Continuing Legal Education

Hot Topics in Labor Law: 2012 and Beyond - CHICAGO

June 29, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
3.00 MCLE hours, including 0.25 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)

Learn how the National Labor Relations Act can affect non-union businesses!
Illinois labor laws are quickly reaching out to significantly impact non-union businesses that weren’t aware that the National Labor Relations Act involved them. This comprehensive overview offers a look at Illinois labor laws from the differing perspectives of seasoned labor law attorneys – including union, management and the public employer perspective – on the long-range anticipated consequences of recent case law and proposed regulations. Labor law attorneys, general practitioners, and business lawyers – with all levels of experience – will come to better understand common labor law issues through the following topics:
  • The impact of social media on union organizing activities;
  • The impact of NLRB v. Boeing and the judicial response to AT&T v. Concepcion;
  • National Labor Relations Act workplace poster controversy;
  • Right to work issues;
  • Collective bargaining trends;
  • Current issues with the Fire and Police Commission; and
    Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.
  • Counsel’s role and ethical conduct in advising clients concerning labor issues.
Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Cathy A. Pilkington, Law Offices of Cathy A. Pilkington, Chicago


259:00 – 9:45 a.m. The Union Perspective
This presentation offers a look at how recent case law has impacted current labor law issues, as well as agency enforcement priorities – all through the eyes of the union. Topics include: the impact of social media on union organizing activities; challenges to union election rules; the impact of NLRB v. Boeing; the NLRB Workplace Poster controversy; right to work issues; and the judicial response to AT&T v. Concepcion on labor issues.
Stanley Eisenstein, Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein & Johnson, Chicago
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. The Management Perspective
Gain a better understanding of the management’s perspective on how labor laws have been affected by recent case law with this informative segment. Topics include: collective bargaining and interest arbitration trends; changes to NLRB representation proceedings; case law update; and much more. A review of agency enforcement priorities and what attorneys can expect in the coming years is provided.
Michael R. Lied, Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, Peoria
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break (refreshments provided)
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. The Public Employer Perspective
This session looks at current labor laws from the perspective of the public employer. Topics include: recent decisions and directions of both the Illinois Labor Relations Board and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board; current issues with the Fire and Police Commission; case law update for public employers; and collective bargaining and interest arbitration trends.
Jill D. Leka, Clark Baird Smith LLP, Springfield
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Ethical Duties: Continuing Redefinition of Counsel’s Role (0.25* hour MCLE credit)
This segment explores the ethical duties of counsel in the labor area, including advising clients as to union and employee conduct and imposition of discipline during lockouts, pickets and strikes, and the newly proposed persuader vs. spokesman rules.
Paul Bateman, Littler Mendelson, P.C., Chicago
*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval