Air Line Pilots Association Honors Michael Abram and Robert Savelson

Air Line Pilots Association Honors Michael Abram and Robert Savelson

At a recent, October session of the ALPA Board of Directors, the Air Line Pilots Association, by acclamation adopted resolutions granting honorary membership to Cohen, Weiss’s senior counsel Michael Abram and partner Robert Savelson for their long and important service to ALPA and to the pilots.  Between the two of them, Mike and Bob have served ALPA for more than 90 years.  In the entire history of the Association since the mid-1930s, only six honorary memberships had previously been awarded—one of which was to one of the firm’s founders, Henry Weiss.

Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP Honored as a Champion of Economic Justice by Brandworkers

November 13, 2018

On November 13, 2018, Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP was honored as a Champion of Economic Justice at Brandworkers’ annual Awards Dinner.  Brandworkers is a member-led organization of workers in the local food production industry organizing for better jobs and a just food system.  Brandworkers choose to honor CWS because “the firm has distinguished itself as a leading partner of labor unions, community organizations,  and every day working people across the economy,” and its attorneys “have taken on some of the most egregious violators of workers’ rights.”  We were proud to share the stage with fellow honorees Lorelei Salas, the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, and Rosario Ramirez, an organizer for worker justice and safety in the NYC food industry.

Stephen B. Moldof will be a featured panelist at the 12th Annual ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Conference in San Francisco, CA

November 7-10, 2018

Stephen B. Moldof will be appearing on a panel at the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section’s 12th Annual Conference on November 8, 2018 in San Francisco, CA.  Mr. Moldof will participate in the “Collateral Damage? Legal Developments Surrounding Fair Share Arrangements and Implications on the Railway Labor Act” panel that will discuss the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Janus v. AFCSME Council 31 and its implications.

https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/events/labor_law/2018/AnnualConference/LEL12thConBrochure.pdf

 

Stephen B. Moldof was a featured panelist at the Institute for Law and the Workplace Annual Members’ Conference on Drugs in the Workplace at Chicago-Kent College of Law

October 19, 2018

 

Mr. Moldof participated in a panel discussion on “Drugs in the Workplace” at the Institute for Law and the Workplace’s Annual Members’ Conference on October 19, 2018 at Chicago-Kent College of Law alongside Professor William Sonnenstuhl of the Cornell ILR School and Roger King, Senior Labor and Employment Counsel from the HR Policy Association.

 

 

An article by CWS ERISA attorney Erika M. Medina on the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA) is featured in the New Jersey Lawyer magazine October 2018 issue

 

Erika M. Medina authored an article titled “Unable to Exhale: CUMMA and Federal Healthcare Regulation”.  This article first appeared in the October issue of the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine and is reprinted here with permission.  The article discusses the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA) and reviews the issues faced by health plans considering whether to provide coverage for medical marijuana.  Ms. Medina is a member of the Cannibas Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

 

Jani K. Rachelson will be a featured panelist at the NY CFA Society Asset Owner Series™ 2nd Multiemployer Pension Conference being held on October 25, 2018 at the CFA Society New York

 

Jani K. Rachelson will be appearing on a panel at the NY CFA Society Asset Owner Series™ 2nd Multiemployer PensionConference on October 25, 2018 at the CFA Society New York.  Ms. Rachelson will participate in the “State of the Unions – Putting Beneficiaries First” panel that will discuss the current markets and environment and their impact on multiemployer pension plans.

https://www.cfany.org/event/2nd-multiemployer-union-pension-conference/

Several Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP attorneys named as Super Lawyers or Rising Stars on the 2018 New York Metro Annual List of Super Lawyers magazine

Jani K. Rachelson was named to the 2018 Annual List of Super Lawyers magazine for Employee Benefits law.  Michael Abram, Susan Davis, Peter DeChiara, Stephen B. Moldof, Robert S. Savelson and Bruce H. Simon were selected to the 2018 New York Annual List for Employment and Labor law.   Evan Hudson-Plush, Kate M. Swearengen and Hiram M. Arnaud were selected to the 2018 New York Metro Rising Stars list for Employment and Labor law.  Tzvi Mackson was selected to the 2018 New York Metro Rising Stars list for Employee Benefits.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, with selection based upon independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

CWS Wins Dismissal of Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against Union

The National Labor Relations Board affirmed dismissal of an unfair labor practice charge filed against a Branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers in a decision issued on October 16, 2018.  The NLRB’s General Counsel alleged that the union arbitrarily failed to process grievances on behalf of a member who claimed that the employer required her to work more hours than her medical restrictions permitted and subsequently put her on unpaid leave.  The Board found that the General Counsel failed to show that the union ever agreed to file the grievances or that the union misled her about their status.  The Board also found that the General Counsel had failed to show the grievances would have been successful, and also found that the union behaved reasonably on the member’s behalf when it did process and resolve grievances over the employer’s refusal to provide her a light duty assignment. See Decision

 

Cohen, Weiss and Simon attorneys Joshua J. Ellison and Hiram M. Arnaud represented the union in the case.

Melissa S. Woods presents at the American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law in Coral Gables, FL

April 3, 2019

 

Melissa S. Woods will moderate a plenary discussion titled, “Gender Equality in Today’s #MeTooWorld,” on April 3, 2019. Part 1 of this program will take a historical look at the movement for gender equality, including a discussion of key events, important statutes passed (and not passed), and judicial interpretation of those statutes over the last 50 years.  The panel also will address how these historical and legal issues have culminated in where we are today, including women’s marches across the country, the ongoing push for pay parity, and the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.  Part 2 will discuss the factual events leading up to and constituting the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, with a particular focus on a journalists’ perspective, including their techniques and experiences in investigating and reporting on these events, and the barriers they have faced in publishing the stories.  The panel’s legal experts also will discuss the movements’ impact on employers, including what it means for investigations of harassment claims, anti-harassment policies, and strategies for dealing with the media.  Part 3 will look to the future, and discuss in particular the role that employment laws and lawyers play in helping define gender equality in a post-#MeToo world.

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