Annual Labor and Employment Program

Northeastern Law’s annual Labor and Employment Program provides a unique opportunity to hear from fellow grads, all of whom are recognized experts in the field of labor and employment law. Don’t miss this chance to gain new connections and new perspectives on issues of critical importance to attorneys, judges, neutrals, government practitioners, union representatives, in-house counsel and human resources professionals.

Anyone with an interest in labor and employment law is encouraged to attend this event which will feature a recorded message by Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.

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Thursday, December 1, 2022 |  6:00 - 8:00 PM | 240 Dockser Hall*

Panel 1  | 6:00 - 7:00 PM
The Current State of Protected Concerted Activity and An Inside Look at Recent NLRB Decisions
With labor organizing activity on the rise, protected concerted activity has become a topic of increasing importance. This panel will focus on the current state of protected concerted activity, as viewed by the NLRB and through the office of its General Counsel (GC Memorandum 21-03) in its review of recent cases incorporating a more expansive view of protected concerted activity as a political and social justice advocacy tool and as a bulwark against workplace discrimination. NLRB Board member David Prouty will join us in a discussion that will include two of the more recent notable Board decisions – Tesla (wearing of union insignia) and Valley Hospital Medical Center (union dues checkoff).

Michael Loconto ’02, Arbitrator

Bryan Decker ’92, Partner, Decker & Rubin
Patrice Dixon ’12, Associate, Jackson Lewis
Christine Nickerson ’92, Labor Relations Counsel, Maine Health
David Prouty, Member, National Labor Relations Board

Panel 2 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Opportunities and Challenges of a Hybrid Workforce
Workers and employers are navigating an increasingly hybrid environment. What are the practical and legal implications of this new way of working together? This panel will explore these broad themes and touch upon specific issues such as performance management, tracking of time, employee retention, diversity, cybersecurity, ethical concerns raised by remote connections, flexible work arrangements, the impact on assessing reasonable accommodations and multi-jurisdictional compliance.

Lili Palacios-Baldwin ’98, Deputy General Counsel for Labor, Employment and Litigation, Tufts University

Mary Jo Harris ’92, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Travel Centers of America
Lori Jodoin ’02, Partner, Powers, Jodoin, Margolis & Mantell
Kate Watkins ’11, Assistant Attorney General, Fair Labor Standards Division, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
David Wilson ’86, Partner, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein


We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors: 


With Thanks to Our 2022 Planning Committee:
Michelle M. De Oliveira ’12
Jeff Dretler ’91
Jaclyn Kugell ’92
Stephen Linksy ’86

Dec 1, 2022

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm