Fall 2013 Semester
Disability Discrimination and Harassment I
November 15th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Schur
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 of reasonable accommodation, what constitutes disparate treatments on the basis of gender and race, and other issues of special concern to union representatives.
First Amendment and Social Media
December 13th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Vikrant Advani
This course will examine the role of the First Amendment and the use of social media in employment settings. The class will review real case examples and leading U.S. Supreme Court cases that outline the scope of protection afforded to employees under the First Amendment. Social media has transformed the way we communicate; this workshop will examine how it has impacted the workplace and employment relations as a whole.
Spring 2014 Semester
Family and Medical Leave
January 24th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Andrew L. Watson
This course will examine the federal and New Jersey state laws regarding employee rights to family and medical leave, the enforcement processes, and remedies when these rights are violated. New Jersey state wage benefits programs for family and medical leave and their application process will be reviewed, as will the relationship between federal and state laws and collective bargaining agreements, and how to negotiate family and medical leave benefits.
Rights to Privacy and Employment Testing
February 21st, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Rosemarie Cipparulo
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 Employment Mediation and Arbitration
March 28th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: James M. Cooney
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.
Workplace Discrimination and Harassment II
Instructor: Carla Katz
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.
May 2014, Exact Date TBA, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: John F. Burton, Jr.
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. Topics include employee coverage, compensable injuries and diseases, procedures to ensure payment, and workers’ abilities to sue employers for damages.