2016 September eBulletin

In this issue of LERA's eBulletin: September 2016 

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  • Ann Hodges and Lisa Allen (Univ. of Richmond) released the Labor Day Edition of the Labor and Employment Law News (Sep. 2016), featuring two new NLRB decisions, new FMLA resources, a decision on sexual orientation discrimination, the judicial rejection of the Uber settlement in the case arguing that drivers are employees not independent contractors, and the new Massachusetts law on pay equity. See publication: https://lera.memberclicks.net/lel-news-september-2016.

  • ASSA/AEA opens registration for the LERA Winter Meeting, January 6-8, 2016, Chicago, today at 10 am CDT. If you would like to stay at the LERA hotel (the Hyatt Regency), then you will need to plan to register today and make your hotel reservations, as the Hyatt Regency is also the headquarters hotel for the ASSA. Find complete information here: https://lera.memberclicks.net/2017-lera-winter-meeting-assa

  • The LERA 69th Annual Meeting Program Committee is accepting session and paper proposals for the June 1-4, 2017 meeting that will take place in Anaheim, CA. Please submit session and paper proposals Nov. 14. There are a number of paper competitions and other deadlines associated with the meeting as well. For full information, please visit: https://lera.memberclicks.net/deadlines

  • Tom Kochan’s (MIT) Labor Day commentary: https://theconversation.com/its-time-we-reinvented-labor-for-the-21st-century-64775

  • Daniel J.B. Mitchell (UCLA) is as dependable contributing his weekly blog, “Mitchell’s Musings,” to LERA’s Employment Policy Research Network as the sun rising in the east. His reach is broad: public policy, economic and political history, California budget and pension issues and much more.

    ◊ Here is a link to “Mitchell’s Musings”: http://www.employmentpolicy.org/page-1775968#sthash.u6pSuK70.kVVPAS3E.dpbs

    ◊ Here’s a link to his recent Labor Day musing: http://www.employmentpolicy.org/page-1775968/4226206#sthash.RkepJBmn.dpbs

  • Gladys Gershenfeld, the first female arbitrator in the Philadelphia area, professor and member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, died on Aug. 25 at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Gershenfeld, also a labor arbitrator and educator. The Philadelphia chapter of the Industrial Relations and Research Ass. (now LERA) was founded at Gladys’ and Walter’s kitchen table.  She is survived by her three sons, including past LERA president Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, and their families. Complete obituary here: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160828_Gladys_Gershenfeld__arbitration_pioneer__dies_at_91.html

  • Peter “Pete” Feuille died on Sept. 7 at the age of 73 in Champaign, Ill. The University of Illinois professor and former dean of the U of I’s School of Labor and Employment Relations was also a nationally known arbitrator. He was the long-time LERA secretary-treasurer who was instrumental in bringing LERA’s main office to the University of Illinois from the University of Wisconsin. Complete obituary here: http://www.news-gazette.com/obituaries/2016-09-09/peter-feuille.html

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