Labor and Employment Law Section Fall Meeting 2023
Registration is now Closed! Please note that this event is Sold Out.
Join the Labor and Employment Law Section this Fall at the Le Germain Hotel Toronto Maple Leaf Square! Located in downtown Toronto at the crossroads of the sports, entertainment and business districts, Le Germain Hotel Maple Leaf Square is a refuge steeped in authenticity.
This event will include a terrific CLE program, and an exciting schedule of events that will encourage exploring, and of course networking with friends and colleagues, old and new!
Le Germain Hotel Toronto Maple Leaf Square
75 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, M5J0A1
The cutoff date for the discounted room rate has now passed. Rooms are still available at the Hotel's rate.
Reserve your room online HERE.
or, reserve by phone: 416-649-7575 or toll-free 1-888-940-7575. Please be sure to let them know that you are attending the New York State Bar Association Event.
Please note, the hotel website may show the rate in Canadian dollars. Select Currency (USD) to view the room rate in US dollars. Thes USD room rate is $285 excluding taxes and fees.
Why Support the Labor and Employment Law Section's Fall Meeting?
The Labor and Employment Law Section Fall Meeting will provide increased visibility of your company or law firm and allow you to connect with Labor and Employment Law Section attorneys. Sponsorship packages offer the opportunity to promote your company or firm through meeting materials, marketing, and signage to keep your name at the top of attendee's minds. Most packages offer participants the opportunity to learn and network.
View the sponsorship opportunities here: Labor and Employment Fall Meeting Sponsorship Form
For questions, reach out to Emily Kurtzner at [email protected].
Registration costs include breakfast, coffee breaks, two receptions, Friday night dinner, and 7.0 CLE credits of programming including cybersecurity, ethics, diversity, equity & inclusion, and professional practice credits.
$500 Labor and Employment Section Members
$585 Non-Section Member
$400 First time attendee (Labor and Employment Members Only)
$325 Newly Admitted NYSBA Member (5 years or less)
$275 Guests (18+) (includes Friday evening Reception and Dinner, all breakfast, and coffee breaks, and the Saturday evening reception)
Optional Activities and Events:
Toronto, often referred to as Canada's cultural and economic hub, is a dynamic and diverse metropolis that invites exploration at every corner. This vibrant city boasts a rich tapestry of neighborhoods, from the historic Distillery District with its cobblestone streets to the iconic CN Tower, offering breathtaking views of the skyline. Immerse yourself in Toronto's multicultural mosaic by sampling global cuisine at Kensington Market, strolling along the scenic waterfront, or discovering the fascinating exhibits at the Royal Ontario Muesum.
Tours & Sightseeing:
The CN Tower
The CN Tower, an iconic symbol of Toronto, stands tall as one of the world's tallest freestanding structures. Rising 553 meters above the city, it offers panoramic views of Toronto and its stunning surroundings. An engineering marvel, the CN Tower boasts a Glass Floor and SkyPod for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Don't miss this must-visit attraction when in Toronto!
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Address: 290 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
View the various tickets that The CN Tower offers: Tickets | CN Tower
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is an aquatic wonderland nestled in the heart of Toronto. Dive into an enchanting underwater world where you can encounter mesmerizing marine life, from graceful jellyfish to majestic sharks. The aquarium's vibrant exhibits and interactive displays make it a perfect family-friendly destination or a captivating adventure for all ages. Explore the depths of the ocean without getting wet at Ripley's Aquarium!
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Address: 288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
View the tickets and plan your trip! Ripley's Aquarium of Canada located in Toronto, Ontario (ripleyaquariums.com)
Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame is a sacred shrine for hockey enthusiasts. It pays homage to the sport's greatest legends and showcases their achievements through an impressive collection of memorabilia and interactive exhibits. From vintage jerseys to the Stanley Cup, it's a place where the rich history of hockey comes to life. A must-visit for any hockey fan, the Hockey Hall of Fame is where you can truly feel the spirit of this beloved sport.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1X8
View the tickets and plan your trip today! Hockey Hall of Fame – Tickets & Visitor Info (hhof.com)
St. Lawrence Market
The St. Lawrence Market, located in the heart of Toronto, is a culinary paradise for food lovers. This historic market has been a bustling hub for fresh, artisanal, and gourmet goods for over two centuries. Whether you're in search of farm-fresh produce, delectable pastries, or international cuisine, the market's diverse vendors offer a tantalizing array of options.
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: 92-95 Front St East, Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1C3
For more information please visit: St. Lawrence Market : Home (stlawrencemarket.com)
One of the most surprising features of Toronto is that just a 10-minute ferry ride away is a park-like archipelago of islands just waiting for you to explore. Connected by a car-free, paved trail, each island has a slightly different flavour to it – the hippie vibe of Ward's Island where people live year-round, or the kid-friendly amusement park on Centre Island. For a lovely all-day lunch option, head to The Riviera on Ward's Island where you can hear the waves lapping on the shore. Catch the ferry at the foot of Bay Street. Ferries run from about 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (depending on what island you go to) and tickets must be bought online for use that day.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
For more information and to plan your trip visit: Toronto Island Park – City of Toronto
Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto is a captivating blend of culture, history, and science. This world-renowned museum houses an extensive and diverse collection of artifacts, art, and specimens from across the globe. From dinosaur skeleton to ancient Egyptian mummies, and contemporary art to natural history exhibits, the ROM offers a remarkable journey through time and space. Its striking architecture, including the iconic Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, adds to the allure of this cultural institution. For those with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for exploration, the ROM is a treasure trove of discovery and wonder.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Address: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
For ticket pricing and more information, please visit: Royal Ontario Museum (rom.on.ca)
Cancellations received by Tuesday, September 19, 2023 … 100% refund
Cancellations received between Wednesday, September 20 to Sunday, October 1, 2023 … 50% refund
Cancellations received from Monday, October 2, 2023 onward … NO refund
Thank You to our Sponsors!
- October 20, 2023
- October 22, 2023
- 12:00 PM
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- Outside USA
- Le Germain Hotel Maple Leaf Square
75 Bremmer Blvd
Toronto, ON M5J OA1
Labor and Employment Law Section Fall 2023 Meeting
Friday, October 20, 2023
(4.0 MCLE Credits)
11:00 a.m. Conference Check in and CLE Registration
12:00 p.m. Boxed Lunches
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Program Welcome and Introductions - All Star Room
Speaker: Sheryl B. Galler, Esq. (Section Chair), Book Law LLP, New York, NY
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Plenary One - Don't Sleep - Workplace DEI Initiatives Under "Anti-Woke" Attack - All Star Room
While the US Supreme Court's decisions this summer in the Students for Fair Admissions cases involving UNC and Harvard focus on the direct use of race in university admissions, they potentially impact Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) employment initiatives. In addition, "anti-woke" measures are sprouting in many states with aims like prohibiting DEI offices within employers and banning employers from offering DEI-related training and other initiatives all together.
This program features panelists responsible for designing and implementing DEI employment initiatives in an interactive discussion exploring topics such as:
- The legal framework of the Harvard and North Carolina cases
- The continued viability of voluntary affirmative action programs addressing "manifest imbalances" in the workplace
- Permissible DEI initiatives, including for sourcing and recruiting
- Potential alterations in employment DEI approaches
- Practical tips for attorneys when advising their clients on DEI matters
Program co-sponsored by the NYSBA Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Kori Carew, Esq., Founder and Chief Catalyst Officer, Bridge 68 LLC Consulting Firm, Naperville, Illinois
Teri Dennis-Davies, Esq., Chief People & Inclusion Officer, Maples Leaf Sports & Entertainment Partnership, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Iyana Titus, Esq., Assistant Commissioner for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, New York City Parks & Recreation, New York, NY
1.5 MCLE Credits in Areas of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Plenary Two: Recent Updates in Private Sector Labor & Employment Law - All Star Room
This Panel will address major decisions by the NLRB that significantly alter the labor law legal landscape, as well as recent developments in employment law. On the labor front, major NLRB decisions have reshaped the landscape in virtually all areas. The panel will discuss major NLRB developments in the following areas: union organizing, demands for recognition and bargaining orders without an election; new proposed NLRB election rules; the status quo doctrine pending bargaining; protected activity and new standards for establishing discrimination for union related activity; confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions in settlement agreements; the new test for independent contractor status; and new rules for evaluating the lawfulness of employer handbooks and policies. In the employment area, the Panel will discuss new laws passed in New York protecting employees from wage theft and prohibiting mandatory captive audience meetings during a union organizing campaign, among other recent changes. Not since the early days of the Pandemic has so much been happening so fast - don't miss this rapid fire discussion of the latest in these key areas.
Karen P. Fernbach, Esq., Visiting Assistant Professor, Hofstra Law School, Hempstead, NY
Peter Jones, Esq., Member, Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC, Syracuse, NY
Kimberly A. Lehmann, Esq., Partner, Levy Ratner PC, New York, NY
Linda M. Leslie, Esq., Regional Director, National Labor Relations Board, Region 3, Buffalo, NY
1.5 MCLE Credits in Areas of Professional Practice
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Workshop A - Cannabis in the Workplace, NY and Canada - A Joint Session - All Star Room
It has been more than two years since the Marijuana Regulation Taxation Act became law in New York, but for employers and employees alike, what can, and should, be done is still hazy. Canada legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2018. How has it addressed the questions that New York workplaces are still just beginning to confront? What, if anything, can New York learn from the Canadian experience? This program will go into the weeds of the differences, and the similarities, in the two jurisdictions' laws and their approach to the difficult workplace problems presented by marijuana legalization.
Krista Burton, Esq., Attorney, Book Law LLP, Campbellsville, KY
James Jennings, Esq., Associate, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP, Toronto, ON
Adam S. Ross, Esq., Lamb & Barnosky, LLP, Melville, NY
Geoffrey Mort, Esq., Of Counsel, Kraus & Zuchlewski LLP
1.0 MCLE Credit in Areas of Professional Practice
3:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Workshop B - Ontario, New York and the FTC: Comparing Recent Legislation and Proposals on Post-employment Non-compete Agreements - Defensive Zone
A discussion of recent efforts to curtail or prohibit post-employment non-compete agreements, including proposals by the Federal Trade Commission, the New York State legislature, and - for a comparative perspective - in our host province, Ontario.
Mitchell Smith, Esq., Partner, Borden Ladner Gervasis LLP, Toronto, ON
Robert S. Whitman, Esq., Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, New York, NY
Kerry C. Zaroogian, Esq., Counsel, Outten & Golden, New York, NY
1.0 MCLE Credit in Areas of Professional Practice
Conclusion of Friday Programming
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reception - The MVP Zone - Le Germain
*Passed Hors D'oeuvres and Refreshments
Brian W. Burkett, Esq., Counsel, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Toronto, Ontario
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Dinner - All Star Room - Le Germain
Saturday, October 21, 2023 | Day 2 Agenda
(3.0 MCLE Credits)
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Quebec Breakfast Buffet - All Star Room
8:00 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. Committee Breakfast Meetings
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:10 a.m. - 10:25 am. Plenary Three: Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace: The World of Employment Will Never Be The Same - All Star Room
The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already changed the workplace in ways that few could have imagined even a few years ago. According to a 2022 survey, nearly 80% of employers use AI or some form of automation for recruitment, interviewing and hiring decisions - and that number will only increase as AI becomes more sophisticated. Employers are also using AI to evaluate employees' performance. While some believe AI can curtail unconscious human biases in employment decisions, studies have shown that it can perpetuate its own biases. Beyond that, a recent Goldman Sachs report predicts that the new iteration of AI "generative AI" like CHAT GPT - will expose two-thirds of current jobs to some automation (including lawyers) and replace up to one-fourth of workers. Our panel will explore the ramifications of AI for employment law in the years to come, including the most recent legislation in New York.
Jonathan Ben-Asher, Esq., Partner, Ritz Clark & Ben-Asher LLP, New York, NY
Angelina T. Evans, Esq., Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Keith E. Sonderling, Esq., Commissioner, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Washington, DC
George Washington, Esq., Head of Litigation for the Americas, Orange Business Services, Arlington, VA
1.5 MCLE Credits in Cybersecurity General
10:25 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Plenary Four - The Ethics of Chat GPT and Related AI in Law Practice Management
With the use of artificial intelligence such as ChatGPT on the rise, lawyers need to know the practical issues and limitations, as well as the potential ethical and security-related pitfalls and obligations, with respect to using this and other similar technology (e.g., predictive and generative AI). These issues and more will be explored through the lens of the best practice "do's and dont's" of using this technology in one's day-to-day law practice. This panel will also address how these issues are currently being handled by Canadian lawyers.
Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, Appellate Division, First Department, Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York, NY
Mark A. Berman, Esq., Member, Bond Schoneck & King PLLC, New York, NY
Dr. Shokouh H. Abadi, Esq., Founder, KIMEG Law, Toronto, ON
Alyssa L. Zuckerman, Esq., Partner, Lamb & Barnosky LLP, New York, NY
1.5 MCLE Credits in Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection - Ethics
Conclusion of Saturday Programming
12:00 p.m. Lunch on Attendees' Own
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Guided Tours - More Information to Come!
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Reception - On-site at the Le Germain
Dinner on Attendees' Own
Sunday, October 22, 2023
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Quebec Breakfast Buffet
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Executive Committee Meeting - Defensive Zone
- Jonathan Ben-Asher, Moderator, Ritz Clark & Ben-Asher LLP
- Mark A. Berman, Speaker, Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC
- Brian Burkett, Speaker, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
- Kori Carew, Speaker, Bridge 68 LLC
- Teri Dennis-Davies, Speaker, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Partnership
- Angelina T. Evans, Speaker, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
- Karen P. Fernbach, Speaker, Hofstra University
- Dr. Shokouh H. Abadi, Speaker, KIMEG Law
- James Jennings, Speaker, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
- Peter Jones, Speaker, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
- Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, Speaker, New York State Supreme Court
- Kimberly Lehmann, Speaker, Levy Ratner, PC
- Adam S. Ross, Speaker, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
- Mitchell Smith, Speaker, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
- Keith E. Sonderling, Speaker, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Iyana Titus, Moderator, New York City Parks & Recreation
- George Washington, Speaker, Orange Business Services
- Robert S. Whitman, Speaker, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
- Kerry C. Zaroogian, Speaker, Outten & Golden
- Alyssa L. Zuckerman, Speaker, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
- Linda M. Leslie, Speaker, National Labor Relations Board
- Committee on Continuing Legal Education
- Labor & Employment Law Section