*NEW* Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 Schedule
Fall 2015 Semester
Workplace Discrimination and Harassment I
Thursday, September 17th, 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.
Immigration Law and Issues
Course Code: ELUR-ILIFY16-FA15
Thursday, October 1st, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: James Cooney, Esq.
This course will cover basic immigration law topics, including U.S. Citzenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, Non-Immigrant Status, Removal/Deportation, Employment Verification, rights of and remedies available to immigrant workers, and issues commonly confronted by representatives of immigrant workers.
Social Media and Workplace Law
Friday, November 6th, 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.
Healthcare Law and the Affordable Care Act
Friday, December 4, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Rosemarie Cipparulo, Esq. J.D.
This course will explore the effect of the Affordable Care Act on unions, with an emphasis on collective bargaining and union health and welfare funds
Spring 2016 Semester
Workplace Discrimination and Harassment II
Friday, February 5th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Ursula Leo, Esq. J.D.
This course will examine 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 legislative development, how to negotiate collective bargaining agreements that protect employees against it, and the technological impact of harassment claims.
Arbitration in Private Sector
Friday, February 12th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This course is designed to increase the practioner's skills in preparing for and presenting 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 interpretation, remedies, the arbitration decision, and different arbitration systems.
Rights to Privacy and Employment Testing
Friday, March 4th, 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 and 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 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.
Whistleblowing and Workplace Retaliation
Friday, April 1st, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: James Cooney, Esq. J.D.
This course will cover "whistle blower" protections under the N.J. Conscientious Employee Protection Act and related laws, including discussion of activities that may constitute "whistle blowing," procedures for filing claims, available remedies, and review of selected court decisions. The class will also cover the arbitration and mediation of employment-related claims, including whether employers may require arbitration of such claims, discussion of principles and processes of arbitration and mediation, and ethical issues faced by attorneys and other representatives of parties in such proceedings.
Friday, April 29th, 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.