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.

Jani K. Rachelson and Lisa M. Gomez present at sessions at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ 64th Annual Employee Benefits Conference in New Orleans, LA

October 14-17, 2018

Jani K. Rachelson and Lisa M. Gomez will present at sessions at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ 64th Annual Employee Benefits Conference on October 14-17, 2018 in New Orleans, LA.  Ms. Rachelson will participate in a panel on “Plugging Leaks in Pension Plan Administration” that discusses possible issues with plan design and administration and how to address those leaks, as well as a panel on “Ask the Professionals” in which participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of attorneys and administrators. Ms. Gomez will present on “The Fund Office as an Employer” discussing compliance with employment laws and regulations, minimizing exposure to liability on discrimination and harassment issues, EEOC issues, benefit plan issues for the fund as an employer, and discipline and termination.

Stephen B. Moldof participates on panels at the 2019 ALI-CLE Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law Conference in Washington, DC

September 27-28, 2018

Stephen B. Moldof will be the co-planning chair and a speaker on multiple panels (including lead roles on the “International Labor and Employment Issues: International Conflicts” and “Introduction to the RLA, Representation, and Elections” programs) at the 2018 ALI-CLE Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law conference in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 27-28, 2018.  The conference will include presentations by the Chairs of the National Labor Relations Board and the National Mediation Board (NMB), staff of the NMB, and in-house and outside counsel representing labor and management.

 

Susan Davis presents at the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law 12th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference in San Francisco, CA

November 8-10, 2018

Susan Davis will present at the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law 12th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference on November 9, 2018 in San Francisco.  Ms. Davis will participate in a panel entitled “The Ethics of Collective Bargaining.”  The program will examine numerous ethical issues that arise in connection with negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

Susan Davis presents at the Thirtieth Teamsters Lawyers Conference in Montreal, Canada

September 24-26, 2018

Susan Davis will present at the Thirtieth Teamsters Lawyers Conference on September 24, 2018 in Montreal. Ms. Davis will speak on a panel entitled “Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace and at the Union Hall”. Her presentation will focus on the role unions can play in representing members in a #Metoo environment.

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