Fall 2013 Semester
First Amendment and Social Media
December 13th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Vikrant Advani, Esq.
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, Esq.
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, Esq.
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 Immigration Law
March 28th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: James M. Cooney, Esq.
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 I
May 2nd, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Thomas H. Prol, Esq.
This course will examine federal and New Jersey state laws that prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin, citizenship, and religion. The course will also cover the how to negotiate collective bargaining agreements that protect employees against workplace discrimination and harassment and the technological impact of harassment claims.