social media has transformed the ways in which we communicate at home and work. This workshop     will examine how social media has impacted the workplace and employment relations generally. We     will discuss the burgeoning case law resulting from the NLRB social media cases and review examples of leading U.S. Supreme Court cases that outline the scope of protections afforded to employees under the First Amendment.
Public / Private Sector Arbitration
Thursday, November 10th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Steven Weissman, Esq., J.D.
This course is designed to invrease the practioner's skills in preparing for and presenting public and private sector grievance arbitration cases. Major subjects discussed include preparing for arbitration, the hearing, presenting a case, standard for just cause, evidence, criteria for contract interpreation, remedies, the arbitration decision, and different arbitration systems.
Workplace Discrimination and Harassment II
Thursday, December 8th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Ursula Leo, Esq. J.D.
This course will explore laws that prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of national origin, citizenship, and religion. The course will also cover the issue of workplace bullying - latest legislalive development, how to negotiate collective bargaining agreements that protect employees against it, and the technological impact of harassment claims.

Spring 2017 Semester

Immigration Law and Issues
Friday, January 20th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: James Cooney, Esq. J.D.
This course will cover basic immigration law topics, including U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, Non-Immigrant Status, Removal / Deportation, Employment Verification, rights of and remedies available to immigrant wokers and issues commonly confronted by representatives of immigrant workers.
Rights to Privacy and Employment Testing
Thursday, February 23rd, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Rosemarie Cipparulo, Esq. J.D.
This workshop will examine the issue of rights to privacy in the workplace and employment testing. The topics include drug tests, background credit checks, use of computer and communication devices, GPS monitoring, biometrics, medical records, and more. The workshop will equip participants with knowledge and skills that will enable them to represent their members effectively in discipline and discharge grievances related to privacy issues and how to negotiate collective bargaining agreements that protect members' privacy.
Workplace Retaliation and Whistleblowing
Friday, March 10th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: James Cooney, Esq. J.D.
This course will cover worker protections from retaliation under the Constitution and various labor and employment laws, including "whistle blower: statutes. Topics will include discussion of legally-protected activities, procedures for filing claims, and a survey of relevant court decisions.
Workplace Investigations and Interviews
Friday, March 24th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Carla Katz, Esq. J.D.
This course will cover the most common types of workplace investigations and investigatory interviews and review the rights of employees, employers, and union shop stewards during those investigations. Topics discussed will include Weingarten rights and the rights of the representative in those meetings. Loudermill due process rights prior to termination and public employee Garrity rights against self-incrimination. The course will also review the union Duty of Fair Representation and management's discrimination investigations, workplace violence, privacy issues in investigations, drug testing, searches of work, false imprisonment, and personnel files.
Workers' Compensation
Thursday, April 13th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: John Burton, Jr., Ph.D.
This course will examine the New Jersey workers' compensation law, which provides cash and medical benefits to workers who are disabled by work-related injuries and diseases, procedures to ensure payment, and workers' abilities to sue employers for damages.